3 reasons why sheet masks should go on your face 😀🐌🍷🥑🍯
Not all masks are meant to stiffen up and rip impurities screaming from your pores. Although that's the kind most common in the US (tubes of brightly colored clay, I'm looking at you), some just heap a whole lot of skin nutrition into a super-concentrated and relaxing bit of pampering.
Sheet masks are getting so popular outside of Asia now, you can find them everywhere. There's a Korean adage about 1 mask = 1 day, but for now we just want to encourage you to try it. Why? If you choose carefully, the mask will convince you while it's on your face.
- Skincare is a long game, but sheet masks show results almost immediately. Pull one out of its packet, unfold, and gently smooth onto your face. Then sit around and watch something on Netflix while you relax for 15-30 minutes (depending on what the mask recommends). When you pull the mask off in front of a mirror, you'll feel and see your moisture-plumped, healthfully glowing face staring back at you.
BONUS: Some masks come with extra essence (that magical goo that makes these masks so good), so Asian beauty blogger Chel from Holy Snails shows you how to make that little extra essence go a long way. Be kind to your face and your wallet!
- No matter what your individual skin issues are, there are masks to make your skin happy. Sun damage? Elasticity issues? Acne-prone? Just garden-variety stressed out? GURL. There is a mask for you. In fact, there are most likely several, at various price points. Sure, the cheap end is around $1/mask, and the expensive ones like hydrogels can get a little pricey.
(But it's still probably gonna cost you less than a spa day, SO.)
Tonymoly is a popular drugstore brand, and worth trying to dip your toe in the water. Innisfree is slightly more upmarket, and bumping up to Leaders, My Beauty Diary, The Face Shop, and the very popular Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask won't break the bank (unless you do it every day). If you have some extra $$$ to spend, there are always your high-end options from SK-II, SU:M37, and of course Estee Lauder.
There are way more options, of course; here's a good guide on choosing if you're scared of TOO many choices.
Sheet masks are a total gateway drug to Korean and Japanese skincare. Even if you're a dead simple person who just wants to wash, moisturize, maybe throw on some sunscreen and go...your skin will feel SO good afterward, you'll start rethinking everything.
I'm Asian-American, but I grew up in America and using a lot of American skincare products that stripped my skin and made it feel tight, dry, and terrible. (One of my aunts first piqued my interested in Asian skincare and beauty philosophy, but Shiseido is kind of a deep pool to land in when you're a teenager with no 💰.)
While I'm definitely not ready to do a mask every single day, it's an affordable treat that gives you an immediate return on your beauty investment.
Seriously, you'll feel like this when you're done:
Good skincare doesn't have to be a million steps; only the ones you need for your face. Once you see how amazing your face can look and feel, you'll want to dive deeper into some serious self-care. 💝💝💝💝💝
(Quick note: "Whitening" in masks and other Asian beauty products refers to brightening/correcting sun spots and age spots. It does not refer to skin bleaching.)