8 Masks for Pretty Much Every Part of Your Body
There's nothing quite as relaxing as kicking your feet up, stretching out on the couch, queuing up a new episode of Stranger Things, and draping your face in a hydrating sheet mask.
While you sit and watch Millie Bobby Brown kick ass, you can pamper yourself in an incredibly low-effort, low-cost kind of way.
But why give your face all the attention? Over the past few years, masking has stretched way beyond the face and into the neck, body—even your fingertips (yes, really). So why not wrap yourself up a mummy and give every inch of your body some love?
Below, we've outlined some of the best masks (sheet, clay, and beyond) to help care for those forgotten areas of your body. Consider your weekend plans made.
The Body ShopSpa of the World Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay Mask$22
Perhaps you watched the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians where Kendall and Kourtney slathered themselves from head to toe in a detoxing mask.
While the sisters were sure to have spiked interest in the treatment at that moment, women and men a have been doing full-body clay treatments for ages, so what better time to hop on board than right now? This Body Shop mask absorbs excess water and oil in the skin to help tone your body, making it the perfect pre-event ritual.
Le Mini MacaronRose Nail Mask$5
Individual finger-size sheet masks lined with rose and lavender help hydrate dry cuticles and brittle nails for a pseudo-mani while you catch up on your DVR. Plus, how cute is the packaging?
Nannette de GaspéPlumping & Lifting Techstile Bust and Tush Masque Set$315
The first of their kind, Nannette de Gaspé's dry sheet masks are infused with sodium hyaluronate to improve firmness and marine collagen to stimulate natural collagen production. These particular masks from the line are actually proven to boost your bum and bust to help them look plumper. (We told you there was a mask for everything.)
FrowniesNeck Treatment Mask$15
As the name infers, Frownies were originally designed to help reduce frown lines and another natural facial creasing, but the brand's popular neck mask is a favorite of senior editor Hallie Gould, who says reusing the mask for several days helped lessen the visible lines on her neck. Its clear shell also allows you to be discreet (ahem—desk-side neck mask, anyone?).
Sephora CollectionFoot Mask$5
Come fall, our feet have taken a serious beating from summer's sandal-clad days. What better way to treat your feet than with these relaxing booties (especially because of the added lavender scent) that deliver a serious dose of hydration to cracked heels and callused tootsies. You can thank us later.
Wrinkles SchminklesChest Smoothing Kit$30
Sleeping on your side is a big culprit for chest wrinkles, so if you haven't yet trained yourself to be a back sleeper, you can reduce signs of aging with these medical-grade silicone pads that restore collagen and prevent future wrinkles from forming.
BriogeoDon't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System$36
You've definitely heard of hair masks, but this cap acts a sheet mask that locks in a deep-conditioning blend and opens the hair cuticle to drive nourishing agents in even further. It's even got biotin (commonly found in hair vitamins) to strengthen your hair and prevent breakage. Assistant editor Maya Allen is a big fan!
LaneigeLip Sleeping Mask$20
You've probably seen celebrities using pink jelly masks in the shape of lips on social media, but we'd argue this ultra-moisturizing sleep mask provides many longer-lasting results. Similar to a lip balm, this rich blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts delivers antioxidants to the lips to protect, moisturize, and reverse signs of aging.
My 8 Favorite Face Masks for Men (and Only Some of Them Are ‘for Men’)
My favorite masculine masks. Photo: Universal Pictures
I’ll get this the way first: Men, there is no reason you can’t use just any sheet mask.
The (typically) paper masks are soaked in serum and, depending on the ingredients, putting them on your face for 15 minutes after a quick wash can help with everything from dehydration and acne to redness and signs of aging.
Beyond the visible payoff, it’s also a very effective way to force yourself to relax for a few minutes. If they’re good enough for Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Pratt, and Diddy, they’re good enough for you.
As a men’s grooming editor, I’m well aware of the benefits of sheet masks — and I’ve seen a spike in new masks made, or at least marketed, specifically for men (many with bro-y names I’d rather forget).
New developments biocellulose masks and the male-centric charcoal saturation have seemingly created an arms race between brands competing to create the ultimate dude mask.
Male masking is so big, I devoted an entire chapter to the topic in my upcoming book, Self-Care for Men (and yes, I did mask a lot while I wrote it).
When formulated correctly, masks for men aren’t just a marketing gimmick — some say male skin is 25 percent thicker than women’s, with larger pores that secrete more oil.
