Sorry it's been a while since I last blogged here... I have, however, been posting lots of mini-blogs on instagram - so you don't follow me over there check it out: @sheetmaskshop
Anyhoos, I'm here now and wanted to share with you the skin care routine I use around my treatment sheet masking sessions. I'm sure you're not overly surprised to learn that I happily slap on everyday masks (like the great affordable ones we have in store and that cost less than $2.50) within my standard skin care routine and somewhat willy-nilly. I especially like to use these in the morning, for just 10 minutes or so, to provide a superb base for makeup application.
But 2-3 times per week, I use more potent treatment sheet masks to target particular skin concerns. So I wanted to share with you how I use them within my skin care routine - what I'm aiming for is to maximise their benefits (and you should too!).
First step: Sheet Mask Selection!
He he, this is a fun part of the process! There are some masks I include over and over again (especially anti-aging masks) as a matter of routine. However, usually when it comes to selecting a treatment mask from my stash the first thing I do is really look at my skin.
With my oily/dehydrated skin type my skin can be all over the shop. If I really look at my skin properly before choosing my treatment mask I can help ensure I am selecting the sheet mask it most needs right now. If my skin is red or irritated at all I'll go for a calming, soothing mask. If it's super dehydrated (often) I can hit the hydrating and nourishing masks. And if it's looking otherwise balanced and relatively healthy I favour brightening masks - because if my skins looking pretty good I want to double down on that and make it GLOW.
2nd step: Prep Your Skin Well
The next step for me is to prep my skin really well before any sheet masking starts. You want your skin scrupulously clean before any masking shenanigans. For me this definitely means double cleansing (with an oil cleansing balm, followed by a second foaming cleanser). If that's not you thing, please at least ensure that you've removed any makeup completely and used a good cleanser - but seriously do consider levelling up and trying double cleansing, it's amazing.
Then, I will further clarify or exfoliate before sheet masking. Removing excess sebum, dead skin, dirt and other yuckies first, helps your treatment sheet mask to really penetrate your skin better. And it really helps further brighten up your complexion to boot. Depending whether my skin is looking a bit oily/clogged, or whether I have dry patches/dullness I tend to use either the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Coloured Clay Mask (adore it) or the Skinfood Sugar Wash-Off Mask for this step. If you prefer chemical exfoliants, you do you!
Including exfoliation/clarification in this step also helps me to ensure I don't over-exfoliate (something I have to watch) - I only do it before treatment masks, so only a couple of times most weeks.
Throughout this process, when I need to dry my face, I always use a clean new face cloth - I don't want to get my face all nice and clean only to use a towel that I've had hanging around for a few days.
3rd Step: Tone (and essences/serums)
I know some people prefer to go straight to the sheet mask at this point, but I always apply my toner/s or any lightweight essence/serum first. I am a toner addict though (and will often use more than one). I don't however use anything thicker, in terms of serums or emulsions, before my sheet mask.
4th Step: Yay! Sheet Masking Time!
It's time! Now's the most relaxing part! I like to use everyday sheet masks as a quick skin treatment but I will leave treatment masks on longer. Chill out and enjoy the at-home-facial a sheet mask offers. You do, however, want to make sure you remove your mask before it starts drying out (at that point it can work in reverse and start drawing moisture out of your skin (which we definitely do not want).
I will also use any remaining essence in the pack on my neck, decolletage and arms/legs (in that order and depending how much is left).
A reminder: don't rinse off the mask essence or serum remaining on your face after you remove your mask. That's the good stuff! I gently pat it in to help it fully absorb.
....if you want sheet mask selfies of me in masks, check out our instagram page - I post them occasionally!
Last Step: Complete Your Beauty Routine
Now that I'm done with the main event, it's time to complete my routine.
The first thing I do is apply any spot treatments, if they are needed. I don't like to apply these before masking, as I generally want any 'problem areas' to get the benefit of the mask ingredients. However, spot treatments are generally best applied on clean skin, so if I need one I will use a small amount of cleansing water (such as the Son & Park Beauty Water) on a cotton bud, just to clean off that little area before applying the spot treatment.
I usually don't apply any further serums or moisturisers after treatment masking. My skin rarely needs much more after a good sheet mask session, so I prefer to save my serums and creams for non-masking evenings!
