As any KBeauty aficionada will tell you, sheet masks are the – not so secret – reason behind their dewy, flawless skin. But, now that sheet masks have become popular the world over, and are readily available, it’s often hard to distinguish between those that do the work and those that just look the part.
We at The Silk Rose have searched high and low, tried and tested many different shapes, styles, materials and brands in order to find the masks that really work well. We have learnt A LOT about what makes a good mask along the way and have decided to share some of our newfound wisdom with you, so you too can discover the perfect mask for your skin and more importantly, know what to do with it once you find it
1. Not All Masks Are Made Equal
As we mentioned earlier, with the ever-increasing popularity of sheet masks, more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon, trying to get in on the mask action. While this can be a positive, given that supply has increased and there is a plethora of options available to you. It also means that there are now poorer-quality products on the market, often marketed just as well as the superior product, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. So, the first lesson we learned was not to take the masks at face value i.e. don’t assume that a mask is good just because the packaging is pretty and its created by a popular brand. You need to look a little deeper into the formulation and composition to determine whether it’s worth your money. Granted, sheet masks are relatively cheaper than other skincare products, so you won’t feel as cheated if it doesn’t work well – but when it comes to your skin, quality really does matter. The pennies you may save on an inferior product won’t compensate for the aggro of an adverse skin reaction.
2. What’s It Made Of?
Sheet masks come in a wide range of materials from the traditional paper, fabric and cotton options to the fancier hydro-gel and bio-cellulose varieties. They will vary in terms of price, comfort and quality, so it’s important to find the right option for you based on your budget and requirements. For a more accessibly priced mask, try a high-quality cotton mask, which is breathable and not bleached. We recommend the Goodal cotton sheet masks, which are drenched in a concentrated goodness of 7 fermented super seed oils and free from parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dye and SLS. If you’re looking for a more comfortable, natural fit, we would suggest you try the LJH Vital Firming Hydrogel Mask. It has a patented transparent gel-like texture that has a remarkable ability to retain moisture, offer the highest level of absorption and almost act as a “second-skin” when placed on your face.
3. When To Mask
Customers often ask us about the what, where, how and whens of masking? It’s totally upto you where and what time of day you choose to mask (I tend to mask in the evening while watching GoT – but that’s a personal preference), but what’s important is what you do before and after. In order to get the most out of your sheet mask, we recommend cleansing-toning-exfoliating beforehand to create the optimal environment for the nutrients to be absorbed into your skin. Then place the sheet mask on your face and relax for 20 minutes or so. You can then remove the mask, pat any excess serum into your skin and once its been absorbed, apply a moisturiser of your choice. This last step is quite important as it locks in the nutrients from the mask serum and makes the well-hydrated feeling last longer.
We hope that was helpful, and would love to hear about your top sheet mask tips!