I wrote this blog post as a guest post over at another blog over a year ago and I never posted it on mine. It was left as a draft and I decided to look over it again, and I realized that some of my opinions have changed about some of the products I’ve recommended in the past. Not saying they are bad products, but since I have tried a lot more skincare over the last year or so I think I have become a sort of skincare snob, hahaha! Also, I want to let you know the products that I enjoy using now. Well anyway, read on for my sheet masking tips!
Today I’m going to tell you the best way to get #sheetfaced Kbeauty style! This is a weekly/daily ritual for Kbeauty lovers all over the world. The act of getting ‘sheet faced’ is simple. You place an essence soaked sheet mask on your face and then resume whatever you’re doing while your skin soaks up the skin softening and brightening tonic. That’s the gist of it, but for the Kbeauty enthusiast like myself there are a few extra steps to get the most out of a luxury or a dollar sheet mask. Here are some of my tips and tricks to achieve Kbeauty worthy skin!
Step 1: Scrub-a-dub-dub
Like any skincare routine, cleansing is the first step. In my opinion it’s the most important and tedious of all the steps. Putting a sheet mask on unclean skin is a HUGE NO-NO. Even if you’re not wearing makeup, washing your face is always a must. Dirt and oil have no place in achieving glowy-dewy skin. A good clean will ensure that your skin will absorb the essence and nothing else. A gentle scrub is a great way to prep the skin so that new skin cells can marinate under the sheet mask. I love using the Mamonde Lotus Micro Mask to Foam cleanser (13,000KRW). I don’t use it every day, but on the days when I do a mask I use this first. It works as a mud pack and it washes off to a foamy scrub, so my skin feels extra clean. I would suggest removing makeup on the eyes and lips separately with a makeup remover. My HG Aritaum Ppo-yan Lip & Eye Makeup remover and Cleansing Oil (11,000KRW for 250mL and the cleansing oil is 13,000KRW).
Step 2: Pregame
After cleansing it’s important to balance the skin back to its natural pH, but more importantly toners can give your skin the first shot of what it needs to look and feel fresher after cleansing. Just like pregaming ensures a fun night out with your friends, pregaming your skin with a toner before getting sheet faced will provide the best sheet mask experience! I have used the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Clarifying Toner (26,000KRW) to remove any leftover cleanser that I might have missed and help my skin breathe better. I also recommend Son and Park Beauty Water. Then, you need to prep your skin and not let the moisture leave the skin. I LOVE the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (12,900) (affiliate link) or the Hanyul Red Rice Essential Skin Softner (35,000KRW). I also love Sulhwasoo’s First Care Activating Serum (120,000KRW) that I can’t afford right now sob. Now it’s game time!
Step 3: Get #SHEETFACED
This is the fun part. After completing steps 1 and 2 you can reward your skin with a sheet mask of your choosing. There are hundreds of masks you can choose from to suit your skin’s needs. Here are some things to look for in a good sheet mask. First, the mask sheet itself has to be good quality. This means that it adheres well to the skin and is absorbent enough to hold the essence in the sheet and not drip off. Second, there has to be a lot of essence. Usually in the directions it says to apply the mask for 20 to 30 minutes. I usually have it on for a little longer and when the mask feels a little dried out, I can use the extra essence in the packet to re-hydrate it. Also, you can use the extra essence before you apply the mask and after taking off the mask. Gently pat it on your face, neck, and décolletage. However do not go over an hour or sleep with it on. It can actually pull moisture out of the skin if you do.
I personally like the Hello Skin Jumiso Masks (2,500KRW), Dr.Jart+ Dermask Reset Your Hydration Mask (3,500KRW), I’m Sorry For My Skin Jelly masks (5 pack for 7,500KRW), Kocostar Pink Camelia Mask (3,000KRW).
Finding a good sheet mask can be trial and error process, but I’d say that 98% of the time it is a very pleasurable experience. There are various types of sheet mask types such as cellulose, hydrogel, and cotton. Try out different ones to see what texture you like best. One tip for the summer is to put your sheet masks in the fridge to get an extra cooling effect. After taking off the sheet mask apply a moisturizer or cream of your choice to lock in the moisture and essence from the sheet mask. Getting sheet faced is as easy as that! You can do it as little or as often as you like and you will always end up with envy-worthy skin.