However, after a good treatment sheet mask I always finish off with a little facial oil or a great sleeping/overnight mask to really lock all the goodness in overnight. My go to over summer has definitely been the COSRX Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask, but I'll use richer products and facial oils as the weather cools down and heaters start to dry out my skin.
I hope that is of help and interest to you, lovelies! And please feel free to share any great sheet masking tips you might have in the comments :)
Do you ever Macgyver your skincare?
I do! I can’t help but be curious with skincare - well with most things really - and sometimes my bathroom hunts to find a solution to an immediate problem have uncovered some pretty nifty ways to either (a) solve a problem at hand with what’s already in my bathroom; (b) not waste leftover products I already have (saving me money!) or (c) find something that actually does a job better for me than a product specifically made for the task!
So just in case my experiments might be useful to you, here are 5 skincare products I REGULARLY use in ways that I doubt they were actually intended!
1. Using skincare acids (like BHA serums/masks) to treat and prevent ingrown hairs!
We don’t sell acid serums like those that include BHAs or AHAs for exfoliation in the Sheet Mask Shop. Mostly because I have tried them before and I definitely cannot be trusted not to over-exfoliate. And I suspect many others will be the same. And over-exfoliation does not do good things to your skin. And you MUST wear sunscreen super conscientiously if you use them. I just feel like too many things can and do go wrong.
[NOTE: We do, however, make an exception for some sheet masks that include acids - mostly because you’re highly unlikely to use a single particular sheet mask every day (and I tell you clearly you need to wear sunscreen when you use it). Sorry, I digress.]
But I don’t waste the acid serums I already have. See, they are REALLY GOOD at helping to prevent (and treat) ingrown hairs. They have been lifesavers for me around the (cough) bikini line. Using them regularly in these areas helps stop dead/dry skin covering over your hairs and trapping them in the most uncomfortable and ugly of ways!
Obviously, I’m not big on a lugging a bottle of this stuff on holidays or anything, just to treat ingrown hairs. But what I do do, is take a couple of BHA sheet masks with me when I go away! Once I’ve used it on my face, I then use the mask on my….
2. Using my Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm to shave!
Speaking of hair based issues - I can also really recommend using the Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm if you need to do any kind of a ‘dry shave’. Perhaps I am the only disorganised one that has looked in the mirror right before heading out and realised I am going to need to use a facial razor! If that happens, use this stuff as a lubricant. It is so perfect and way better for your skin than using soap or (eek) shaving cream.
I strongly suspect any oil cleanser might be good for this - but I can only speak personally for this particular product. And it may be better than some others - I love this cleanser for its great ‘slip’ on the skin.
3. Using my Bonair Premier Aloe Real Squeeze Toner as an all-over body moisturiser!
I do not like heavy body balms or creams on my body (especially my legs) in summer. They’re lovely and luxurious in the depths of winter, but they are sticky and gross in the heat. But I still need to keep my skin soft, hydrated and glowy. So I totally use my Bonair Aloe Toner all over myself.
It is so perfect for this! And really, why do we use toner on our face as a light, refreshing, moisture boost, but not on the rest of us! When you start sweating through the Australian summer, come see me for one of these!
4. Getting every bit of goodness out of my sheet masks!
When you buy a sheet mask you usually buy 20-30ml of an amazing essence or serum drenching the mask itself. Don’t waste it! The mask is really important to helping all that goodness really have time to penetrate into your skin, but the serum itself is still really good. Sometimes a bit is left in the packet when you take the mask out - I often offer that to my partner to help reduce the number of times he raids my sheet mask stash! Or you can use it tomorrow, or on another a part of your body.
But even after I’ve let the mask do its thing on your face, it usually still has some serum left in it. I like to re-use that mask on my neck or decolletage for 5 mins or so - especially if it’s a mask that features anti-aging ingredients.
5. Using all facial products (including sunscreen) on the backs of my hands!
When it comes to skincare, I really believe it’s a good idea to not ignore the backs of your hands. They work hard and catch a lot of sun. There’s a really simple way to treat them too - it’s really just about creating a habit during your skincare routine (and I suspect it’s one many people actually practice).
Every time you use a product on your face, there’s likely to be a little left over on the palms of your hands (if you use your hands to apply it of course!). As soon as any step of my skincare routine is complete, that leftover product on my palms gets rubbed into the back of my hands. Especially sunscreen!
For an even better treat for your hands you can also try a hand mask!
Well… those are my top 5 alternate uses for my skincare products - I’d love to know if any of you have any others that I should be trying!
