With skincare trending so heavily this year, sheet masks are still all the rage. I’ll admit that I was hesitant to try them, mostly because I’m usually not a mask person and also because I think they look ridiculous while they’re on. That being said, I broke down and have been experimenting with some different sheet masks and I’m officially obsessed. Read below to find out why I’m going to keep using these awesome little spa sheets and why you should give them a try if you haven’t already!
What are they?
Originally a trend from Korea, sheet masks are disposable, face-shaped pieces of fabric soaked in facial serum. You place them on your face for 15-20 minutes and let them work their magic. The best part is you don’t have to rinse them off afterwards, you just rub in the extra serum and go about your business!
How do they work?
Sheet masks are ultra effective because they provide a barrier that prevents the watery elements of the serum from evaporating. This means that the beneficial ingredients within the formula have a longer time frame to soak into your skin. There are many different types of sheet masks, all targeting different concerns, but sheet masks are generally very moisturizing. They’re great for achieving hydrated, plump, and dewy skin. Be careful when using them however to only leave them on for the recommended 15-20 minutes. Any longer than that and the mask will have the opposite effect and begin leeching moisture from your skin (eeeek!).
Who should use them?
Sheet masks are for everyone! As mentioned above, they make endless types of sheet masks, each targeting specific concerns. Some of the most common are hydrating, brightening, plumping, soothing, and skin clearing. Try a few different types to see which ones work best for you!
How often should you use them?
Literally as often as you want! There’s a huge following of beauty gurus in Korea who swear by using them twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening. There's an even larger following of people who use them daily. While this might be a little excessive, at the low price point of around $1-10 per treatment a few treatments per week would be pretty reasonable. Use them whenever your skin is feeling dry, irritated, dull, or whenever it just needs a little pick-me-up! I love wearing them on planes because flying always dries out my skin - scaring my fellow passengers with my mask face is just an added bonus ;)
How can I get the most out of my sheet masks?
There are a couple ways you can be a little extra fancy with your sheet masks. You can put them on just before you hop into the bath or the shower and wear them while you do your bathing routine to take advantage of the pore-opening steam. I also love putting them in the fridge on hot days for a cool, soothing, treatment.
Here are some of my favorite sheet masks:
-Patchology (try their night eye gels too, they're AMAZING)