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do korean sheet masks actually work

Can Korean sheet masks actually make your skin better?

The short answer to this question - yes and no. Yes because Korean sheet masks are laden with quality ingredients that are known to help the skin heal. These miraculous wonders have been used since centuries to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate damaged skin.

When used correctly, these Korean sheet masks can totally change the game for your skin. And of course, they are great fun to try on - alone, or with all your squad in a self care session!

So, what are the instances where these Korean sheet masks don’t work? This is when you have picked the wrong sheet mask for your skin issues. Applying a hydrating face mask will not get rid of your acne, and a purifying sheet mask will do nothing for your dry skin. The secret, hence, lies in choosing the right mask.

Sounds tricky? Well, you’re in luck! In the following paragraphs, we will discuss 5 great Korean sheet masks that you can use to give your skin that refurbished look! We will discuss the unique features of each of these masks, talk about who should use them, and compare their advantages and disadvantages.

Today, we will dig in deep to know how each of these masks work and what powerful ingredients they contain. So pop on your favourite face mask, sit back, and enjoy the read! By the end of this article, you will hopefully know exactly which Korean sheet masks to invest in.

1. The Pastel Shop - Charcoal Black Mask - Charcoal Essence - 12 Sheets

Purifying Magic!

  • Purifying agent: Charcoal powder
  • Hydration: Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Healing agent: Betaine
  • Recommended for: People concerned with blackheads and whiteheads, in need of a strong cleansing product

Product Features

Sucks out all impurities

If you are someone who is concerned with clogged pores, then this sheet mask is the one for you. The Charcoal powder in this miraculous product draws out the impurities within your pores like a magnet. It absorbs all the dirt and grime that has settled deep into your skin, and washes it out. This leaves behind clean, clear and even-toned skin that serves as the best canvas to showcase your makeup skills.

Has antibacterial effects

The charcoal black mask with charcoal essence contains ingredients that protect your skin from numerous infections. The bamboo sheet mask, dermatologist tested,  serves as an antibacterial agent and ensures that you do not develop serious skin conditions. In this way, this mask not only gets rid of the offending agent but also provides further protection by its antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Moisturizes the skin from within

The serum from this mask penetrates deep into your skin to hydrate it from within. Armed with ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate and Betaine, this mask performs the double job of cleaning and moisturizing your skin.

What we like

  • Works great for all skin types
  • Great value for money (12 pieces in a pack)
  • Cleanses the pores to make them appear smaller
  • Soothing to irritated and cracked skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Cruelty-free
  • Infused with naturally derived ingredients
  • Bamboo charcoal sheet - anti-bacterial

What we don’t like

  • Frequent use can dry out the skin
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance (0.015%) that could set off an allergic reaction

2. The Pastel Shop - Charcoal Black Mask - Collagen Essence - 12 Sheets

Young and pure beauty!

  • Purifying agent: Charcoal powder
  • Hydration: Ascorbic acid
  • Healing agent: Betaine, Collagen
  • Recommended for:: People concerned with clogged pores, dry skin issues, and in need of firming and lifting

Key Features

Cleanses from within

Just like the other mask by The Pastel Shop we just discussed, the Charcoal Black Mask with Collagen Essence is also great at purifying the skin. It works much like the other mask at absorbing the pollutants from your pores and leaving your face squeaky clean. Freeing your pores of all dirt, it greatly reduces your chance of breaking out.

Restores lost collagen

In addition to the purifying bamboo charcoal sheet , this sheet mask also contains collagen essence. Collagen is one of the proteins that is naturally found in your skin. It gives structure to the tissues, and provides elasticity that keeps you looking youthful.

The collagen in this mask refurbishes the natural stores of collagen in your skin. In this way, this mask keeps your skin supple, nimble, and sprightly.

Superior hydration power

This sheet mask doubles up on the hydration power of the one we just discussed above. It contains Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Betaine to restore moisture to dull, dry skin. After applying this mask, one can instantly feel and see the difference in skin.

What we like

  • Performs the job of two sheet masks in one
  • Great value for money (12 sheets in a pack)
  • Long term use fights the signs of aging
  • Moisturized skin feels great to touch
  • Has antibacterial effects
  • Bamboo charcoal sheet
  • Dermatologists tested 
  • Cruelty-free
  • Reasonably priced for the quantity

What we don’t like

  • Contains a low amount of fragrance (0.015%) which might elicit an allergic reaction 

3. SKIN CULTURE Actiderm Bio-Gel Mask - 5 Sheets

Cooling and soothing power!

