K-beauty made a grand entry into the Indian market with sheet masks and how! We all have heard of the impressive Korean skincare routine and have definitely used or want to use a sheet mask.
These quick mini facials not only make you feel relaxed, but also rejuvenate and hydrate your skin in a matter of 20 minutes or less. In times when glowing, dewy skin is everything, sheet masks prove to be exactly the kind of instant skin gratification our generation needs. These masks are also specifically targeted towards different skin concerns including acne, dullness, ageing and many others.
So let’s get to know a little (oh well, a lot more) about sheet masks! Scroll down for sheet masks 101.
What exactly are sheet masks?
Sheet masks are thin sheets made of cotton, fiber or cellulose material and come enriched with serum that helps your skin with nourishment and hydration. They are usually packed with natural ingredients like cherry blossom, lotus root, Korean ginseng, green tea, cica, kaolin clay and mild skin caring actives like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and many more which help target specific skin concerns.
What are sheet masks made of?
Sheet masks are made up of diverse fabric and material. They are made in such a way that they hold up all the goodness of the serums to give your skin all that it needs. Here are some of the most common sheet mask materials:
- Cotton: Cotton is commonly used to make sheet masks. It sits well on the face and does not irritate the skin. It is soft and helps keep your skin well moisturized. These kind of masks are medium thick and highly durable.
- Microfiber: This kind is white in colour and extremely soft and silky. The material is a little expensive than the rest, but worth it. It is also quite eco-friendly as it is biodegradable and free of any harmful chemicals.
- Hydrogel: This material is comparatively new and needs careful handling as it is quite thin. It is 100% soluble and impressively cool and hydrating.
- Bio-cellulose: It is an all-natural fiber and stays very well on your face. This is made in a way that it can provide better absorption.
- Tencel: This feels like silk on the skin! It is a kind of fiber that is derived from trees and is biodegradable. It is fairly new and has a lot of audience trying it right now.
Types of sheet masks
There are different types of sheet masks in the market made with certain materials to deliver maximum benefits.
Microfiber sheet masks are the most common ones and easily available. The newest in town are hydrogel masks. These are slightly thicker, more transparent and stick easily to your skin. Then comes foil sheet masks which are made of aluminum foil to pack in all the moisture of the mask from evaporating. They are just as wet throughout your usage as they were at the beginning. Then there are knit masks which are 100% knitted with cotton and are longer than usual masks, as they cover your face and neck.
There are also clay sheet masks and charcoal sheet masks that work super well if you want to take your masking game up a notch. They help in detoxifying the skin and draw out excess oil and dirt.
Another kind of newly super popular masks are bubbling sheet masks. These are made of charcoal, sparkling water and other ingredients and work similar to bubbling masks.
Who can use a sheet mask?
Almost everybody can use a sheet mask! Whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, there is a sheet mask for you! Unless advised not to by your doctor specifically, there is absolutely no harm in using one.
When to use a sheet mask
The Korean skincare routine is elaborate, so let’s simplify this for you. Below is the order in which you need to use your skin products.
Benefits of sheet masks
Sheet masks are the real agents of hydration that come soaked with the serum for the very same purpose. With this, the ingredients present in the serum help in boosting your skin quality. A sheet mask gives you an instant glow by clearing the dirt and gunk off your skin within 15 mins. These masks are also specifically aimed at different needs including ones for brightening, anti-ageing, pore clearing and so on. So you can easily pick masks that tend to your specific needs.
What are the best sheet masks for my skin
Different sheet masks tackle different skin concerns and depending on your skin type, you can choose your kind of sheet mask with ingredients that work best. Apart from this, one can use masks as per the concern like pore care, brightening, anti-ageing etc.
- Dry skin: For dry skin, go for masks that are nourishing and hydrating with ingredients such as honey, seaweed, pearl, glycerin and so on
- Oily/acne-prone skin: Go for ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and help in getting rid of excess sebum without making your skin dry such as green tea, grapefruit, olive oil, cica, Korean ginseng, kaolin clay, and others
- Dull skin: This type of skin can go for brightening and rejuvenating ingredients including cherry blossom, babassu seed oil, vitamin C, pearl and so on
Can sheet masks be reused?
No, sheet masks are for one time use only.
How often to use sheet masks
Sheet masks can be used from once to thrice a week. They can be used anytime of the day or night. Preferably in your nighttime skincare routine as the skin rejuvenates when you sleep and the ingredients can benefit your skin all the more.
How to use a sheet mask
Sheet masks are super easy to use, here are simple sheet masking steps for you!
Do's & Don'ts of a Sheet Mask
- Read the instructions properly and don’t leave a sheet mask for more than 20 minutes
- If your skin is feeling irritable, remove your mask immediately
- Don’t throw away the extra serum in the packet, apply it on your face and neck
- Never wash your face after using the sheet mask, it will take away all the goodness your serum just provided your skin
Make sure you cleanse your face properly and only then use a sheet mask to gain maximum benefits
Now that you know everything you need to know about sheet masks, we hope you give your skin the sheet masking experience soon!
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