Your Complete Guide on Which Sheet Mask to Use Based on Your Concern

By February 8, 2018

In our sheet masks by skin concern guide, you’ll learn which sheet mask to use for anti-aging, sensitive skin, and dryness!

Sheet masking is the most iconic part of the ten step beauty routine. But with K-beauty becoming a massive global phenomenon, there’s so many to choose from that it can be pretty overwhelming. So, we’re breaking it down for you. Take our quiz to find out which sheet mask you need in your life:

1. Target Area Sheet Masks

There are some times when a full sheet mask regimen is just too much, but you still have areas that you want to give special treatment. Here’s where the localized treatment face masks come in. These masks are smaller and dedicated to local areas like under the eyes, the nose, or even the feet. They’re great when you just can’t commit yourself to a full face mask.

Eyes

The undereye area is a notorious problem spot for many people. It’s the home of dark circles and can be extremely sensitive and dry even when the rest of your skin isn’t, which is why it’s important to give this area a little extra TLC. The Missha Speedy Solution Brightening Eye Patch and Sally’s Box Friendly Collagen Eye Patch are great options for giving a little extra attention to the area under our eyes. The Missha patches are great for getting rid of those lack-of-sleep signs, because they brighten and hydrate, where the Sally’s Box patches are great for de-puffing and soothing, tired eyes. Both masks have a jelly like consistency.

Pro tip: Throwing them in the fridge prior to use will help reduce any puffiness underneath the eyes. The Manefit Beauty Planner Lily Brightening Eye Mask is a great option for giving the entire eye area a little boost. They’re formulated with lily extract to hydrate and niacinamide to brighten and even out skin tone, leaving your eye area feeling hydrated and radiant.

Nose

One of people’s biggest skin care complaints is recurring blackheads on the nose. Lucky for us, there are two great solutions! The Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Pack is a three step masking routing that is best used with the Skinmiso Comedo Remover. First, you use the mask to help bring sebum to the surface of the skin, then extract using the remover, and finally use the last nose strip to tighten up pores and calm any irritated skin.

If the Skinmiso pore pack is a little too intense for you, try out the Tony Moly Strawberry Seed Nose Pack! Though the pack is still three steps, it’s slightly less work intensive than its Skinmiso counterpart. It comes with three different nose strips to be used successively to extract gunk out of pores, leaving them clean and smooth.

Lips

We all know the struggle of dry, flaky lips, especially in the winter. That’s where the Skinfood Pomegranate Collagen Lip Mask comes in. This mask is packed with great nutrients in the form of pomegranate extracts, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Pomegranate has also been known to aid in the healing of eczema and psoriasis, so it’s great for dry skin. This mask is also infused with collagen to intensely hydrate, leaving you with the softest lips possible.

Neck

An area that we forget too often in skin care is the neck, which is frustrating to treat if wrinkles have already formed. The Neogen Agecure 3D Lifting Wrinkle Neck Mask is a great fix designed to lift and firm the skin of the neck. This mask is packed with niacinamide, galactomyces ferment filtrate, and collagen to hydrate, plump up skin and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a great solution to all those pesky tech neck lines.

2. Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, putting new products on your face can be especially scary because you don’t know how your skin will react. Sheet masks can be troublesome since you’re meant to leave them on your face for a prolonged period of time. Lucky for you, there are still some great mask options for sensitive skin.

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask is drenched in snail mucin and bee venom to nourish and improve skin tone and texture, while leaving your skin feeling hydrated and plump. The product is fragrance free and with a pH level of 6.5-7.5. The Leaders Balancing Recovery Mask is another great pH balancing mask that also contains coconut gel, with vitamin B and vitamin C, as well as AC-fensine and witch hazel to control sebum production. It also contains additional calendula to help soothe the skin.

The Acwell Daanje masks which come in water, honey, drinks, and rice are another great option. Using fermented ingredients derived from traditional Korean medicine, these masks are free of parabens, talc, mineral oil, and sulfates, all of which are generally associated with irritating sensitive skin.

