5 Sheet Masks That Will Stay Put During a Netflix Binge
The rise of sheet masks in the Western world has been wonderful, albeit unsurprising—aside from the obvious fact that the concentrated treatments are great for skin, they're also portable, affordable, and perfect Snapchat fodder. In other words, they're the perfect storm for a fad that also has staying power.
But here is my singular issue with sheet masks, though I'll totally concede that I'm being nitpicky: I am so sick of them sliding off of my face. What if I don't want to commit to 30 minutes lying down, just so the mask will stay put? Is it really so much to ask that I can properly ridicule The Bachelor during my beauty treatment? Or peruse my dinner delivery options online?
I thus made it my noble pursuit to test out a couple dozen sheet masks in order to narrow down those with superior construction—the ones that allow me to sit up, stand, walk around, and fold my laundry without white cotton slipping over my eyes and ampoule dripping from my chin. After enlisting the help of K-beauty genius Alicia Yoon (of Peach & Lily), the trial is complete, my skin is unnaturally glowy, and I've narrowed them down to five favourites. See the verdict below.
Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask, Set of 3 ($62)
First things first: It's important to consider the material of your sheet mask. While most are made with fabric, we're loving hydrogel, a jelly-like material that grips the contours of your face like a second skin. Case in point: Magicstripes' hyaluronic acid–infused hydrogel mask didn't budge while I vacuumed my apartment—even when I was going for those tough-to-reach corners underneath the bed.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, Set of 6 ($150)
SK-II's signature essence is just too good to let it go to waste, which is why I was so relieved to discover that this cotton mask doesn't slip around. While many sheet masks tend to veer on the large side—leading to a lot of shifting and sliding—this one is trimmed down just enough, particularly along the jawline.
Cremorlab Perfection Hydrating Mask ($20)
There is a lot of excess fluid packed into this envelope, but the cellulose fibre of the mask (the material that composes most hydrogel options) allows it to hold on tight. Just tap and squeeze out any extra solution before putting it on your face for mess-free application.
Muji Compressed Face Mask Set ($9)
Though these are our front-runners, there are actually a few hacks that can make any sheet mask fit better. Got excess fabric hanging off your jawline or chin? Cut it off—faces are not one-size-fits-all.
But our favourite tip is to squeeze out as much excess fluid as possible when you're removing the mask from its packaging. Doing so doesn't just ensure a better, drip-free fit—it also saves you extra skin solution to apply to your face later. Stick that fluid in a travel-size misting bottle, or sop it up with a dry sheet mask, like these cleverly compressed ones from Muji.
This post was originally published on January 15, 2016.
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