How often to mask, based on your skin type
Sheet masks are one of the most popular trends in beauty at the moment, which means it can be tempting to buy the nearest mask and try it immediately. We wholeheartedly endorse getting up-to-date on the latest skin care trends, which means educating yourself on how best to use them. Sheet masks are designed for various skin concerns and can benefit all different skin types, which means you’ll probably find a favorite sheet mask match for your skin. We consulted with an expert about things to keep in mind when trying a sheet mask, including how often you should be using them.
If you have normal skin that isn’t too dry or oily, Garnier consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes recommends incorporating a sheet mask once a week. “Taking time out of your day and hydrating the skin is a good thing,” says Dr. Madfes. Look for a mask formulated with hyaluronic acid to help moisturize the skin and a Vitamin C-infused antioxidant such as pomegranate to help brighten the skin’s appearance.
Skin that’s on the dry side can benefit from the soothing burst of hydration a sheet mask can provide. Dr. Madfes suggests masking twice a week to take advantage of the “higher concentration of ingredients.” Sheet masks typically take around 15 minutes to soak onto the skin. With an extra half hour a week, you’ll be on your way to deeper hydration before you can refresh your social media feed.
If you have oily skin, it’s important to keep it cleansed and moisturized to help avoid further oil build-up. Often, people with oily skin think it’s better to dry it but that can actually have the opposite result than intended. However, the additional moisture in a sheet mask helps keep your skin balanced. Dr. Madfes recommends that those with oily skin incorporate a sheet mask once a week. Look for a mask formulated with green tea to help mattify skin and visibly reduce the appearance of pores.