  • Purifying agent: Bio-gel
  • Hydration: Plant extracts
  • Healing agent: Active all in one system (Natural gel sheet with extracts)
  • Recommended for: People with dry and dull skin, sensitive skin concerns, allergic reactions and sun-damaged and/or mature skin

Key Features

Keeps things simple

Many dermatologists recommend keeping one’s skin care routine simple. The more ingredients you add to a beauty routine, the higher the chances are of one of these products producing an adverse reaction. Therefore, minimalism is the way to go when it comes to skin care - especially if you do not suffer from complex skin issues that require the use of these ingredients.

This skin care mask is engineered for people who want to rejuvenate their skin without invoking a bad reaction. Made with a natural gel sheet with only essence ingredients (plant extracts), this sheet mask offers a risk free spa treatment right at home. 

Improves skin tone

The All-In-One system absorbs into the deeper layers of your skin to revitalize the skin from the inside out. Applying this mask results in an instant luminous and bright skin that you will love to show off. This sheet mask will give you a healthy glow without causing any concerns, no matter how frequently you decide to use it.

Calming essence

For those who are looking for a soothing treatment to calm their sun-damaged or dryness from laser treatment , this product is the way to go. Rich in cooling agents, it calms down your skin and provides instant relief from any kind of pain.

What we like

  • Free from irritants such as gum, mesh, and alcohol
  • Natural gel sheet with plant extracts
  • Delivers concentrated active ingredients
  • Long lasting cooling effect
  • Has gone through rigorous clinical trials to ensure safety and efficacy
  • Does not leave any sticky residue after use
  • Comes in two pieces
  • Company is working on a 2nd generation bio-gel mask

What we don’t like

  • Fairly thin and easy to tear so handle with care that’s most likely why the 2nd generation is coming soon.

4. MUTOFACE Face & Neck Mask - 2 Sheets

The time rewind miracle!

  • Purifying agent: Various extracts
  • Hydration: Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Healing agents: Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Arginine, Lavender, Sage, Peppermint and Rosemary Leaf Extract,  Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Recommended for: Safe for sensitive skin and all skin types

Key Features

Used by professional clinics

The fact that this product is recommended by numerous professionals is enough to be the testament of its efficacy. In fact, many dermatologists and cosmetologists use this face and neck mask in their own clinics. 

Highly concentrated serum

Holding a generous 50 ml of nourishing serum, this face mask surely packs a powerful punch. This is double the amount of serum when compared to any other leading face mask manufacturers, the high concentration of serum allows the nutrients to fully absorb into your skin and work their magic.

Fights the signs of aging

From wrinkles and fine lines to saggy skin and dull appearance - this one face and neck masks takes care of it all. This product fights all the major signs of aging at once. Attacking on all fronts, this face mask is your quickest and safest way back to your glowing, healthy skin of your youth.

What we like

  • Full face and neck coverage to minimize differences between the two
  • 50ml of essence which is 2X the amount of essence than other leading brands on the market
  • Two separate pieces for face and neck
  • Contains botanical extracts:  Lavender, Peppermint, Sage, Rosemary,Camellia, Rosewater
  • Enough essence in the packet to use on body
  • Multiple properties for multiple conditions
  • Can be used weekly

What we don’t like

  • A little bit on the pricier side
  • Tends to drip so we recommend lying down for this one

5. EXODERM Bio Cellulose Face Mask - 1 Sheet

Ultra damage control!

  • Purifying agent: Adenosine 
  • Hydration: Niacinamide
  • Healing agent: 15 types of extracts
  • Recommended for: People with sun-damage, mature, hyperpigmentation, laser or chemical treated skin

Key Features

Repairs damaged skin

If you have damaged your skin to a woeful extent, do not worry. With this face mask at your disposal, you might just be able to diminish the damage!

This mask works to restore the lost protein from your skin. It boosts elasticity, fills up wrinkles and fine lines, and hydrates the skin from within.

Lightens pigmented patches

Suffering from hyperpigmentation? Try out this Korean sheet mask.

