1. What is a sheet mask?
They are face-shaped sheets soaked in a nourishing solution called serum. The blade is made from a variety of materials including paper, fiber, and gel-like. These sheet masks are different from face masks (paste type) that you only need to apply, remove and pat in additional serum rather than wash off the paste after applying and donning other skin care products. A sheet mask is usually used once and is individually packaged. This makes them fast, convenient, and easy to use.
2. How do I use it?
Too easy! Apply to a clean face, leave for 20-30 minutes, remove and enjoy! You can apply it as many times as you want during the day or the week. Foil masks are great because you can wear them even when you’re cleaning, cooking, reading, or watching TV. The good thing is that you don’t have to bother washing it after applying it.
The sheets are one size fits all, but since not all faces are the same size or shape, it would be easier to start from the forehead and pat it lightly as you move closer to the face while lining up the holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth. You can use sheet masks as many times as you like throughout the day or week, but many recommend using them three times a week or once a day for extra care.
3. Where did it originate?
Sheet masks originated in South Korea, known for its dedication to cosmetics and skin care. Today, they are very popular in Asia in general. Foil masks are recently changing the beauty industry and gaining popularity in the US Seeing various celebrities wear foil masks and post about them on their social media. Building on the recent conduct of the NPD Group in the US, the sale of masks increased by around 60%, outpacing other categories in the skincare business.
4. How does it work?
There is a sheet completely soaked in concentrated serum, which consists of many beneficial ingredients for the skin such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins. These ingredients are in the aqueous phase dissolved. The blade prevents rapid evaporation of the water phase and extends the period of time it takes for the ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin. This results in sheet masks outperforming traditional serum-like skincare, even when applied once.
5. What are the benefits?
They provide quick effects when it comes to enhancing the skin. The serum is packed with various vitamins and minerals and does not dry out the skin compared to the paste face mask. The sheet on your face helps the serum penetrate your skin a bit more. Some of the sheets also claim to brighten and firm the skin. Basically sheet masks are inexpensive compared to going to a spa, they are convenient, easy to apply, and provide a glowing effect on the skin.
6. Does its use have any negative effect?
Its purpose is to nourish, not exfoliate or cleanse your skin. Sheet masks are probably not as effective at exfoliating or cleansing the skin compared to paste masks. Additionally, serum from low-quality products evaporates quickly even before soaking into the deepest layer of the skin.
7. Can I pay for it? Where can I find it?
It depends on how willing you are to spend and the quality of the mask you want. Individual prices range from $ 2 to $ 14 depending on brand and quality. The masks can be found almost anywhere now from your local pharmacy, Sephora, or department stores.
8. What ingredients are used in the serum?
Depending on the function the masks want to perform, the serum contains several commonly used ingredients, such as aloe and vitamin C, to more unusual ones such as snail extract and seaweed. However, to prevent bacterial / fungal contamination, many of them contain chemical preservatives such as parabens and recently phenoxyethanol, which are not good for the skin.
9. What materials are the sheets made of?
Various types of fabric are used for foil masks. Four most used materials in the chronological order in which they were developed:
(1) Non-woven fiber: inexpensive, difficult to move, low ability to deliver serum to the skin
(2) Cotton – Difficult mobility, inexpensive, low ability to deliver serum to skin (but better than non-woven fiber)
(3) Hydrogel: inexpensive, excellent absorption system, gel-like consistency, two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on the face, mobility difficulty, adapts well to the shape of the face
(4) Biocellulose: an expensive and totally natural material, it adheres well to the skin, has better absorption properties and comfortable mobility.