Once the exclusive beauty secret of Korean and Japanese women, sheet masks are clever mini-facials in a neat package. The masks are made of a soft material like cloth, paper, bio-cellulose, or hydrogel with holes cut out for the eyes and mouth.

Soaked in a whole range of serums, toners, and active ingredients, there’s literally a sheet mask for every skin type, concern, and budget. Whether it’s hydration, brightening, firming, calming, or detoxing that your skin needs, there’s a mask for you.

Ready to dive into the world of sheet masks? Read on, because Daily Vanity has rounded up 20 of the best face masks for your masking pleasure. Before we get to that, here’s a quick guide on how to use a sheet mask.

How do I use a sheet mask?

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Generally, 15 to 20 minutes is all you need for a sheet mask to work its magic. It’s the perfect 20 minutes to lay in bed with a book or catch up on a Netflix series.

Leaving your sheet mask on for any longer will generally result in skin irritation. For this reason, it’s a big no-no to leave the mask on overnight, so you’ll want to force yourself to stay awake, no matter how soothing and relaxing the cool mask feels on your face!

Here are some quick tips for you to get the most out of your sheet mask:

Before masking: Wash and exfoliate before putting the mask on, so that your skin will be in prime condition to soak up all the good stuff.

While masking: This is a simple one but it’s actually really important. Read the instructions on the package before you do anything. Remember: all products have slightly different requirements, depending on their ingredients and functions!

After masking: Resist the urge to wash your face after removing the mask, no matter how sticky your face feels after. You’re using a mask for its benefits, so you’ll definitely want to pat the leftover serum in and let it soak in.

In fact, some experts recommend layering a moisturiser over the mask’s serum to seal all the goodness into your skin. If you’re doing a quick mask in the morning, follow up with sunscreen.

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1. Mediheal Collagen Essential Mask

K-beauty mask brand Mediheal is one of the best sheet mask brands in the entire world (and also visibly endorsed by BTS), and it’s easy to see why. Every mask is created in consultation with dermatologists and other experts, so you can be sure that the masks do exactly what they say they’ll do.

This vegan collagen firming mask is a real keeper. It contains hydrolysed collagen, elastin, peptides, and beta-glucan to improve your skin’s texture, even out wrinkles, and plump out fine lines – you’ll be reaching for this one over and over again.

DV tip: Remove the mask when the logo appears as the mask dries out! It’s a clever little feature that we love.

Get it at RM39.90 (4 count) from Guardian.

2. Pixi Vitamin C Sheet Mask

For a super quick glow up, we beauty girls know that there’s always vitamin C. This is why there’s no better way to bring your skin back to life than with a vitamin C-soaked sheet mask.

Pixi’s Vitamin C sheet mask is drenched in vitamin C and caffeine, which are great at restoring puffy skin and fighting free radical damage. It also contains a dose of ferulic acid, an antioxidant booster in its own right. Pixi’s masks are also biodegradable and cruelty-free – a big plus point for those of us who want in on the green beauty movement!

Get it at RM50 (3 count) from Sephora.

3. For Beloved Girl Flawless Brightening Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask

Taiwanese beauty brand For Beloved Girl’s sheet masks have gained somewhat of a cult reputation for being thin as air and oh-so comfy to put on – like a cloud of silk. Their range of mineral masks is as lightweight as they are known to be, infused with a hero mineral to address your skin concerns.

The brightening mask is particularly effective, containing ingredients to reduce melanin production and brighten the skin, such as Saussurea Involucrata extract and tranexamic acid. Another ingredient, ferric citrate, works hard to remove old cutin and renew the skin – which explains the gorgeous glow you get after using this mask.

Get it at RM39.90 (3 count) from Shopee

4. Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

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New to propolis? You should really add it to your routine. It’s the glue-like substance that keeps beehives together, and is produced by – you guessed it right – the honey bee. On top of the nourishing and emollient effects of honey, propolis also has strong antimicrobial properties.

The deeply nourishing Papa Recipe mask contains this wonderful ingredient. Other moisturising ingredients in this mask include licorice, green tea, and citrus extracts. The sheet mask itself is made of thin, organic pulp, and sits on the skin comfortably.

Get it at RM35 (10 count) from Shopee.

5. Saturday Skin Intense Hydration Mask

Many of us use sheet masks for that boost of moisture, so this intense hydration mask from aesthetic-goals Korean brand Saturday Skin is an awesome addition to your beauty drawer.

