Every time I put on a sheet mask I hear Caroline Hirons in my head saying “you do realize that this mask isn’t going to do anything”. Don’t worry, she’s not judging. She just wants to make sure I know what I’m getting into. I take no offense to this. Caroline is one voice in the world wide web of skincare experts that I do listen to. Sheet masks have been showing up all over the place. And I really want them to do all the things they claim to do. What they are in fact good at is hydrating the skin to give it a wonderful plumpness. As most people I see have rather dehydrated skin so this is a good thing. Some sheet masks have calming and soothing ingredients that can reduce redness while hydrating. Lots of masks have fragrance so if you’re sensitive to that you’ll want to read the label first. What am I saying? You should always read the label before using a product.
Lisa Eldridge tipped me off about sheet masks in a video she shared showing her skincare and shopping she did while working in South Korea. Since then I’ve been intrigued by Korean beauty products and the dedication Korean women give to their skincare routine. The ingredient nerd in me wants to know what sheet masks do and if they are effective in treating skin issues. Some ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and caviar extract help to nourish and calm your skin. They are great as a second mask or following an active treatment with acids or retinol. According to the Klog, a beauty blog associated with SOKOGLAM!;
“The purpose of a sheet mask is to allow your skin to absorb as much of the essence and serum as possible in a short period of time (usually 15 to 20 minutes). The material of the mask will lock in the moisture to allow it to penetrate the skin as effectively as possible.”
Instead of evaporating, the serum stays on the the skin longer. The ritual of taking some special ‘me’ time at the end of the day is good for the soul. I use sheet masks near the end of my skin care routine in the evening mostly. If I have time I will do this twice a week. I find my whole evening skincare routine to be very relaxing. I love washing the day away and helping my skin to renew and recover. I cycle using acids and retinoids with nourishing products. I’ll pick a particularly hydrating sheet mask like the caviar or hyaluronic acid after the more active products and my skin seems to really like it–less irritation and dryness for sure. Afterwards, my skin tends to feel a bit sticky so I tend to use masks in the evening. Sometimes the mask plus sunscreen plus makeup can feel a little heavy.