7 biodegradable sheet masks to try this winter
Yep, they're better for the environment
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 22 2019
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with sheet masks… we mean, why wouldn’t you be?! They’re convenient, easy to use and incorporate into your skin care routine, and super effective for boosting hydration. “Sheet masks are all about increasing lipid barrier function in the skin," explains facialist Vaia Pappas. "Key ingredients to look out for are hyaluronic acid, panthenol (or any B group vitamin), amino acids, vitamin E, and any other cooling, calming or hydrating ingredient. Sheet masks are lovely for anti-ageing when they contain the right kind of 'stimulating ingredients'; think green tea and ginseng for increased blood flow and lymphatic circulation," adds Pappas.
However, if you’ve resisted getting on the sheet mask wagon due to its negative impact to the environment, we’ve got some good news for you: The newest trend in the skin care space is the development of biodegradable sheet masks that completely disintegrate in a matter of months after you use them. Score! Here are some of the best face masks that are biodegradable (and work!). Just find the one that matches your top skin concerns.
Best sheet mask for oil control
The Body Shop Seaweed Balance Sheet Mask contains a blend of cucumber, aloe vera and seaweed to soothe, keep skin moisturised for up to 24 hours after use, *and* mattify the surface, making it perfect for those with combination and oily skin types.
Best sheet mask for sagging skin
We're big fans of Andalou Naturals products because they're natural and sustainably sourced without compromising on efficacy. The Instant Lift & Firm Hydro Serum Facial Sheet Mask brings together the brand's signature fruit stem cell complex (it's an active ingredient that works to protect the skin) and resveratrol Q10 (a leading anti-ageing ingredient!) to up elasticity in skin.
Best sheet mask for uneven skin tones
Innisfree is one of the best K-Beauty brands, so we were excited when it became available in stores here in Australia. Not only is the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask [Lime] a really hydrating sheet mask (it contains hyaluronic acid to increase moisture levels), it also targets uneven skin tones, all thanks to the the star ingredient: lime.
Best sheet mask for value
Another must-have mask from the Korean brand, the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask [Pomegranate] is enriched with the fruit to address dry skin and plump up the skin’s surface. Plus, the ingredient is sourced using a special cold brew process to ensure that the nutrients in the ingredient are maximised during extraction. Oh, and did we mention that it costs under $3?! Time to stock up.
Best sheet mask for your chest area
Your chest is often one of the first areas of your body to show signs of ageing due to its delicate nature. The fix? A dedicated treatment mask like Wrinkles Schminkles InfuseFAST Mask™ Décolletage Sheet Mask, which works to plump up the area and address little fine lines and wrinkles. You use this just like a regular face mask - remove the sheet from the package, pop the mask on your chest for up to 20 minutes, remove it, and massage any remaining serum into your skin.
Best sheet mask for blemish-prone skin
We love tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties, which is why A’kin’s Detoxifying Australian Tea Tree Oil Sheet Mask should be a top choice for those who want to get rid of their blemishes. The benefits of this mask don’t stop there; there’s also green tea to protect skin, along with lavender and orange blossom to soothe.
Best sheet mask for dull complexions
Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask can increase radiance in two ways: the masks are loaded with vitamin B3 and C to work on stubborn pigmentation, whilst the addition of lime pearl and nutgrass gently buff the top layer of the skin to remove any dead cells left on the surface.
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Have you tried any of these biodegradable sheet masks before? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.