Ultimate Guide to Facial Sheet Masks
People have been smoothing on face masks for centuries to hydrate and comfort their skin. In the past, most face masks were found in pots or sachets, but now a whole new breed of masks has entered the skincare scene
If you’re seeking fast-tracked hydration for your face, sheet masks might be an ideal addition to your routine. These serum-soaked masks can nourish your skin, even helping to support the natural skin barrier.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about sheet mask benefits. We’ll also share the details of our favourite mask recommendation from our Cicaplast range.
What is a sheet mask?
The origins of sheet masks can be traced back to South Korea, where they are used as part of complex K-beauty routines. In recent years, sheet masks have gained worldwide popularity as more and more people come to appreciate their benefits.As the name suggests, sheet masks are thin, flexible face shaped sheets crafted from cloth, paper or hydrogel and drenched in ultra-concentrated serum formulas. While face masks from a pot are gently spread across the face with a brush or fingertips, sheet masks are placed on the face by carefully aligning the eye and mouth holes.
How often should you use a sheet mask?
Sheet masks have become a popular element of face care, but you may still be wondering when to use sheet masks in your routine. Sheet masks are appropriate for either morning or evening use, as long as they’re applied to freshly cleansed skin. We recommend using our Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser to ensure your skin is properly cleansed and mask-ready. This made for sensitive skin formula acts as both a makeup remover and facial cleanser to ensure your skin is free of impurities that could hinder mask absorption
In terms of how often to use sheet masks, we recommend once or twice a week depending on your skin type or concerns. Do you wash off sheet masks? Absolutely not. It’s important to pat any excess product into your skin to help it absorb before proceeding with your skincare routine.
How long should you leave a sheet mask on?
Most sheet masks work best when left on between 10 and 30 minutes. But you should always follow the directions for use to determine how long to leave a particular sheet mask on your face. Although using a sheet mask can be deeply relaxing, try not to fall asleep with your mask on. More is not better when it comes to sheet masks so remove the mask when the time is up and allow your skin to absorb the nourishing ingredients.
Are sheet masks good for your skin?
As a substrate for highly concentrated skincare formulas, sheet masks can have powerful benefits for the skin. The nature of the mask means that absorption is enhanced compared to many other skincare products, meaning that beneficial ingredients will have an optimal effect.
Are sheet masks good for acne-prone skin? Depending on the ingredients involved, sheet masks can be used to target almost any skin concern, from exfoliation to hydration, blemishes to sensitivity.
Here are some of the key ways sheet masks can help your skin:
Sheet masks provide a rich source of hydration to boost visible skin plumpness and give the skin a deep moisture glow.
Supports and strengthens the skin barrier
A vitamin B5 face mask like our Cicaplast B5 Face Mask is a gentle yet effective way to help strengthen the natural skin barrier. Also known as panthenol, vitamin B5 has hydrating properties primed to be delivered via a sheet mask.
Read our guide to everything you need to know about vitamin B5 for a comprehensive understanding of this staple comforting ingredient.
Alleviates dryness and dehydration
Sheet masks can be utilised as an effective form of preventative care for dry or dehydrated skin. In addition to supporting the skin’s natural barrier, our Cicaplast B5 Face Mask is also designed to help with dryness and dry patches. The concentrated formula includes glycerin and La Roche-Posay Thermal Water to nourish dry to very dry skin.
Nourishes the skin for a healthy glow
Sheet masks enriched with brightening ingredients like vitamin C can deliver an intense dose of nourishment to the skin in only a few minutes. By adding sheet masks to your regular skincare routine, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a healthy looking glow.
How to store sheet masks?
Sheets masks come in sealed sachets and tend to have very stable formulas, so it’s safe to stock up on your favourite masks in advance. We recommend avoiding warm environments when storing your sheet masks, however they will keep well under most temperate conditions.
For a refreshing, de-puffing boost, try keeping your masks in the fridge. This trick works particularly well in the morning to target the signs of a late night.
Our Cicaplast B5 sheet mask is a highly efficacious way to comfort sensitive skin, however there are many more skincare options that can help with this concern. Read our article Sensitive Skin Causes: Internal and External to learn why any skin type can experience sensitivity and how to avoid common triggers.