Korean face sheet masks are the gateway item into the world of Korean beauty and skincare. Acting as inexpensive mini facials, sheet masks give the skin intense hydration, suppleness, and brightening effects in less than half an hour! Sheet masks can range in functions, materials, and ingredients. However, the majority of sheet masks are typically made for brightening, moisturizing, acne control, pore care or anti-aging effects. Most cotton sheets are soaked in essences containing nourishing active ingredients moisture retention. The essence is kept from evaporating by the sheet mask which locks in all the moisture and protects it from being exposed to the air. With such close contact to the skin, the essence forces the antioxidants and vitamins to penetrate into the skin’s top layer more effectively than if the essence was applied without a protective barrier.
What are the different materials of sheet masks?
Masks are most commonly made out of either cotton fiber sheets called microfibers or a jelly-like material called hydrogels. The hydrogels themselves are made up of an essence, making the mask 100 percent water soluble! Because of this unique characteristic, hydrogels will begin to melt slightly when it comes in contact with the heat of your skin. Other types of materials include bio-cellulose, tencel, cupra, and foil.
How many times a week should I sheet mask?
- Look at your skin: Every face is different! So always pay attention to the condition of your skin and how it is feeling.
- Look at the product: It may not be the frequency of masking that’s affecting your skin, but the actual mask you are putting on. We recommend trying our subscription plans! It is the easiest way to try different masks and find the best ones for you.
- Look at the environment: Depending on your location, climate, and travel schedule, you may need to decrease or increase your sheet mask frequency.
How does it fit into my routine?
With all of the different toners, serums, and essences, where do sheet masks fit into the picture? There is no set golden rule because every skin type is different and what works for one skin type may not fit another skin type. In general, the recommended routine is to cleanse, tone, sheet mask and then moisturize afterwards.
How long do I leave a sheet mask?
A common mistake beginner sheet mask users make is leaving the mask on for too long. Remember: do not leave a sheet mask on overnight! Sheet masking should be kept between 15-25 minutes and should not exceed 30 minutes. Leaving sheet masks on until they dry will actually cause a reversal effect because the sheet will begin to reabsorb the moisture from the skin.