The instructions on the pack aren't in English!
Okay let’s do this – the somewhat obligatory blog post to answer the question of how, exactly, do you use a sheet mask? It’s really simple! We provide ‘how to use’ steps for each of the products we stock here online at the Sheet Mask Shop, so if you receive a mask and want clear instructions please come back here and look up the product. (We do this because some of our masks have instructions in Korean rather than English – same goes for the ingredient lists.)
Let me give you a brief overview of how to use a sheet mask.
You basically just remove it from their packet and apply it to your face. Pretty obvious and easy, yeah? Some masks come in one sheet, some in two. You just remove it from the packet right before you’re ready to mask, gently unfold it (some masks are quite delicate) and stick it on. If the mask sheet has a film liner, remove it first.
Then you leave the mask on while you relax and your face drinks in the goodness. Well I suggest you relax but that’s really up to you – you can happily carry on with your evening chores while you mask.
Most manufacturers suggest a time range for you to leave the mask on your face. By all means follow it. But really, you can’t go too far wrong. I often leave mine on for longer than the instructions state because I can’t bear to waste any of the precious serum.
My only instruction to you is:
Do not leave your mask on so long that it dries out completely.
So don’t wear it to bed. This is not really a problem with a hydrogel mask, but if you leave a sheet mask on so long it dries out, it can draw the moisture back out of your face – which you obviously don’t want.
What I can tell you is that the 20-30 mins you spend masking is YOUR TIME! Enjoy it! I find it a wonderful luxury and look forward to it. If you mask in the morning, stick it on while you do your hair or have your coffee. It'll give you a perfect base for your makeup.
And always mask on cleansed skin to ensure you get the best benefit out of it. If you have a complex beauty routine you might want to use your mask after you have used your usual essence or serum to help maximise its impact. If not, I suggest you cleanse, tone, then mask (and then moisturise, if you have really dry skin).
When I sheet mask I rarely need any other essence, serum or moisturiser.
How often should I sheet mask?
It’s entirely up to you. Many Koreans use a sheet mask every day. I do too. My skin feels so much better for it.
You can definitely get great benefits even if you use them only 2-3 times a week (especially with treatment-type masks) – or even just before a night on the town or a big event.
Grab a mask and get your me-time on
I think I’ll use this baby tonight.