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 :)