12 Excellent Sheet Masks for Glowing, Healthy Skin on the Quick

Often referred to as "the lazy girl's facial," sheet masks are yet another awesome beauty trend originating in South Korea and making a big splash here in the States. They've been available for a little while now, but I've only just started getting into them, and you should, too!

 

For one thing, sheet masks are, for the most part, very affordable. Ranging from about $2 to $17 each, they really average at $4 to $5 each, so that means you can try different ones without a huge investment.

Then, there's the great "no brainer" aspect ...

They're so easy to use! Essentially, they're made from, yep, a sheet of fabric or material that's been drenched in a serum. They're individually wrapped, so you've got a fresh, clean facial every time. Of course, there are a ton of different options, many of which focus on different skin issues (from anti-aging to pore minimizing), but as a rule, they're all really great for hydration.

Depending on the instructions, you leave them on for 10-30 minutes. Don't forget to squeeze out any excess serum in th package and use it on your neck or chest! Here are some great options to try for starters. Have you ever tried a sheet mask?


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  • Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

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    Sheet masks are great for hydration, and the Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask ($7.50, sephora.com) is pretty much the top of the line standard. Chamomile flower water and hyaluronic acid hydrate your skin; marine collagen smooths and enhances moisture; and antioxidants like witch hazel and olive extract are soothing anti-inflammatories.

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  • SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

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    Of course, as with all beauty products, there's the high end route. SK-II makes a truly great line of skincare products (I know Cate Blanchett is a fan!). The SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($17 each or $135 for 10, sephora.com), made of 100 percent cotton, is designed to deliver the equivalent of about 10 applications of SK-II’s signature product, Facial Treatment Essence -- a skin-loving combo of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids. 

  • Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

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    A 10-minute at-home spa treatment, the Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 for four masks, ulta.com) contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E. It's designed to target signs of aging for all skin types. 

  • SKINFOOD Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

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    Sheet masks are a great way to try out new ingredients, like snail mucin. YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. A popular ingredient in Korean beauty, snail mucin is said to firm skin, encourage cell regeneration, and replenish moisture. Check out the SKINFOOD Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet ($13.30 for a five-pack, sokoglam.com) for a dose of this wonder ingredient. 

  • Pure Source Caviar Sheet Mask

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    Pure Source makes a whole line of sheet masks focusing on natural ingredients; other options include green tea and raspberry. Start with the Caviar Sheet Mask ($2, memebox.com) -- not only is caviar known to be a great anti-aging and skin-nourishing ingredient, but you can have have a glass of champagne while it works its magic! 

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  • MISSHA First Treatment Essence Mask

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    Fermented ingredients are a traditional staple in Asian skincare. The MISSHA First Treatment Essence Mask ($7, sokoglam.com) contains concentrated fermented yeast extract, which renews the skin's outer layers. The mask itself is made from stretchy microfiber, so it's meant to help lift and tighten your skin! 

  • Karuna Exfoliating+ Face Mask

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    All of the Karuna masks are made to hydrate, along with whatever else they do. The Karuna Exfoliating+ Face Mask ($8, sephora.com) provides deep conditioning and detoxifying plus ... you guessed it! Gentle exfoliation. A great pick for renewing dull, winter skin for spring. 

  • masque BAR Brightening Sheet Mask

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    Made with multiple fruit extracts and purifying bentonite clay, the masque BAR Brightening Sheet Mask ($9.99 for three, target.com) targets dark spots and helps even out pigmentation. It works with all skin tones to brighten your complexion. 

  • Tony Moly I'm Real Red Wine Face Mask Sheet

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    If minimizing pores is the name of your game, check out a Tony Moly I'm Real Red Wine Face Mask Sheet ($7.50 for two, sephora.com). New to Sephora, Tony Moly is a great line from Korea (and they use possibly the cutest packaging ever). With these masks, red wine extract and rosemary help reduce the appearance of pores, while jasmine and green tea soothe and refine. Cheers! 

  • Sephora Collection Green Tea Mask

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    Made with green tea extract, Sephora Collection Green Tea Mask ($6, sephora.com) is great if you want to mattify, purify, and soothe your skin. It works to absorb excess serum and reduce the appearance of outbreaks. 

  • Shangpree Charcoal Hydrogel Mask

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    Another great choice for minimizing pores and blemishes is the Shangpree Charcoal Hydrogel Mask ($17, peachandlily.com). Charcoal is an anti-inflammatory and anti-viral beauty ingredient, so it's a great pick when it comes to purifying. 

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  • Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask

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    Another luxurious option is the Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask ($169 for six, saksfifthavenue.com). Dolce & Gabbana launched their advanced treatment line called Aurealux last September; it contains moisturizing Gold Silk Sericin (derived from a golden cocoon), Italian olive oil, and vitamin B3 and it's formulated to balance skin texture, tone, and shape. 

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