Also: beards, which are the bane of any man trying to get a mask selfie, because sheet masks do not stick to even the slightest scruff.
After trying hundreds of masks, a handful of which are made with men in mind, I’ve concluded that these eight are the best you can buy for practically any situation.
Jaxon Lane Hydrogel Bro Mask
I didn’t want to the Jaxon Lane Bro Mask (that name!), but it turned out to be one of the only sheet masks I tried that had been holistically designed with men in mind. It tackles every issue I have as a male sheet-mask user.
It comes in two parts, which allows you to use only the top half if you have a beard. And un others I’ve tried, this one actually fits my whole face.
The mask isn’t made of paper, but rather a thick hydrogel that hugs my face closely and doesn’t slip even when I walked around my apartment with it on (I’ve found that if your face is wet, it adheres less well, so dry off completely).
The cool gel also makes the mask incredibly refreshing — a bonus in a formula full of active ingredients that creates a slight tingle when applied. The ingredients are formulated for typical men’s issues, redness, sun damage, dehydration, and breakouts.
some others, it uses green tea, but also includes niacinamide (a powerful acne-fighting version of vitamin B3), collagen for anti-aging, and antioxidants ginger and licorice root.
I truthfully didn’t want to take the mask off, it felt so good, but after I did, my skin was noticeably more hydrated and calm. I’d use it every day if I could.
Verso Deep Hydration Mask
For me, this is another near-perfect mask for men.
It comes in two parts (so you don’t have to use the bottom if you have a beard), is made from thick biocellulose that’s never left sticky paper fibers on my face (the way cheaper masks can), and it imparts crazy moisture without being sticky.
And the hydration lasts four or five days after using it. It’s the ultimate post-hangover reviver. At $20 a mask, it’s incredibly expensive, so I save it for the most special occasions.
Sweet Chef Kale Vitamin B Fresh Pressed Face Mask Sheet
The good thing about sheet masks is that they’ve become so ubiquitous that you can find them anywhere, even your local drugstore or big box. The bad news is that, for that same reason, there are a lot of terrible ones out there.
I fell in love with this one from Korean beauty–inspired brand Sweet Chef because it’s very gentle and contains some naturally derived ingredients aloe for soothing and kale extract for antioxidants. It’s become one of my go-to masks during or after travel, when my skin needs extra hydration.
My only gripe is that it’s on the smaller side, but there is lots of extra serum to smear onto my whole face after using it.
Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask
This two-part hydrogel mask is infused with an oil-based serum of Amazonian ingredients copaiba resin oil, pracaxi oil, and andiroba oil. Men tend to think their skin is oily, so they don’t often use oil-based products.
But lots of men have dry skin and don’t realize it, in which case oils are perfect. Good oils, the one in this mask, won’t make your skin more oily. In fact, they can help curb the production of excess sebum.
This one is a win-win, no matter which end of the spectrum you land on.
HeTime Revitalizing & Hydrating Sheet Mask
Another man-specific mask, this HeTime mask is shaped more a Batman cowl than a Jason mask.
For guys with facial hair, it covers more skin than just the top half of a split mask, so you don’t feel bad about wasting the bottom part.
As a bonus, it’s cut big — almost too big for my face, which is a rare but good problem to have. I found that even though I don’t have a beard, the moringa-rich serum helps perk up my skin when it’s looking dull and tired.
I picked up this mask on a trip to the drugstore as a substitute for my usual peel-off; I find sheet masks to be slightly more gentle if you want to deep-clean often.
The activated charcoal in this mask soaks up excess oil but isn’t drying or irritating some other charcoal products, maybe due to the soothing aloe extract.
It helped minimize my blackheads almost as well as my favorite peel-off and definitely made my skin feel clean without that tight, squeaky feeling. The package had more serum than I expected, which is handy for smearing on my face after I finish masking to add extra hydration.
Port Products Marine Layer Intense Recovery Masks
I found myself reaching for this biocellulose mask again and again when I felt run down and needed a little pick-me-up.
The cocktail of marine ingredients algae and seaweed made my skin feel immediately hydrated and brighter, which makes this mask one of my favorites for morning masking or an afternoon boost when I’m feeling sluggish. It has a minty scent, which perked me up without irritating my skin.
While this mask doesn’t come in two parts, it’s big enough to cover my whole face and the biocellulose stuck well to short stubble, though it didn’t stick as well to my brother’s longer whiskers.
