Sheet masks were probably 2014’s biggest beauty trend, and for good reason: They actually work. How? These masks, which are made of cotton, silk, plant pulp or bio-cellulose fiber, are designed to keep active ingredients in direct contact with your skin while blocking the air (and the contaminants in it) from interfering with the process. Keeping the air out also raises your skin’s temperature, forcing your pores to open up and allowing nutrients to penetrate more deeply.
But that’s just one of the reasons we love sheet masks. Here are 5 other reasons—plus, the best sheet mask we found for your worst skin concern.
1. They’re easy to put on.
Simply unfold the mask, align the holes with the corresponding parts of your face, press it down to secure it in place, relax for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove. No need to rinse! And because the formula has already been evenly distributed on the sheet, you can rest assured that every part of your face will get an equal dose of nutrients.
2. They’re hygienic to use.
Such is the beauty of disposable sheets: You use one, and then you toss it. And unlike those in jars and tubes, these sheets are individually packed in sealed packets, keeping them moist and sterile until you’re ready to use them.
3. They’re portable.
With traditional masks, you need running water, a sink, a towel and some post-rinse serums and moisturizers—but not with a sheet mask! You can take it anywhere and use it anytime. All you need are your fingers (which won’t get sticky, by the way), making it an ideal traveling companion. It’s also not classified as liquid, so the TSA officer won’t mind if you bring it aboard.
4. They’re virtually mess-free.
It may slide a little bit, but unlike traditional masks, the formula won’t drip from your face and leave a messy goop on the floor—so you can walk around with it on and do other things as you wait.
5. They make us feel amazing.
Whatever formula you choose, you’ll benefit from the cool sensation you get from the application—basically the same effect you get every time you place a cool towel on your face after a long and tiring day.
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