Personal grooming is an important part of Korean culture, and in recent years the more exciting Korean products have started to become popular across the globe. This beauty trend is focussed on being kind to your skin and giving it a healthy glow, so it’s no surprise that face masks feature prominently.
We love the wide range of Korean sheet masks that we’re able to offer to our customers, and we want to make sure that you can make the most of them. This guide covers the most common questions, so that you can start using these products to pamper your skin.
What is a Korean Sheet Mask?
A Korean sheet mask is a type of face mask that involves soaking fabric in a skin-enriching serum and then laying the sheet over your face for around 20 minutes, giving the serum a chance to be absorbed into your skin. With holes for your nose, mouth and eyes, the sheets are generally applied as the last step in a skincare regimen, which means that you get to sit back and unwind whilst treating your skin with whatever additional care it needs.
How do Korean Sheet Masks work?
These masks work by placing a protective barrier between the skin and the outside world, stopping the serum on the mask from evaporating into the air. This means that more of it is able to absorb into your skin, especially when compared with other kinds of face mask. You are effectively creating a seal over your face, helping to ensure that you feel as much of the benefit as possible.
How do you use them?
The process is pretty simple, although you may want to build it into a bigger skincare routine. You should start by thoroughly cleaning your face and applying toner. Then, open up your mask and lay it over your face, pressing firmly so that it sticks to the skin. Set a timer to ensure that you don’t leave the mask on for too long.
When the time is up you can remove the sheet and rub any remaining serum into your skin. Some people rub any left over serum into other dry areas, such as your hands or elbows.
The sheet mask that you choose is really down to your personal needs – there are many different options out there, all catering to different skin types. If you have favourite ingredients for your skin then there’s a good chance that there’s a mask to match, with everything from manuka honey to green tea.
You can also choose a mask based on what your skin needs. Dry skin will benefit from a hydrating or moisturising mask, while skin that’s looking a little dull may require a revitalising option. There are even anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle masks available, in case you’re looking to recapture some of your skin’s youth.
To be sure that you’re getting good quality, try to opt for a popular brand such as Innisfree or Etude House. This way, you can be sure that your skin is being served with high quality ingredients.
Can I use Korean Sheet Masks every day?
The consensus is that using a sheet mask every day is good for your skin, so you shouldn’t be worried about overdoing it. In fact, some people even swear by doing them twice a day for best results. That being said, it’s not essential that you use them daily in order to feel the benefits. It’s really just down to personal preference, and how much help you think your skin needs.
You do need to be mindful of how long you leave the masks on for, though. Follow the instructions on the packet, which will likely tell you to use the mask for somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. It’s definitely not advisable to use a sheet mask overnight, as the fabric will dry out and potentially start drawing moisture from your skin.
Are sheet masks really effective?
Sheet masks are more than just a passing fad. After you start using them, you should see a noticeable difference in the quality of your skin, with your face feeling fresher and more hydrated. If you wear makeup, then you might also notice that it becomes easier to apply.
However, you do need to use them as part of a larger skincare routine in order to feel the full effects. Sheet masks don’t do everything – they’re not designed to exfoliate your skin, for instance, so you’ll need to use other items too if you really want to perk your skin up. This type of face mask is more geared towards nourishing your skin.
Getting the best results from your sheet mask will only happen if you choose the right ingredients to complement your skin. First, you need to determine what your skin needs. It may be obvious if your skin is dry or oily but, if not, you can work it out using a sheet of blotting paper. Simply press the paper against your skin when your face is clean.
Normal/combination skin should leave some oil from the forehead and nose, without saturating the paper. If very little oil comes away, you have dry skin. If the paper is soaked, your skin is too oily.
Once you’ve decided what problems you want to solve for your skin, look for masks with the following ingredients:
- For dry skin, look for honey, glycerine or hyaluronic acid
- For oily skin, consider charcoal, tea tree, citrus or clay
- Normal skin looking for a brighter glow can benefit from tropical fruits and citrus
Where to buy
Look no further! We sell a wide range of Korean Sheet Masks right here on the h2bees site, with popular brands including Innisfree, Apieu and Etude.
You may be surprised by just how good value these masks are: available for under £5 or even under £2, these are luxury items that can become an affordable part of your everyday routine. If you choose to buy your masks from us, then free delivery is available across the United Kingdom.