Peach and Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask
If you’re a male sheet-mask newbie, this sheet mask is a great place to start.
It has gentle exfoliation from alpha hydroxy acid (men don’t need to exfoliate as much as women, due to shaving), hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and ceramides to help reinforce the skin’s natural barrier (something that can also become compromised due to shaving). Even with all those fancy ingredients it doesn’t tingle and leaves skin feeling fresh and bright.
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Hydrogel Mask Vs. Sheet Mask
So you’ve finally found truly clean, natural face masks – no parabens, no silicones, no PEGs, no irritating perfumes. But what type of mask will you best: sheet mask, or hydrogel mask?
While we’re willing to bet you’d love both, we’ve come up with a quick rundown of similarities and differences between these two popular mask collections. Good luck choosing just one!
Anatomy of a Natural Face Mask
Our sheet and hydrogel masks are free of the common toxic ingredients found in mainstream masks:
- Pore-clogging silicones
- Copolymers or plastic byproducts
- Synthetic preservatives (i.e. parabens)
- Parfum/ Fragrance (95% of fragrances used in beauty products are derived from petroleum)
- Other petrochemical ingredients such as benzene, paraffin wax, toluene, and PEGs
We also avoid cheap fillers plain water, which often makes up over 65% of typical skin care formulas. Every single ingredient we use – from pomegranate oil to aloe vera – is an ingredient found in nature or derived by a natural process.
Sheet Mask Vs. Hydrogel Mask: How Are They Different?
Hydrogel masks and Korean sheet masks are designed to infuse nutrients into your skin over an extended period of time. Each unique mask is soaked in a potent serum solution, which is delivered directly onto skin and deeply absorbed while you wear the mask.
While the overall concept is similar, these masks have different ways in which they benefit each skin type or concen.
Hydrogel Sheet Masks
The base of our hydrogel mask material is composed of 2 organic ingredients: organic aloe juice and plant cellulose. This hydrogel blend is soaked in a serum solution and when worn, transfers the serum deep into skin.
Skin quenching aloe juice and cellulose are slowly sucked up by your skin, and will actually signal to you when they have been completely absorbed. As you wear the mask, your skin slowly sucks up the water content of the hydrogel base – this means the mask will actually begin to shrink and shrivel once it’s been depleted.
This transference of water from the mask to your skin is what gives our hydrogel masks a cooling, refreshing sensation for your skin. It’s the perfect post-sauna partner or after-sun treat!
Korean Sheet Masks
Un our hydrogel masks, these authentic Korean sheet masks will not become thinner on your skin as you wear them. These sheet masks are composed of eco-friendly bamboo fiber, and therefore won’t provide the same intense cooling effect as our aloe-based hydrogel masks. Each mask is drenched in a potent serum solution, then folded neatly into an individual packet.
However, using super soft bamboo cloth has its perks. These expertly formulated Korean sheet masks will cling to every inch of your face, for full contact serum delivery. If your skin is very dry, the sheet mask will become dry towards the end of the session, letting you know that all of the serum has been absorbed.
Our founder and Chief Creative Ambassador Susie Wang grew up in a Korean home where taking exceptional care of your skin was a part of daily life. In Korea, the beauty routine is a meditative ritual, and sheet masks – often used as a follow up to a serum – are a key part of the process.
Using Susie’s upbringing as inspiration, we developed the best Korean sheet masks possible. We actually did K-beauty one better – we used only clean, non-toxic, and plant-based ingredients.
Our sheet masks are made from an antibacterial bamboo cloth, and drenched in serums designed to target a host of skin care benefits. There’s one with deep hydration from hyaluronic acid, one for reducing the appearance of wrinkles with vegetable-derived retinol, and another for brightening the skin with fermented rice water (sake).
For our masks, we refuse to use any of the silicones or alcohols used in conventional serum formulas. That’s because we’re looking to soothe and nourish skin; not dry it out.
This unique collection of natural face masks includes something for every skin type! Making your choice depends on your skin care needs.
Our Korean sheet masks feature:
- Ginseng, vitamin C, and retinol to promote collagen levels
- Cucumber, hyaluronic acid, and aloe to deeply hydrate dry skin
- Tea tree, salicylic acid, and parsley to calm and clarify acne
- CoQ10, retinol, and vitamin C to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Sake, retinol, and vitamin C to brighten, tighten, and restore skin in one comprehensive anti-aging treatment
Each of our hydrogel masks is made from organic aloe juice and plant cellulose, making them gentle enough for any skin type and totally biodegradable. Cellulose is the organic polymer that makes up the primary cell wall of plants, and is what we use to keep our masks bonded together.
