Our skin always needs moisture, especially with the number of hours a day we spend in air-conditioned offices, shopping centres, or even rooms in our own homes. The environment is constantly taking a toll on our skin, and so we need to up the ante with our skincare in order to fight back and regain the hydration, radiance and skin tone we all want.
Hydrating sheet masks are one of my favourite types of skincare to own, because your skin can always benefit from some extra hydration, whatever your skin type. When your skin is more hydrated, it’s healthier, plumper, less prone to irritation, and will also produce less sebum than it might usually produce in order to compensate for dehydration.
Hydrating masks that work well for sensitive skin may be hard to come by, especially since the formula needs to be gentle yet effective at the same time. So when we’ve found this sheet mask made specially for those with troubled, sensitive skin, we couldn’t be more excited.
Formulated with Aquaxyl and Quick-Soothing Complex, this mask works hard to nourish, hydrate and soothe skin, so your complexion feels softer after just one use. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and let the excess serum soak into your skin overnight.
If you’re struggling with dehydrated skin and dry patches, we’ve found a super nourishing and hydrating mask that will replenish moisture in your skin after multiple uses. This mask has a bouncy gel texture that will instantly absorb into your skin without leaving a sticky or tacky residue behind.
It’s also infused with green tea, which will provide extra moisture to restore skin with its natural dewiness and radiance. Pop this mask on as a last step in your night time skincare routine and you should be good to go.
This face mask doesn’t just smell like an avocado milkshake, applying it feels like a tall glass of beverage for your face. Great for those with sensitive skin, this mask offers maximum hydration without irritating the skin. Avocado oil, Java plum, banana, and mango softens the skin and calms redness while protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
Thanks to its cream-based formula, it leaves the skin looking radiant and balanced in the morning when used as an overnight mask. Plus, it smells just like an avocado milkshake!
Packed with Ophiopogon Japonicus extract, glacial proteins and desert plan extracts, this rich mask helps to repair dry and dehydrated skin and maintain the skin’s moisture even after you wake up.
Leave it on for ten minutes before blotting off the excess to create a protective barrier that seals and locks in the nutrients and moisture – you’ll thank yourself in the morning when your skin is nourished and elastic.
Get most of your beauty sleep with this sleeping mask that harnesses the power of butylene glycol to soften the skin texture, sodium hyaluronate, to draw and bind moisture to the skin and apple fruit extract for its oxygenating and refining benefits.
This is a great for those who are looking for something that is lightweight yet hydrating as it comes in a gel formula.
Suited for normal to dry skin, this intensely nourishing mask can be used in two ways – as a rinse off mask or a leave-on treatment.
This pleasantly scented mask gets its name from the bamboo sap and fibres that are utilised here for its water retaining quality. When this mask was trialled, 94 per cent of the participants felt that their skin was smoother and more moisturised.
Made for even the driest of skin, this creamy mask sinks into the skin to replenish moisture lost throughout the day. The key ingredient in this mask is the brand’s patented Aquagenium biological complex that helps to transform your skin’s radiance and deliver intense hydration.
Did we also mention that it is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic? We’re obsessed. Slap it on your skin after cleansing to benefit from an instant hydrating effect, and leave it on for ten minutes, before removing the excess with a cotton pad to allow the active ingredients to get to work. For optimum results, use it every day for the first week, and once or twice a week afterwards.
This budget friendly mask from the Sephora Collection is surprisingly effective. There are plenty of types to choose from, but this Rose one in particular leaves your skin intensely hydrated and brighter as well. You can use it as a step in your skincare routine before a big night out to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant even underneath your makeup.
When it comes to face masks, the one thing that makes me happiest about Origins is that it packages masks in squeeze tubes, which means you never have to worry about contaminating the inside of the tube, using too much product, or having to struggle to close the jar after you’re done and have product all over your hands. This intensive hydration mask has avocado and apricot kernel oil for skin nutrition, and japanese seaweed to smooth dull skin. If you don’t want to commit to entire tube of the stuff, Origins now has tiny little 10ml pods of all its face masks for you to try them out first.
