Should you try a sheet mask?

Sheet masks may not be attractive but they sure are effective.

By Tracy Davis
Originating from Asia, sheet masks are a fun and reasonably inexpensive way to pamper your skin. They might look a little strange, but they get fantastic results.

What is a sheet mask?

Shaped like a face so it hugs every contour, these clever masks are made from a very fine layer of paper, cotton, gel or foil, pre-soaked in concentrated serums and sealed in individual sachets, ready to use.

How do I use it?

Prepare your skin by cleansing and exfoliating first so that all of the goodness from the mask is able to be absorbed effectively.
Unwrap the sheet, position it over your face and relax but not before you make the most of any precious serum left in the sachet by scooping up the excess and massaging it over your neck, decollete and the back of your hands.
At the end of the recommended time, throw away the mask and pat any remaining product residue into your skin until it's absorbed.
Seal the deal with a moisturiser over the top.

Give one a go...

For strengthening skin:
Out late February, we can't wait to try Lancome's Genifique Hydrogel Melting Mask, $40. It's loaded with probiotics and in particular, Bifidus, to boost the skin's resistance to environmental nasties.
For tightening:
30mls of serum in each sheet of Clarins' Instant Lift Serum Mask, $150 (pack of 5) gives skin a good soaking of anti-aging goodness and we love how this mask fits all the way down over the neck area too.
For dull skin:
Give it a dose of vitamin C and brightening ingredients with Mecca Cosmetica Lit from Within Sheet Mask, $50 (pack of four), to get an instantly more radiant complexion.
For a big event:
Help your make-up glide on seamlessly by prepping skin with the Estee Lauder Double Wear 3 Minute Priming + Moisture Mask, $80 (pack of eight) or $15 for an individual mask.
For puffy eyes:
If bags under your eyes are a problem, the activated charcoal within these gel pads will soothe and re-energise them. BLAQ Hydrogel Eye Masks, $29.99 (pack of five).
For a youthful lift:
Shiseido Revital Lifting Mask Science EX, $167 (pack of 6) uses state-of-the-art 'Lift-up Technology' to firm the contours of the face, at least for a few hours anyway.
For boosting:
Innoxa Wrinkle Defence with Collagen Face Sheet Mask, $14.99, works to strengthen the skin's elasticity for a fresh glow.
For plumping wrinkles:
Hyaluronic acid combined with a stretchy fabric means Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask, $24.99, (pack of five) fits snugly over your entire face for maximum absorption.
For a holiday glow:
Faux tan comes together with hyaluronic acid in the St Tropez Self Tan Express Facial Sheet Mask, $15.99. The longer you leave it on, the deeper the dewy glow becomes.
For congested skin:
The charcoal in Freeman Beauty Cleansing Sheet Mask, $7.50, will work to draw out the impurities, while a dose of pro-biotics helps to boost the health of your skin.