Sheet Masking for Beginners

It is day 1 of our #MondaytoFridayMasking challenge and we’re starting off with sheet mask first-timers! Follow along this week as we blog about our masking adventures.

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Sea Kelp sheet mask for days

To me, sheet masking is a routine that is as normal as washing my face or taking a shower. Whenever my skin needs some extra hydration, I pull out a freshly chilled sheet mask from the fridge and relax by watching some Netflix. However, the first time I carried out my routine in front of my new roommates, they mistook me for Hannibal Lector. To my surprise, roommates 1 and 2 (names redacted for their privacy) had never seen sheet masks before. Roommate 2 later confessed to me, “I knew that sheet masks existed, but I had never seen one in real life!”

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to introduce my two roommates to sheet masks. We decided to take advantage of being snowed-in this past weekend by having a masking party, which amounted to wearing sheet masks while binge-watching Dance Academy. Since they were complete beginners to sheet masks, I guided them through the process and interviewed them on their first-ever masking experiences.

What is your skin type and do you have any specific skincare concerns?

Roommate 1: I have dry, sensitive skin. Right now with the cold, I’m concerned with dryness and redness. (Note: Roommate 1 is also vegan, so we took this into consideration when choosing a sheet mask)
Roommate 2: I guess I have what is called combination skin. When my face is really dry, it breaks out more often, so I’m seeking hydration.

What is your usual skincare routine?

R1: In the morning, I use an exfoliating charcoal cleanser followed by Argan oil. At night, I use a gentle, scent-free makeup-removing cleanser, then a tea tree toner and Argan oil.
R2: My normal skincare routine is a natural, exfoliating face wash followed by a goat milk moisturizer.

Before we start, do you have any questions about sheet masks?

R2: How do these work?
Basically, it’s a cotton sheet that is soaked in a lightweight essence. The mask helps your skin to retain moisture without evaporating too quickly. You leave it on your face for around 10 to 15 minutes and then you peel it off!

R1: So, do you rinse your face off afterwards?
Me: Nope! You just peel off the mask and then gently pat in the residual essence. After that, you just follow up with a moisturizer.

Roommate 1 isn't camera shy like me and roommate 2!

Roommate 1 isn’t camera shy like me and roommate 2!

What were your first impressions of the sheet mask?

R1: I was nervous at first because my skin is super sensitive and I was worried that the mask would be irritating after a few minutes. But immediately, I noticed it was quite hydrating, to my surprise.
R2: It felt really goopy and cold! But it was really soothing.

What are your thoughts post-masking?

R1: [Walks out of the bathroom] I’m glowing! But seriously, my skin feels really hydrated right now and there isn’t any irritation or redness. The only downside was that the mask was a little bit too big for my face. I would definitely do this again!
R2: Agreed on all points! Again, it was really soothing, and it stayed on my face even as I walked around. Can we do this more often?

What’s your first masking memory? Share in the comments below!

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