Introducing a new K-Beauty line! A new Free Shipping Gift Shop! And a bunch of great things on sale.
It's been a busy week here, so I have much on which to up date you!
We're really excited to introduce a totally new line of products to our (extremely selective) K-Beauty Skincare Capsule Collection. We hope you all love these *so gorgeous* products from BonAir as much as we do.
Even the miniatures (in that box up there on the left) are so sophisticated. We think they'd make a beautiful gift! These face oils and creams are truly luxe - featuring rosehip oil and/or blue tansy oil. Up there on the right is the Premier Aloe Real Squeeze Toner. Honestly, that toner was my 'gateway drug' for the brand. It is so light but lush, hydrating and smooth and oh so perfect for summer! Even the scent is the kind fresh I wish I felt on a hot, sticky day!
For reals, I'm not even just using it on my face! This baby is so good all over the body - and I prefer it so much more than a heavy body cream when it's warm.
Oh and we also launched our new FREE SHIPPING Gift Shop! It's something we've been wanting to do for a while now - and, I least, feel like knowing shipping is included in the price is really handy when shopping for gifts. I also really wanted to have a small gift pack under $10 with shipping included because I think it would be much more interesting to give a sheet mask set as a Secret Santa present or stocking stuffer than some novelty doodad!
Finally, I wanted to let you know that we've been testing a bunch of new products and masks - and some of them really deserve a place in the shop. That means we need to make a bit of room! So there's a bunch of new things on SALE right now. For many of them, there are only a few left (which is largely why they're on sale!) - others are just some of my personal can't-be-without staple products like COSRX's low pH cleanser and my fave toner - which I just really want everyone to use, even if they're on a budget. Oh and even a couple of our Free Shipping Gift Packs (as a bit of a special welcome to the new Gift Shop!)
Have a beautiful weekend,
PS - I'm on instagram now (uh oh!) so I'd love you to follow me. I post about new products, deals and mini reviews of products I use (sometimes including embarrassing sheet mask selfie photos!) My very obvious account name is @sheetmaskshop :)
Sorry I've been a bit slack with my blog posts lately (I will make it up to you). But perhaps not with this blog post. This blog post is odd, I admit it. Or is it? Is it odd to write a letter to a beauty product? Probably, but then again, why not :)
Talk more soon, but for now enjoy my crazy-lady letter to a skincare product!
Dear COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-free Toner,
I haven't picked an especially sexy photo of you. But you're not especially sexy-looking. I admit it freely, I love gorgeous packaging (cute, pretty, modern - I love anything that looks good). But you are a great reminder that it's what's inside that counts.
I know that so many COSRX products - rightly - get a lot of love. I love the snail mucin essence as much as the next girl. I am a honey overnight mask convert. The acne patches rock. But no one talks about you very much. AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY.
I have to say, when I started using you, it felt a wee bit like using not much at all. However. I am now onto my third bottle of you and you last a long time, even though I pretty much douse myself in your secret sauce twice day. You are deceptive. In fact, I'm coming to the conclusion that you just might be the secret weapon that really fixed my breakouts (I suspect alongside my cleansing routine and sheet masks).
See, I miss you when you're away. My skin misses you like crazy. What I've noticed over my last two jaunts away - when I didn't take you because you aren't carry-on baggage friendly - is my skin broke out again. No, it's not the most scientific study. But outcomes is outcomes and it turns out I need you.
I bring this up because I have found another toner that I love (more to come on that soon). I've been testing it and I do love it. But I want you to know I'll be using it in addition, not instead, of you. Because you are quite frankly irreplaceable (at least so far).
Also thanks. You are awesome, even if no one else tells you nearly often enough.
PS I've tried SKII numerous times, I think you are nicer than her. Not to mention oodles cheaper, meaning I get to douse myself with you to my heart's content.
PPS Can you have a word to your makers and get you made in a travel friendly mini please?
[Before I begin, I have oily but dehydrated skin. I now have my oily skin almost totally under control and don’t get pimples anymore, which means I am now able to focus on hydration and anti-aging goals for my skin.]
We all know we need to ‘clean our makeup off before we go to bed’ but cleansing is more than that. Cleansing isn’t just about getting makeup off before it clogs your pores and smears all over your pillow. It’s also about purifying your skin - removing the pollution, dirt, sweat, sebum (which can cause pimples and blackheads if you produce lots and don’t remove it), sunscreen and dead skin cells that accumulate over the day (and night).
