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Laying a formula-soaked mask over one’s face seems like an innately 2000s concept designed for the ultimate humblebrag and ironic (sort of?) selfie while still imbuing one’s skin with benefits (win, win!). And, with self-isolation and more days at home, has there ever been a time like the present to luxuriate your face in a serum-saturated mask?
But, this skincare innovation has actually been around since the 1800s; what has changed though is what these sheet masks can actually deliver. They refresh and wake-up the skin, but now, they also can do so much more.
It can be overwhelming, so we’ve cast our eyes over our plethora of sheet mask options at MECCA to edit to break down what does what, and which ones are right for you.
Add a jolt of moisture and radiance to your skin with a hydrating skin mask that’s packed with essential fatty acids; think of it as like a glass of water for your skin. A consistent favourite is Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mask which is drenched with botanical oils, Japanese superfoods like fermented green tea, vitamin E and essential fatty acids to deliver on the dewy complexion it promises on the packet. And we can’t talk about hydrating masks without going past Go-To’s Transformazing Mask which is a top-seller at MECCA, infused with Australian ingredients such as Kakadu plum and finger lime extracts.
You can just tell when your skin needs some help in the collagen department. 16 Brand from South Korea (the home of the ‘modern’ sheet mask) is here to answer your skin’s needs with its Marine Collagen Shower Mask. Harnessing hydrolyzed collagen through kelp and spirulina to rebalance the skin and improve elasticity, this mask does double duty simultaneously eliminating toxins, making it worth far beyond its price tag of $27 for a pack of 10.
Most of our self-isolation diets are probably heavy on the comfort food, and, it’s showing on our skin. Glamglow’s Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask is a true innovation. It makes sheet masking more fun than it already is by sending charcoal-infused 3D microbubbles to the skin for a deeper, tingly-good clean.
It’s seen better days, so opt for a brightening mask when your skin is at this stage. Look for one packed with ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C and antioxidants, or all of the above, like this C+ Collagen Biocelluose Brightening Treatment Mask from New York dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross. While a single use will amp up the skin, using it regularly will counteract target dark spots, unevenness, discolouration and even deep-set wrinkles.
We know sheet masks are all about the face, but the neck needs some attention too, especially when it comes to anti-ageing. Eve Lom’s Time Retreat Sheet Mask is filled with a non-irritating form of retinol which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and makes the skin feel firmer and plusher. And, this mask will pay dividends in the future too, since it encourages collagen production to prevent further lines later on.
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