Organic aloe juice is a soothing anti-inflammatory and ultra hydrator, making it an ingredient that any skin type will love. Hydrogel masks start with this nutritious duo as their base, and pack on the targeted ingredients for collagen boosting, soothing sun damage, or deeply replenishing dry or tired skin.
Our hydrogel sheet masks feature:
- Ginseng, vitamin C, and royal jelly to plump and promote collagen
- Aloe, green coffee, and seaweed to soothe red, inflamed, or sun damaged skin
- Green tea, aloe, and calendula to tone and replenish dry skin
- Matcha, aloe, and cucumber to hydrate and awaken the eye area
Home Spa Tips for Using a Sheet or Hydrogel Mask
Before you begin your magical masking journey, you’ll want to first cleanse the face and exfoliate the top layer of your skin. This primes your skin to absorb the greatest amount of serum nutrients, no matter which mask you choose.
We start with our Pore Detox Cleanser for light exfoliation and a deep, detoxifying cleanse. For those who a more thorough exfoliation, try our award-winning Acai Pulp Facial Scrub. Follow with our super gentle, ultra hydrating Rose Micellar Cleansing Water to sweep away any remaining traces of dead skin or impurities from the pores.
Best Times to Wear Them
For our Korean sheet masks, you can use them after stepping a steamy shower or sauna, or apply them before bedtime as part of your nightly routine. On a hot day or after your daily workout, get a deep cleanse before draping a super cooling hydrogel mask over your face, while soaking sore muscles in a warm bath.
How to Wear Your Mask
Where you wear these masks is pretty much up to you – just keep in mind that our Korean sheet masks will cling tightly to your face, while the hydrogel mask formulas might slip and slide if you attempt your yoga pose while wearing them.
We recommend forcing yourself to enjoy some R&R while you wear either of these masks: preferably in a comfy, reclined position with some hot tea or good book in hand. For some serious stress relief, ease muscle tension in a therapeutic bath soak before leaning back and enjoying a well-deserved masking moment.
When to Remove – and Move On
Once your hydrogel mask has begun to shrivel or your Korean sheet mask has begun to dry out, remove your mask and discard.
Massage the leftover serum into the skin of your face, neck, and decollete. Don’t rinse – these mask solutions offer valuable serum benefits for your skin. Follow up with your day or night moisturizer to seal in the nutrients from your mask.
DERMAL Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet, 16 Combo Pack B
13 new & used offers from min price$9.99
“Easy to use masks at a great price.” – by Elizabeth Cameron (Spokane, Wa)
This contains a great assortment of masks. They all come in individual packaging. This grouping seemed to have more masks with a fruit base. The sheets were a thin white, easy to unfold and put on. I find they don't stay on the face when sitting or walking around, so this is a lay down and relax mask.
There was a lot of concentrate in it, I was able to wipe it on my body when I was done. There is just a minimal smell, and it was very light and natural smelling, not a perfume. This sheet has eye folds; you can either leave then down or you can fold over your eyes. This is the first sheet I have used that had this feature and it was great.
The mask left my soft and smooth and felt wonderful on. It had a cooling effect that was very … full review
“My wife made me wear one and… I d it.” – by Terrence A. (New York City, NY)
The only negative thing I can say about these face masks is that they look pretty creepy. My wife put one on while we were driving out to Delaware and she freaked people out as we drove past with her staring at them through the passenger side window.
I tried one myself later that night and truth be told, it made my face feel refreshed and my pores feeling they were actually breathing. I'd totally recommend these masks; they smell great and they seem to do the job they're meant to. Recommended.
7 new & used offers from min price$17.99
“bad adult acne” – by Melissa
I'm a 20 y/o full time college student. I don't have a lot of money to spend on skincare. I ordered these masks because they were cheap and came in bulk so I didn't need to keep reordering, and they were alcohol and fragrance free.
I know I have no business messing with collagen yet, but I had ridiculously large pores, sensitive skin, bad adult acne, etc., so if they had any chance of helping my skin a little, I'd take it.
First off, I have been using these masks once every three days for a couple months. In the beginning, my skin had to adjust and I broke out for one or two days, but once it did, they did not cause any problem with aggravating my acne or causing more.
