Prep Your Skin
If you’re familiar with Korean beauty, you’ll know that Koreans are big on prepping their skin before embarking on a treatment. When it comes to a sheet mask, it’s really no different.
To prep your skin for a sheet mask, make sure you’ve cleansed your skin thoroughly first. Afterwards, apply toner to balance out the skin’s pH values. Once you’re done, tap in some lightweight essence to boost the absorption rate of the serums found in your sheet mask.
Finally, apply your sheet mask and make sure to avoid tenting — you want to get all the goodness in!
Cut It Up Or Use An Eye Mask If Necessary
While sheet masks are great for pampering your skin when you haven’t got the time to visit the spa, they don’t always fit on your face right.
So, the next time you’re experiencing some major tenting — which happens near the eyes or nose most of the time — make slits or cut your sheet mask slightly so it fits your face better.
Alternatively, these are brands like Kocostar have sheet masks in slices so you can target specific parts of your face. Another Korean beauty trick is to use an eye mask underneath your sheet mask for targeted eye treatments.
Understand What You're Buying
Looking for a hydrating sheet mask? Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and natural soothing ingredients.
Got sensitive skin? Opt for masks with anti-inflammatory ingredients like honey and aloe vera. Stay away from putting alcohol on your face as it might aggravate it even more. However, certain fatty alcohols like cetyl, stearyl and cetearyl alcohol are fine for skin — in small amounts, of course.
Knowing your skin type and understanding the ingredient list in your beauty products can make all the difference in helping you improve your skin’s condition. We know it’s a total hassle but some research really goes a long way in helping you make better beauty product choices and prevent you from spending money that could have been better used.
Longer Isn't Always Better
The average amount of time you should be keeping a sheet mask on is between 15 to 20 minutes — depending on the sheet mask.
So, as we mentioned earlier, do your research and take the time to read what the instructions are on the packaging.
That said, never ever sleep with a sheet mask on (there’s a whole other category of masks for that, they’re called sleeping masks!). Not only does it prevent your skin from breathing, sleeping with a sheet mask on actually sucks out the moisture on the epidermis. So all that time spent sheet masking essentially goes to waste. Yikes!
Massage It In
We recommend doing this with a face roller but your fingers work too! Massaging all those ampoules and serums from your sheet masks can boost absorption rates and stimulate blood circulation.
You’ll end up seeing more radiant skin in no time.