Our skin can become dry, dehydrated or flakey for a number of reasons. Air conditioners have a lot to answer for, same goes for central heating systems. Hot baths and showers play a part, as well as lifestyle choices. For many of us, our dry or dehydrated skin can be attributed to plain old genetics (cheers, mum and dad).
Good news: if your parched skin is in dire straits, we have a fast-acting solution.
While relatively new on the global skincare scene, sheet masks have been a skincare mainstay in South Korea for some time. Put simply, they’re popular because they work. The premise is this: each sheet mask comes individually wrapped and pre-soaked in an abundance of skin-enhancing serum. By placing the sheet mask on your face for an extended period of time (usually 10 to 20 minutes) your skin has the opportunity to absorb far more of the serum than it would with a standard application.
Sheet masks are fast acting. If you’re battling through a hangover (we’ve all been there) or running late for an event (why is there never enough time?), a sheet mask will restore your skin to its plump, juicy, youthful glory in the time it takes to finish your coffee.
The best sheet masks for dry skin, available in Australia? Thought you’d never ask…
111SKIN Rose Gold Mask, $169 for five at Mecca
Infused with 24 carat gold, 111SKIN’s Rose Gold Mask is as luxurious as they come. A potent combination of hydrating powerhouse hyaluronic acid, rosa damascus extract and silk amino acids gives this over-achieving sheet mask the power to moisturise and brighten skin like no other.
Minenssey Nutritious Skin Treatment Mask, $50 for five masks at Minenssey
Skin a little on the dull side? This formula is bursting with nourishment, including pre- and probiotics (to protect your skin’s microbiome), kangaroo paw (to deeply nourish), finger time (to brighten), hyaluronic acid (to hydrate) and niacinamide (to calm irritation). When you buy a pack of five, each mask works out to $10 a pop; safe to say, this affordably priced sheet mask is worth its weight in gold.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $150 for six at Adore Beauty
One of the most popular sheet masks around, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a weekly treatment that provides long term results. The hero ingredient? SK-II’s patented Pitera – a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids, derived from a strictly controlled natural fermentation process.
Go-To Skincare Transformazing Sheet Mask, $45 for six at Mecca
Go-To’s take on a sheet mask hydrates, nourishes and brightens skin in a flash. The best part? As with all Go-To products, Transformazing is gentle enough for the most sensitive of skin. Kakadu plum, finger lime and tasmanian pepper leaf counteract dullness while niacinamide and hyadisine work to hydrate and heal.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask, $110 for four at Lancôme
Not only do probiotics work wonders on your gut (no seriously, more on that here) they can also help balance your skin’s microbiome, too. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask harnesses the power of probiotics to boost your skin health and offer intense hydration.