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Hands up if you’ve used a sheet mask. We’re assuming (because we obvs can’t see you) that most of you have raised your hands, because in all honestly we don’t know many people that haven’t. Sheet masks (fabric or paper infused with skincare goodness) have been riding high for the past couple of years thanks, in part, to the increasing interest in Korea beauty trends. You can’t actually walk through Boots or a department store beauty hall without walking slap bang into a sheet mask. They’re everywhere. It’s no understatement to say that the market is awash with them, which makes it difficult to know which one is actually going to make a difference to your skin.
Luckily, Team Powder is here to help, as always. We’ve tried and tested as many as possible to narrow down the best five. And here they are:
Best for tired skin
This is a very clever mask. First of all it comes in two parts, so application is very easy; second of all it has the fancy second-skin technology, which means that it actually hugs every part of your face so sits nicely on the skin (no droopy bits here) and finally, as soon as the mask reaches your body temperature it melts slightly and releases all of the goodness that your skin is thriving. Things like antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. We quite like using this if we’ve had a busy week and sleep has been low down on the priority list or on Sunday mornings when we’ve been having ‘too much fun’. You catch our drift.
Best for regular use
Dry mask?! Yep, for those who hate the slimy texture of a sheet mask this is the one for you. Trust Charlotte Tilbury to do things differently. It’s actually very pleasing to use – you don’t have excess fluid on your hands and you don’t get serum all around your hairline. You do however, look like Hannibal Lecter. No one said that beauty was all about looking pretty. It has handy over the ear holes, so that it really envelops your skin. As soon as you’ve put it on, massage your face to warm up the mask to release the ingredients. Unlike other sheetmasks, you can actually reuse this one. The packet comes with a ziplock top, so you can fold the mask up, pop it back in and use it up to three times. This is a brilliant all rounder, which is why we say use it all the time. It brightens, tightens, hydrates and makes skin look brilliant. Well what else would you expect from a Charlotte Tilbury product?
Best before a party
Ok, we’re aware that this is a pretty price for a facemask, but we wouldn’t have included it if we didn’t think that it was totally worth it. And believe us, it’s totally and utterly worth every penny. This is like the lobster of the sheet mask world. You’re aware when you order it that it costs a lot, but afterwards you’re always glad you chose it. The reason that this is unbelievable to use before a big event is that it has a combo of lactic acid, which breaks down the glue that holds dead skin cells together, and vitamin c that boosts skin barrier and helps defeat pigmentation. Basically after 15 minutes you will be glowing so bright that people will have to wear sunnies when they look in your direction. Not really. But you’ll probably get away with not wearing any foundation, because your skin will look flawless. There’s also lots of extra serum in the packet, so use that on your neck and décolletage for a full on treatment.
Best for dry as a bone skin
It’s beyond difficult to get an appointment with Sarah Chapman at her stunning clinic in Chelsea, but this cellulose mask was actually used by Chapman during her facials and due to popular demand, she started selling them. So if you can’t get in with the lady herself, this is the next best thing. It’s excellent at quenching dry skin and plumping it up. The great thing about this ones is that it has little eye patches attached to it, so that you can treat the eye area at the same time. Naturally you have to keep your eyes closed, so it’s a great one to do whilst lying on your bed and having 15 minutes time out.
Best for skin that’s succumbed to gravity
OK let’s get the sciency bit out of the way first. This mask is inspired by compression treatments used in cosmetic procedures – it works much like the Charlotte Tilbury one in that you loop it around the ears to create a tight cocoon around the face. The breathable cotton fibers almost mimic a face-lift in that it reshapes, sculpts and pulls up any sagging skin. After you’ve taken the mask off skin looks visible tighter thanks to the skin actives that target elasticity. We reckon using one every other day for a couple of weeks will drastically improve skin that’s a little on the loose side. Now, can we take a moment to admire the fact that it looks like lace?! Honestly if there was ever a facemask designed for selfies it’s this one. Match it with some lace undies for a full on outfit, we say.
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