Why are we so addicted to sheet masks?

How have we become a nation of sheet mask addicts? Is it how it makes our skin feel? or the perfect selfie opportunity? 

The use of sheet-masks may have originated in South Korea, but we can’t escape the craze that’s swept through the skincare world and most definitely hit the Middle East. It’s almost impossible to browse through your Instagram or Snapchat without scrolling past a masking selfie.!

These disposable masks are designed to fit the contours of your face and to infuse active ingredients directly into your skin. The sheet itself can be made from a variety of materials including cotton and various natural fibres.

Why do we love them so much?

They’re simple and effective, convenient and easy to use and perfect for all skin types. Once you join the cult of masking, it becomes second nature, and allows you to multi task Let’s face it, that’s what we do best. Unlike other messier facial masks, that require 20 minutes of sitting, time we don’t have followed by 20 minutes of removing to still be left with green eyebrows. The true power of the sheet mask lies in its ability to push hydrating, nourishing,anti-ageing ingredients into your skin. The mask acts as a barrier between your skin and the drying air around it to keep the moisture where it belongs – on your skin

How do you apply them?

As the sheets are a one-size-fits-all, the mask probably will not fit perfectly onto your face without adjustment. Start applying the mask from the forehead and softly smooth as you go down the rest of your face while lining up the holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. Yes, you may look like a character from a horror film, but you are flooding your skin with beneficial ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid, so it is totally worth it.

Most masks need be left on for 15/ 20 minutes. It’s not going to hurt leaving it for longer though, you will know when to remove as the mask starts drying out. After you remove the sheet gently, tap the remaining serum into your skin, as the goal here is to ensure your skin has absorbed as much of the ingredients as possible. Another bonus is that you don’t have to wash or remove any residue. So, if you are looking to restore moisture, more toned and glowing skin, stock up on these sheet masks as a go to in your skincare routine.

How often should you apply a sheet mask?

If you can manage two to three times a week, you are already on your way to skincare perfection. This may seem excessive but maintaining hydrated skin but helps avoid all kinds of other skin issues. This is especially true for oily skin, which may be lacking in water-based hydration and over-compensating with excess sebum.