As beauty lovers, we often don't think (or don't want to think) about the environmental impact of our beauty routines. The latest culprit to rightfully be called out: Sheet masks. Since they are one and done, and often individually wrapped in plastic, single-use sheet masks are one of the most wasteful beauty products on the market (right next to makeup remover wipes and peel pads). They take just 15 minutes to use yet often wind up in landfills, where many of them they don't break down for hundreds of years, or even make their way into the ocean.
Fortunately, the conversation is starting to evolve—and so must we, the beauty industry consumers. To help in the masking department, we've rounded up some of our favorite sustainable sheet masks. Some are compostable, others recyclable and biodegradable, and all of them a step in the right direction.
When it comes to choosing a more sustainable option, compostable is best (although not always the easiest to find). This offering from Orgaid is 100 percent compostable and contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to hydrate and brighten your skin. Equally important is what it's formulated without—silicones—which virtually render sheet masks not-biodegradable as they prevent them from fully breaking down.
Made from recyclable, ultra-fine fiber, this botanical sheet mask is certified by Ecocert, Na True, and Cosmos (three regulating bodies for natural and organic cosmetics). It also doesn't contain the plastic layer that's typical of most sheet masks, and the packaging is made from 100 percent recycled paper.
Another way to reduce masking waste is to invest in a tub of sheets, rather than individually-packaged items. Just make sure to recycle the plastic bin when you're done. This tub comes with 33 hyaluronic acid-infused sheet masks that you pull out one by one, as needed, using mini tweezers.
These Innisfree sheet masks come in a wide variety of options, from rose, to green tea, to pomegranate, and are made from 100 percent biodegradable, recycled eucalyptus fiber. With the low price point and dozens of different options, you can customize your masking routine in a more eco-friendly manner.
Formulated with cucumber extract, aloe vera, and seaweed, these biodegradable sheet masks are meant to both hydrate and help mattify oily and combination skin. Pop it on for just 15 minutes and enjoy 24 hours of thirst-quenching moisture.
Made of bamboo yarn, feminine-care company Rael makes a variety of sustainable sheet mask options. This hydrating version (there are also vitamin C, collagen, and tea tree options), contains grapefruit and orange extracts to brighten, plus sodium hyaluronate for an instant moisture boost.