So you're just venturing into the wonderful world of sheet masks and don't know where to start? Or perhaps you're like me and have bought dozens upon dozens of enticing sheet masks and are looking to optimize your usage. For either case and anything in between, read on for some handy tips that anyone can use to maximize their sheet mask experience!
What is a sheet mask?
Sheet masks are popular face moisturizing products that are popping up in stores everywhere from Target to high-end cosmetic boutiques. These are typically a one-time use sheet made out of cotton, polymer or other material infused with a liquid concoction of skin moisturizers.
Some face mask ingredients are really far out (caviar, gold, horse fat, and snails to name a few) and materials have expanded to cotton, silk and a variety of plastics. Speciality masks are also trending, such as ones that are self-heating or bubble-forming.
My focus here is really Korean brand sheet masks, as South Korea has paved the way for sheet masks and many high-end cosmetics in general. Japan and Taiwan also have a wealth of sheet masks available and more and more European and American companies are also getting in on the action (these will be explored in a future post).
How do they work?
Though there are exceptions, for most sheet masks the use is similar: put onto a clean, dry face; leave on for 15-30 minutes; remove and voila! Moisturizing benefits galore.
Do they really help your skin?
In short, because the face-fitting sheet mask keeps moisture from evaporating and creates a mini humid chamber so to speak, the masks act like moisturizing gloves or other slimier products. But of course, as with product, your experience will depend on the ingredients and the quality of the product.
Aside from checking out the ingredient list on any sheet mask, here are my 5 simple tips to get the most out of your sheet masks:
Any other tips on making the most of your sheet masks? Feel free to add them to the comments below!
Snail slime (also known as snail mucin or filtrate) is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare products. After a trip to Seoul, South Korea, I was inundated with skin-softening products that advertised this peculiar ingredient. So I decided to take a deeper dive to understand what science--if any--backs the use of snail slime, captured in this easy-to-read infographic, below. (A free PDF version for download is also available at the bottom of the page for easy printing.)
Download this infographic as a PDF for an easy reference, check out my favorite snail skin mask, or read an analysis of snail slime in skincare: "The Benefits and Risks of Using Snail Slime Products On Your Face: A Conclusive Guide."
Snail products i like
I use my background in molecular biology and science journalism to dive into what makes certain Korean skincare and cosmetic products so effective. Then, I share my findings with you all!