Sheet masks are like the Alexander Wang tees of your skincare regimen: staples that you can’t have too many of. But sometimes even a white tee – or white sheet mask – needs some sparkle. Enter the character sheet mask. These offer the same benefits as their colourless counterparts (instant hydration and nourishment) but have images of animals on the front, which makes them wayyy more fun to try out. See Jenna Dewan-Tatum, above.
If you’re worried that the pattern may contain potentially inflammation-causing ingredients, don’t be, says Megan Wan from THE FACE SHOP Canada. “The character masks’ design is non-irritating to the skin. The colour does not transfer to the skin either.”
For the best animal sheet masks options, see below. But first, here are some tips on getting the most out of your sheet mask.
1. Apply your sheet mask to a clean face. Wan recommends double-cleansing and toning first. "These steps ensure a proper and clean foundation for the active ingredients in the mask."
2. Prep the mask. Wan likes to massage the package to ensure the active ingredients are spread out over the entire sheet. For a more luxurious experience, she’ll put the package in the fridge or in a tub of warm water before using.
3. You can use a sheet mask every day if you want to. But if that is too much of a time commitment, experts recommend masking two to three times a week for optimal results.
4. Pick a mask that works for you. Sheet masks are typically made of three different materials – cotton, hydrogel or cellulose; play around to see which texture you like. Each type of mask will also have different active ingredients. Since we’re heading into winter, Yan recommends one that contains water-absorbing hyaluronic acid.
THE FACE SHOP Brightening Character Mask ($4), thefaceshop.ca.
Bat Eye Essence Mask ($4), glowrecipe.com.
THE FACE SHOP Soothing Character Mask ($4), thefaceshop.ca.
Wish Formula Panda Eye Essence Mask ($2.50), glowrecipe.com.
SNP Animal Tiger Anti-Wrinkle Mask ($3), peachandlily.com.