Promising weekend-ready skin any day of the week, you’ll find yourself turning to this mask for that regular shot of hydration over and over again. Fans of the mask love the serum it’s soaked in – packed with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract, and aloe leaf extract.

Get it at RM25 (1 count) or RM125 (5 count) from Sephora.my.

6. Abib Mild Acidic pH Heartleaf FitSheet Mask

This sheet mask is great for those with sensitive skin. The sheet itself is unique, made of soft bamboo that’s specially coated in egg white to improve absorption as the mask tightens on the skin.

It is also soaked in heaps of Heartleaf extract (89% to be precise!), a Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredient that controls oil production and reduces inflammation by balancing out the skin’s natural pH levels. It’s little wonder that the mask works like a charm to soothe skin irritation, brightening dull, acne-marked skin.

Get it at RM15.90 (1 count) from Watsons

7. Wishful Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask

Huda Beauty’s skincare line Wishful has its own sheet mask – a quick fix for tired and dull skin.

Born out of founder Huda’s desire to revive her own tired-looking skin during the month of Ramadan, the Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask instantly refreshes and revitalises dry and dehydrated skin with its thirst-quenching concoction of Hollyhock rose extract, aloe vera, and sodium hyaluronate.

Get it at RM45 (1 count) from Sephora.my.

8. AHC Gold Foil Sheet Mask

All that glitters is gold, and nothing makes your face glow more than this gold foil sheet mask from Korean brand AHC.

Other than being eye-catching and perfect for posting on the ‘gram, the three-layered gold foil actually works double-time to lock in moisture by creating a steam effect to open up the pores. This preps the skin and readies it to soak up every last drop of vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid essence, that moisturises and firms the skin.

It’s no wonder that Kate Hudson wore this exact mask before the Met Ball in 2017 to get her game face on for the night.

Get it at RM153 (5 count) from Shopee.

9. Beplain Cicaful Calming Mask

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WFH days does not mean we should give up on our faces and accept dull, tired skin as the default. Spreading out a gentle, calming mask suitable for daily use is the best thing you can do for your complexion. One such mask is Beplain’s Cicaful Calming Mask.

Containing a whopping 83% of centella asiatica extract, fellow soothing agent allantoin, and emollients like panthenol and propanediol, the sheet mask delivers on its promise to calm redness.

Get it at RM63 (10 count) from Shopee.

10. 9wishes Hydra Ampule Sheet Mask

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If you’ve got nine wishes and one of them is for dewier, plumper skin, say hooray, because this sheet mask from K-beauty brand 9wishes will make it come true.

Infused with pure coconut water and 9Wishes’ signature Hydra Skin Ampule Serum, the sheet mask delivers an invigorating dash of hydration. We love the satisfying pop that follows when we break the Ampule in the mask package to release the essence within so that the mask can soak it all up.

Get it at RM70.20 (5 count) from Hermo.

11. Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask

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We do love ourselves a trusty drugstore sheet mask from Garnier. Infused with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to keep your skin nicely moisturised and pomegranate extract to boost collagen production, it gives your dehydrated skin that much-needed treat.

Users of this mask like that it does exactly what it says it will do at an affordable price. There are lots of other options to choose from here, such as grape for anti-ageing, green tea for purifying, and lavender for soothing. Your face won’t feel tacky or sticky after removing the mask too.

Get it at RM8.50 (one count) or RM11.90 (2 count) from Watsons.

12. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask

If dewy skin is your aim, you’ll want to get your hands on Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mask. The eye-catching lilac packaging of this brand is certainly recognisable, with many celebrities loving their formulas that promise luminous and radiant skin.

The secret? Tatcha’s Hadasei-3 complex, which is essentially a potent blend of three Japanese superfoods: rice, green tea, and algae. The mask sheet itself is so thin, you’ll hardly feel it on your face when you put it on.

Plus, it’s drenched in a power-packed concoction of radiance-boosting ingredients that draws inspiration from the brand’s bestselling Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.

Get it at RM60 (1 count) or RM215 (4 count) from Sephora.my.

13. Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Mask

A sheet mask made of tencel, a.k.a. the softest bedsheets known to humankind? We need this. Dear, Klairs’s tencel sheet mask looks a lot like healing gauze and goes onto your face in two plush sheets. This means that the mask fits wonderfully, since you can easily adjust the top and bottom sheets to your preference.

