Sheet masks are everywhere these days. Ignoring the fact they make you look like something straight out of a horror movie, sheet masks are great for your skin. They are cheap, effective, and seemingly easy to use. However, did you know you might be using sheet masks the wrong way? In order to get the most out of your sheet mask, you need to apply it correctly. Debbie Palmer, a New York-based dermatologist, told Women’s Health that the best way to apply a sheet mask is to “start at the forehead, and line up with the eyes so you don’t get an air pocket.” Then pat the mask onto the cheeks, moving down toward the chin. In order to achieve the maximum results, be sure to lie down while using a sheet mask.
It’s also important to understand exactly how a sheet mask works. Each individually packaged sheet mask is soaked in essence (learn more about what an essence is here). Ingredients of an essence vary by skincare concern. A sheet mask works because the sheet prevents the essence from evaporating. It’s critical to make sure you keep the mask on for the recommended time (at least 20 minutes is a good rule). This allows the product to absorb into the skin, opposed to just evaporating. Still confused? Check out this great guide to sheet masks.
Here are some other tips for getting the maximum results from your sheet masks:
- Be sure to prep your skin before using a sheet mask. Cleanse your skin thoroughly and exfoliate. This helps stop dirt and makeup from preventing the sheet mask from working.
- Check the ingredients list first. Most sheet masks are super moisturizing, so you don’t need to moisturize afterwards. For example, the Joanna Vargas Forever Mask is loaded with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water to hydrate the skin. No moisturizer needed.
- Sheet masks are best for hydrating the skin because the sheet helps keep water from evaporating from the skin. If you are looking to deep clean or exfoliate your skin, it’s best to stick with traditional masks, which tend to be more clarifying.
- The hydration provided by a sheet mask doesn’t last more than one day. So feel free to use a sheet mask on a daily basis.
- If there’s lots of extra product leftover after you remove the sheet mask, go ahead and use it on other parts of your body, like your neck and hands.
- Although sheet masks are great for moisturizing your skin, be careful if you have acne-prone skin. Debbie Palmer, explained to Women’s Health that sheet masks can increase the tempature of your skin. This increase in temperature can increase the bacteria count on the surface of your skin, resulting in more acne. If you are concerned, be sure to test an area of your skin and wait a day before using the full sheet mask.
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