Paper face masks, aka sheet masks, have always been a HUGE beauty staple for Asian women. But if the concept seems novel to you, read on to find out what’s so special about them!
What Are Paper Masks?
A sheet mask is basically a soft piece of “paper-like” material cut in the shape of a face. It is usually soaked in various types of nutrients and ingredients to provide instant relief and hydration. Paper masks can be used 2-3 times a week, even daily, depending on your skin type.
How to Use Paper Masks
Start with a clean face. Gently spread the mask onto the face and make sure all areas are covered. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Peel it off and massage any remaining essence into the skin.
Paper Mask Reviews
|DHC Q10 Mask (US$12)
This is available at DHC’s website and comes in a pack of 4. It contains Q10, polyglutamic acid, hyaluronic acid, rosewater and olive leaf extract which are all good for plumping up and firming your skin. My skin did feel softer and smoother after I use this. Also, the scent is not very strong, which is definitely a plus for those with sensitive skin. Thumbs up!
|Kose Clear Turn Moisturizing Mask (US$12)
This is definitely one of my favorite masks! It comes in a pack of 5 and each mask is soaked with 28ml of hydrating essence. It is available only in Asia so every time I go back, I stock up on them. Application can be a little messy because the mask is really drippy but it leaves my skin so soft and supple! Definitely check this out when you get the chance!
|Neutrogena Hydrating Cloth Mask (US$9)
When I first saw this at the drugstore a few years ago, I was psyched – finally a paper mask made by a widely-available American brand, woohoo! I quickly picked up a pack which contains 4 sheets, went home and tried it on. The mask moisturized my skin pretty well but the result was temporary. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a quick fix, hit up the nearest drugstore and pick this up. If you are looking for something with a more long-lasting effect, skip it.
How to Make your Own Paper Mask
If paper masks are not readily available where you live, you can make your own by following the steps below:
What You Need
* 7 x 16 cm Cotton Pads
* Hydrating Toner
* Saran Wrap
Step 1. Wet a cotton pad with water and squeeze out excess water.
Step 2. Pour in a quarter-size of your favorite hydrating toner.
Step 3. Make sure the cotton pad is fully soaked with toner.
Step 4. Separate the cotton pad into 5 different layers.
Step 5. Gently stretch each layer a little without breaking them.
Step 6. Spread them onto your face in the following order:
Nose and chin –> Forehead and eye area –> Cheeks (one on each side) –> Neck
Step 7. Wrap your entire face with saran wrap to help trap the moisture so your skin can fully absorb everything.
Step 8. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 9. Gently remove the cotton pads and massage any remaining toner onto your skin until it is fully absorbed.