There are many masks that you can customize to what your skin needs that day. They mostly feel the … full review
100 pcs Korean Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask Sheets ( 10 x 10 Types)
by OBS lab
“Best. Mask. Ever.” – by Harmony Vermazani (Nor Easter )
I use a lot of masks, from around the world. I would consider myself a skincare expert. I usually spend $3-$6 a mask. These masks are about $0.39 cents per mask. The quality of these masks is OUTSTANDING.
They are big enough to cover the whole face. They are thoroughly saturated with essence, so much so the package has about an extra couple tablespoons of essence left to pat on your neck, face and décolletage.
Most of all I love how much they make my skin glow.
“Hydrating and cleaning PLUS mask stays on my face” – by D37 (Minnesota)
This is the second time I've ordered this product. I originally got it because my daughter loves Skederm's snail serum. I ordered a second set of these masks because she discovered my 'cache' when she was home visiting.
These masks cause my skin to look and feel more youthful. The snail serum is a miracle lotion. It helps heal skin and it is very hydrating.
These masks also fit much better than others I have tried and they actually stay on my face so I don't have to lay down or recline.
by Celavi Cosmetics
“Decent masks, worth buying to try at least once” – by Alex F
I really enjoy these masks. Good price. The serum does leave your face a bit sticky but I usually leave 20 minutes or so for it to dry. Affordable masks. They are similar to each other but I do notice some differences.
The pomegranate is my favorite. I've purchased these several times, and use them 1-2 times a week. I wish the face was cut out, because the sheet doesn't fit perfectly, but the quality is good for the price.
I will purchase them again in the future.
ETUDE HOUSE 0.2mm Air Mask 20ml Combo Pack (15 Pack)
by Etude House
Only 4 left in stock – order soon.
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“Favorite masks” – by Kristin (Western WA, USA)
These are the masks that made me understand the sheet-mask fuss. I'm not going to pay over $1.5 for a regular-use mask, and several of the masks I've used in that price category have been pretty ho-hum.
These have very thin clingy fabric and lots of essence that's never sticky — my favorite are the creamy ones Ceramide and Manuka Honey but they've all been mild, deeply moisturizing and plumping.
Regular use 3-5x a week has contributed to my pores looking much smaller and my skin having a smooth bouncy texture. And they're dirt cheap!
A'pieu Milk Mask Variety Pack, 1 Ounce
12 new & used offers from min price$4.98
“Hydrate-Firming-Not burn your skin” – by Xiong
The mask is not too thin. It smells real milk but not too much sticky after used which I really about it.
I have a dry and sensitive skin so it was difficult for me to find the mask that not burn my skin, but this one just gave me an incredible result. My skin feels much better and shiny after using the almond one.
I was really suprised about the result. The package is so cute and delivered faster than I expected. Worth the money, would recommend it to everyone.
“I love these masks so far” – by Jaymie
I love these masks so far! I've tried a few different ones and am most satisfied with the thinness of the masks. I ordered a few other masks when I ordered this pack, and these are by far my favorite of the three.
The scents are not too overpowering and the mask feels soft and light on my face, not heavy and thick some of the others. I would definitely reorder these masks and recommend them to my friends. I do a mask every night and have tried several different brands at this point.
They are my favorite, but I wish they made a coconut moisturizing mask, the one from the Face Shop.
by LA PURE
“Tighter, smoother skin, even after first use” – by Lnm84 (DEERFIELD, IL, US)
I was skeptical of using snail secretions on my skin, it seemed pretty out there. But after reading some blogs and seeing it pop up in beauty magazines, I decided to give it a shot. These masks are great. They are easy to use and feel nice on my skin.
The days of rubbing a cream mask over my face, waiting 20 minutes, then scrubbing it off are over. I love that you can just unfold this one, lay it on your skin, and then throw it away when the time is up, gently patting the remaining serum into your skin.
After the first use I noticed my skin looked more hydrated and firm. I look forward to seeing the results after all ten!
The 13 Best Korean Face Masks
Photo-Illustration: by Stevie Remsberg; Photos: Getty
The least-expensive thing you can do for your skin (other than drinking water and breathing) is often a sheet mask. Sheet masks are a great gateway product into Korean beauty, and you only need a few dollars and 20 minutes to get dewier, glowier (and damper) skin.
Here’s a round-up of the best Korean masks, as distinguished by overwhelmingly positive internet reviews and my personal experience — including sleeping masks which smell watermelon, sheet masks made snail, and one mask that feels truly luxurious.
