The ultimate guide to sheet masks: how to pick the right one for you

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.


Your skin feels dry

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.


Your skin needs a collagen boost

You can just tell when your skin needs some help in the collagen department, and with glowing 5-star reviews worldwide, you know this rose gold pick from 111SKIN will do the trick. Encouraging the skin’s natural restorative processes, this clever mask quickly restores skin to its youthful appearance. Casually infused with 24 carat gold, rosa damascus extract and silk amino acids, this decadent mask leaves your skin so glowy it's basically incandescent.


Your skin needs a detox

Most of our lockdown diets are probably heavy on the comfort food, and, it’s showing on our skin. Karuna's CleanMUD Charcoal Face Mask is formulated with charcoal-infused mud and hyaluronic acid to thoroughly detoxify pores without sucking the moisture out of your skin. Expect clearer, more balanced, bouncier skin in as little as 10 minutes.


Your skin looks a bit dull

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.


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