Asians have been doing cloth (or sheet) masks for years. My mom always had them lying around the bathroom but I was never interested -- to me masks/facials consisted of clay or mud that dried on your skin and sucked out your pores -- not what seemed like the complete opposite -- wet gooey masks made out of cloth that seep into your skin. Little did I know what I was missing.
I was recently turned on to cloth masks by my cousin Jessica and friend Keeka. Jessica swears these masks clear up her skin and Keeka uses them daily to keep her skin moist and hydrated in the drying Vegas climate. You can even dip the package in hot water for a relaxing warm mask or keep them in the fridge for a soothing cooling mask.
So how do you use these things??
You first cleanse and tone your face as usual. Take out the mask and unfold it.
Apply it to fit the contours of your face -- there are cut outs for your eyes, nose, and lips. Warning: the picture below just may freak you out!
There is no flattering way to wear these masks. You will most definitely look scary -- almost KKKish!
Leave it on your face for about 15-20 mins and relax. Then peel it off and pat the remaining serum on your face. Your face will feel extremely soft and supple. Apply moisturizer and you're done!
It can be a bit overwhelming to decide which mask to use because there are tons available out there. And now that the American and European brands are catching on, there's so much more to the mix. You can find masks for clarifying, hydrating, anti-aging, whitening, etc.
The brands available in the U.S. can get extremely pricey:
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask $62 for 4 masks
Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Advanced Replenishing mask $102 for 6 masks.
Guerlain Super Aqua Sheet Mask $115 for 6 masks
Acqua di Parma Italian Resort Radiance Booster $80 for 6 masks
Definitely not economical for daily use but if you want to splurge I'm sure they're very luxurious.
If you can get your hands on them -- I'd definitely say go for the Asian brands. The going rate is about $2-3 per mask. If you check out your local Korean supermarket, they usually carry them in the beauty aisle or at the beauty counter.
Another great place to purchase is Sasa.com -- otherwise known as the Asian Sephora! Very popular among the beauty blogs are masks by My Beauty Diary and FaceQ which are known for their great results and super cheap prices. They have adorable packaging and hard to resist "flavors" like "Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask" and "Whitening Truffle Mask".
My Beauty Diary currently has a collectible Alice in Wonderland Set available at YesStyle which is 15 masks for $28 and includes:
|Japanese Cherry Blossom Mask x 1 pc|
Red Wine Mask x 1 pc
Apple Polyphenol Mask x 1 pc
Strawberry Yogurt Mask x 1 pc
Q10 Rejuvenating Mask x 1 pc
Mixed Berries Mask x 1 pc
Natto Mask x 1 pc
Bulgarian White Rose Mask x 1 pc
Bird's Nest Mask x 1 pc
Southern France Apricot Mask x 1 pc
Aloe Mask x 1 pc
Cooling Mask x 1 pc
Black Pearl Mask x 1 pc
Pearl Powder Mask x 1 pc