Sheet Masks 101: What They Are and How to Use Them
If you're a fan of DIY skincare, then chances are good you've heard of sheet masks. Everyone from social media influencers to celebrities seem to be extolling the virtues of this trendy new treatment. Though once considered a niche product in Korean skincare, sheet masks have grown to become one of the most popular DIY skin treatments in the world. If you're curious about the benefits of this effective treatment, we reveal everything you need to know about sheet masks below.
WHAT'S A KOREAN SHEET MASK?
Despite what the name implies, the term "mask" is actually a bit of a misnomer. In terms of skincare, most people associate masks with a thick gel or clay-like topical treatment in a jar or tube. However, Korean sheet masks refer to face-shaped fabric sheets soaked in skin-replenishing ingredients.
Think of a sheet mask as a deep serum treatment. Sheet masks contain some of the most powerful active ingredients in skincare, like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and antioxidants. When you put one on, these skin-revitalizing ingredients are sealed into your skin. Essentially, the skin-hydrating, ultra-concentrated serum penetrates deeply into your skin, creating game-changing results in your appearance.
OKAY GREAT, SO HOW DO I USE IT?
Sheet masks should be applied to clean, dry skin. To prep your skin for a sheet mask, start with a gentle cleanser and follow up with a toner.
If you're planning on using a sheet mask at night, Ilse recommends prepping your skin with a double-cleanse. To do this, begin with an oil-based cleanser. After that, use your normal foam cleanser and continue your cleansing routine as usual.
Keep your mask on for 15-20 minutes (long enough to receive the maximum benefit without allowing the mask to dry on your face). When the timer goes off, remove your mask from bottom to top, and you're done!
Unlike a traditional mask, you don't need to cleanse your skin post-treatment. Instead, simply let the serum penetrate into your skin. Use clean, dry hands to pat in any excess serum.
If you want to take your glow to the next level, follow up your sheet mask session with your normal moisturizer and eye cream. This combination is a foolproof way to ensure your newfound glow is enhanced and prolonged.
Pro Tip: Apply masks from forehead to chin, smoothing out any wrinkles or air pockets. This application method creates a clinging effect that allows the serum to work most effectively.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY A KOREAN SHEET MASK
While hydration is the primary benefit of sheet masks, the treatment also packs a punch when it comes to brightening, cleansing, and protecting your skin. In fact, many Korean sheet masks contain ingredients with health-boosting and anti-aging properties.
Single-use packaging means that you can also alternate between various types of sheet masks without the inconvenience of committing to a pricey single-function serum. The single-use packaging is also vacuum-sealed, which means that sheet masks are ultra-hygienic (especially when compared to traditional masks in jars).
If you're new to sheet masks, Ilse recommends starting with a multi-pack, so you can easily get a feel for some of the options available. The Ricocell Variety Pack is a great place to start. For a more luxurious treatment with aromatherapy, you can't go wrong with the Beaudiani 4-in-1 Aroma Mask Gift Set.
Convenience and packaging are not the only advantages of sheet masks over conventional skin treatments. Sheet masks are also incredibly safe for regular use. While they're used to prep for special occasions and often associated with the Instagram #SelfCareSunday trend, they can also be a beneficial part of your normal skincare routine.
In Korea, where sheet masks initially gained a cult following, many apply this treatment daily. Unlike traditional masks, sheet masks are never abrasive or drying. And, with so many types to choose from, you can treat yourself to a luxurious experience every day. If you're interested in learning more, be sure to check out Ilse Cosmetics' expertly curated selection of Korean sheet masks here.