Make P:rem Layering Me. Firming Mask
This is a little pricier than others, but you get two sheet masks for the price of one. The first is thin and delicate, and the second is thicker and heavier, with some helpful ear flaps. Here’s the crazy thing: You’re supposed to layer one over the other. This mask really saved me on a 14-hour delayed flight to Japan, and I left the plane with better skin than when I got on.
With this pack, you get 24 sheet masks for $12, which is roughly 50 cents a mask. You could sheet mask every day Michelle Yeoh if you wanted to! And the Amazon reviews (2,000 of them) all demonstrate that this is a pretty nice thing.
Leaders Insolution Aquaringer
A friend’s husband brought these back for me from Korea, and now I’m looking for more smugglers.
This is best for dry skin types as it’s very, very wet (which I know, sounds a bit ridiculous, being “very pregnant”), and doesn’t play the best under makeup.
But if you don’t wear a lot of makeup and have slacked a bit in your skin care, this offers a good quick fix. It takes only about 20 minutes to make your skin look better than it did before.
CNP Quick Soothing SOS Mask
This mask takes two steps. I wasn’t thrilled when I learned about this, because who needs more work? But it’s worth it. First, there’s a pre-treatment hydrating ampoule handily located in the top partition of the sheet.
Then once you finish slathering that over your face, you apply the sheet mask, which is soaked in even more hydrating liquid.
After using this one, my face seemed to be lit with one of those flattering rose light bulbs for practically an entire day.
DR. JART+ Shake & Shot™ Rubber Masks
For this one, you mix up the ingredients sort of Betty Crocker cake batter to create a rubber mask. It sounds a living Tom Cruise’s-mask-in-Vanilla Sky nightmare.
But once you get past that part, it’s actually very hydrating! I loved wearing my creepy rubber mask around the apartment, and I especially enjoyed peeling it off to reveal soft, plump skin.
This is a fun group activity to do with friends who things that are a little creepy.
Peach & Lily Sheet Mask Set
If you hate scented sheet masks, these are for you. Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon, who has eczema, formulated these to be especially great for sensitive skin. They’re free of denatured alcohol, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and formaldehyde.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
This product became cult in Korea because it was one of the first sleeping masks ever. Allegedly, one is sold every 12 minutes. I that it doesn’t feel creamy or cloying — it’s nice and cooling. It has a watery gel texture, and applying it before bed feels the equivalent of placing a glass of water next to the nightstand.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
If you love the best flavor of Jolly Rancher (watermelon, obviously), then this is for you.
It contains real watermelon extract (rich in aminos), hyaluronic acid, and AHAs to gently hydrate and gently exfoliate.
This is a sleeping mask with a gel texture that you put on over your moisturizer and wash off in the morning. On Sephora, it has over 2,000 reviews in which people rave about how much they love it.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Sheet Mask
I’ve been talking about this luxurious mask for years and it still holds up. Please tell a rich relative of yours to give it to you for the holidays. The mask is as thin and fine as a Communion wafer and drenched in so much essence that it feels it dissolves into your skin. Using it at home is even better than a facial, and leaves my skin looking bright, less haunted, and vibrant.
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The 13 Best Korean Face Masks
The Best Sheet Masks For Every Part of Your Body
Why is it that when we hear “skincare,” we only think of our face? We spend hundreds of dollars on wrinkle-softening retinols, brightening vitamin Cs, hydrating hyaluronic acids, and specialized treatment masks, but when it comes time to moisturize our body, we pat any old drugstore lotion onto the driest spots and call it day.
Yet from the neck down, our skin suffers from all the same concerns as our complexion does. This includes lines, sagging, clogged pores, flakiness . . . and of course, the list goes on.
But in the last couple of years, beauty brands have started to come around and realize that skincare and body care don’t need to be two separate entities — and our necks, hands, and bikini lines are better-looking because of it.
Pick a body part, any body part, and you can bet there’s a sheet mask targeted to treat its specific skin needs. We rounded up the best and asked dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur to weigh in on how to use them.
Neck & Chest
The aging process can hit the thin skin on the neck and chest particularly hard. That’s largely due to motion (the neck is an elastic that’s constantly twisting) and general neglect (who among us is moisturizing all the way down to the décolletage each night?). Dr.
Marmur explains that lines, crepiness, and a stretched appearance are inevitable in these areas when you hit 40, but sunscreen, fractional lasers, and potent masks can help reverse — and prevent — damage.
