Your face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body and the most exposed, taking a daily beating from a barrage of pollutants everywhere you go.
Smoke, smog, dust and microscopic airborne chemical particles small enough to penetrate our pores do massive cumulative damage to skin cells; giving us dull, dry and oily complexions, and causing premature ageing.
The good news is that even with our hectic lifestyles, you can easily halt the pernicious onslaught of pollutants on your skin and reverse the ageing process with a rejuvenating sheet mask, the latest advancements in Korean skincare (K-Beauty) to restore a youthful glow to your complexion.
K-beauty sheet masks are a simple no-mess alternative to slathering on a traditional cream face mask and waiting hours for it to dry. The thin and flexible sheet masks fit snugly over your face and stay there without falling off. They have holes for your eyes, nose and mouth so you can easily carry on with your daily routine without interruption.
The face masks are made from sheets of paper, cotton, bio cellulose or hydrogel containing various cleansing and rejuvenating ingredients in a serum that’s activated and gets to work once you place the mask on your face. In less than 15 minutes you can peel off the face mask to reveal your new radiating complexion.
Here’s our updated list of the best face mask subscription boxes available in the UK in 2021. And it’s not exclusively for women. Sheet masks are ideal for men that care about their complexion too!
Best face mask subscription boxes in the UK
- Mask Time Glow Starter Box
- SOS Revitalising Sheet Masks
- Space Masks
- Lapcos Hyaluronic Acid Derma Sheet
- Sheet Happens
- Radiant Glow Set of 5 Sheet Masks
- Simple Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask
Mask Time Glow Starter Box
Best Korean Beauty Mask
Mask Time is a small team of K-beauty experts headed by cosmetic and pharmaceutical professionals. They specialize in Korean beauty products for mask addicts and newbies alike.
Their Glow Starter Box subscription gives you the K-beauty glow for a youthful look with four tried and tested sheet masks plus other surprise skincare treats delivered to your door each month.
Pay for monthly subscriptions or get discounts when you buy three, six or 12 months at a time. You’ll save more than £8 when you buy a 12-month subscription.
SOS Revitalising Sheet Masks
Best vegan face mask
The SOS Revitalising Mask is part of the sustainable vegan skincare range from the doctor-led team of dermatology professionals at Decree.
Each subscription box contains six rose-infused bio-cellulose treatment masks to nourish and hydrate your skin when your face is feeling dry and itchy.
Dermatologically tested, the masks are instantly calming for sensitive, irritable skin and best used weekly to boost hydration and radiance.
Decree is big on sustainability, too. All the packaging is recyclable and biodegradable for guilt-free skincare.
Best relaxing face mask
These ultra relaxing self-heating Space Masks are more about making a fifteen-minute break as relaxing as a good sleep rather than offering you any specific beauty benefits. Mind you, getting a power nap in the middle of a hectic day is a great way to naturally recharge and keep bags from appearing under your eyes.
The heating process begins in the mask when you peel off the cover, exposing a thin layer of iron filings to mingle with the oxygen molecules in the air and generate heat, which invigorates your skin and also releases a calming jasmine scent that can lull you into a refreshing sleep.
Lapcos Hyaluronic Acid Derma Sheet
Best skin hydrating mask
Plastering a face mask filled with hyaluronic acid on your face might sound like an extreme beauty treatment but our bodies actually produce this substance to nourish and moisturise our skin.
The hyaluronic acid contained in the sheet masks is a naturally occurring sugar that holds water to help keep skin hydrated and plump.
The masks also contain Althaea rose flower extract, which is well known for helping brighten and soothe skin, making them ideal for healing dry skin.
Best variety of face sheets
The monthly subscription box of K-beauty face masks from Sheet Happens contains 8 to 10 carefully selected sheet masks plus a surprise goodie for your beauty routine.
Sheet Happens is the vocation of Swedish skin care and relaxation advocate, Paula, who has turned her passion for Korean skincare products into a subscription service available for delivery in the UK and EU from April 2021.
Paula chooses beauty masks which give you that ‘glass-skin’ look pioneered by Korean beauty specialists without having to spend hours using different products. After 15 minutes, the masks leave you with clean, shiny and smooth skin, which in the Swedish beauty world is also called ‘honey skin’.
Radiant Glow Set of 5 Sheet Masks
Best botanical sheet mask box
For a dose of botanical skin therapy to give your skin a naturally healthy glow, we recommend the Radiant Glow pack of 5 sheet masks, which are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants from fruit and plant extracts.
The exotic ingredients with wonderful scents you’ll discover in this sheet mask box include extracts from papaya leaves, kiwi, lemon, tomato and strawberry.
Simple Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask
Best daily skin detox
The Simple Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask from Korea is a chemical-free daily skin detox mask which leaves you looking and feeling fresher after 15 minutes.
Apart from natural bamboo charcoal, which is well known among Korean beauticians for its detoxifying properties, the masks also contain thyme, zinc and witch hazel.
As with all Simple skincare products, the sheet mask is Peta approved as a cruelty-free and certified vegan, containing no artificial perfumes or colours. The mask is biodegradable and the packaging is recyclable.
Vitamasques Multi-Day Packs
Best face and eye mask combo pack
The best multi-masking bundle we’ve found are the multi-masking packs from Vitamasques. Get a variety box for 3, 7 or 10 days’ worth of daily face care in a variety of sheet masks and eye pads.
The mix of K-beauty sheet masks and eye pads containing fruity extracts and serums help brighten lacklustre skin and detoxify pores to prevent premature ageing.
The gold eye pads are a lovely touch of luxury! Use the sheet masks and eye pads daily for up to 15 minutes at a time.
Face mask subscription boxes: The verdict
Base your choice of face mask primarily on your skin type and think about how your exposed skin is affected by the environment you live and work in on a daily basis.
For oily skin
Use sheet masks with kaolin clay and charcoal to draw out and absorb the excess oils such as the Simple Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask. Sheet masks infused with tea tree oil and citrusy essential oils are also beneficial for oily skin.
For dry skin
You need to moisturise your skin with a hydrating sheet mask like the Lapcos Hyaluronic Acid Derma Sheet.
Sheet masks are made from either paper, cotton, bio cellulose or hydrogel. The bio cellulose sheets are made from either plant extract or human fat tissue extract. They are popular because they stick to your face easily and feed your skin with nutrients in a natural way.
If you’re a veggie or a vegan you’ll of course want to be sure your masks are plant based cellulose, which actually allows your skin to breathe while the mask is stuck on your face.
For glowing skin
For that authentic K-beauty glow that gives your skin a glassy look, we recommend experimenting with the tried and tested Mask Time Glow Starter Box.
A word of advice before using a face mask
Always follow the instructions on the face mask packets and boxes. Most of them are supposed to be worn for between 10 and 25 minutes.
Don’t leave the sheets on your face overnight or longer than specified as you could end up irritating or damaging the skin instead of healing it.