Sheet masks are an extra luxurious part of the Korean ten step routine. Aside from how fun it is to take a selfies in them, sheet masks provide extra nourishment to your skin. And since they always make your skin look ten times better and they’re usually so affordable, you may have wondered if you could use a sheet mask every day.
The answer is yes!
Sheet masks are just single use masks that are typically made out of microfiber or hydrogel. They’re often packed with a variety of deeply concentrated essences and serums that work to brighten and deeply hydrate the skin. The purpose of a sheet mask is to allow your skin to absorb as much of the essence and serum as possible in a short period of time (usually 15 to 20 minutes). The material of the mask will lock in the moisture to allow it to penetrate the skin as effectively as possible.
And while you may think slathering a bunch of concentrated serums onto your skin every day might be too much for it, think again. Tons of people have experimented with using a sheet mask every day, and the results have been nothing but great. In fact, it’s 16-year-old Korean model An Ye Won’s secret to great skin. And in one Reddit thread where people discussed using a sheet mask every single day, a bunch of people chimed in with the benefits of daily sheet masking. Here’s a few of them:
It seriously reduces your skin’s dehydration.
“Sheet masking daily has drastically reduced my dehydration more than regular products can,” writes Reddit user gothickornchic. “I have a hard time with moisturizers, so force-feeding my skin with a hydrating sheet mask on top of lighter essences/serums/ampoules really leaves my skin plump, glowing, and hydrated.”
Sheet masks seal in moisture without clogging pores.
The material of sheet masks lock in moisture, allowing the essence to penetrate the skin as effectively as possible. And one Reddit user says they like using a sheet mask every night before they go to bed because it sufficiently hydrates their skin and allows them to put on a lighter moisturizer that won’t clog their pores as much as a heavier cream.
It can help you calm down every night.
One Reddit user mentioned that (aside from the skin-benefitting aspects) using a sheet mask every day helps her relax. “The largest benefit for me with masking daily is psychological,” writes mysecretlanguage. “Adding (at least) 20 minutes of ‘me time’ into every day is a huge relaxer. My job is quite stressful so having a nighttime routine of pampering helps me let that stress go so I can function better.”
It’s a super affordable way to customize your skin care routine.
You could spend $40+ on a fancy serum and hope that it fixes your skin’s issues, and if it doesn’t, you’ll be stuck with it for months. Or you could spend $20 and experiment with five different sheet masks full of a variety of ingredients that could be just what your skin’s asking for. We’ll let you decide. Plus, with all the new types of sheet masks around—like foil and mud—there’s never been a better time to start your daily sheet mask habit.
The best way to treat your skin every day is to assess the skin issues you’re currently dealing with and choose a mask that will target that concern. Here, we break down the best masks to use every day for four common skin types:
Oily and acne-prone skin
Masks that work to unclog your pores and control excess oil and sebum are great for this skin type. For those with acne-prone skin, ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid will fight to prevent breakouts.
The Manefit Beauty Planer Mugwort Sheet Mask is formulated with mugwort extract to help gently exfoliate the skin and clear your pores. It will also help to soothe the skin from any signs of irritation that comes with having acne-prone skin. And the Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask is made of a cooling hydrogel with real green tea leaves embedded in the mask! Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that will help to cool, de-puff, and soothe acne prone skin. If you’re looking for a set that targets these issues, the Soko Glam acne+sebum control sheet mask set is a good fit.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Looking to stop signs of aging before it starts? Then anti-aging masks that will work to lift and firm the skin while also providing intense amount of moisture are what you need. Superstar ingredients like saccharomyces ferment filtrate and snail mucin will target the issues at their source to reveal brighter more youthful skin.
The Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask is loaded with snail mucin and bee venom extract, meaning it can diminish the visibility of fine lines and smooth skin texture, as well as help firm and tighten the skin and increase collagen production.
The Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask is also a good choice since it’s jam packed with snail mucin. It also features other skin moisturizing ingredients like Baobab Tree Extract and green tea. If you want to try a whole collection of anti-aging masks at once, check out the Soko Glam anti-aging sheet mask set.
Acne scars and hyperpigmentation
These types of masks are formulated with ingredients like pearl extract and niacinamide which work to soften and reveal brighter skin. Niacinamide is the star ingredient in the Manefit Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask in Whitening Platinum. It helps visibly reduce the appearance of large pores while resurfacing and brightening the skin’s surface. The Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydrogel Mask is packed with hyaluronic acid and platinum extract to hydrate and even out your complexion for a dewy, radiant glow.
Dry and dull skin
The masks in the Soko Glam hydrating + revitalizing set are for those of us who constantly have dry and flaky skin that feels sucked of moisture. The Ultru I’m Sorry For My Skin Revitalizing Jelly Mask is a great option because it repairs and replenishes skin with ingredients like white willow, brown algae, and Montana flower extract. White willow extract contains salicylic acid, which will work to exfoliate the skin by sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal brighter and smoother skin.
Skinfood’s Real Tea Gel Mask in Rose is infused with rose essence and even has real rose petals suspended in the mask to give you fresh ingredients right from the source. The rose will help to deeply hydrate and moisturize the skin, as well as work to firm and plump skin to reveal a more youthful appearance. Brightening masks will help to reveal fresher and more plump skin.
No matter what kind of sheet mask you’re looking for, you’re bound to end up with radiant and plump skin. Happy masking!