Masking 201: Sheet Masks
Sheet Masks are face-shaped fabrics soaked in essence and other nutrients. The sheet can be made in a variety of materials like papers, fibers, gels and more. Their functions have evolved beyond hydration and also include capabilities to brighten, firm and purify the skin.
Sheet Masks provide quick hydration that is offered in just 15-25 minutes. Personally, I love how inexpensive and how easy they are to use. I like to use sheet masks 1-2 times per week for a quick hydration boost after using a charcoal mask or exfoliating. With so many different brands and purposes of sheet masks, they can used by almost anyone.
What Happens if you keep a sheet mask on too long?
-If a sheet mask is kept on too long it may actually have an adverse reaction. If the mask dries up too much, moisture may be lost from the skin.
It's always best to follow the directions when using a sheet mask. Personally I tend to keep my sheet masks on for a minimum of 15 minutes and 25 minutes maximum.
Do you have to wash your face after using a sheet mask?
-Most sheet masks do not require you to wash your face after. I've tried a few sheet masks that were really sticky and left a film on my skin. In those cases, I use a micellar water after the sheet mask.
Can I reuse a sheet mask?
- No, unless stated otherwise. Reusing a saturated sheet mask can spread and harbor germs. However, there are a few dry sheet masks on the market that can be reused up to 3 times.
Favorite Drug Store Sheet Mask
As seen from my Instagram page, I really like the Garnier Skin Active sheet masks. They're affordable and great for delivering quick hydration. The line has now expanded to offer a charcoal and mattifying formula of their sheet masks. They retail around $3-4 per mask.
Dry Sheet Mask
The Charlotte Tillbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is one the most popular dry sheet masks on the market. It's number one my list to try it out! The mask is pretty pricey for a sheet masks as one single sheet masks retails for $22, but these masks can be used up to 3 times!
Most Common Ampoule Sheet Mask
The Dr.Jart Mask is one of the more popular Ampoule sheet masks on the market. It's a two step highly concentrated rubber mask. The mask line aims to provide hydration, firmness and help with fine lines. They retail around $12 each.
Do you have a favorite sheet mask?
Please leave a comment below as I'm always looking to try out new brands and formulas!
Have you checked out the PART 1 of my masking series "Masking 101"? (click here)