Face masks are the ultimate treat for your skin, and sheet masks are having a moment right now, too. “Sheet masks are essentially thin sheets made of paper, cloth, or gel saturated in serum, which usually contains moisturizers and extracts, explains Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Director of the Beauty Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. They’re an easy way to get a quick hydration boost in a short amount of time.
Our experts at the Beauty Lab carefully rounded up sheet masks for testers to weigh in on performance, ease of use, and satisfaction. Once we had consumer feedback, we measured skin's moisture levels before and six hours after application, evaluated package instructions, and rated messiness of the serum (as that’s a common complaint for sheet masks). Our favorite masks are top-performers from Lab tests, editor's picks, and trusted best-sellers.
According to dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D., if you have oily skin, opt for gel masks because these masks are infused with collagen and antioxidants — ingredients great for skin repair and recovery. “Cream masks tend to be better for dry, mature skin in need of a hydration boost,” he adds. Our Lab agree that certain sheet masks will perform better for specific skin types, in the end, they found very little variation in the serums of all the formulas — which means you really can’t go wrong.
To get the most out of your sheet mask, Dr. Pierre says to take the following steps for the ultimate skincare regimen:
- Wash your face pre-mask. “Consider exfoliating too, to allow maximum penetration of the ingredients in the sheet mask,” he says.
- Moisturize post-mask. According to Dr. Pierre, this will help lock in all the nutrients from the mask.
- Mask regularly. For best results, you can use sheet masks once or twice a week.
Here are the best sheet masks of 2020, from Lab tested picks, best-sellers on Amazon, and ever-popular Korean face masks you can buy right online.