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Editor’s Picks: 12 of the Best Sheet Masks to Hydrate, Brighten and Soothe Your Skin

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When sheet masks first made their way to North America, we were all obsessed (even to the point of documenting them with sheet mask selfies—remember those?!). After all, there's nothing like the instant gratification of popping on a cool, wet mask and letting it flood your skin with moisture.

But hydration isn't the only reason to love this skincare category. These masks—which are typically made of bamboo, cotton or cellulose and soaked in juicy serum—have gotten a lot more sophisticated in recent years.

Now, we can choose from formulas that help with brightening, clearing, calming and plumping, thanks to ingredients like niacinamide, peptides, vitamin C and more. It's also easier to avoid the stuff we don't want, like fragrance and alcohol, which used to be commonplace when these products initially landed on the market. There are plenty of biodegradable options, too, which is especially important if you're using sheet masks on a regular basis.

To help you pick your next sheet mask, I created this guide. Here's what I look for in a sheet mask, and the best ones I've found.

What to Look for in a Sheet Mask

Since a sheet mask is all about pumping beneficial ingredients into your skin, you want to make sure you're avoiding anything that could potentially irritate or clog your pores. This is what I look for:

  • High in humectants: These ingredients draw in moisture, and include aloe, glycerin, provitamin B5 (panthenol) and hyaluronic acid.
  • Low in fragrance: Since it's a common skin irritant, fragrance should be at the end of an ingredients list or better yet, not present at all.
  • Low in alcohol: Although alcohol can enhance the penetration of other ingredients, it can also be drying (defeating the purpose of a sheet mask).
  • Low in silicone: As a synthetic film-former, silicone leaves a residue on your skin that can trap debris in your pores, slow down turnover and cause pilling. Another reason to avoid silicone-coated sheet masks is that it renders them non-biodegradable.
  • Low in mineral oil: Similar to silicone, this ingredient is non-biodegradable and creates an occlusive seal over your skin that can hinder natural cell renewal.
  • Low in PUFAs: Oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are unstable and oxidize quickly, accelerating aging. 
  • Biodegradable: Plant cellulose, bamboo, cotton, wood pulp or viscose rayon are the ideal materials to look for (rather than plastic textiles). 

The Best Sheet Masks of 2021

Go-To Transformazing Mask

Go-To Transformazing Mask

Go-To Transformazing Mask

  • Details: Go-To Transformazing Mask is a refreshing sheet mask that hydrates and brightens using only clean ingredients. It quenches thirsty skin with an array of lightweight humectants while niacinamide, vitamin C and a trio of Australian botanicals reverse dullness. 
  • Key ingredients: Propanediol, betaine, vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), niacinamide, kakadu plum, finger lime, Tasmanian pepper leaf.
  • Mask material: Bamboo.
  • Best for: Brightening, hydrating.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

  • Details: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a cult-favourite sheet mask drenched in the brand's star ingredient, Pitera. Derived from yeast fermentation—and discovered when scientists noticed the brewers in a sake factory had remarkably youthful-looking hands!—it is naturally high in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Each mask is loaded with the equivalent of 30 mL of Essence.
  • Key ingredients: Fermented yeast, butylene glycol.
  • Mask material: Cotton.
  • Best for: Hydrating, brightening, firming.

Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack

Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack

Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack

  • Details: Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack is a soothing sheet mask comprised of more than 48% aloe vera. That makes it ideal for sensitive types, or anyone whose skin needs calming from sun exposure, inflamed breakouts or product irritation. This mask is also fragrance-free. 
  • Key ingredients: Aloe, green tea water, glycerin, pentylene glycol, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid.
  • Mask material: Rayon.
  • Best for: Calming, hydrating.

Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask

Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask

Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask

  • Details: Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask is a concentrated, spa-quality sheet mask that firms and smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It does so with the help of peptides, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid, while also boosting the skin's moisture levels and overall radiance.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, butylene glycol, rose water, calendula, provitamin B5 (panthenol), ginkgo biloba, niacinamide, olive, hyaluronic acid, kelp, peptides.
  • Mask material: Bamboo.
  • Best for: Firming, smoothing, hydrating, brightening.

The Skincare Edit Recommends

Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask

Dr. Dennis Gross C Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask

Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask

  • Details: Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask is a vitamin C-based sheet mask to help restore glow, repair environmental damage and revive your complexion. It's got the most potent form of C, L-ascorbic acid, along with collagen to plump dehydrated skin and niacinamide for barrier support. The second-skin fit ensures that all the actives penetrate deeply.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, pentylene glycol, vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), niacinamide, collagen amino acids, CoQ10 (ubiquinone).
  • Mask material: Plant cellulose.
  • Best for: Brightening, hydrating, repairing.

COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask

COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask

COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask

  • Details: COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask gives you all the goodness of the brand's beloved Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, but in a sheet mask that helps push it even deeper into your skin. Besides its humectant and emollient properties (which give it a gooey texture), snail mucin also repairs damaged skin and fades acne scars.
  • Key ingredients: Snail mucin, betaine, fractionated coconut oil, hyaluronic acid, fatty alcohol, stearic acid, arginine.
  • Mask material: Plant cellulose.
  • Best for: Hydrating, brightening.

Rael Tea Tree Purify + Soothe Facial Sheet Mask

Rael Tea Tree Purify Soothe Facial Sheet Mask

Rael Tea Tree Purify + Soothe Facial Sheet Mask

  • Details: Rael Tea Tree Purify + Soothe Facial Sheet Mask is a sheet mask designed to treat and prevent the breakouts and oily skin that many women get before their periods. Antibacterial tea tree is combined with plenty of hydrators and soothing cica (Centella Asiatica), so it's not harsh, irritating or drying. 
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, butylene glycol, tea tree extract, arginine, plant sugars, allantoin, provitamin B5 (panthenol), Centella Asiatica.
  • Mask material: Bamboo.
  • Best for: Clearing, calming.

Avène Soothing Sheet Mask

Avene Soothing Sheet Mask

Avène Soothing Sheet Mask

  • Details: Avène Soothing Sheet Mask is the sheet mask version of the brand's famous Thermal Spring Water. As such, it offers an optimal delivery system for the prized mineral-rich water, which works to reduce inflammation, irritation, dryness and redness. This mask is especially suitable for sensitive skin, and is also fragrance-free.
  • Key ingredient: Thermal spring water.
  • Mask material: Plant cellulose.
  • Best for: Calming, hydrating.

Farmacy Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask

Farmacy Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask

Farmacy Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask

  • Details: Farmacy Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask is a coconut-water infused sheet mask that gets you glowing in just 15 minutes. It has a slightly thicker gel texture, and is high in niacinamide and broccoli extract, both of which help to brighten dull skin. You're also getting plenty of hydration, thanks to humectants like collagen and hyaluronic acid.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, niacinamide, propanediol, betaine, coconut water, echinacea, collagen, broccoli, allantoin, provitamin B5 (panthenol), hyaluronic acid.
  • Mask material: Plant cellulose.
  • Best for: Brightening, hydrating, calming.

Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask

Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask

Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask

  • Details: Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask is a concentrated, gel-like sheet mask that both plumps and moisturizes your skin. You're meant to wear it longer than usual (up to 30 minutes) to allow the hyaluronic acid and other humectants to fully penetrate. The result is fresh and firmer-feeling skin, with a softening of the look of fine lines.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, algae, betaine, aloe, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E.
  • Mask material: Cotton.
  • Best for: Hydrating, smoothing, firming.

Consonant HydrExtreme Charcoal Sheet Mask

Consonant HydrExtreme Charcoal Sheet Mask

Consonant HydrExtreme Charcoal Sheet Mask

  • Details: Consonant HydrExtreme Charcoal Sheet Mask is a charcoal-infused sheet mask soaked in a 100% natural serum for all skin types. The dewy liquid is comprised of not only my all-time favourite hydrating serum, HydrExtreme—which is clinically proven to outperform hyaluronic acid—but also botanical extracts that soothe and protect from environmental damage. 
  • Key ingredients: Propanediol, glycerin, cassia angustifolia seed extract, tall reed extract, mushroom extract, gotu kola.
  • Mask material: Bamboo.
  • Best for: Hydrating, calming, smoothing.

Arcona Starchild Moisture Infusion Firming Mask

Arcona Starchild Moisture Infusion Firming Mask

Arcona Starchild Moisture Infusion Firming Mask

  • Details: Arcona Starchild Moisture Infusion Firming Mask is a gel sheet mask that utilizes microencapsulation technology to nourish, brighten and smooth all skin types. It's high in hyaluronic acid, a stable form of vitamin C, multiple peptides and plumping collagen, and promises to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles after just one use.
  • Key ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, lavender water, green tea extract, marine collagen, peptides, vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), algae, provitamin B5 (panthenol), allantoin.
  • Mask material: Biodegradable plant-derived hydrogel.
  • Best for: Hydrating, firming, brightening, smoothing.

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