Legend has it that Geishas, the ancient Japanese entertainers renowned for their beauty, were the first women to use sheet masks. Hundred of years ago, Geishas would gather the scraps of silk leftover from making kimono gowns. Then the Geishas would soak the bits of silk in flower water and rest them on their faces as part of their Geisha skin care routine. It’s thought to be the first case of sheet masking!
While sheet masking may have originated in Japan, now it’s become a staple of any Korean skincare routine. Many of the largest sheet mask brands are Korean beauty companies, who have capitalized upon this regimen for years.
1. Start by cleaning your face with a cleanser.
2. Follow with a toner.
3. Apply your sheet mask. Make sure to remove any plastic mesh or film if it comes with the mask before applying it on to your face.
4. Leave it on for 15-25 minutes or however long the instructions say on the package.
5. Remove the sheet mask.
6. Rub in the leftover essence to make sure it absorbs into your skin. DO NOT WASH OFF the essence from your face. You're letting the magic essence go to waste if you do! Another tip: You can rub the extra essence on your neck, arms, legs, and chest for some extra benefits!
7. Say hello to hydrated and glowing skin!
TYPES OF MASKS
Cotton masks are the most common and more affordable sheet masks out there. Due to their coarser texture, these tend to dry out quicker than other masks. Like most masks, these are infused in a highly concentrated essence to deliver a variety of beneficial ingredients to help with various skin conditions.
Hydrogel masks have a gel-type consistency and feel slick in texture and normally come in two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on the face. They also tend to feel cooling on the skin. Unlike cotton sheet masks, these are more transparent on the skin and offer a great absorption system which allows them to lock in moisture better.
Bio-cellulose masks are made out of all-natural fibers (from good bacteria), are super thin which makes it adhere well to the skin, has excellent absorption properties, are very durable-will not rip or tear, which makes these more expensive than other masks.
Tencel masks are made eucalyptus wood solely grown in sustainable forestry and is therefore eco friendly. This fabric has natural breathability and 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton and is also anti-bacterial.