Sheet masks are having a moment. And while they're all over Instagram, it's tough to determine which of these hydrating, moisturizing, and rejuvenating products are best for your skin (everyone is different!). See what our editors and the Beauty Lab at the GolfHr Institute have to say (and psst ... sheet masks make excellent stocking stuffers).
Place this paper Skin Laundry mask — infused with meadowfoam seed oil, glycerin, and fruit extracts — over a clean face for serious skin nourishment. Though testers found it a bit "slimy," it's for good reason: Our Lab says it boosted moisturization by a whopping 25%.
This Dr. Jart+ mask stood out as a great complexion calmer and hydrator. It received high marks for being soothing and not irritating, and our testing showed that it increased hydration by 23%.
This Karuna mask won't irritate skin or cause redness and is easy to wear. Testers were impressed with the "temporary plumping" and said it "tightened skin in a good way." Our Lab analysis, however, found it didn't significantly moisturize skin, and had a bit too much serum in the package.
This inexpensive sheet mask got solid marks from testers, who said it was hydrating and made their skin glow. Despite this reaction, our experts determined that it only boosted skin hydration by 5.3%.
This mask recently earned a GH Seal for its incredible results. Treat your skin to an at-home “facial” with this Korean beauty-inspired sheet mask. Of all the women who tested the product, 87% said their skin looked and felt firm after they used it twice weekly for two weeks.
In our testing, Masque Bar delivered temporary anti-aging effects. Testers liked that this mask didn't leave an unpleasant residue, and our Lab noted that skin moisturization increased by 23%. The only downside is that the eye holes aren't fully cut out.
This splurge-worthy mask hydrates with a creamy serum and has a soothing scent. There's a little residue after removal, but testers liked the "nicely scented, gentle, easy-to-apply" mask. Moisturization increased by 20%, and though there was extra serum, users didn't feel it was overly messy.
Farmacy's gel mask calms skin and has a soothing cucumber scent, described by testers as "lovely" and "soft." It earned the highest scores from testers (one said it made her fine lines vanish!), but our Lab found that it only increased skin moisture levels by 7%.
Fango Essenziali's easy-to-use mask is refreshing and rela. Some testers thought this sheet mask wasn't as form-fitting, but most maintained that it was easy to use and had enough product to absorb into the skin. Our Lab testing didn't show any moisturization benefits after six hours, but it didn't cause any irritation or redness.
The GolfHr Institute hasn't put them to the test yet, but Ulta shoppers can't stop raving about these. Each box comes with 14 sheet masks, and reviewers say they love the variety — and claim the masks are moisturizing, soothing, and softened their skin.
While it hasn't been tested by the GolfHr Institute yet, this mask from SK-11 is Sephora's bestseller. With more than 200 five star reviews, people are saying the cult favorite mask is "worth the splurge." As one reviewer wrote, it "leaves your skin brighter and refreshed. It's perfect to use before you go out with friends. Everyone will be asking you what have you been using."
Not really. Sheet masks are paper, cloth, or a gel-like material saturated with serum that contains moisturizers and extracts, explains Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Director of the Beauty Lab at the GolfHr Institute. Most claim to hydrate, firm, lift, plump, brighten and lighten skin, but our Lab determined that the ingredients in the serums are all quite similar. So you really can't make a bad choice!