Sheet Masks and Occlusion

I absolutely love Sheet Masks. I adore the glossy, pretty packets offering me a hydrating skin treat in 15-30 minutes. Obviously there are some that are very expensive and some that are sensibly priced, so lets take a look at some of my favourites and how they actually work.

Sheet masks are face-shaped sheets soaked in a hydrating solution that can contain different actives. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, foil, fibres or gel/biocellulose types. They originated in Korea, and extremely popular.

Sheet Masks work by Occlusion

The mask itself creates an “occlusive barrier,” which means it physically seals in the active serums underneath; theoretically, this helps the product work more effectively. By trapping the liquid under the mask, the skin will soak in as much as it can into the epidermal layer. These sort of treatments are purely superficial and will create a plumper, more hydrated skin, (temporarily). But done regularly, this can only be a good thing.

Consistent skin care is what will give you healthy skin in the long term, and taking the time to treat your skin.

My favourite masks to use in my treatments are by Timeless Truth. They are reasonably priced and have a huge selection, but I tend to use the Bio-Cellulose masks as I use them under my LED Mask treatment. The LED can still penetrate through the masks into the skin as they are see through. The Apple Stem Cell, Snow Algae and Bee Venom are all brilliant and give you a real visible result after 20-30 minutes. They also do great under eye patches that are perfect for pre-party or the morning after.

My Splurge is Estee Lauder Powerfoil Mask. This is expensive, but I have a thing for Advanced Night Repair. I use these on myself before an event or post light peel. Containing Hyaluronic Acid, so it plumps and gives me a real luxurious treat for my skin.

Estes Lauder Powerfoil Sheet Mask

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