Hello and happy weekend to everyone! Today’s post is all about sheetmask. Sheetmasking has been popularized by korean skincare trends for as long as I know. I’ve been addicted to sheetmask eversince I tried them. Sheet masks are an inexpensive way to do a mini facial at home! It soothes, moisturize and hydrates my dull skin in less than an hour. I always go for the “soothing” “hydrating” ones whenever I pick some up form my local target or at althea.kr. Sheet mask are made out of cotton called microfiber and jelly types called hydrogels. Most commonly made for brightening, moisturizing, acne control, pore care or anti-aging effects. Soaked in essence(lightweight or water like moisturizer) containing nourishing active ingredients ranging from tea tree for acne control and ceramide for moisture retention. Sheet mask are usually individually packed. The essence is formulated with nourishing ingredients such as antioxidants and oils which are protected and sealed in each packaging. Once exposed to air and applied to the skin, the formulated “goodness” is then transferred from the mask to the first layer of the skin.
After a month of testing and trying out a bunch of different sheet mask, I came up with this steps on how to choose the right sheet mask according to your skintype.
Know your skin type
Getting to know what your skin type is a great help in picking out your desired sheet mask.
- For normal,dry skin and normal to dry skin: look for sheet mask with the tag nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and hydrating. Good news for you! Almost all sheet mask sold in the market soothes and hydrates skin.
- For normal oil to oily skin: look for oil control and pore minimizing
- Acne prone skin: look for snail extracts which are believed to soothe and heal inflammation by retaining more water on the skin.
- Sensitive skin: look for labels such as hypoallergenic.
Steps before using a sheet mask:
- Cleanse face then tone and moisturize if desired. Remember that sheet masks must be applied on a clean face.
- Pull the mask out of the pack and pat on the excess essence on the neck.
- Apply the mask and let it sit for 15-20 mins as instructed. The longer the mask sit does not really make it better. I’ve seen a video of a girl who slept on her sheet mask then it eventually dried up on her face peeling some of her skin. So follow instructions. I have to admit that I used to let the mask dry up on my face thinking that the more I left it on, the better the results. Sheet mask are allowed up to a maximum of 30 mins on the face to make it efficient. After 30 mins the formula dissolves making it ineffective in a way. The reverse effect happens pulling out the moisture from the face.
- Afterwards, Peel off the mask and pat on the excess. Remember to PAT not RUB. The patting motion stimulates circulation on the face. Remember not to rinse off. At first the essence gets a little tacky on the skin. If any irritations occur discontinue the mask. Sheet mask are a one time use only.
How often do I sheetmask?
I usually use a mask 2-3 times a week. Usually at night after my skincare routine. I leave the mask on for about 20 -30 mins. and the next day I could see the results! Most mask plump and hydrate my skin. If my mask of choice was a brightening one, the effects are not immediate but I did notice my face getting bit lighter than the rest of my body after using several types of mask.
When should I sheetmask?
Sheet masks may be used at night on during the day before makeup. Essence formulated thicker to a cream like texture are better used at night locking in the moisture on the skin for a longer time.
NOTE: Sheetmask does not or must not replace the whole skincare routine. It just needs to be added. Happy sheetmasking everyone!
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