Getting the most out of your sheet mask

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Sheet mask has a thin cotton sheet that is doused in a liquid formula which moisturizes and brightens the skin and also has anti-ageing properties as it treats fine lines.

How to use it?

Sheet mask is the latest trend in instant facials that is easy to use and convenient too. One just needs to tap it on their face and leave it on for the duration specified, mostly 20 minutes and remove it. Voila! Your skin is radiant and refreshed. Though it appears to be simple enough to use, it is important to follow a few tips to get the most of the sheet mask and also to avoid any side-effects.

The Ingredients

Sheet mask is an intensive treatment where active ingredients work their magic in a short period of time. It is better to opt for a mask that does not have any mineral oil, synthetic dyes or paraben, as these cause irritation. Materials such as sea kelp and hydrogel are organic, further, ingredients such as kiwi and aloe extract will improve the performance.

Timing is Important

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If the instructions say 20 minutes, then wear the mask for 20 minutes only! Wearing it for a few extra minutes may do more harm than be beneficial for your skin. Sheet masks create barrier while infusing the skin with hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients. Because of the short period it is highly intensive. However, if the sheet mask dries out, it will start sucking the moisture out of your skin.

Fabric of the sheet

Sheet mask material comes in varied varieties including cotton, paper, bio-cellulose and hydro-gel, all of which are 100% natural. However, the high-quality, unbleached cotton fabric is most recommended because the material will also be in close contact with your skin. Also, cotton will easily stick to your skin for the duration of the facial and hence the ingredients will be fully absorbed.

Prepping before the face mask

You don’t just peel off the mask and put it on your face, there are some preparations to be made before that. First, clean your skin with a good exfoliator to clean it to the pores and remove the dead skin cells.

If you have dry skin, then moisturize your skin after removing the sheet mask.If any extra serum is sloshed from the side of the mask or in the packet, apply it on your neck, hand and back for better effect.