3. Acne

If acne is a problem area for you, layering products, one on top of the other sounds like one of the worst things that you can do for your skin. That may be true, but there are masks to combat your problem spots! Snail mucin is a great treatment for acne prone skin because it’s a natural healing agent. Though snail mucin is primarily known for its ability to boost collagen production and deeply moisturize, it can also fight blemishes and repair skin damage which is exactly what is needed for fighting acne before, during, and after a blemish appears! The Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydrogel Mask, Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask, and My Skin Mentor Dr. G Wrinkle Snail Mask are all great masking options that are packed with snail mucin.

If you’re still not keen on snail mucin on your face, try something with green tea. Green tea is wonderful for soothing irritation and redness, as well as fighting acne. It can also help reduce production of excess oil in the skin. We recommend the Skinfood Everyday Green Tea Facial Mask Sheet or Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask as a great green tea mask options.

4. Pores

Pores get a bad rap in skin care. They’re completely natural and necessary part of your skin care ecosystem. You can’t permanently close your pores, but you can treat them properly to try to reduce their appearance. The Goodal Black Charcoal Mask Sparkling Clear is great because it’s formulated with black charcoal powder to rid the pores of impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells, all whilst soothing with carbonated bubbles. The bubbles also bring oxygen to your skin to help remove toxins.

The Ultru I’m Sorry for My Skin Jelly Mask – Pore Care is another great option for skin rehabilitation. It contains chamomile extract and chestnut shell extract, which are great ingredients for smoothing out large pores. Plus, it’s packed with glycerin and plant extracts to strengthen the skin barrier and deeply moisturize.

5. Dryness

Dry skin is one of winter’s biggest skin woes. But packing in the extra hydration is sometimes easier said than done. Thankfully, most masks provide intense hydration for the skin. Here are some of our favorites, specifically for giving your the plumpest, softest skin ever. Neogen’s Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask is a sheet mask but leveled up. It comes with an ampoule capsule that you break right into the sheet mask before use. The ampoule is formulated with hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. A’Pieu’s milk masks which come in strawberry, coffee, green tea, and pure milk are a great option for dry skin. Cleopatra swore by using milk in her skin care routine because it’s a great natural soothing agent and can also reduce fine lines and pigmentation. These masks use a combination of milk extract, aloe extract, and hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate the skin and gently exfoliate dead skin cells to leave you with the smoothest, most glowy skin.

The E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Cream Sheet Mask is a great, super lightweight alternative for dry skin. It’s packed with birch juice for intense hydration. Birch Juice also contains a ton of amino acids for strengthening your skin barrier, as well as calendula to soothe any inflammation. 

6. Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, dark spots, and other forms of pigmentation are some of the most common skin woes. Sometimes treatments for these spots can feel too harsh on the skin and you just want something soothing and relaxing. That’s where the masks come in. Neogen’s White Truffle Hydramax Knit Mask contains avocado oil which is a natural brightener as well as white truffle, ceramides, milk, and propolis to balance out the skin and add a boost of hydration and moisture.

The Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask is another great option for evening out skin tone because it contains niacinamide and telagyn, both great ingredients for brightening and reducing discoloration!

7. Anti-Aging

We all want to have young-looking skin forever. There are a ton of great masks to help us do just that, without using things like fillers! The Leaders Lifting Recovery Mask is soaked in serilesine to increase elasticity and lift and mushroom complex extracts to hydrate and soften skin, leaving you with glowy, young looking skin.

The Klavuu White Pearlsation Pearl Serum Mask. Pearls are packed with calcium, amino acids, magnesium, and other minerals making them awesome for anti-aging, brightening, and restoring skin. The mask also contains niacinamide, adenosine, and grapefruit for evening out skin tone and leaving skin more radiant, firm, and hydrated.

The bottom line:

There is a mask for everyone! Masking can sometimes feel like work because it takes a little bit longer than every other step in your routine but if your skin is feeling like it needs a little TLC or you’re due in for a little self care, there’s definitely a mask for you.

+ What are your favorite sheet masks by skin concern? Let us know in the comments!

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