Beauty Guide to Hydrogel Sheet Masks

hydrogel sheet masks

Sheet masks are the newest and coolest products in the skincare industry – haven’t you heard? There’s one for every skin type, need and desire. From the basic foil sheet masks that moisturize the skin, to the bubbling sheet masks that, personally, give me the willies. (Aside from creepily bubbling on your face, these sheet masks can increase circulation and generate collagen).

As skincare bloggers, we’re curious about every sheet mask on the market, and their benefits. Right now, we’re all about the Hydrogel sheet masks and why they’re a must in your skincare routine.

Hydrogel Sheet Masks

You know about cotton sheet masks. Those white, almost transparent masks with natural infusions such as witch hazel, chamomile flower water and glycerin, to name a few. You set the sheet mask on your face for about 15 minutes, remove, and then massage the serums into your skin. They look something like this…

hydrogel sheet mask

Hydrogel sheet masks are a stronger version of the cotton sheet mask. They’re made out of plant-based cellulose, which feels slick and gel-like to the touch. Due to the plant-based material, your skin absorbs nutrients from the serums inside the mask and from the mask itself. Hydrogel sheet masks are thicker, lock in moisture better and stick to you like a second skin. 

You can find this gel material in the medical industry to cool and heal inflamed wounds, while speeding up the healing process. It’s like a hydrating bandage, soothing and protecting wounds from further damage. When we apply this same technology to our skin, these sheet masks can improve cellular function, which in turn slows down the aging process. Although you’ll find hydrogel sheet masks with various ingredients that offer multiple skin treatments, its main purpose is to hydrate the skin to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and even acne breakouts.

How to Use Hydrogel Sheet Masks

For best results, apply your sheet mask onto cleansed skin. Follow these steps to get started.

  1. Clean the skin with your daily cleanser
  2. Exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells
  3. Apply a facial toner (some say it helps absorb the nutrients better)
  4. Leave the mask in the fridge overnight or place it in the freezer for 20 minutes
  5. Apply the sheet mask for 20-30 minutes
  6. Remove the sheet mask and tap the serum into your skin
  7. Use it once daily or 2-3 times a week

You can purchase hydrogel sheet masks based on your skin type. 100% Pure sells a variety of sheet masks for different skin “moods”. This Ginseng Collagen Boost Mask offers anti-aging benefits, while their Green Tea Water Bomb Mask quenches dry, dehydrated skin. This same material is used as Bright Eye Masks to “depuff” and “brighten” eyes.

Not sure what your skin type is? Understand your skin type today in our informational article.

Would you amp up your sheet mask treatment and add a hydrogel mask to your skincare routine?

About Ria Rankine

I'm a vegan who enjoys natural skincare products and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

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