This face mask contains active ingredients that directly attack the cause of these dark patches. They work to even out the skin tone and brighten up your face overall.

Gives a healthy glow

While working to reverse damage done to the skin tissue, this mask is also great at giving you that radiant look you so desire. By hydrating the skin and aiding in cellular regeneration, it makes the skin look and feel soft, supple, and youthful.

What we like

  • All skin types
  • Guaranteed results
  • More than 15 types of effective extracts
  • Rigorous clinical testing
  • Natural coconut fibre sheet
  • KFDA (Korea Food & Drug Agency) authenticated ingredients
  • Adheres to skin tightly

What we don’t like

  • Most expensive sheet mask on the market (bio cellulose sheet mask)

Comparison Chart - Best Korean Sheet Masks

Korean Sheet Mask Type

Quantity

Manufacturing Ingredients

Main Effects

1. The Pastel Shop - Charcoal Black Mask - Collagen Essence 

12 sheet masks

Water

Glycerin, 

Betaine, 

Sodium Hyaluronate, 

Allantoin 

PEG-60 

Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 

Acetate, 

Charcoal Powder, 

Purifies

Moisturizes

Nourishes

2. The Pastel Shop - Charcoal Black Mask - Charcoal Essence 

12 sheet masks

Water 

Dipropylene Glycol, 

Hydrolyzed Collagen, 

Betaine, 

Sodium Hyaluronate, 

PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 

Charcoal Powder

Purifies skin

Hydrates skin

Brings a youthful feel

Boosts elasticity

3. SKIN CULTURE Actiderm Bio-Gel Mask

 

5 sheet masks

Essence ingredients only

Moisturizes

Nourishes

Soothes irritated skin

4. MUTOFACE Face & Neck Mask 

1 sheet mask

2 sheet masks

5 sheet masks

Hydrolyzed collagen

Arginine

Rosa centifolia flower water

Witch hazel leaf extract

Anti aging

Anti acne

Anti wrinkle

Hydrating

Whitening

Moisturizing 

5. EXODERM Bio Cellulose Face Mask 

1 sheet mask

2 sheet masks

5 sheet masks

10 sheet masks

Blueberry Fruit Extract 

Blackberry Fruit Extract

Wild Raspberry Fruit Extract

CranberryFruit  Extract

Bud from a Birch

Hazel Bud Extract

Olive Bud Extract

Walnut Leaf Extract

Indian Pennywort  

Matricaria-Mayweed Flower Extract

Wrinkle improvement

Cellular regeneration

Whitening and brightening

Firming

Hydrating

Rejuvenating


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Korean Sheet Masks

How is a sheet mask better than a traditional facemask?

Sheet masks allow the goodness of beauty products to penetrate deeper into your skin when compared to traditional face masks or serums.

By using a cotton, fibre, bamboo sheet, biocellulose or gel based sheet, these sheet masks prevent premature evaporation of the serum into the air. They make sure that most of the nutrition rich serum is absorbed into your skin rather than lost to the atmosphere. They prolong the contact time between the serum and your skin, hence allowing the serum to penetrate deep into all the layers of your skin.

How often should I be using a Korean sheet mask?

The frequency of use of a Korean face mask largely depends on the ingredients it contains and your skin’s response to them. For most Korean sheet masks, once or twice a week is enough to get the desired results but you must be consistent with your skin regimen.

If you are using a sheet mask to hydrate your skin, you can use it as per the needs of your skin. However, exfoliating masks should be limited to no more than once a week or as per your dermatologist recommends.

How long should I keep the sheet mask on?

One big misconception about sheet masks is that the longer you keep it on, the better the results would be. Though a minimum time period is indeed needed for the nutrients to absorb into your skin (about 15-30 minutes), not taking the mask of the entire night does not exactly guarantee better results.

The key to quick and visible transformation lies in consistency, not the amount of time the mask stays on. Hence, 15 to 30 minutes is more than adequate to reap all the benefits from your Korean sheet mask.  However,  EXODERM Bio Cellulose Face Mask can be worn for up to an hour.  

Wrapping it up

Looking at the flawless skin of Korean beauty gurus, we can say that sheet masks are definitely worth it - but only when used in the way they are supposed to. If you long for that glowing, radiant skin, we suggest that you do your research and find out what your skin needs.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to skin care. You need to invest time and money to figure out which products seem to work the best for you.

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