Unless you are a noob and are not even mildly aware of what s trending on Instagram and Snapchat, you must have heard of sheet masks. Instagram celebrities have been raving about sheet masks and their early morning selfies with a sheet mask and some cucumbers on along with a thermos of green tea are nothing new to us. Aren’t we all just dying inside to just try one?
Any type of masking can really nourish your skin. It is an extra step towards beauty other than the usual cleansing, moisturizing, and toning. Some hydrating masks can really quench the skin. Also, masks are known to be relaxants because of their ability to make us stay still despite the hustle-bustle of the surroundings. Be it a sheet mask or a clay mask or a cream mask.
So What’s The Deal With The Masks!
Sheet masks are originally the creation of South Korea where they are vitals steps in a beauty routine. But, now, the international market is crawling with sheet masks. They are made with premium quality paper that is drenched in serums. Often,they work to moisturize the skin with their addition of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. They are disposable and do not require to be rinsed or peeled off. Unlike other face masks that are designed to address certain skin types, sheet masks are usually formulated for all skin types. Clay masks are generally for the oily skin type, cream masks cater best to dry skin but sheet masks are for all.
Cream masks, on the other hand, are better suited to mature skin, so all your teenagers are at a disadvantage! Cream masks, as I said before, are generally for dry skin types that require a little burst of moisture. They can really cause breaking out on skins that are oily.
Sheet Masks vs Cream Face Masks
Let us now weigh the pros and cons of both the sheet mask and the cream mask. Absorption is the key when considering masks. If the rich ingredients do not sink into the skin, the mask does little good to the skin. In terms of having better active ingredients absorption, the sheet mask wins. This is because sheet masks tend to trap in the active ingredients between the sheet and your skin. Thus, giving better absorption opportunity. On the other hand, cream masks perform relatively poorly in the absorption area. This is as a result of the water proportion of the product evaporating much faster than in a sheet mask.
Which mask deals better with your specific skin condition? It definitely has to be the cream mask! This is because sheet masks are limited to the fixed amount of product trapped in the sheet; that makes it inconvenient and a lot of times impossible for you to add or subtract products according to your skin need. While cream masks can be adjusted or maybe even altered to your needs.
In terms of being cost-effective, sheet masks have an upper hand. Cream masks can be a little pricey, considering they have a versatile range of products. However, cream masks have the option of being purchased in different sizes therefore, it can be made budget-friendly. Sheet masks, typically from some Korean brands are very cheap and readily available at even the smallest of stores.
Although they are made in natural cellulose fibers, sheet masks are less eco-friendly as compared to cream masks. This is because sheet masks come in packaging that is non-recyclable while cream masks can be carried in glass jars that can be used multiple times.
Differences Between Them
It is true that cream masks have more active ingredients while the sheet mask has only two to three active ingredients. It is also true that cream masks tend to give you the “spa” nourishment. However, let us not forget that sheet masks are mainly for hydration and are rich in water. Thus, giving your skin a whole new level of hydration. In this regard, I would call it a tie.
Sheet masks take the game with their addition of high amounts of penetrant enhancers like butylene glycol, linalool and propylene glycol. These ingredients help achieve faster absorption in relatively higher quantities. These penetrant enhancers weaken the skin’s guard against the entry of substances thereby increasing the sheet mask’s ingredients sinking in. You now need not to worry about waiting too long for the mask to work, sheet masks are quick! Rushing to a birthday party and feeling bad about your deteriorating skin? Grab that sheet mask and you are good to go.
It is difficult to deny that whatever may be the pros or cons of both the type of masks, they both have the ability to relax you and spare you the me-time that you so crave! In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Choose what suits your skin better and is convenient for you. Or maybe, you do not have to choose at all! Stock both and get the best of both of them.
Let us get to some of the most exciting face masks you can try at home. Formulated by experts these face masks are made to make your life and skin both better!
Neutrogena Blackhead Mask Treatment
Get rid of those blackheads now by grabbing this Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Face Cleanser/Mask Treatment. It not only eliminates most of your blackheads but also prevents them from reappearing. The mask directly targets the blackheads through its Micro-Clear technology by weakening its growth and eliminating the source of all breakouts. This mask treatment also acts as both a cleanser and an exfoliator by clearing out the dirt and bacteria from pores to prevent the onset of blackheads. The mask also wipes off excess blackhead causing oil by sinking deep into the layers of the skin. The mask effectively keeps your blackheads away for around three weeks. Rich in salicylic acid, the mask is the perfect treatment for acne-prone skin.
