Sheet masking is one of my absolute favorite beauty secrets. I try to make sure I have time to fit at least one mask into my day. Not only is it relaxing and refreshing, but it has made such a huge improvement in the overall quality of my skin!
If you’re not too familiar with sheet masks, I’ll give you a quick crash course on all of the important things you need to know about them.
Sheet Mask 101
First, prepackaged sheet masks are meant for a single use. They are usually drenched with a potent serum or essence that is specially formulated to deliver beneficial ingredients to your skin. The magic of sheet masks comes from the actual mask itself, though.
Masks are made out of a variety of materials, but they all have a soft, breathable fit that conforms to your face and keeps all of the goodness from the serum as close to your skin as possible. This means there’s more opportunity for your skin to absorb and benefit from whatever product your sheet mask is saturated with. Most brands recommend leaving masks on your skin for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, but if you have extra time it’s okay to leave the mask on until it feels more dry. I prefer this method because I feel like I’m really getting the most out of the mask since I can’t reuse it!
Our Favorite Products
When I’m in the mood to do a little bit of DIY, it’s usually because my skin needs a bit of extra love, or I want to use a certain product. Typically I like to make my own quick sheet mask when I don’t have enough time to use a prepackaged one or when I’m having a skin emergency that needs lots of help, fast!
The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is the best to make a mask out of because it is packed full of soothing and hydrating ingredients. One of the main reasons that I love using it for a quick masking session is because it has ingredients that can help with just about any skin trouble I’m having. For example, extracts like natto gum, hyaluronic acid and beta-glucan help to delivers lots of moisture, while licorice root, rose geranium and aloe are brightening and anti-inflammatory.
Easy DIY Sheet Mask Method
There are dozens upon dozens of types of prepackaged sheet masks available for you to try, but there are also ways to make your own easy DIY sheet mask at home. This is a great option if you have a serum that you absolutely love, or if you are someone who is environmentally conscious and wants to reduce waste. Making your own sheet mask at home is also a good way to use up sample packets or products that aren’t your favorite without feeling guilty.
To create your own DIY sheet mask, all you need is an essence, serum or toner and some quality cotton puffs. Cotton squares that pull apart cleanly and don’t leave lint on your face are ideal for this.
First, you should saturate the cotton puff with your chosen product. Once it is completely moistened, gently pull each layer of the puff apart so that you have several very thin sheets instead of one thick cotton puff. Try to work quickly if you can so that the sheets don’t dry out too much. Once you have all of the layers separated, very gently stretch each sheet to make it a little thinner and broader. This helps ensure you get a good fit.
Place the first sheet on your forehead, focusing on the T-zone area. Take the second sheet and stretch it across your nose, lightly tearing a hole to cover across your nose and upper lip, just like a regular sheet mask. Use one sheet per cheek, overlapping the nose piece if possible, and then place the final sheet over your chin and mouth. You will probably need to make a small tear in the last sheet for your mouth, though you can cover your lips and let them soak up the product too if you would like!
Wait 5 to 10 minutes and gently peel each sheet off, then pat in any leftover product.
That’s all there is to it! Next time you’re pressed for time or want a quick skin fix, grab a cotton puff and your favorite product and make your own easy DIY sheet mask. This method is great for making small, spot treatment masks or eye masks too.