How to Properly Use Sheet Masks | Mask Sheet 101
How to Apply Face Masks Correctly
Face masks are an easy and inexpensive way to perk up your skin and pamper yourself. Different types of masks can be purchased (or made at home) to accomplish many different skin benefits. In order to apply your mask effectively, you will first want to prep your skin, then carefully apply your mask. You will also want to gather the right materials. With just a little effort and time, you can have healthy, glowing skin.
Assess your skin.There are many types of masks on the market, and even more that you can make at home. First, look in the mirror and determine what you want your mask to accomplish. Are you aiming to hydrate your skin or to clear up oil? Do you want to get rid of breakouts or are you looking for an anti-aging product? Once you know what kind of mask (or masks) you need, you can find, or make, the right product.
Prepare your mask.There are two routes you can take when using a mask product: purchasing a store-bought mask, or making a DIY mask at home. If you will be using a store-bought mask, read any preparation instructions and follow them. (Some clay masks, for example, require the addition of water or apple cider vinegar). If you will be using a homemade mask, gather all of your ingredients and follow the recipe.
- Homemade masks can be made from egg whites, avocado, milk, oatmeal, and many other household products. Find a recipe that works for you.
- Store-bought masks can be found for all manner of skin ailments and skin types. Read ingredient labels and find a mask that you’d like to use.
Get a brush.Face masks are best applied with a soft-bristle brush, such as a paintbrush (normally used for art making) or a tint brush (normally used to apply hair dye). Invest in a brush that you will use for this purpose, and be sure to clean it when you are done.
- You will also need a bowl for your mask, and possibly a washcloth.
Cut some cucumber (optional).You may want to cut two very thin slices of cucumber to place over your eyes. This will relax your eye area and reduce any eye puffiness while your mask works.
- If you do not have any cucumber at home, slices of raw potato will work as well.
Refrigerate your items.Keep all of these things in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. This is especially true if you are using perishable ingredients in your mask, but even if you are using a store-bought mask product, applying it cold can feel great and be good for your skin.
- For a cooling effect, place face mask in the refrigerator at least one hour prior to application.
Part 1 Quiz
Why would you want to refrigerate your mask?
Prepping Your Skin
Wash your face.Before you apply your mask, be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Using warm water and your favorite facial cleanser, remove any makeup, dirt, and oil. Do not apply moisturizer.
Exfoliate.If it has been a while since you last exfoliated, it is a good idea to do so before you apply your mask. It removes the dead skin cells and helps your mask absorb better.
- You can use a store-bough facial scrub, such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
- Alternatively, you can mix a small bit of ground coffee or sugar into your face wash.
- Apply the product to wet skin, gently scrub, and rinse with warm water.
Open your pores.Your mask will do the most good if open up your pores before applying it. The simplest way to do this is to take a hot shower before applying your mask.
- As an alternative, you can take a washcloth and dip it in hot water (as hot as your face can bear) and cover your face with the washcloth until it cools off.
- A third option is to hold your face over a bowl of steaming water for 1-2 minutes.
Part 2 Quiz
True or False: It's not necessary to wash your face first — the mask will clean your skin.
Applying the Mask
Apply the mask.Using a paintbrush (or another soft-bristled wide brush) or your fingertips apply the mask evenly to your face. If you do not have a brush and plan to use your fingertips, then make sure your hands are clean before applying the mask. Be sure that the application of the product is even and smooth. Avoid going too close to your eyes or mouth, but don’t forget your neck!
Set cucumber slices on your eyes (optional).After applying the mask, set cucumber (or potato) slices on your eyes, if you are using them, and relax. You may want to switch off the light. It relaxes you better.
Set a timer and wait.The length of time you will leave on your mask will vary based on the type of mask you are using, and the type of skin you have. In general, 15 minutes is a good average for most masks. Set a timer for yourself and relax.
- If using a clay mask, do not wait for the clay to dry. Remove the mask while the clay is still slightly wet.
- If using a store-bought mask, read the instructions to know how long to leave it on.
Remove the mask.After the proper waiting time, use warm water and a washcloth to gently remove the mask. Be sure to gently wipe away the mask from around your hairline and under your chin.
Follow with a toner and a moisturizer.Use a cotton ball to apply toner to your face and neck. This shrinks your pores and locks in all the benefits of your mask. Finally, apply a bit of your favorite moisturizer.
- Avoid applying too much moisturizer, as this will clog your freshly-cleared pores.
Repeat the process once per week.It is important to avoid using clay masks too often because it can irritate your skin. However, using a clay mask can be a refreshing treatment for your skin. Use a clay mask only once per week to reduce the chances of irritation.
- If your skin is dry, then you may want to use a clay mask less often.
- If your skin is oily, then you might be able to use the treatment more often.
Part 3 Quiz
What's the most important step in applying the mask?
QuestionWhat will happen if I don't use a toner or moisturizer after application
Licensed CosmetologistLicensed CosmetologistExpert AnswerYou won't receive the maximum benefits of the mask. Your face will lack moisture, and look and feel dry.Thanks!
QuestionCan I apply aloe vera gel as a moisturizer after applying a homemade suntan mask?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAloe vera is an extremely helpful cooling and relaxation agent, so there would be no harm in using it, however I cannot say whether or not it would help the tanning process.Thanks!
QuestionShould I do this before sleeping or in the morning?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt can be done any time throughout the day, but for a more effective result, you should do it before sleep. This will allow the mask and moisture to truly seep into your skin and pores for a more lasting effect.Thanks!
QuestionWhat time should I apply my facial mask?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhenever you have enough free time to relax and enjoy it.Thanks!
QuestionShould I get a brush to apply the mask to my face, or just use a bare finger?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI highly recommend using a brush, but a finger will work too.Thanks!
QuestionWhat will happen if I don't use a potato or a cucumber?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou just don't get the added benefits of reduced eye puffiness from the hydration and coolness of the cucumber/potato. Nothing bad will happen.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if mask temperature is too cold for person?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWait a little while and let the mask warm up after taking it out of the fridge/freezer. You can also warm it up by lathering it between your fingertips before applying it to the person's face.Thanks!
QuestionWhat will happen if I only apply the mask once?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou may find that you break out a few days after doing the mask. This is because most masks deep clean your skin and bring all the junk and impurities to the surface. This can result in breakouts.Thanks!
QuestionWhat happens after using the mask?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou may find that you break out a few days later. This is because most masks deep clean your skin and bring all the junk and impurities to the surface, resulting in breakouts.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to apply toner and moisturizer before applying a face mask?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, apply toner and moisturizer after washing off your mask. The mask needs a fresh canvas to do its magic and if there is moisturizer in the way, then it won't cling to your skin and work as well.Thanks!
In which direction we have to remove pack from our face?
Can I use a peel after the mask?
Will a facial mask lighten my skin?
What does it mean when my skin breaks out if the mask is not used for a while?
After applying a face mask, can I cover the mask with a cloth face mask for extra tightening?
- Splash cold water (not too cold) on your face after removing the mask. It helps close the pores and improve circulation.
- If you are using a homemade mask, try to prepare a fresh batch every time you are pampering yourself.
- Include essential oils in your mask for better nourishment.
- Follow a face mask routine after a manicure so that your nail beds are clean in case you are using your hands.
Things You'll Need
Your DIY face mask / product
Brush / Applicator
Cucumber / Potato
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