What is a sheet mask?
Sheet masks are face-shaped sheet fabrics soaked in nutrition-packed solution called serum. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, fibers or gel types. These sheet masks are different from facial masks (paste type) that you only need to apply, take off or pat in extra serum instead of washing the paste after applying and putting on other skincare products. Sheet mask is generally used once and it is individually packaged, making them fast, convenient, and easy to use.
2. How do I use sheet masks?
It’s very easy! Apply it on a clean face, leave for 20-30 minutes, take it off and enjoy! You can apply it as often as you want throughout the day or week. When you are busy and barely have time to rest, sheet masks are great because you can use them even when you’re cleaning, cooking, reading or watching TV. The good thing is that, you don’t have to bother washing it off after applying!
The sheets are one-size-fits-all, but since every face is not the same size or shape, it would be easier to start from the forehead and pat it softly as you come down to your face while lining up the holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth. You can use sheet masks as many times as you want throughout the day or week, but many recommend using it three times a week or once a day for extra care. See here to learn more about treating your skin with a sheet mask!
3. Where did sheet mask originate from?
Sheet masks originated from Japan and South Korea, known for their dedication on cosmetics and skin care. Today, sheet masks are widely popular in Asia as a whole. Sheet masks are recently changing the beauty industry and gaining popularity in the U.S by seeing various celebrities utilize sheet masks and post about it on their social media. From the recent study conduct by NPD Group in the USA, the sale of masks increased by about 60%, overwhelming other categories in the skincare business.
4. How does sheet mask work?
There is a sheet fully soaked with concentrated serum, which consists of many beneficial ingredients to the skin such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins. These ingredients are in the water phase as dissolved. The sheet prevents quick evaporation of the water phase and extends the time frame the ingredients required to penetrate deep into the skin. This result in the sheet masks outperforming the effects of the traditional serum-type skincare even when applied once.
5. What are the Benefits?
They bring fast effects in regards to enhancing the skin. The serum is filled with various vitamins and minerals, and won’t dry out the skin compared to the paste-type face mask. The sheet on your face helps the serum to soak in your skin a little longer. Some of the sheets also claim to brighten and make your skin firm. Basically, sheet masks are inexpensive compared to going to a spa, convenient, easy to apply, and brings a glowing effect on your skin.
6. Are there any negative effects of using a sheet mask?
Their purpose is to nourish, not exfoliate or cleanse your skin. Sheet masks, probably are not as effective for exfoliating or cleaning the skin compared to the paste-type mask.
In addition, Serum from low-quality sheet masks evaporates quickly even before it gets soaked into the deeper layer of your skin. Currently, ORGAID researchers are using sheet masks made with high technology to avoid those problems.
7. Can I afford it? Where can I find it?
It depends on how willing and the quality of the sheet mask that you want. Individual prices range from $2~$14 depending on the brand and quality. The masks can be found almost anywhere now from your local drugstore, Sephora, or department store.
8. What ingredients are used in the serum?
Depending on what function the sheet masks want to perform, the serum contains various ingredients that are commonly used, such as aloe vera and vitamin c, to more unusual ones such as pearl, snail extract, and seaweed.
Also, for prevention against bacteria/fungi contamination, most sheet masks contain chemical preservatives such as parabens and recently phenoxyethanol, which are not good for the skin. However, ORGAID sheet masks include fermentation of Lactobacillus which can perform as a natural preservative, and the system was proven for its safety by Ecocert. See our blog post on "Top 10 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid in Skincare."
9. What materials are the sheets made out of?
Diverse types of fabric are used for the sheet masks. Four most used materials from worst to best:
*Non-woven fiber – Inexpensive, difficult mobility, low capacity to deliver serum into the skin
* Cotton – Inexpensive, difficult mobility, low capacity to deliver serum into the skin (but better than the non-woven fiber)
*Hydrogel – Little pricey, great absorption system, gel-type consistency, two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on face, difficult mobility, fits the shape of the face well
*Bio-cellulose – Expensive, all-natural material, adheres to the skin well, better absorption properties, comfortable mobility.
And then there’s the ORGAID’s unique sheet "Ecoderma" that is an upgraded version of bio-cellulose! Click here for more information on the sheet fabric.
10. What’s so special about ORGAID’s organic sheet masks?
ORGAID is the only sheet mask manufacturer in the USA that uses organic ingredients, never engaging in the use of harmful chemicals in order to produce sheet masks that is safe to use on your skin. ORGAID sheet masks outperform the cosmetic effects by including highly concentrated active ingredients, even 100-folds higher, compared to low-quality sheet masks. We care about the wellness and health of your skin and want to provide you with healthy ingredients.
In addition, we use sheets designed with advanced technology. The sheet fabric is 100% natural, breathable and can comfortably stay on the skin securely while you move around. It also helps ingredients to be absorbed into the deeper layer of your skin compared to other types of fabrics.