Five different ceramides in the formula work together to strengthen the natural barrier of the skin. It’s gentle enough for you to use more than once a week too, so go on and stock this up to keep your skin happy and calm every day!

Get it at RM11 (one count) from Althea.

14. Lapcos Collagen Firming Sheet Mask

If you need to give your face a plumping boost of collagen, there’s always Lapcos’s Collagen Firming Sheet Mask for you to turn to. Korean beauty brand Lapcos is raved about for its ingredient-focused sheet masks. While highly effective, they’re also said to be non-irritating and good for frequent use.

This mask delivers an actual boost of collagen in the form of hydrolysed collagen and peptides that help to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, giving you bouncy, fresh skin. Say hello to confident, makeup-free skin at any age!

Get it at RM12  from Hermo.

15. Tony Moly Real Sheet Mask

Tony Moly’s sheet masks have been around for a long time, and we can see why they’ve garnered such a loyal following through the years. They’re cost-effective, come in a wide array of options for almost every skin condition you can think of and more, and they’re also super fun to collect and line up on our vanities.

The variants of sheet masks run the gamut, from peach (for vitality) and red wine (for pore care) to lotus (for radiance) and many more. What we’re currently loving is the avocado mask, which boasts a concentrated dose of avocado essence to provide a much-needed boost of soothing nutrition to the skin.

Get it at RM3.30 from Shopee.

16. Dr.Jart+ Dermask Soothing Hydra Solution

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Among the multitude of hydrating masks out there, Dr.Jart+’s Dermask Soothing Hydra Solution stands out for just how darn good it is. It frequently makes beauty lists and we are not surprised at all. It moisturises well and minimises future moisture loss by protecting the skin’s barrier.

Moisture-loving ingredients like the replenishing aquaxyl, skin barrier-regenerating xylitol, and collagen-boosting algae extract are your heroes in this superstar mask.

Get it at RM100 (5 count) or RM20 (1 count) at Sephora.my

17. Starskin Silkmud Pink French Clay Purifying Liftaway Mud Face Sheet Mask

Can’t imagine a clay and sheet mask mash-up in your wildest dreams? Here it is, the clay sheet mask from Starskin that you never knew you needed till now. It’s mess-free and easy to use with all the benefits of using a clay mask, and then some.

Like all clay masks, this one draws impurities out from the skin with the help of kaolin clay and cocoon milk extract, while bentonite clay removes dead skin cells from the surface for extra pore-cleaning action.

Meanwhile, tremella mushrooms and purslane also provide a lovely boost of healing hydration. This all sounds very much like a spa day already!

Get it at RM47 (one count) from Sephora.my.

18. Lululun Daily Facial Mask

Bestselling Japanese sheet mask brand Lululun has sold more than one billion sheets since it first entered the market 10 years ago – and it’s easy to see why. They’re effective, affordable, and come in a whole host of variants for different skin concerns.

If you’re looking for a gentle dose of daily hydration, a pink Lululun Balance sheet mask is what you should be reaching out for. Formulated with yeast extract, white peony flower extract, and mandarin orange peel extract, you’ll get maximum delivery of moisture to the skin with none of the irritation.

Get it at RM25.02 from Shopee.

19. 111 Skin Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Face Mask

The rich and famous set love this mask and make no secret of it. And if you wondering if it’s worth the steep price tag, well, it’s been said to have legendary blemish-busting powers that calm even the angriest of complexions down.

With two separate segments of the mask each containing a different serum formula, it’s literally skincare with the precision of a facial without needing to leave your bed.

An oilier T-zone will be treated to a generous hit of sebum-controlling alpine flower-infused essence, while a jawline that is more prone to hormonal outbreaks of zits will receive a calming dose of anti-inflammatory cleome gynadra extract.

Get it at RM114.86 (1 count) or RM488.15 (5 count) from Cult Beauty.

20. Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

An oxygenating sheet mask that fizzes up with microfoam bubbles sounds so satisfying to us. This one by Glamglow is infused with green tea, citrus extracts, and amino acids to remove a full face of makeup, deep cleanse pores, and return the glow to your face in three short minutes.

The sheet itself is made of bamboo charcoal, which detoxifies and removes impurities from the skin. You can even use the sheet to gently exfoliate your skin after all the goodness has been soaked in, to aid microcirculation. How’s that for multifunctional!

Get it at RM40 (one count) or RM210 (6 counts) from Sephora.my.

Featured image credit: @lululun_sg and @klairs.global on Instagram