Why sheet mask?
Are the benefits really there or are they just gimmicks? Well, ladies and gents, sheet masks are an everyday staple in Korea for a reason. Not only are sheet masks the simplest and fastest way to brighten and hydrate your skin with but they’re packed with a lot of effective and beneficial ingredients. It’s important to know when to apply a sheet mask in your skincare routine.
Sheet masks are to be applied usually after Double cleansing (first & second step) and Toning (Third step), Since they are power packed with the active ingredients you would find in a bottle of essence, you can skip the steps wherein you apply essence or serums to treat skin concerns and incorporate this Fun step in your routine. When it comes to getting that soft, supple, dewy glow, sheet masks are the most effective face cutouts. They work so well because while the sheet rests on your face, it acts as an icebreaker at an awkward party and forces the antioxidants and vitamins to mingle with your skin. Sheet mask helps lock the ingredients in.
When cold winds and your heater on full blast severely damage and dehydrate your skin, that’s when you reach for a sheet mask with hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to the skin, and antioxidants such as vitamin C, to fight free radical damage.
In the middle of the summer, you can grab one to nourish the skin or to help treat breakouts. Sheet masks are usually labelled by their specific ingredients or by skin conditions that they target.
So lets quickly jump on How Sheet Happens!
- Tear open the pouch at the top and pull out the mask. The mask will be dripping wet.
- Sometimes masks will come with a plastic backing; don’t forget to remove that. Unless the brand specifically mentions what side of the mask you should place on your face, it shouldn’t matter what side you use. Unfold the mask and place it on your face, aligning the holes with your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Apply the excess essence in the pouch and the mask to your neck, shoulders and hands. Those essences are good for your skin, so don’t let any go to waste!
- Take a power nap, read a book, swipe left or right, or simply zone out for about 20 to 30 minute.
- When you are ready, just peel off the mask and discard it. There is no reason for you to wash off the essence that is left behind because it is good for your skin! When you look at your skin in the mirror it should look brighter and slightly plumper from the moisture nit just absorbed. Also, Touch it. Touch it! It should feel velvety smooth
- Finish off the routine with a moisturizer (and SPF if you are heading out)
Should sheet masks be used during the day or night?
This actually depends on your preference! We recommend using it at night so your skin soaks up all the benefits from the essence while you sleep. However, it doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t provide your skin with benefits if you sheet mask during the day. A lot of people like to sheet mask during the day before makeup application because it rejuvenates the skin as well as provides the skin with moisture and a dewy glow throughout the day. Those with oily skin might want to use a sheet mask that is lighter in consistency (not as creamy or heavy) to avoid the extra glow.
How often should you sheet mask?
Everyone’s skin is different but we recommend sheet masking 2-3 times a week minimum. Sheet masking every day can be beneficial for the skin too but people with sensitive skin might react to that since sheet masks contain essences that are highly concentrated with certain ingredients that people with sensitive skin might react to if used daily. There’s also nothing wrong with sheet masking once or twice a week especially if you’re new to sheet masks. It makes a great pampering session especially when you need some time to yourself. Sheet masks are an essential part of everyone’s daily lifestyle especially for those who highly believe in the importance of self-care.
Types Of Masks
What are the differences between microfiber sheet masks, hydrogel, bio-cellulose, foil, and clay masks?
Microfiber Sheet Masks
Microfiber masks also known as cotton masks, are the most common and more affordable sheet masks out there. Due to their coarser texture, these tend to dry out quicker than other masks. Like most masks, these are infused in a highly concentrated essence to deliver a variety of beneficial ingredients to help with various skin conditions.
Hydrogel masks have a gel-type consistency and feel slick in texture and normally come in two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on the face. They also tend to feel cooling on the skin. Unlike microfiber sheet masks, these are more transparent on the skin and offer a great absorption system which allows them to lock in moisture better.
Bio-cellulose masks are made out of all-natural fibres (from good bacteria), are super thin which makes it adhere well to the skin, has excellent absorption properties, are very durable-will not rip or tear, which makes these more expensive than other masks.
Most foil masks contain foil on the outside of the actual sheet mask. The inside part of the foil mask normally contains a soft cotton-like material which feels comfortable on the skin. Having the foil on the outside of the actual mask helps prevent all of the good for your skin ingredients from evaporating quickly. Foil masks are known for keeping your masks moist during the whole sheet mask session.
Clay Sheet Masks
Clay and charcoal sheet masks can range in many colours such as black, white, pink, and so on. These masks are saturated in clay and/or charcoal that contains detoxifying ingredients for soft, smooth, and pore-less skin.