When you've had a long day, nothing beats a glass of wine, Netflix, and a sheet mask to get you relaxed. Since there are hundreds of masks to choose from, we selected some of the most effective ones with unexpected ingredients to revamp your skincare routine. See our top picks here...
Ingredient: Mung Bean Sprout
Mung Bean Sprout Stress-Relieving Soothing Masks, WEI Beauty ($60). Sephora, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-735-3896
A key ingredient in traditional Chinese medicines are mung bean sprouts, which are treasured for their antioxidant and hydrating properties. Add this to a sheet mask, and you get a potent formula to combat redness and inflamation on your face—just wait until the next morning, when your skin looks extra supple and dewy for a straight-from-the-spa look. Plus, it comes in a convenient tube, which is perfect for storing the extra essence guaranteed to last you days after you use the mask.
Egg Cream Mask Set of 5, Too Cool for School ($24).Sephora, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-735-3896
A popular choice for Korean skincare beauty fanatics is the Too Cool for School brand, which is easy to spot thanks to their trendy packaging. Despite what its name might make you think of (baking, cooking?), their egg cream mask infuses egg whites and yolk to create a formula that can miraculously transform dull-looking complexions into bright and luminous ones.
Your first reaction to the idea of applying snail slime on your face might be pure disgust, but we suggest keeping an open mind for the sake of beauty. Known for its restorative and moisturizing characteristics, snail mucin boasts glycolic acid and elastin, which are ideal for combating wrinkles, signs of fatigue, and dullness. Your skin will look smoother and more vibrant in no time.
Sure, most people will argue that alcohol is never beneficial for your skin—except in this one case, it actually can. Boasting of 'makgeolli' or fermented korean rice wine, this sheet mask is steeped in water-based essence and aloe extract for a pulpy texture and hard-to-believe effects. You'll see your blemishes fade away, and your skin will seem matte-like just after one use. Bonus: It not only feels cooling to the touch, but it also smells amazing.
Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask, Dr. Jart+ ($35).Sephora, The Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-735-3896
It's not entirely clear just how helpful charcoal can be for your skin at first, but Dr. Jart+ is here to change that. They use active charcoal in this sheet mask, which works as an effective cleanser ideal for clogged pores. Plus, in this case, the charcoal targets enlarged pores, leaving your skin looking tighter, hydrated, and fully revitalized.