Confused About Sheet Masks? Here Are the Best for Every Skin Type
Oh, how we love a good sheet mask. They make us look fresh-faced and dewy with minimal effort (and are a godsend for those mornings when we wake up looking particularly puffy and pale). The only problem is that there are so many of them to choose from. That’s why we made this simple guide for finding the perfect mask for your specific skin concerns.
Best for Oily Skin
The surprising thing about oily skin is that it actually needs moisture to keep things in check. This is because when it’s not properly hydrated, it will produce even more oil to compensate. Look for a mask that has astringent (to minimize sebum and tighten pores) and soothing ingredients like tea-tree and olive-leaf extract (to keep it from drying you out).
Best for Dry Skin
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those of us who can’t get enough moisture—ever. And while all sheet masks are technically hydrating, this cult favorite (it has over 5,000 reviews online) is loaded with superstar ingredients like hyaluronic acid and chamomile flower water to give parched complexions sweet relief.
Dr. Jart ($8)
Best for Dull Skin
Not getting enough sleep lately? (We feel you.) Aside from sapping you of energy, it also drains any signs of life from your face. To bring back some much needed color, look for a mask with brightening ingredients like vitamin C or niacinamide. This one goes the extra mile with an exfoliating step (a lactic acid-soaked cotton swab that gently clears off dead skin cells) and the actual mask itself (which will now be better absorbed and leave you seriously glowing).
Primary Raw ($6)
Best for Irritated Skin
If your skin is looking rather red and blotchy, a mask with anti-inflammatory ingredients like chamomile or black tea will help calm things down. This one has both, as well as a mineral water that’s particularly soothing (and healing) on any rough patches or flare-ups from acne or rosacea.
Best for Mature Skin
Noticing a few more lines around your eyes lately? There’s a sheet mask for that. More often than not, fine lines are caused by (or are more noticeable because of) a lack of moisture on skin. This mask has both hydrating and anti-aging ingredients like glycerin and retinol to keep crow’s feet and laugh lines at bay.
Shiseido ($65 for box of four)