It seems like every time you log onto YouTube or Facebook, somebody, somewhere has put up a sheet mask trial video. Sheet masks range from hydrating to age defining and our very favorite – the cute animal print ones! These thin cotton sheets doused in special liquid serums/formulas are a great but temporary alternative to getting facials. If you are thinking of getting one for yourself, to see what the hype is all about, here is all that you need to know about them before you try!
Great for hydration
Each mask has its own unique formula. Some claim to prevent acne, hide fine lines and even brighten skin. But what they do best, is hydrate. Since the cotton mask in drenched in liquid goodness, they really do hydrate your skin. Depending on the quality and the brand, some sheet masks can even give you that deep moisturisation that you need.
2. Super easy to use
If you’re a novice to all things beauty, then these sheet masks are a dream to work with. They usually consist of just a few steps – apply, wait for stipulated time and remove. It maybe a little tricky at first to adjust to the sticky/moist mask, but you can’t really fail at the application. They remain intact and full off moisture. So, even if you need a few tries at putting it on, it’s still achievable.
3. They don’t replace traditional facials
These masks are great for a quick, at home refresher, but, regardless of what they say on the packet, you can’t compare a traditional facial to a sheet mask. Having said that, if you’re a girl who has never has time to get regular facials, using these once in awhile, is better than doing nothing at all.
4. Super for travel
If you’re constantly travelling and find yourself in the air more than on land, then you are going to love sheet masks. They usually don’t require you to wash you face or hands after use, making them ideal for travel. They also, offer that much-needed moisture, which your skin is dying for, after a long , temperature controlled, flight.
5. Probably not the best for oily skin type
If you’re prone to breakouts and have oily skin, you probably don’t require the extra moisture. We suggest using them only when your skin is feeling clear and only on the sections of your face that aren’t oily or prone to breakouts. If you’re unsure how your skin will react, then try a small section and watch for any acne or bumps the following day. If you’re all clear , you can enjoy a sheet mask!
6. They don’t replace face mask products
They are called masks more for the actual look rather than the function. If you require exfoliation or deep cleansing then you should stick to those peel-off or wash-off masks that are actually more effective in treating various types of skin. Sheet masks are more topical and a quick refresher more than anything else.
7. Quite pricey
While just the one off sheet mask might seem like a relatively budget friendly buy, it could cost you a lot more than you think. If you want to use a sheet mask every day, then the price adds up. You could probably buy a really good facial mask product/cream etc for the same overall price. We suggest using a sheet mask for days you really need a boost of hydration. Once a week is more than enough. Stick to your tried and tested beauty products at other times.
8. Doesn’t stick to face
While they’re easy to put on once you get the hang of it, you can’t really do much once it is there. Since it’s usually wet the whole way through, they tend to slip off if you’re trying to do too much. It’s best to lay down and relax while you’re applying a sheet mask.
9. Impenetrable by nature
Since they are made of cotton and drenched in serum/formula, they form a non-breathable barrier over the skin. This is good, as it forces the ingredients in the liquid to go into the skin. Acne prone skin needs to breathe all the time, which means they aren’t ideal for regular use if you’re prone to breaking out.
Sheet masks bring fast effects with respect to enchancing the skin. The serum with various vitamins and minerals, and won’t dry out the skin compared to the paste-type face mask. The sheet on the face helps the serum to soak in your skin a little longer. Some of the sheets also claim to brighten and make your skin firm. Basically, sheet masks are inexpensive compared to going to a spa, convenient, easy to apply, and brings glowing effect on the skin. So, do give these a try, and let us know what you think of them.