We’ve all got that friend with glowing skin. She makes it seem effortless, and she even looks amazing without makeup. Aside from good genes, proper nutrition and adequate sleep, what else is she doing to get that glow? (Not counting the new romance!) A great sheet mask might just be her go-to beauty secret.
What Are The Benefits of Sheet Masks?
Sheet masks deliver big hydration in a small package. No matter what your complexion, feeding your skin with moisture-rich nutrients is essential if you want a dewy, healthy-looking face.
Acne-prone or oily complexions, your skin needs moisture, too. This may seem counter-intuitive. You may wonder, why should I use a hydrating sheet mask when I want to reduce the oil on my face? Here’s why: Excessively drying cleansing and beauty products make oily skin worse and they can exacerbate acne as well. For more information on caring for oily complexions, check out this article
Hydration is not the only benefit of using a sheet mask. Though they contain powerful hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, masks are full of plant-based antioxidants, vitamins and other vital nutrients as well. Not only that, but each sheet mask is designed with a particular skin care need in mind.
There are calming masks for sensitive skin and charcoal or clay masks for purifying. Other masks are designed to brighten a dull complexion, or give a boost to dry skin. Some sheet masks, though, are great for all skin types.
Want to learn more about the different types of face masks? See our article, 7 Types of Face Masks Compared - Learn Why Sheet Masks Are Best, for a complete review.
Sheet Mask Fabrics
The least expensive masks are made with a paper-like fiber. It can be hard to get them to stay in place, and the serum evaporates more quickly than it does in higher-end masks. That being said, they’re a great way to give sheet masks a try, and they won’t break the bank!
Better quality sheet masks are made with materials that provide greater adhesion to your face, allowing your skin to absorb more of the serum. Luxury brands make their sheet masks with high-performance materials like hydro-gel, bio-cellulose and rubber. Premium quality sheet mask fabrics can definitely make a difference in the end result: the way your face feels when you take it off. Just think of the material in your favorite pair of jeans. The fit and feel is everything, right?
BeautyGARDE Sheet Mask Fabrics
Our Babyface No-Rinse Facial Sheet Masks use a sheet made of Tencel® fibers, designed to hold maximum serum while providing a secure occlusive barrier. (Occlusion refers to a mask’s ability to stay on your face and deliver the serum without evaporating.) Infused with collagen, the sheet has a “jelly-like” feel when you put it on. BeautyGARDE masks do not hog all the product – they hold the sheet mask serum securely until you put one on your face, and then they allow your skin to absorb all the moisturizing and nutrient goodness.
Our Hangover Hero No-Rinse Charcoal Facial Sheet Masks use a sheet material made of Viscose Polyester for the best adhesion to your face. It’s infused with Nano-Silver Ions and Bamboo Charcoal to give you an antioxidant and detoxifying boost above and beyond what the serum delivers. This hydrating sheet mask is also designed with performance in mind, so that you get the highest absorption of serum possible.
Which Sheet Mask Ingredients Are Important?
Like other beauty innovations, sheet masks have their skeptics. But there’s nothing trendy about sheet mask ingredients. The serums in sheet masks vary widely, but they include ingredients like fruit extracts, antioxidants, oatmeal or other similarly beneficial plant-based contents. We won’t talk about the snail goo masks right now…
According to Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Washington Medical Center, Dr. Brenda Newman, MD, PhD, “There are very few clinical studies specifically related to sheet masks. However, many of the ingredients used in masks are well studied. Vitamin C and Vitamin A both have proven anti-aging properties, for example.”
A naturally-occurring substance produced by the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in our joints, eye sockets, skin and other tissues. Doctors inject this lubricating substance into joints to ease pain, and it’s also used in eye drops. Collagen and hyaluronic acid work together to help our skin retain moisture and elasticity, and to maintain its supple tone. That’s why BeautyGARDE uses both collagen and hyaluronic acid in the Babyface No-Rinse Sheet Masks. Your skin will feel dewy soft and glowing in no time.
Want to learn more about hyaluronic acid? Read more here:
Activated charcoal has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It draws impurities from the skin, and then binds to them so they are not reabsorbed. Charcoal’s ability to detoxify makes it an ideal ingredient for acne-prone complexions. Though some charcoal face masks can be drying, our Hangover Hero sheet masks are designed to detoxify and hydrate your skin.
Want to learn more about sheet mask ingredients? Pibuu has an extensive ingredient glossary.
Vitamin C and Tea Extracts
Citrus extracts and high mountain Oolong tea make a powerful combination in the BeautyGARDE Babyface No-Rinse Sheet Masks serum. It’s thought that the Vitamin C in citrus helps other nutrients absorb more easily. That means when Vitamin C is combined with Oolong tea in the sheet mask serum, your skin can absorb more of the tea’s beneficial antioxidants. Learn more about the health benefits of Oolong tea here:
Vitamin C has other beneficial properties, too, like its involvement in the production of collagen. Formula sheet masks infuse the skin with these moisture-boosting and age-fighting elements.
No-Rinse Sheet Masks
Remember, you don’t need to rinse off the serum when you remove BeautyGARDE sheet masks. They are no-rinse masks, so your skin can continue to absorb their hydration, even after you’ve thrown the sheet away. Put on your favorite moisturizer when you’re done to double the hydrating benefits. That friend with the great skin is gonna start noticing your glowing complexion now, too.
While we’re at it: Sheet masks aren’t just for girls and women. They’re for everyone who wants great skin.