How to Use a Sheet Mask for Radiant & Glowing Skin?
Want to give your skin a treat? Here is why a facial sheet mask is a must-have product in your skincare routine and why you should definitely try them, too.
A sheet mask has been the latest beauty trend worldwide for a while and has become a must-have not only for superstars, actresses, or influencers on social media like Tiktok or Instagram but also for those who like to practice self-care at home to relax or boost their mood.
What's a sheet mask?
As the name implies, it is a single-use treatment, which is a face-shaped cloth filled with skin-loving ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acids, collagen, and antioxidants.
The "sheet" mask is made of various materials - for example, fiber, cotton, cellulose, or coconut pulp. The fabric has holes for the eyes, mouth, and nose, but completely covers the face. It allows the skin to be pampered in the morning to kickstart the day or to find calm in the evening just in 10-15 minutes.
What are the benefits of a sheet mask?
Sheet masks are a quick, convenient and effective way to restore your skin's radiance and luminosity. One of the main advantages of this popular item over other cosmetics is that it adheres to the face like a second skin, acting as a physical barrier that prevents the rapid evaporation of water and seals the ingredients into the skin.
The facial masks are soaked in a high-potency serum that helps target a variety of skin types and problems, such as dry skin, acne, dark spots, or dull skin.
Brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice, and mandelic acid—benefit by infusing new life into tired-looking skin, evening out uneven skin tone, and brightening a dull complexion.
On the other hand, calming ingredients—such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, green tea, algae, and salicylic acid—help in controlling sebum secretion, clearing pores, removing dirt, and preventing breakouts. It can also reduce irritation and inflammation in acne-prone skin.
Should I apply toner before a face mask?
People often get confused about when to use the masks before or after using the toner. Facial toner is a great beauty step after cleansing to rebalance the skin and helps calm irritated skin and get rid of excess oil and impurities to ensure the face is perfectly cleansed and ready for the next step in your regimen.
Cleansing and toning can help prepare your skin to absorb the nutrients and active ingredients in the mask, maximizing its effectiveness.
(Which toner to use? Here is for you: 11 Best Korean Hydrating Toners for Glowing Skin)
How can I use a sheet mask?
After cleansing and toning, apply on your face for 15-20 minutes. You don't need to rinse it off afterward as a sheet mask will benefit your skin even after it is removed. Take advantage of the remaining hydrating residue and let it soak into your skin for the best results.
A helpful tip: Do not leave it in longer than the instructed time as this can have a reverse effect. The dry sheet mask will try to suck moisture out of the skin.
Should I wash after using a sheet mask?
Do not wash your face right after removing the face mask, as this defeats the purpose of this product to be absorbed by the skin. Simply pat the skin to allow the serum to penetrate your skin and achieve the desired result.
What do I put on after a sheet mask?
After removing your sheet mask, you should apply a moisturizer to lock in all the goodness of the serum in the mask. Then, you can continue with your regular routine as you normally would: apply eye creams, sunscreen, or night cream.
Can I apply makeup after a sheet mask?
Yes, you can definitely use a sheet mask as part of your morning skincare regimen to prep and prepare the skin for better makeup application, as it adds an extra layer of hydration. It's an easy and effective way to get a healthy, glowing face for long-lasting flawless makeup.
When should I use a sheet mask?
Face masks are like an "a la carte" version of the skin essence, so you can use them in place of the essence. and you can use them either for the night or in the morning.
How often can I use a sheet mask?
The simple answer is that it really depends on you. You can use these facial masks every day or every week depending on your skin type and preferences.
Have you heard of "1 Day 1 Mask" ("use a sheet mask every day") or the "30-day sheet mask challenge" - this daily beauty ritual is adored by some Korean women and has reached the Western world, including beauty bloggers, YouTubers, and Reddit users.
Now wondering if it's possible to use them every day? Some dermatologists confirm that you can use a sheet mask every day, but here's something you need to consider: avoid certain acid-based exfoliating ingredients, like glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
Should I put a sheet mask in the fridge?
It's up to you to decide if you want to store your skin care products in the refrigerator or not. Sheet masks and eye patches can be stored at room temperature, as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight.
However, cold masks can give your skin a wonderful cooling sensation that helps reduce swelling and puffiness, skin irritation, and lymphatic drainage.