$8.99 (Shop Now)
Karuna Age-Defying+ Face Mask
Reminiscing that sculpted face of yours? Try this Karuna Age-Defying Face Mask. It blurs out wrinkles and fine lines, making you feel youthful. The face mask will instantly uplift your face and make your skin taut and in place. Unmoisturized skin is the breeding ground for wrinkles. To prevent that, this face mask not only revitalizes your skin but also quenches dry and dull skin. Some of its rich ingredients include Wild Yam and Elderly Extracts.
For best results, unfold the mask and place it on your face from the cloth side. Gently remove the white layer and adjust it at your ease. Let it rest for a good 10 to 20 minutes, after which you are good to go!
$28.00 (Shop Now)
LIFTLAB Hydration Therapy Face + Eye Mask
This face and eye mask by Liftlab is rich in premium Cell Protection Protein as well as two active botanical ingredients to return that skin back to its natural glow. With built-in Cellulose Sheet Mask Formula, the mask gives a boost of hydration that sinks deep into the skin and is a medically approved therapy for the skin. The mask is proven medically to eliminate erythema by 95% and soothe irritated skin. The addition of multi-patented CPP and two other actives make the mask instant acting with visible results. The use of cellulose rather than cotton allows the serum to sink deep into the layers of the skin to give radiant skin.
$15.00 (Shop Now)
e.l.f. Cosmetics SuperMask
This comforting SuperMask by elf can become your best buddy in no time! Its thick, gel-like consistency is rich in anti-redness and antioxidant-rich CentellaAsiaticatica (aka Cica) which is a green herb grown in isolated parts of Asia. This mask is meant to be a soother for troubled and irritated skin by its inclusion of fresh cucumbers. Lavender is also the perfect mix for problematic skin. To quench the skin, ceramides guards the skin barrier while cocoa butter traps in all the moisture. All in all, the skin craves for this healing mask after a pollution-filled and tiring day.
$12.00 (Shop Now)
Mineral Radiance Instant Detox Mud Mask
If you are facing skin issues due to exposure to the toxic environment and a worried sick, this Mineral Radiance Instant Detox Mud Mask will be your safe haven. This mask rejuvenates the skin and brings back its glory by removing toxins from deep within the skin and nourishing the skin with its lost essential minerals and moisture. Say no to premature aging due to pollution and the scorching sun with this mud mask that is formulated with rich dead seawater. The mask leaves the skin supple and glowing. By guarding the skin against external effects with its mineral-rich OsmoGuard and Pollustop, the mask is determined to bring back that youthful look to your face.
$37.00 (Shop Now)
E-CURE All in One Care Face Mask
Rejuvenate your skin by buying this peel-off mask by E-CURE. With its intensive soothing qualities and detoxification abilities, the mask cleanses even the deepest of pores without irritating the skin and preventing the onset of further pimples or acne. Experience a salon therapy and a radiant skin with this mask that leaves the pores constricted and face hydrated and alive. As if that was not enough, the mask also works with its synergy glove to exfoliate dead skin cells, responsible for making the face appear dull, leaving the skin dewy and new.
$8.74 (Shop Now)
Guerlain Super Aqua-Sheet Mask
Looking for a sheet mask? You have got one! This Guerlain Super Aqua mask gives you a boost of effectively working ingredients that helps blurs wrinkles and fine lines, making you appear young. This silky textured mask provides just the right amount of moisture to the skin by working magically. What it does is activate after 10 seconds by expanding its mattress filled with water and bursting with moisture-filled ingredients into the layers of the skin. This leaves the skin soft and supple. Some of its instant effects are 37% more hydration and 23% less visible wrinkles. 90% of women claimed that their skin achieved a more even tone after using this mask while 97% of women claimed to have suppler, restored, and healthy skin after a one-month use.
$94.66 (Shop Now)
Tonymoly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet
Fight blemishes effectively with this Tonymoly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet. This sheet mask targets irritated and red skin and gives the skin a soothing experience with its inclusion of the famous tea tree oil. Formulated with natural ingredients, the mask gives your skin a boost of Soothing Water Type Essence that sinks deep into the skin layers. This leaves the skin luminous and clear. For best results, stick the mask on damp skin and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. After which you can lay it off and gently pat the serum into your skin with your fingertips.
$1.00 (Shop Now)
IMAGE Skincare I MASK Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask
Facing dull and dying skin issues? This I MASK Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask I the answer to your dreams! With its burst of hydration, the mask leaves the skin restored and replenished. Its blend of mineral-rich waters and hyaluronic acid, the mask aims to soothe barren and thirsty skin that is in instant need of care. Formulated with amino acids, aloe vera, and antioxidant extracts, the mask will transform your skin to make it look luminous and revived. Its innovative hydrogel is made to fix problems of all skin types. This mask is a must-have for your beauty routine.
$35.00 (Shop Now)