Ever since people have started to get familiar with Korean skincare, they are going gaga over sheet masks. And why not? Korean women have such flawless glass-like skin. A major part of skincare is trending towards including sheet mask in a day to day routine. For those of you who aren’t much familiar with what it is, here is a guide that can help throw light on them.
What is a sheet mask?
A sheet mask is a thin pre-cut mask made of different materials such as fibres, papers, fabrics and more. It has holes made for your eyes, mouth and nose. The sheet base is made from different materials like cellulose, cotton, hydrogel, coconut pulp, etc. This mask is loaded with essential nutrients in the form of a serum that is vital for your skin.
There are varieties of masks available with different ingredients that aid in moisturising, hydration, soothing, purifying, anti-ageing and also to target particular skin conditions. All you have to do is figure out what your skin requires and choose the right mask for it.
Why is it effective?
Made from a thin fibre, it acts as a barrier and thus helps the serum to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin. It aids the skin absorb the nutrients well and gives it an instant boost and lift. The fibres make sure that the nutrition loaded serum is soaked into its maximum for best and effective results.
How to use it?
It’s quick and easy to apply and is also for single use only.
- Wash your face thoroughly using a mild cleanser and pat dry it using a soft towel.
- Open the sheet mask packaging and unfold it.
- Apply the mask onto your face directly by placing it correctly according to the facial features.
- Press the mask gently so that it comes in direct contact with your skin so the serum is absorbed easily.
- Wait for 15-20 minutes and then gently remove the sheet from your face.
- Pat the left-over serum on your skin.
- Do not wash your face and let the serum soak in completely.
- You can then follow it up with the rest of your skincare routine by applying an eye cream and moisturiser.
When to use it?
Well, you can use the sheet masks any time of the day! Be it morning, evening, night, in flights, before a wedding or event, it doesn’t matter. Just when you feel your skin needs that extra love and care, open the packet and apply the mask and you’ll be ready to rock!
How often to use it?
You can use a sheet mask 2-3 times a week depending on the needs of your skin. If your face feels dehydrated, you can choose a nourishing mask for an instant boost and healthy looking skin.
How to get maximum results?
To get maximum benefits out of this product, you can either use it daily or weekly before going to bed based on what your skin needs. Our face cells tend to repair the most while we’re asleep and you can include sheet masks to your night time skincare routine to get best results. Make sure that you leave the serum as it is and do not apply any further products so that it gets soaked into skin deeply.
What type shall I go for?
Buying a sheet mask can be tricky since you must look at the ingredients present in it and check if they would cater to your skin. Here is what you should look for based on your skin type and concerns:
What you need is a boost of mositurising! Choose a sheet mask that mentions the words hydrating, moisturising and nourishing and your skin is going to love it. Look out for ingredients like avocado, shea butter, honey, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, cucumber, olive, papaya, coconut, oatmeal, etc. You can also choose the ones that have antioxidants.
Acne prone skin:
For acne prone or oily skin, you can choose the one that has ingredients like tea tree, green tea, aloe vera, turmeric, neem, etc. Look out for sheet masks that mention purifying or soothing and you’ll come to know that they are meant for you.
While looking for sheet masks that are anti-aging, you can choose the ones that have hyaluronic acid and collagen as the main ingredient. Apart from that, look out for pomegranate, blueberry, peptides, catechin, etc. Choose a mask that says anti-aging, anti-wrinkles, firming, renewing, and revitalising.
Dull looking skin is not flattering at all and you definitely need a boost of brightening sheet mask. Look out for ingredients like rice, lemon, yoghurt, milk, potato, turmeric, lotus, Vitamin C, rose, tomato, lime, orange, ginseng, etc. Check for words like brightening or lightening and that can help you revitalise your face.
If you are suffering from open pores, you can check out for ingredients like moong beans, charcoal, tea tree, rice, camellia, black mud, and green tea. If the sheet mask says purifying or pore care, you would know that that’s the one you need.
Sheet masks are definitely a boon to skincare since they meet all the needs. You’ll definitely find one based on your skin type and requirements. Include them in your skincare routine and see how your face gets the glow it needs!