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The Art of Sheet Masking

Sheet masks are one of the most popular skin care products to come out of Korean. These fun little face shaped masks are drenched in a liquid bases formula (either serums or essences) and packed with vitamins, amino acids and minerals that work to brighten and deeply hydrate the skin.

Sheet masks are relatively inexpensive, and they come in many different varieties to suit all skin types. Two most common types of sheet masks are made of a cotton type material (microfiber) or gel (hydrogel). They help to seal in moisture without clogging pores while working to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, aid in reducing the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation and rejuvenating dry and dull skin. Not to mention they feel super luxurious and relaxing!

A lot of the times the ingredients in your skin care products will evaporate before they can be fully absorbed into the skin (talk about a bummer). Sheet masks, on the other hand, extend the time frame in which the ingredients require to penetrate deep into the skin. The mask creates a barrier to lock in the product and prevent it from evaporating too quickly.

As wonderful as sheet masks are, they should not be used to replace other steps in your skincare routine, but used in addition. Unlike tradition masks, sheet masks don’t exfoliate or deeply cleanse the skin. They are loaded with serums and essences making them best used for added moisture and treatment.

How To Use

Step 1. You’ll start with a clean face that has been double cleansed and toned. You don’t need to apply an essence as the mask is already drenched in it, but doing so won’t do any harm. I still recommend applying your favorite serums that meet your specific skin concerns.

Step 2. Tear open the pouch and pull out the mask. The mask will be dripping wet so be sure to have a towel near to wipe up any spillage.

Step 3. Unfold the mask and place it on your face matching up the holes to your eyes, nose, and mouth. Unless the packaging specifically says, it doesn’t matter which side you place on your face.

Step 4. Squeeze the excess product left in the pouch into your hand and apply it to your neck, chest, and hands. This is some nourishing stuff, don’t let any go to waste!

Step 5. Let the mask sit for 15 to 20 minutes – to get the most out of your mask you can flip it over about halfway through the time. This way you really aren’t letting any of the product go to waste.

Step 6. Once time is up, peel off the mask and discard it. (I like to rub the balled-up mask on my hands again to get one last use out of the product – I’m telling you, no waste!)

Once you peel it off your skin will be brighter, softer, and hydrated to a dewy, glowy perfection.

For additional hydration, wear your mask in the shower. The heat of the shower steam will open up your pores and allow for better absorption of the essences and serums, resulting in extra, EXTRA hydration. Be sure to use a bio-cellulose or hydrogel mask as microfiber can slip off and the fibers can attract the steam and water. Or use this little guy that loops around your ears and keeps your mask in place!

Sheet masks are great for an on the go dose of moisture or for a relaxing night snuggled up on the couch in your robe. It’s up to you where or how often you use a sheet mask, they can be used every day if your heart desires. But traditionally, those with dry skin may want to use one 3 or more times a week, while those with oily acne prone skin may want to use one 1 to 2 times a week.

Happy masking!

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