I reviewed this mask a while back and had very good things to say about it. The gist of it: It’s ultra-hydrating, suitable for sensitive skin, and also contains ingredients that help strengthen your skin’s protective barrier as part of the brand’s dedication to anti-polluaging (pollution-driven skin ageing). And for how hydrating and soothing it is plus great packaging, it’s hard to believe it’s as affordable as it is. You can check out the full review here.
It’s hard to go wrong with this Taiwanese brand, and the hydrating bio-cellulose is one of my favourites for hydration. It’s packed with plumping peptides and is quite the moisturising indulgence. The bio-cellulose nature of the mask means the sheet is a naturally derived fibre that holds a good amount of serumy goodness (so less of a dripping mess) and also helps your skin better absorb all the nutrients from the mask. It acts like a protective layer that also prevents water loss, so it doesn’t dry up even if you use it beyond the recommended amount of time.
As the younger (and more affordable) sister brand to For Beloved One, For Beloved Girl is launching in Singapore with a new mineral mask series that’s meant for younger girls and women with fewer skin concerns. Each of the masks are very specifically targeted to treat different skin issues with different minerals.
For hydration, you’re going to want the Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask that contains hyaluronic acid as well as two other moisture-replenishing mechanisms, sodium PCA (to soothe fatigued skin and fortify skin function) and sodium lactate (to restore balance). These sheet masks are also smaller in size, which means they will fit smaller Asian face features well without lots of excess material or unnecessary folds.
This gel mask from Fresh contains real rose petals that work with the gel to melt into your skin. The mask primarily hydrates and tones your skin, but you’re also left with skin that’s cool and calm after. Huge bonus? The rose mask smells absolutely divine and goes a long way towards helping you relax. While I can’t say for sure if the rose petals make much of a difference, it’s still thrilling to apply to your skin.
New-to-Singapore Korean skincare brand Caolion may specialise in pore care (check out our review of the Hot & Cool Pore Pack), but they’ve also got basic hydration taken care of. These jelly-like hydrogel sheet masks lock the moisture into your skin, soothe any irritations that arise from dryness, and also work to enhance the strength of your skin. The mask contains hemp seed oil, something called prunus mume water, and chitosan to nourish, purify and calm the skin. It’s also free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
This gel mask is definitely on the pricier side, but it can be used for both a quick hydration boost or even left on overnight for a more intensive experience. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and instantly smoother once you’ve washed it off, which is great if you’ve got a big night ahead and want your makeup to look flawless. The mask doesn’t contain too many ingredients which is always a plus in my book (fewer ingredients tend to be easier on the skin).
The primary ingredient is Okinawa deep-sea water to hydrate the skin, followed by soy bean extract and hyaluronic acid to really plump up the skin. Whether you have acne-prone or easily irritated skin, this mask is going to be gentle enough for you to use, even near the eye area.
This is an overnight mask that is meant to heal and protect your skin while you sleep. It’s rich in fruit and flower oils to soothe the skin, arginine to strengthen it, and hyaluronic acid to plump it up. Use it as the final step in your skincare routine at night to seal in any other serums or treatments beneath it. All you have to do is rinse it off in the morning. You can use it two to three times a week.
Sleeping masks are truly the best if you prefer your skincare fuss-free. You get to leave them on, go to sleep, and only wash it off when you cleanse your face in the morning. This water sleeping mask from Laneige is perfect for stressed, dull and tired skin. It has gentle soothing agents that work overnight, the brand’s Sleep-Tox technology to purify fatigued skin and Moisture Wrap technology to help your skin retain moisture.
Bonus: the smell is meant to help you relax and fall asleep. So if you’ve had trouble with your sleep patterns as of late, pour yourself some chamomile tea, slap on this mask and head to bed.