Sheet masks are the among the latest skincare trends. People have really started to get into the skincare realm for the past few years and, now there’s no stopping it.
Korean skincare fads soon shot into the scene when the “10 step Korean skincare” routine was introduced to the world. The Korean skincare routine consisted of several steps regarding cleansing the skin, applying essence, serum, etc.
These were all usual steps that others would do, just not together. However, one thing really stood out for the people who followed this routine: the sheet masks.
What are sheet masks exactly?
Why should we invest in them? Here are some of the facts that will shed light on their skincare benefits.
Sheet masks are face shaped masks that are infused with nutritious serums. These masks are often made up of a variety of different materials such as paper, fibers, and gels.
Everybody fell in love with these ghostly masks because you don’t have to apply them and then wash them off the way you do with other masks. All you have to do is wear the sheet mask for 15 – 20 minutes, remove it like you would take off a cloth from your face, and then just lightly pat the skin to help the serum go deeper, or use a crystal roller.
The masks are “one size fits all”masks. You don’t have to worry about it fitting it on your face incorrectly because they are developed in such a way that they will set as soon as you put them on.
The sheet masks originated in South Korea. The Koreans have long been known for their dedication to skincare and cosmetics. Often their products are deemed to be healthy and harmless, gaining them a wider market around the world.
A study by NPD found that the sale of sheet masks increased by 60% over the years in the USA, which is higher than the sale of any skincare product.
The sheet masks are usually soaked in skin nourishing serums such as the hyaluronic acid and vitamins. The ingredients are in the water phase when they are readied for the mask.
The sheet stops the water phase ingredients from evaporating and also expands the time frame that it takes for the ingredients to penetrate into the skin.
Sheet masks have known to outperform the effects of other types of serum-based skincare.
Sheet masks are almost equivalent to a spa treatment. The serums that they are infused with have various vitamins and minerals that you normally won’t get in other masks.
Sheet masks should not be used to exfoliate or cleanse the skin, but instead, nourish it.
The sheet masks usually have vitamin C, aloe vera, and other natural elements infused in them. However, they do have parabens and phenoxyethanol present which is harmful to the skin.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been known to go through 600 sheet masks a year!