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Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

The Best Natural Sheet Masks

Sheet Masks are a beauty junkie’s best friend, and in recent years, this Korean beauty staple has become an obsession in the health world. Many of these masks, however, contain harmful chemicals that most people wouldn’t think of allowing into their other skincare products– so why are we ok with them in masks?

Now that the sheet mask trend has officially set in even outside the realm of Korean beauty, there are a number of natural and organic companies that are producing sheet masks without the chemicals that most people forget to consider.

Below, we’ve spotlighted a few of our favorites.

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Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Orgaid Organic Anti-Aging & Moisturizing Sheet Masks

Orgaid’s anti-aging sheet masks are free of parabens, formaldehyde, alcohol, phthalates, sulfates, and fragrance– but they are also made with USDA certified Organic ingredients, a rare designation when it comes to sheet masks. Based on founder Dr. Ian Baek’s scientific research into biomaterials, the natural “ecoderma” sheet was developed to help skin breathe while maintaining contact with your skin’s surface. The active ingredients in this blend are also preserved with fermented lactobacillus, which also help rejuvenate skin without synthetic preservatives.

Our favorite part, however, is the packaging. A set of 6 comes in a beautiful illustrated cardboard box that makes Orgaid Sheet Masks an ideal gift for the clean beauty lovers in your life (if, that is, you don’t decide to keep them for yourself).

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Leaders Cosmetics’ Naturally-Fermented Premium Coconut Gel Masks

Fermentation is all the rage in the realm of internal medicine these days– but what about topical skincare? Beneficial bacteria is as good for the surface of our skin as it is for our guts, and in Leaders Cosmetics’ Naturally Fermented Premium Coconut Gel Mask, it also acts as a natural preservative in one of the cleanest Korean beauty masks out there. While the formulation does include more than a few ingredients that we cannot pronounce, it is free of all the heavy hitting bad guys like parabens, which are frequently found in Korean facemasks made by smaller companies.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Yes To’s New Paper Mask Line

Yes To has made a name for itself as one of the premier natural skincare brands, producing everything from face wash and body wipes to ready-to-mix charcoal masks.

Their new line of paper masks was seemingly launched in response to the korean beauty sheet mask trend, and with multiple, colorful options this clean, we couldn’t be happier they decided to throw their hat in the ring. Yes To makes cotton, grapefruit, cucumber, coconut, and tomato paper masks (FWIW they also do a killer micellar water). We particularly like the grapefruit-flavored vitamin C glow boosting mask, which is rich in lycopene to revive dull skin.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Alba Botanica’s Fast-Fix Sheet Mask Series

Alba’s new line of fast-fix sheet masks come in a variety of lovely flavors– papaya for blemish reduction, grapefruit to even skin tone, volcanic clay to combat the effects of pollution, camu camu to combat wrinkles, and coconut water to hydrate.

All of these masks use 100% vegetarian ingredients without the use of parabens, phthalates, harsh sulfates, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. While the serum is ph Balanced (a boon to sensitive skin), the mask itself is also made from sustainably-sourced fiber and none of the materials are tested on animals.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

100% Pure’s Caffeine Mask

Don’t let this intense-looking wet mask fool you: 100% Pure’s Caffeine Mask is one of the cleanest masks out there, boasting 12 super clean ingredients all of which we can actually pronounce.

In addition to helping de-puff the face, Caffeine helps mitigate damage caused by the sun, and the mask’s proprietary “hydrogel” assists in delivering active ingredients to the skin as it moisturizes (the longer the mask is worn, the thinner it becomes as the organic aloe water is absorbed). For those looking to firm, de-puff, and soothe tired, fatigued skin, this is one of the safest and most effective wet masks out there.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Andalou Naturals’ Hydro Serum Facial Mask

Andalou Naturals is one of our favorite Whole Foods finds; the company prides itself in offering non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free, travel-friendly cosmetics including their Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Masks, which are made from pure cellulose fiber sourced from responsibly-managed forests. (Bonus: These masks are verified biodegradable and compostable!) The clarifying coconut water-based serum is enriched with fruit stem cell complex and willow bark to help curb bacteria and calm inflammation.

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Want to make your own sheet mask so you know exactly what’s in it?

MUJI makes compressed face mask sheets for you to “make your own mask” using your serum of choice. Simply soak the cloth pellet in the serum then unfold and cover the face with the mask for 15 minutes. Then, rinse and voilà!

 

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