Don’t you just adore sheet masks? It is so amazing how a thin piece of cotton soaked in concentrated serum solution can be one of the most popular products on the skincare scene. It is no wonder sheet masks fly off the shelves — they are so easy to use. Tear off the package that the sheet mask is packed in, put it on your face, sit back, relax and Netflix and 20 minutes later, your skin is glowing harder than a goddess’.
What Are the Benefits of Sheet Masks?
Sheet masks are soaked with concentrated serum, which contains beneficial ingredients for the skin. You use them for about 10 to 15 minutes, or a maximum of 20 minutes, which makes them the Usain Bolt of your skincare routine. Another reason why sheet masks should not be left longer than 20 minutes is because the mask starts to dry up and takes away the moisture from your skin.
Sheet masks bring about faster effects that enhance the skin, such as brightening, hydrating and firming effects.
They are relatively inexpensive, compared to going for facials.
They are also easy to apply and can be used anywhere, at any time. Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress, has been spotted signing autographs while wearing a sheet mask under her sunglasses in public. Talk about setting the bar for dedication to radiant, flawless skin.
Types of Sheet Masks
From deep moisturising and anti-aging to skin brightening, there is a type of sheet mask for just about every skin issue you can imagine. With so many choices at hand, how do you decide which mask is best for you? On top of that, there are masks made of many different kinds of materials. Here is a general guideline on the different types of sheet mask materials:
Charcoal Sheet Mask
Charcoal sheet masks are great for all skin types. The benefit of charcoal is to remove excess sebum and reduce inflammation. As it is infused with antibacterial and antifungal properties, the charcoal mask is able to unclog pores, exfoliate, detoxify and soothe irritated skin.
Clay Sheet Mask
A similar sheet mask to use as the charcoal sheet mask is the clay sheet mask. It primarily works to cleanse and shrink the appearance of pores on the skin surface, while drawing toxins out from underneath. Clay also works as a mild exfoliate, sloughing off dead skin cells, as it works to absorb dirt from deep within.
Bubbling Sheet Mask
As the name goes, after application on your face, the mask starts to foam up with big bubbles. The bubbling action draws out impurities from the skin, while at the same time delivering oxygen into the skin that helps with collagen production.
Hydrogel Sheet Mask
Hydrogel sheet masks are jelly-textured face masks that are translucent and generally thicker than microfibre sheet masks. A polymer gel that holds 99% of liquid, hydrogel sheet masks offer the highest level of absorption of active ingredients for a longer period of time. They adhere better to your skin due to its jelly texture.
Foil Sheet Mask
The opposite of hydrogel sheet mask, which is noted for its cooling properties, the foil sheet mask insulates your face, and you can feel a warm sensation minutes after applying the mask. It is believed that this method ‘forces’ the essence to penetrate deeper into the skin, as the foil will prevent the essence from evaporating, since it is not exposed to air from the outside. If you like looking like an armoured knight, the foil sheet mask is definitely the mask that gives you a bang for the buck.
Microfibre Sheet Mask
These are the most common sheet masks on the market, so they are usually cheaper, but they do contain a concentrated amount of vitamins to address various skin conditions. You can find a lot of variety in these masks because the benefit really comes from whatever product the mask is drenched in, so with these masks, you choose what you want to focus on, based on the ingredients.
Knit Sheet Mask
Cotton knit masks feel like actual knit material that guarantees your skin is able to retain more moisture faster. As the masks are generally longer, it means you cover both the face and neck areas. The knit cotton fabric is also heavier, which allows the product to get deeper into the skin.
Ampoule Sheet Mask
This is a two-in-one product. When you tear open the packaging, you will find an ampoule and a sheet mask. You will first apply the ampoule, massaging it onto your face in circular motions. Then you will follow up with the sheet mask to enable the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin.