All right, I have a confession to make:
I’m addicted to sheet masks.
Honestly, to the point where a few weeks back, when Caroline Hirons tweeted that her personal opinion of sheet masks was that they were simply wet wipes with holes cut out for eyes, I felt personally attacked. Which is stupid really because her follow up blog post on the Tweet actually had a fair few good points, and she doesn’t know who I am. I also barely read her blog because I have a pretty sweet skincare routine nailed, and do not need to temptation to buy more products.
Echoing Caroline’s sentiment, I only use sheet masks occasionally. I have some much more dedicated masks that target specific skincare problems, I use them weekly if I keep on top of things, monthly at a minimum. It depends what I need. Redness? I have a cooling mask. Spots? A clay based purifying mask. General dullness? Bloomtown’s The Spring mask sorts it right out.
But sheet masks add an element of fun to the masking process that a gloopy, paint-on mask just can’t match!
Most sheet masks follow the same pattern; remove the mask from the packet, stick it on your face, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, take off. Throw away the sheet, and then rub in the excess product. Ta-da; done! Most of them provide a quick boost of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and targeted ingredients to suit the purpose of the mask. Whilst most sheet masks aim to moisturise, a few brighten, deep clean, or purify the skin.
I tend to stick to moisturising masks, as I have dry skin, and like to use them as an occasional treat, or before special events which I know will include a lot of photography. For example, I used the Soap and Glory Party Recovery Radiance Boosting Mask on my graduation today, to brighten my skin after a 6am start (early ceremonies and needing to make sure my hair was cap ready requires an early start…). Whilst this one did leave my skin a little oily, I did love how it felt on. And the excess oil was nothing a mattifying primer couldn’t fix.
Moisturising sheet masks, such as the above pictured Soap and Glory Speed Plump Super-Hydrating Miracle Moisture Mask, are great for a quick boost of moisture and perfect for a pamper night, or more practical applications such as after travelling when your skin needs a little extra care.
Of course, all the effects of sheet masks can be achieved by use of serums and specific acids in your daily skincare routine. But hey, if I want to slap a sheet mask on my face, sit back and relax for 20 minutes, and have skin that feels nice for a few days, is that a crime?
I’ve listed a few of my favourites below*
So where are you on sheet masks? Essential? Love them? Hate them? Use them occasionally? Or think they all beling in the bin? Let me know in the comments!
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