Clean, purified skin is the base you want for any of your skin treatments, including sheet masks. Hydration and anti-aging treatments for dry or mature skin will absorb and act better on clean skin. Most importantly, it’s critical if you are treating oily and acne-prone skin. Purifying your skin properly helps reduce the comedones (clogs) and sebum that cause pimples and blackheads.
You can of course become overly fanatical about these things, and that’s not necessarily you living your best life! Which is why I want to tell you how I do it (and did it, when I was treating my own acne-prone skin).
Rule No 1. Use the Korean Double Cleanse Method
I know it sounds like a ploy to get people to buy two cleansers instead of one. But think of it as replacing a drying makeup remover with a first cleanser. Seriously, this is the best way I have found to properly clean my skin of all makeup, sunscreen, dirt and all the gunk my skin produces . The double cleanse method uses two different products to ensure everything gets cleaned properly.
First, you use an oil-based cleanser to remove oil-based waste (like sebum, sunscreen and makeup). It glides on and, because like removes like, removes the bulk of the gunk you’re trying to get rid of. Emulsify it with water and wash it off.
We sell Heimisch’s All Clean Balm in our shop because it is the best oil cleanser I’ve found so far (and I’ve tried quite a few). It lasts for ages and it’s super easy to scoop out a bit into a smaller jar to take with you when you travel.
Second, you use a water-based gel or foaming cleanser to clean away other non-oil based dirt, debris and dead skin cells. These are the sorts of cleansers you are probably more used to here in Australia. With one exception: I really recommend only using a low pH (slightly acidic) cleanser to better match the natural acidity of your skin. A lot of the cleansers I bought when I was younger were too alkaline and left my skin stripped and feeling tight. Low pH cleansers leave your skin feeling much more healthy, supple and buttery.
We sell only two water-based cleansers (I use both of them). If you have oily and acne-prone skin I recommend COSRX’s Good Morning Gel Cleanser, which includes very gentle exfoliants to help purify your pores even further. If you have normal, dry or maturing skin I recommend SU:M’s Miracle Cleansing Stick. This cleanser is more nourishing, and frankly the most luxurious and long-lasting cleanser I have found.
When I was treating my acne-prone skin, I double cleansed morning and night. Now everything’s under control, I use the COSRX cleanser on its own in the morning, and double cleanse with the Heimisch cleansing balm and then the SU:M cleansing stick in the evening.
I think if you have normal to dry skin, you can really just double cleanse at night - to remove the day’s sweat, makeup and sunscreen.
Rule No 2. Dry your face with a CLEAN towel
Bacteria and dirt end up on your bath and hand towels. You don’t want to be wiping that back all over your lovely clean face. Especially if you have acne-prone skin, I suggest you dry your face with a small, soft, cotton face washer that is small enough that you can replace it every couple of days without creating a mountain of washing. Some women in Korea and Japan go even further and will only let their face air dry - but I rarely have enough time for that, and if I do would much rather use it to enjoy a sheet mask.
Rule No 3. Use a great toner after cleansing
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE toners. We only sell one at the moment (although I am testing another that I am rather liking at the moment). But to me, the COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner is still, so far, my holy grail toner. I am very liberal with its application, and sometimes apply it twice. The fermented extracts in this toner do wonders for the clarity and brightness of my skin and really finish off the purification process with a hit of light hydration.
Once you’re all clean, you can treat your skin: either to a sheet mask, serum, overnight pack, sunscreen or makeup.
I hope all of that has been helpful to you. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions and I’ll certainly try to help if I can.
If you want to check out any of the products I use to cleanse just take a look here.
Keep it clean,
Winter brings dry, dehydrated skin. Not just from the cold outside, but the heating inside. The good news is that sheet masks are the ideal way to combat dry, dehydrated and dull winter skin - fast.
Moisturisers often just aren’t enough to retrieve dry skin. Many will work really well as an occlusive (helping hold in what hydration is already in your skin) but really what you need first is a way to get more moisture into parched skin to start with.
Our favourite sheet masks for dry skin do just that. These masks are fantastic treatments that include super-hydrators like hyaluronic acid, propolis, aloe, bamboo and Salicornia herbacea.
If your skin is chronically dry I also really recommend our new Goodal Moisture Barrier Mask which includes ceramides to improve your skin’s moisture barrier (and ability to retain moisture) over time.
