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Do Sheet Masks Work? 5 Beauty Experts Weigh In

The single-use sheet masks are the go-to skincare hack for busy girls on the go. However, their environmental impact and even claims to give you glowing skin are widely debated. Here's what the experts have to say.

Sheet masks are probably the most popular fad to emerge from the Korean skincare boom, mostly because of the sheer convenience of it all. Just pop them in the refrigerator and put it on for 15-20 minutes to get instantly plump, dewy skin. However, some beauty gurus remain unfazed not only because of the fleeting results but also because of the enormous environmental impact of these masks. As a single-use item, sheet masks often come in plastic packaging and some even contain the infamous plastic polymers that breakdown into the non-decomposable and major ocean pollutant, microplastics. So, what is a girl to do? For starters, opt for masks made of organic fibres with compostable and biodegradable packaging. it worth it? Well, you can also check what some experts told Cosmo about the efficacy of sheet masks.

Dr Kiran Sethi, Celebrity Dermatologist and Wellness Expert - "Sheet Masks aren't really effective. I find them completely useless because most of the ingredients that help the skin get left behind in the packet or on the sheet itself. On top of that, they tend to be non-biodegradeable, so they ruin the environment too. And, results last a day if you are lucky!"

Dr. B L Jangid, Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon - "Sheet marks actually work and are also really good for your skin. They help in hydrating your skin as well. Some sheet masks also contain Vitamin C and E which is beneficial for all skin types, despite your skin being sensitive, dry, or oily. You can apply it once a week for 15-20 minutes which will be enough for healthy skin. I personally prefer using sheet marks that carry Vitamin C."

Biodegradable Vitamin C Glow Sheet Mask by The Body Shop, Rs 375

Paula Begoun, Former Skincare Investigative Journalist and Founder of Paula's Choice - "NEVER! Sheet masks are a total waste of time and money. These fiber, rubber, gel, bamboo, or cloth- like masks are saturated with skin care ingredients that you’re supposed to leave on your face for a rather long period of time (some recommend between 20 and 40 minutes every day), with the claim that they allow the ingredients to penetrate better than other types of masks or products but they aren’t true. Sheet masks don’t help ingredients absorb better. Skin care ingredients absorb into skin based primarily on their molecular size, and sheet masks don’t change an ingredient’s molecular size. However, even if sheet masks could help ingredients penetrate better, you don’t need every ingredient to absorb to the same level. The best products are formulated with some ingredients that remain on the surface, others that absorb a bit more, and others that absorb even deeper to repair skin cells. Bottom line: there isn’t any research showing that sheet masks work better than traditional masks or just using brilliant skin care products."

Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, Dermatologist and Cosmetologist "I am a big fan of sheet masks because of the sheer ease of application. So, if you have 15-20 masks it is a great way to just slap on a sheet mask and hydrate your skin instantly."

L'Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Re-Usable Sheet Face Mask, Rs 825 (approx)

Agrika Kalra, Celebrity Makeup Artist - "When it comes to masking to instantly pep up the skin after removing makeup, I personally prefer using Sephora's Rose or Cucumber Face Mask instead. It really rejuvenates my skin within minutes."