So I’ll be honest, while sunscreen may be my most important step in my routine, sheet masks are my favorite. I can admit it has become an obsession and I’m not ashamed to admit I may have over 100 currently in my collection. (Judge someone else!) But really, these are a great self-care method for me. I enjoy them because not only does it hydrate my skin which is great, they also are catered specifically to each skin type and certain issues. There are 8 different types of sheet masks: microfiber, hydrogel, bio-cellulose, foil, knit, ampoule sheet mask, clay and charcoal sheet masks, and bubbling sheet masks. I personally have tried 4 out of the 8, and I most often use bio-cellulose and microfiber masks. So let’s discuss what each sheet mask does and it’s significance.
- Microfiber: These are the most common sheet masks and are often called cotton sheet masks. They are cheap in price doused with a variety of ingredients to assist with various skin concerns.
- Hydrogel: These masks are thicker than regular cotton sheet masks because instead of drenching the botanicals in the sheet mask they are made that way. These tend to stick to your face easier and lock in moisture.
- Bio-Cellulose: Made from an all natural fiber aka good bacteria, these masks are great because the moisture doesn’t evaporate as quickly as a cotton mask.
- Foil Sheet Masks: These masks literally use foil on the outside of the sheet mask to prevent liquid and skin benefiting ingredients from evaporating quickly.
- Knit Masks: Made of 100% knitted cotton and is made to cover your face and neck. The knitted cotton makes it easier to retain moisture.
- Ampoule Sheet Mask: This is a 2-in-1 sheet mask. You apply an ampoule first and then apply sheet mask and its contents to deeply penetrate the skin.
- Clay and Charcoal Sheet Masks: These masks are typically black in color and are developed with clay or charcoal. They are super saturated and soft. Their detoxifying ingredients draw out impurities such as excess sebum but also are anti-inflammatory.
- Bubbling Sheet Masks: These masks are also made with charcoal but in addition to sparkling water. They are similar to bubble masks, however, the moisture is not sucked out of your skin and leaves your face feeling smooth.
While there are 8 types of sheet masks, there are still many different brands and numerous ingredients I cannot possibly try them all. While some of the sheet masks ingredients may make you side-eye (horse fat, snail, and placenta) I have found these to be some of my favorite masks. I definitely recommend using a sheet mask 1-2 times a week and I see absolutely no problem with using more than that; especially if your skin is drier. Another great thing is these are also catered to your specific skin type. While you definitely don’t need to be me and have a huge collection of sheet masks, I definitely recommend you keep them on hand.