5 Sheet Masks for Every Skin Concern



As I type this, I'm peering through the olive-size eyeholes of the sheet mask on my face. In fact, as of late, I have found myself generally wearing sheet masks more often than not wearing sheet masks; I come home, gently remove the makeup and dirt from the day with a cotton pad and Yon-Ka Micellar Water, and get to work applying a mask to my face.

This is the case because I have not only developed a mild obsession with sheet masks (so much more pleasant to me than dipping my hand in a messy pot of mud), but I really just wanted to figure out which ones actually do something to my skin .

Although many sheet masks seem pretty much the same (mostly flimsy, white, papery, and soaked in some juicy hyaluronic acid or other), I have discovered that not all are created equal. Here, my top five picks that I was able to cull from the muck.

FOR A MILD EXFOLIATING EFFECT: Patchology Exfoliate FlashMasque Facial Sheets, $50, neimanmarcus.com

The primary goal of most sheet masks is to deeply hydrate the skin, but this one does a pretty great job at exfoliating as well. Lactic acid and papain (papaya fruit enzymes) break down dead skin cells, while amino acids soothe and hydrate the skin. After five minutes and some mild (but not unpleasant) tingling, my skin felt polished and smooth enough to apply one slick pump of Armani Luminous Silk foundation, no primer needed.