Self-care, with skin benefits
Of all the beauty innovations to come from South Korea, sheet masks are undoubtedly the most appealing. While snail mucus and egg-based moisturisers might not be for everyone, the appeal of lying back with a serum-soaked mask is surely wide-reaching.
But the pampering aspects of a face mask aren’t all that’s at play here – choose one of the best sheet treatments on the market, and you’re in for some serious beauty benefits too. Turns out, these clever formulations are much more than a K-Beauty gimmick.
“Sheet masks are great for an instant skin pick-up,” says dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. “They are saturated in ingredients and left on the face long enough to ensure maximum absorption.”
So, how do these slippery sheets slot into your existing skincare routine? According to Dr. Gross, they are best used as an intensive booster for immediate results, rather than long-term skin goals. He recommends staying loyal to your daily serums, then using your choice of sheet mask once or twice a week.
Here, see our pick of the very best (and biodegradable) sheet masks for every concern – be it dullness, dryness, and even congestion.