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While they look otherworldly, sheet masks are pretty simple: paper or fabric drenched in serums and essences that give your skin a boost in just 10-15 minutes. They’re portable, effective, and facilitate incredible selfies. They come in the form of a thin mask with holes for eyes, nose, and lips. Place one over your face before bed, put on some relaxing music, and create a quick, rejuvenating spa-like experience right at home. You can use them as often as once a day, though two to three times a week is great too.
Sheet masks create a heavy layer on your skin so that the enriching ingredients really sink in. Here are some of our favorites.
The Dermal Korean sheet masks come with a dizzying array of ingredients and essences, from cucumber and green tea (soothing, refreshing) to Syn-ake (i.e. a synthetic form of snake venom said to be anti-aging) and Snail (firming, regenerating) to pearl and platinum (moisturizing, brightening). You get to delight over the sometimes absurd ingredients while enjoying their benefits: some sheet masks are geared towards moisture and sensitivity, while others are designed to brighten or boost anti-aging properties. They’re also some of the best values around.
While you’re supposed to leave other sheet masks on for 15 to 20 minutes, the Ebanel mask allows for up to 40 minutes of application time (there’s so much essence in each pack that some users bottle the leftover serum as bonus applications). They’re also full of enriching skin ingredients, like moisturizing hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts, and anti-aging peptide and collagen, without potentially irritating ones like alcohol or sulfates.
These sheet masks are made from an all-natural, three-tiered pulp, which holds extra essence and provides a greater absorption rate than synthetic materials. It will lift up from your face, so you know when your masking is done. It’s also got an essence for every skin type and concern: Got dry skin? Try oatmeal, avocado, or aloe. Acne prone? Green tea, peppermint, and tea tree will save you. Showing wrinkles? Try acai berry, shea butter, or pomegranate,