What are Sheet Masks?
We like to think of a sheet mask as a portable, individually wrapped, super-convenient facial – a 15 minute pick-me-up for your face! Use them everyday if you’re into that glowy, dewy, radiant look! or pull them out for those special occasions. Cool them in the fridge on a hot summer's day for the ultimate soothing effect and be sure to pack one into your carryon bag for those long haul flights!
Originating in the beauty pioneering mecca that is Korea, a sheet mask is exactly that. A sheet of fabric (the fancier ones are made of gels) that is absolutely saturated in skin-loving essences and serums. They sit over your face for 10-15 minutes and because the mask forms a barrier to prevent the essences from evaporating into the air, your skin has no choice but to soak up all the good stuff. And there’s no need to rinse afterwards - just throw the sheet away and pat the remaining liquid into your skin – they couldn’t be easier to use! The instant boost of hydration leaves your face feeling and looking oh so soft and spongy with moisture.
And it's not just for hydration, although all masks provide this in spades. You can also specifically target all sorts of skin issues like dullness, cranky irritated skin, oil control, pore and blemish clearing and ageing concerncs.
Get me started!
Sheet face masks are often called the gateway into Korean beauty because they are such a simple way to discover the amazing brands, ingredients and skin benefits that are on offer. But, if you're a K-Beauty novice, the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelmingly bewildering. To make it easier to get going, we’ve curated some of our favourites masks into Starter Sets that target particular skin concerns like brightening, hydrating, clarifying or anti-ageing. If you're not sure where to start, but are keen to dive right in we recommend our #7daysto glow kickstart challenge as the best way of finding out which mask works best for you.
How to use
1. Cleanse your face. We recommend using a Konjac Cleansing Puff with your favourite cleanser (an amazingly gentle way to cleanse and exfoliate your face!).
2. Tone (it's OK to skip this step if you don't have toner).
3. Place the mask on your face using the eye holes and mouth hole as a guide. Tip: Rub any remaining liquid in the pack over your neck, decollatage and arms.
4. Relax for 10-20 minutes
5. Peel off and discard. Pat down any liquid remaining on your face. There's no need to rinse off or moisturise.
6. Admire your instantly plump, hydrated and glowing skin!
How often should I use one?
Twice a week is a great addition to your skin routine but be prepared to be addicted! There's a legion of fans, celebrities and models that swear to using 1 a day for continously glowing, hydrated skin.