SHEET MASK: THE SOUL OF KOREAN SKINCARE
Have you ever wondered why the Korean people have glass skin? They do take their skincare regimen seriously and believe in layering multiple products for achieving that perfect glowy skin. Some of them even layer 7 toners! What? Yes, they even layer seven different kind of toners to maintain that hydrated, bouncy skin. Don’t worry, I am not going to talk about the 7-step toner regimen but the sheet mask that took the beauty industry by storm.
It all started from Korea but now its everywhere. You can see the sheet mask from facebook to instagram to snapchat. Its fun to use but whats really important is why should you use. Known as the soul of the Korean skin care routine, sheet mask adhere to your skin and infuse it with concentrated essence. Sheet mask are soaked in nutrition-packed solution called serum. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, fibers or gel types. They are fully soaked with concentrated serum, which consist of many powerful ingredients which brings fast effects in regards to enhancing the skin. The serum is filled with various vitamins and minerals, and won’t dry out the skin compared to the face mask.
There are different varieties of sheet masks and depending on what your skin needs you can choose from- calming, soothing, hydrating, brightening, glowing, nourishing, firming, anti aging, pore tightening, skin clearing and so on. It also comes in a set so that you can try different varieties to know which suits you the best. The options are endless! People in Korea also prefer to sheet mask daily. Now, that sounds overwhelming! I know all of the people can’t commit doing it daily (even I can’t). Try incorporating sheet mask at least twice a week to get the maximum benefits.
As its beneficial to incorporate the sheet mask in your skincare routine, its also important to know the proper way of using it. In order to achieve the benefits of the sheet mask, follow these steps:
You don’t want to apply sheet mask on dirty face. Make sure you cleanse your face before applying sheet mask so that your skin maximizes its benefits.
Its good to remove the dead skin cells that might be clogging your pores. Cleaner the skin, better the results!
Follow the Instructions
Always follow the instructions on the package. Some sheet mask has a protective layer, which should be removed before applying it. After cleansing, exfoliating and toning, apply the sheet mask gently on the face matching all the cut-outs to your eyes, nose and mouth. Then smooth the whole mask down over your skin. Make sure you keep the sheet mask as long as suggested. Don’t overdo the timing! Putting the sheet mask longer than the required time can actually dry up the mask which won’t benefit any further!
Don’t rinse your face afterwards
Unlike the face mask which should be rinsed afterwards, sheet mask should not be rinsed but patted on skin so that your skin retains its benefits. You don’t want to make a mistake by washing your face after removing the sheet mask. The benefits of a sheet mask don’t end when you remove it. All the ingredients from the mask are meant to be soaked onto your skin. So, after removing the face mask, tap the excess serum onto the skin. If there is some essence in the packaging, apply it to your neck and décolletage.
Finish off with the Moisturizer
You need to lock in the moisture afterwards so it’s a good idea to follow up with an eye cream and a moisturizer. The moisturizer will seal in all that moisture and great ingredients and prevent it from evaporating out. You don’t need to apply your regular serum after sheet mask as it already has those beneficial ingredients.
Make sure you follow these steps while incorporating sheet mask into your routine!
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