Sheet masks are more than just a passing beauty fancy: they are here to stay! Originally coming from Asia, the trend quickly spilt over to Europe. For years, cosmetic fans in Korea and Japan have been swearing by the practical masks made of delicate fabric. No wonder, since sheet masks are true all-rounders when it comes to skin care.
When unpacking a sheet mask for the first time, it can be quite an unfamiliar sight – even a little spooky. Although the mask may remind you of Casper the friendly ghost at first, the effect it has on your skin could not be more different. Once you place the sheet mask on your face, it adapts to your individual facial contours and deeply nourishes, replenishes and moisturises the skin.
Sheet masks may look a little strange at first glance. However, they are full of caring agents.
But are sheet masks really living up to the expectations? We spoke to Kirsten Schmick, who is a specialist in dermatology and a physician in the field of aesthetic medicine at M1 Med Beauty.
Doctor Schmick, what’s the secret that makes sheet masks so effective?
Kirsten Schmick: Sheet masks usually consist of cellulose and are saturated with highly concentrated serums. This way, the active ingredients can penetrate deeply into the skin layers. That gives sheet mask an advantage compared to other conventional masks since the care substances do not evaporate during exposure time. After only one application, the skin appears visibly moisturised.
What should you consider before applying a sheet mask?
Kirsten Schmick: As with any other facial mask, it is important to thoroughly cleanse the face before applying it. Otherwise, dirt can be trapped underneath the cloth and allow bacteria to spread. What many people tend to forget: Before you take the sheet mask out of the packaging, you should always make sure to wash your hands. The masks are handy to take with you while travelling – however, you should always take the time for some preparatory cleaning.
The cloth is saturated with serum. This way, the active ingredients can perfectly soak into the skin.
What else is there to keep in mind?
Kirsten Schmick: You should stick to the recommended exposure time. Usually, that’s 10 to 15 minutes. If you leave the mask on for much longer, it could dry out and deprive the skin of the moisture it just gained. With some masks, you need to read the instructions carefully and make sure you apply the mask with the correct side down. The M1 SELECT BOOST sheet mask can be applied on both sides, so there is no risk of confusion!
Can sheet masks help reduce wrinkles?
Kirsten Schmick: Sheet masks can have a firming and plumping effect and make the skin appear smoother and refreshed. The M1 SELECT BOOST sheet mask, for instance, contains the active ingredient spilanthol, which can be found in the paracress plant. Spilanthol is considered to be a natural wrinkle-smoothing agent that visibly reduces expression lines. Used regularly, sheet masks with a lifting effect also prevent the formation of new wrinkles.
Depending on the ingrediences, sheet masks are suitable for different skin types.
What other skin problems are sheet masks suitable for?
Kirsten Schmick: Sheet masks are very versatile. They are available for every skin type, from dry to impure or sensitive skin. However, they are particularly suitable for dry skin or mature skin. Great results can be achieved with them in the area of moisturising care and wrinkle-reduction. For that purpose, a serum-soaked cloth is simply ideal. The skin can literally “drink up” the moisturising active ingredients while you sit back, relax and let the mask do its magic.
How often should I use a sheet mask?
Kirsten Schmick: I recommend to incorporate sheets masks into your skin care routine two to three times a week. They are a great addition to the classic skin care you’re already doing, e.g. cleansing, toning, moisturising, using boosters and serums etc. They do not replace the aforementioned, though. But two to three times a week, I definitely recommend sheet masks as a valuable add-on to your skin care.
Which sheet mask is the best?
Kirsten Schmick: It’s difficult to give a general response to that. It depends on your individual skin type, of course. Basically, I advise everyone to take a look at the list of ingredients – especially if you have sensitive skin and want to avoid potentially allergenic substances. One more thing I’d like to add: The price is not necessarily an indicator of superior quality. Some more affordable options do achieve good results as well.
Thank you for the interview, doctor Schmick!
M1 SELECT BOOST
anti-wrinkle sheet mask
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- Anti-wrinkle sheet mask with paracress extract and hyaluronic acid
- Visibly reduces wrinkles
- For a refreshed, smoothes out skin texture