Are You Making These Mistakes While Using Sheet Masks?
If you're going to hop on the sheet mask beauty bandwagon, you might as well do it flawlessly!
Sheet masks are fun, trendy, and an affordable way to luxuriously pamper yourself! Though they’re pretty easy to use—you unfold the mask and place it over your face—did you know that there are beauty mistakes that can prevent you from getting the most out of sheet mask benefits?
Sheet masks can moisturise, revitalise, and give your skin a boost. You could say sheet masks are the lazy girl’s best friend when it comes to skin care.
My very first sheet mask was given to me by a close friend, who got her hands on them during her vacation to Seoul. She brought home several packs of these masks. Some were infused with vitamin C and aloe vera, while the others were more unusual variations—snail and seaweed essences.
So I brought the mask home, eager to start looking like a Korean drama star. To be honest, this was about the most pampering I had during that busy month. It was pretty simple. I slid the sheet mask out of the package and carefully laid it out on my face, careful not to tear the thin sheet.
I was so relaxed by the scent that I didn’t notice I had dozed off (with the mask still on!). A few hours after my accidental nap, I found a small zit on my cheek!
Despite my good intentions, I had committed a K-beauty sin! Don’t be like me, avoid these mistakes to fully enjoy sheet mask benefits for truly beautiful skin!
Sheet mask benefits and the mistakes that keep you from enjoying them!
1. Leaving sheet masks on for too long
Obviously, accidentally leaving it on can be counterproductive. You might think that leaving it on longer can make it more effective, but there’s a reason why the instructions say to take it off when you should.
If you leave it on for longer than intended, it can dry your face, and whatever gunk it just pulled out, it can actually push it back. Or in my case, irritate it enough to cause a breakout.
2. Not taking time to prep your face first
Most sheet masks are cotton-based sheets soaked with products that can come into contact with other beauty creams. This could cause a reaction. So make sure you cleanse and dry your face before putting a sheet mask on!
What’s more, if your face isn’t clean, the sheet mask might not work as effectively.
3. Applying moisturiser before the mask
Sheet masks replenish and hydrate your skin, so applying moisturiser before it is kind of redundant. Just use cleanser and toner. Then save the moisturising for later, if you think you still need it.
4. Washing your face after removing the mask
The same goes for rinsing! If you wipe or rinse your face, you could be depriving yourself of sheet mask benefits! Yes, the residue can be sticky and annoying, but that’s where all the good stuff lies. With clean hands, massage the leftover serum and essence gently onto your face.
5. Choosing the wrong mask for your skin type
Depending on your skin’s needs, there is a sheet mask to address your pesky skin problems. If you have dry skin, you can use a sheet mask that effectively moisturises your skin. On the other hand, if you have oily skin, go for a fruit-based or natural essence sheet mask so it works to effectively cleanse your skin without drying it out.
So what’s the best sheet mask for your skin type?
For dry skin, try SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (S$127.oo/6pcs), which celebrity mum Chrissy Teigen swears by. You can also try Garnier’s Hydra Bomb Serum mask (S$2.00). Both masks are super nourishing with generous amounts of hydrating serum!
If you want to end your battle with blackheads, sheet masks containing lactic acid like Mediheal Tea Tree Care Solution Essential mask (S$2.80) could do the trick. This type of sheet mask can also help exfoliate your skin and tighten those wide-open pores.
If your skin is more on the oily side, go for green tea-infused masks like the Boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask (S$12.00). The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in green tea can help revitalise your skin while reducing that sticky feeling.
Want to smooth out fine lines? Go for hyaluronic acid-infused sheet masks, like Tony Moly Pureness 100 (S$3.00), with Vitamin E and antioxidants that also stimulate collagen.
Naturally, salicylic acid, which is a go-to ingredient in anti-acne products can be found infused in sheet mask as well! Try Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution (S19.59) to keep your breakouts at bay.
One last thing: once you’ve chosen the best sheet mask for you, read the instructions carefully! Not all sheet masks are the same, so just because you’ve gotten into the sheet mask habit, it doesn’t mean you can skip the mini-manual.