hyaluronic acid moisturizing mask
hyaluronic acid moisturizing mask
When it comes to our skin-care routine, there’s no step perhaps more indulgent than doing a face mask. Whether you prefer a deep-cleansing clay mask or a hydrating overnight gel formula, there’s no better form of beauty T.L.C. than devoting 20 to 30 minutes to take care of your skin. “[Face masks] are designed to deliver high concentrations of active ingredients to your skin,” Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. “Generally speaking, masks are used intermittently to help give your skin a boost when it needs it.” And while our desks are graced by new product launches on the daily (a tough job, but someone’s got to do it), we’re taking a step back to spotlight the best face masks that left our complexions brighter, dewier, less congested, and just generally glowed-up. Here, we’ve rounded up 28 of our all-time best face masks, including editor favorites, Best of Beauty winners past and present, and dermatologist-approved formulas that deliver every time. Happy masking!
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.
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.
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.
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.