And if you’ve got oily skin… don’t assume your skin doesn’t need hydration. Many skin types can be oily but really dehydrated. When this happens it can actually make acne-prone skin worse. Check out our acne care masks - which will hydrate your skin without oiliness.
We've got your face covered with our sheet mask library - promise.
Stay warm and bring on spring - and seriously soft, smooth, well-hydrated skin!
“I love myself, I am more than beautiful”
We’ve got gorgeous new masks from Korean company PACKage! I couldn’t wait to get these beauties in our store.
The I Love Myself mask is a specialist makeup booster - helping you get your skin prep just right before makeup. How? It’s packed with gentle AHA exfoliants (to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture) alongside super skin hydrator hyaluronic acid and skin illuminating flower and fruit extracts. It’ll help you glow from within and provide a luscious canvas for your makeup adventures.
Even better? Written right there on the mask sheet is a reminder: I love myself, I am more than beautiful.
Skin giving you a bit more trouble? The Don’t Worry Mask lets you know that everything is going to be alright. This healing mask features Centella asiatica extract and Madecassoside, which have been used in traditional medicines for centuries to promote wound healing, reduce inflammation and to help strengthen and renew the skin. It also includes aloe juice and extract to hydrate, calm and soothe skin - so you don’t have to worry.
We hope you love them and all our other fantastic treatment masks!
Have a wonderful weekend,
We’ve got new stock! And in particular, more of some of our most popular sheet mask lines.
Allow me to introduce new TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Masks. These are fantastic, affordable sheet masks available for less than $2.
We’ve now got two new masks in this range: Seaweed (a great option to try if you have oily skin that needs a bit of balance) and Pomegranate (a great option if you’re introducing anti-aging to your skincare routine).
We’ve also stocked three new Leaders Mediu Amino Masks. We love this range, and so do you! Who could blame us? These low cost treatment masks are perfect for regular treatment of specific skin concerns.
We now have new Leaders Mediu Masks specifically designed to help treat acne (AC-Free) and aging skin (Lifting). Plus, we are now stocking Leaders’ luxurious and hard-to-find-here Propolis Mask, which is a wonderful all-rounder for any skin type.
If you’ve tried these masks before, I won’t need to encourage you to take a look at our new stock :)
If you haven’t, please check them out!
We are expanding our range of fantastic sheet masks. It's great to get to this point, because we really want to be able to bring your the biggest and most up-to-date range of sheet masks in Australia. I love K-beauty and especially Korean sheet masks, but I especially love curating a great set of sheet masks for all tastes and it's really cool to now be able to bring you a small selection of my favourite economical sheet masks from Japan and Taiwan.
Yep, those are the cult Japanese sheet masks from LuLuLun - sheet masks multipacks of seven masks in the pink (moisture) and new precious red (anti-aging) formulations.
Plus - Taiwanese brand Dr Morita's super concentrated hyaluronic acid sheet mask for a serious skin hydration session.
Check them out - I hope you love them too!
PS. We will be introducing even more new sheet masks over the coming weeks and months, including some new luxury and treatment masks that are the perfect indulgent pick-me-up after a cold winter day.
OK, so I totally look like C3PO. That's okay, he's pretty damn cool. I tried this gorgeous gold foil mask from CLIV while we were on holidays and I loved it so much! Yes, it is one of the most instragrammable things I've seen in a while (I usually just immediately delete photos of myself). More importantly though, it made my skin amazing. This is luxury, I tell you.
I only have a limited supply of this mask at the moment, unfortunately. And it is a more 'luxury' priced one at that. So, I have decided that in honour of mid-winter, I'll give them away to my lovely customers as a special mid-winter gift promotion (while stocks last!)
So here's the deal: while supplies last, you can get one *FREE* with any purchase over $65.00!
I'll even give you an extra 2.5% off your order.
If you want to try this stunning mask and/or kill it on Instagram (if you do, please do me a solid and let folks know about our store) just fill your lovely little cart with over $65 worth of our fabulous winter-skin-saving products (check out our awesome cleansers and toners too) and then use the code: GOLDFOIL at checkout to get your free CLIV gold foil mask (valued at $11.00).
As I say on the home page, do get in quick, because once they're gone, they're gone, and in all transparency I do intend on keeping a small stash for myself. #selfishsheetmasker
Stay warm and well moisturised this winter,