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What did we do before the invention of sheet masks? For one, our Instagram feeds were that little bit less exciting (more on that in a minute) and our skin was a tad more parched. The main benefit of a sheet mask is that they quickly and efficiently hydrate your complexion, leaving it looking more plumped and glowing in minutes. But while hydration is the main draw of a sheet mask, some boast other benefits like tanning, diminishing shine and spots, tackling wrinkles and evening skin tone.
And with the growing demand for sheet masks, beauty brands have plowed their time and money into making them hug the face better (enter: Biocellulose sheet masks made from fermented coconut water, which feels like a gel and sticks to the face). There are even dry sheets that drive actives into the skin without the need for water. (Charlotte Tilbury wears her dry mask in taxis--they're that easy to use.) Then there are the sheet masks that make a pamper moment an Instagram one too.
Here are our must-have picks for the best sheet masks out there.
Best Overall: DR. JART+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask
We know—this mask looks a little frightening, but the results are (pleasantly) shocking. The super-concentrated formula is packed with a mineral-rich green seaweed extract that hydrates and plumps as well as phyto keratin complex, a botanical protein that helps skin keep its moisture. Unlike other sheet masks, this particular mask is made of an algae-derived rubbery material that not only clings to every angle of your face but actually lowers your skin’s temperature to keep it as calm as possible.
Another perk is the mask’s ability to make the serum deeply penetrate your skin, allowing for maximum absorption. Although this product is a two-stepper, it’s still extremely quick to put on. Massage the ampoule pack onto skin, then gently place the mask over it to lock it in.
Best Brightening: Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask
This one is focused on skin brightening (you get five in the pack). Niacinamide reduces the melanin production that causes dark spots, lactic acid exfoliates to reveal brighter, smoother skin, and hyaluronic acid ramps up hydration, glow and your skin's elasticity. Expect younger, brighter-looking skin in no time.
Best Dry Formula: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
If this dry sheet mask is good enough for Charlotte Tilbury and her legion of A-list fans, then it's good enough for us. The mask has ear hooks, so you can go about your daily chores without fear of it slipping off. And it contains skin-boosting vitamins, minerals, and oils, while line-fighting and lifting peptides work their magic. Expect a red carpet–ready complexion in 15 minutes.
Interested in learning more about this product? Check out our Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask review.
Best for Aging Skin: NO7 Protect & Perfect Intense Sheet Mask
Aging is unavoidable, but there are ways to delay visible signs. One being this carefully crafted anti-aging mask from NO7. The number one ingredient? Moisturizing and plumping hyaluronic acid. Pair that with the brand’s very own anti-wrinkle peptide, Matrixyl 3000, and you’ve got an intensive formula that battles all signs of aging. Use once a week for four weeks to see visible results.
Best Budget: Pond's Hydrate + Glow Sheet Mask
We all want skin that radiates—without having to pile on all the highlighter. Nothing’s more beautiful than that fresh-from-vacation glow and the best way to achieve that look is by treating your skin right. Enter: a sheet mask that combines the brightening power of papaya extract and sun-damage-reversing vitamin E. The eucalyptus-derived sheet glides comfortably over your skin and stays with no slipping, creating a seal so your skin really absorbs the serum.
Best Drugstore: Peach Slices Sheet Mask Bundle
While we love a great sheet mask, what we love even more is a sheet mask bundle. Korean brand Peach Slices brings you a four-piece collection that truly does it all. First up is their “clarify” mask, made with loquat leaf that reduces redness for clearer skin. Their “hydrate” mask brings back major moisture with antioxidant thyme, which is also antibacterial and antifungal. Soothing jasmine and chamomile are the superstars of the “calm” mask that totally lives up to its name. Last, but not least, is the “firm” mask, made of antiaging pomegranate that fights free radical damage to the skin.
Best Luxury: La Mer The Hydrating Facial Mask
Really want to treat your skin? Then this pack of six sheet masks is just the thing. Infused with the brand's signature Miracle Broth, the cotton mask leaves even the driest complexions looking dewy and refreshed.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: AC Clear Treatment Mask
One minute your skin is as normal as can be, and then suddenly you’re breaking out and discovering pimples, redness, and even irritation. When this time does (inevitably) come, this is the sheet mask for you. Made of hypoallergenic cotton, the sheet is soaked with a concentrated serum that features tea tree oil, a natural acne-fighter, and arnica, an anti-inflammatory that stimulates circulation. These ingredients help to balance oil production, even out the skin’s surface and heavily moisturize.
Best for Sensitive Skin: St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal Sheet Mask
While oatmeal is a great fiber-packed meal in the morning, it’s an even better ingredient for your skin. Oatmeal extract plays a big part in this sheet mask by providing relief to finicky skin and leaving it smooth and plump almost immediately after use. It’s also rich in lipids and fat, both of which keep moisture in to protect the skin’s barrier functions. The paper itself is made of 100% natural cotton, saturated in 100% natural extracts, is paraben-free and dermatologist tested. Plus, users love the cooling and hydrating effect it provides as soon as you place it over your face.
Best Bronzing: St. Tropez Bronzing Face Sheet Mask
Containing two sheet masks, this contains hyaluronic acid to give skin that much-wanted dewy look but it also imparts a tan. Wear it for five minutes for a light glow, 10 minutes for medium, and 15 minutes if you want to look like you escaped to the Caribbean.
Best Post-Treatment: Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask
Born in L.A., this sheet mask (which comes in a pack of five) is designed to be applied after a Skin Laundry laser treatment. However, we use these masks anytime to get a luminous glow in as little as 15 minutes. Niacinamide fights breakouts, meadowfoam seed oil moisturizes, while watermelon fruit extract, lentil fruit extract, apple fruit extract, improve hydration and smooth fine lines.