Her Marmur Metamorphosis® Revive Neck & Chest Mask ($22) is a hydrogel treatment for post-laser and aging skin that drapes across the entire chest and wraps around the neck.
The mask delivers a reparative blend of ginseng, blue-green algae, wild indigo, and a peptide complex that claims to reduce wrinkles and lines by inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters that control muscle contractions.
First, the disappointing news. “No mask or topical is ever going to lift the breast,” says Dr. Marmur regarding the growing number of masks on the market that claim to do so.
(But, deep down, you probably already knew that.
) What it will lift, however, is your mood: Few things feel as wonderfully indulgent as sitting topless on your couch with a glass of wine, your favorite TV show, and a jelly- mask on each boob.
Of course, you don’t need to breast-mask — according to Dr. Marmur, breast skin is some of the healthiest on the body because it has less sun damage and, in most cases, a good amount of fat — but it can’t hurt to use the same moisturizers and anti-agers there that you use on your face. Just avoid the nipple, she warns. “
It’s a mucosal area with no protective stratum corneum, so it’s more susceptible to irritation.” Luckily, the Kocostar® Breast Mask ($9) is a moisturizing and firming hydrogel that wraps around each breast a scarf, with holes for the nipples. And if that’s not enough of a lewk for you, rest assured: It’s camo-print, too.
Elbows & Knees
Our elbows and knees do a lot for us, and rarely do we take the time to stop and thank them.
Yeah, joints aren’t exactly the sexiest parts of the body to mask, but if you don’t dry, crepey skin on yours, get ahead of the aging process with the SiO Beauty® Elbow & Knee Rescue LiftTM ($45).
The reusable, medical-grade silicone patches hydrate, help promote natural collagen production, and are designed to be worn while you sleep.
No good deed goes unpunished: You sit at your desk all day, churning out work, then motivate yourself to skip happy hour and instead hit the gym for a hard, sweaty workout, and when you wake up the next day, you discover a huge pimple has sprouted right in the middle of your bum. It’s a cruel world, but at least there’s a fix. The Bawdy® Beauty Slap It Caffeine Butt Mask ($10) retexturizes the skin back there with soothing aloe leaf juice, exfoliating orange peel extract, and stimulating caffeine.
With a separate sheet mask drenched in serum for each cheek, it’s not the easiest thing to apply — you’ll probably want to put a towel down and lie on your stomach — and it kind of looks a diaper from behind, but it sure is soothing. (As for preventing those pimples in the future, try Dr. Marmur’s trick: “My number one beauty hack is to spray antiperspirant on your tush before you work out, then rinse right after.”)
Your groin is a hotspot for hair follicles and sweat-producing glands, so ingrowns, irritation, and bumps are par for the course down there, explains Dr. Marmur.
She recommends investing in laser hair removal for a permanent fix and dabbing on benzoyl peroxide in the immediate. If you’re looking for a more soothing and novel treatment, though, there’s a lacy, oddly-cut mask that checks the boxes.
The TWO L(I)PS® Blackout Activated Charcoal Mask ($20) is a serum-soaked lace sheet mask (it covers the entire exterior, pelvic bone down to the inner thighs) with binchotan charcoal to gently draw out oil and congestion, organic plant extracts chamomile and elderberry to calm, licorice to brighten, and aloe vera and ylang ylang to hydrate. We keeping it in the fridge for use after waxing.
[Editor’s note: Because the mask is heavily formulated with essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid it. Ask your doctor if you have any other concerns.]
If the iPhone’s new screen time limits aren’t enough to keep you off Instagram for an hour, try this instead: Karuna® Hydrating+ Hand Mask ($10).
The gloves are filled with a nourishing blend of aloe, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, and licorice that leaves dry winter hands feeling smooth and soft. If sun spots are a concern, Dr.
Marmur recommends first slathering a brightening serum on the tops of hands — she s SkinMedica® Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum ($154) — before securing the moisturizing mask.
Our feet need all the help they can get in terms of exfoliation and moisture. For getting rid of rough, dead skin, Dr.
Marmur suggests a treatment with any combo of AHAs, TONY MOLY® Foot Peeling Shoes ($7). Then, follow that up with a softening bootie, the Dr. Jart DermaskTM Foot Smoothing Mask ($12).
This one uses foil and warming thermotherapy technology for a pretty luxurious spa- effect.
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