It's only natural for a bride to want glowing skin on her big day, but because women are all so insanely busy with work, school, wedding planning, and everyday life, monthly facials and regular trips to the derm are usually out of the question. What's a bride to do? Enter: sheet masks. This latest skincare craze has people all over looking like mummies on planes, scaring their dogs at home, and sending crazy Snapchats to their friends—no filters necessary. But are they really doing anything? We asked dermatologist Erin Gilbert to give us the scoop on how to find one that will deliver the results you want in time for your walk down the aisle.
To do that, Gilbert says you need to check out each product's ingredients. That'll tell you if the mask in question will suit your needs. But there's another factor to consider, too: the mask's shape. "All sheet masks are not created equal," she says. "Those made with higher quality ingredients, fibers, and a better design, or shape, tend to deliver better results." It's a good tip that makes sense: the more firmly adhered to your face, the better they'll be able to transfer all the goodies, so find one that's the proper shape for you. Keep an eye out for these key ingredients and you'll be well on your way you dewy, picture-perfect skin, one sheet mask at a time.
Want to brighten your skin? Look for these ingredients.
If your skin is feeling uneven or dull, Gilbert suggests choosing a mask with brightening ingredients. Look for Vitamin C, licorice root extract, and Kojic acid, which all provide complexion-boosting benefits..
Want to moisturize your skin? Look for these ingredients.
Masks truly excel in the hydration game. With dedicated time and an appropriate delivery method, you can easily quench your skin's thirst. To end flaky, dry skin Gilbert names hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera as key ingredients to search for.
Want to clear your skin? Look for these ingredients.
"Masks that contain salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acid not only give you a glow, but they can also reduce acne breakouts," Gilbert advises. But as with any new skincare regimen, it's a wise move not to use a mask just after applying another lotion. Additionally, if you've got hyper-reactive skin, dab some of that sheet mask goodness on the side of your neck to test for any sensitivity.