Now if you are like me spending extra time in the bathroom doing “skincare” is the last thing you want to do with your time. I want skincare to be fast, easy and successful. Seriously… is that too much to ask? I say…not.
When I started as an esthetician 10 years ago “masking” was all the rage! It was how you got targeted ingredients to make actual change in the health of one’s skin. But, Oy Vey, how I HATED masking. This is how I felt about it… “So you want me to go back into the bathroom and apply a thick goopy product onto my face, walk around the house for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and then go BACK into the bathroom wash off the goop and then put on my moisturizer? NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN!”
Then, HELLO Sheet Mask. Thank you K-Beauty industry for making my life just a little bit easier! Sheet Masks are single use, serum soaked, with targeted focus. Most sheet masks are designed to provide hydration but they also have more active ingredients soaked in such as: antioxidants, brightening ingredients, neuropeptides (to help diminish lines and wrinkles), acne ingredients… the list goes on and on.
The best part of sheet masks is that they are SO EASY TO USE! Just getting home from work? Go wash your face, slap a sheet mask on and get dinner ready. They’re perfect when prepping for a special event. We have seen tons of celebrities posting on IG getting ready for awards events wearing masks. You can wear them on a plane to offset dehydration or at the airport for a pre-flight self care session. Wear them in the bathtub or just before falling asleep.
Now be warned, sometimes masks can slip which can give the look of a melting face, it might be a bit disturbing if out in public. Ideally you take 10 minutes or more to lay down and relax. This doesn’t only prevent the mask from slipping but gives your body a chance to decompress from your busy work day and busy life. Rest is the number 1 ingredient to looking and feeling youthful.
Using a sheet mask should be uncomplicated, but it’s important that you wear it on a clean face. You can put serums on under the mask but it may not be necessary as the mask is already soaked in serums.
So here is my suggestion for incorporating a mask into your home routine:
- Wash Face
- Apply Mask for 10-30+ mins
- Pat in any remaining product
- Finish with a serum and/or moisturizer
CHEAT TIP #skincaremadeeasy:
- Wear the mask into bed
- Remove before falling asleep
- Cast it aside to your bedside table or on the floor (don’t let your dog or child eat it)
- Pat in remainder of product and go to sleep (It is the same as sleeping with a serum on)
Click here to see some great pics of celebs and mere mortals sporting sheet masks.
Now if you choose to walk around with your mask on, maybe a mask with chin and ear straps such as Dermovia is the way to go to keep the mask in place.
If you have questions about your specific mask, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download this list of my favorite masks with links where to buy them.
2013 was first year articles on sheet masks were written.