All About Sheet Masks: What They Are, How to Use Them and More

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Sheet masks are admirably becoming the most widely adapted beauty regime today. It’s
slowly turning to be an indispensable part of the beauty treatments of women and men
across the globe and the hottest product to rule the skincare product. Sheet masks aim
at hydrating, balancing, moisturizing, calming and brightening your skin.

The trend originated from Korea, specifically South Korea, where the women and men
spend a lot of time and effort on their skincare routines. Using sheet masks is
a regular part of their extravagant skincare regime.

What are sheet masks?

Sheet masks comprise extremely thin sheets made from cotton/ fabric that are soaked
in serum viz a nutrition enriched liquid or hydrogel and packaged individually for the
affluence of using them.

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What are sheet masks made of?

They’re made either from thick yet flexible paper, cellulose or an assortment of fabrics such as microfibers or cotton wool, coconut pulp etc. Sheet masks designed for dry skins are also made of materials like synthetic fibres which are extremely absorbent and can hold high amounts of water without any difficulty. The hydrogel is the newest ingredient used for making sheet masks!

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How do you use sheet masks?

Sheet masks are probably one of the easiest skin-care products to use. Apply the sheet
with pre-punctured holes atop a clean face, leave it for 20-30 minutes, as directed on the
packaging, peel it off and enjoy the oh-so-supple and hydrated skin. These sheets are universally sized that fits all face structures and are suggested to be placed from the
forehead while patting your way softly while coming down on your face. It’s
recommended you use them 2-3 times per week as per your skin.

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What are the benefits of using sheet masks?

Sheet masks have a variety of benefits:

Hydration

They are excellent agents of hydration. Your skin soaks the serum in the the mask. This helps get rid of of all underlying dehydration and dryness.

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Boosting skin quality

Umpteen vitamins and minerals are present in the serum in sheet masks. Depending on the ingredients of the masks that you choose, these masks also
help in clearing the complexion and maintaining skin tone with a great glow.

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Easy to apply and easy on the pocket

They are extremely easy to apply and remove, you just need to apply it, keep it and
remove it without even the hassle of cleaning up after like a traditional mask. They are also an economical yet effective solution for skin hydration as compared to the
expensive salon hydration treatments.

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What are the disadvantages of sheet masks?

Since they only target the purpose of nourishing, they are not the
best exfoliating agents of the skin when compared with paste-masks. Also, if the masks are low-quality the serum tends to evaporate quickly because of the material’s low retention capacity even before the deeper tissues of the skin are nourished.

Popular sheet mask brands in Indian market:

O3+ Power Brightening Bubble Sheet Mask (30gm) | Rs 199 |

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Pro-Youth Face Sheet Mask | Rs 150 |

The Face Shop The Solution Hydrating Face Mask (20gm) | Rs 150 |

Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask – Vita C (20ml) | Rs 140 |

Nykaa Skin Secrets Black Mud + Aloe Vera Sheet Mask | Rs 100 |

The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Face Mask | Rs 100 |

TONYMOLY I’m Mask Sheet | Rs 100 |

Garnier Skin Naturals Face Serum Mask | Rs 99 |

Garnier Skin Naturals Black Serum Mask Pure Charcoal | Rs 99 |

Miss Claire Nature Essence Face Mask | Rs 89 |

Pro Tips

  • Read the instructions carefully, do not leave the mask on your face for more than 20
    minutes (if you experience any skin irritation remove immediately)
  • Apply the mask on a clean, washed face for the serum to work its magic. Dirty skin will not allow the serum to function optimally.
  • Do not wash your face immediately after usage of a sheet mask, if you feel the serum
    sitting on your face, pat dry it.

P.S. Don’t forget to click those fun-goofy selfies while you wait for those 20 minutes after
applying your sheet masks!

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