How to Use a Sheet Mask

Sheet masks were first made popular by Korean skincare routines, but they quickly became a worldwide trend. Because there can be some confusion between sheet masks and regular face masks, 5-Minute Crafts has created a step-by-step guide to properly use and get the most out of your sheet mask.

Step 1

Before using your sheet mask, use a facial cleanser and make sure the skin is clean and free of excess oil, dirt, makeup, and impurities. Clean skin absorbs products better.

Step 2

Now that your skin is clean, cut or tear open the sheet mask packet and take it out. Because these masks are typically drenched in serum, be careful — it might drip all over the floor when taking it out.

Step 3

Next, carefully place the sheet mask on your skin by lining up the cutouts to the appropriate spots on the face. If the mask has any folds after putting it on, take some time to smooth them out and make sure it is clinging firmly to your face.

Step 4

Keep the sheet mask on for around 15 to 20 minutes. This time can vary depending on the type of mask you’re using, so make sure to check the instructions.

Note: Don’t keep the mask on for longer than instructed. Letting the sheet mask completely dry on your face can have the opposite effect and dry your skin out instead of hydrating it.

Step 5

Once the time is up, remove the mask and toss it out. Gently massage the excess serum the sheet mask left on your skin.

Note: Don’t reuse your sheet mask. These products are designed to be used immediately after opening and then thrown away.

Step 6

Finally, proceed with the rest of your skincare routine. Sheet masks can be helpful and fun to do, but they aren’t a replacement for any other skincare steps.

  • If you’ve used your sheet mask in the morning, follow it up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
  • If it’s nighttime, apply a layer of moisturizer to lock in all that serum.

These products act as a seal that keeps the serum from the sheet mask trapped in your skin so it can continue to derive benefits from it.

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