Part 1: Finding a right mask - (Gel / Cotton) Sheet Masks

Published by Jasmine Imms

Dehydration caused during seasonal changes is indeed very uncomfortable to your skin, which takes away the natural glow, leaving it rather dull and lifeless. This is probably the reason why it's a great time to give your skin a bit of boost and a bit of oomph ;) There are different kinds of intensive treatment options in the market that you can try: Ampoules, wash-off masks, leave-on masks, sheet masks, etc. If you are interested in giving your skin a bit of intensive treatment, then I suggest you have a look at my old posts on various types and options from different brands.

Anyways, I thought I would post on gel/cotton sheet masks for the next a few months as I’m indeed a mask junkie :P. So why not share the things that I love! :) Some of you who might be new to these kind of masks, so I will begin with a few posts on some basics that might be useful to know beforehand: How to choose the right type of mask (Part 1) and How to use the chosen mask more effectively and efficiently (Part 2).

And we are on Part 1 today, so regardless of different ingredients and purposes, here are some differences between gel and (cotton) sheet type masks.

Gel Masks

(including Innisfree and Laneige)

  • Great for balancing skin throughout all seasons and all skin types, including oily skin
  • Cooling and soothing, which makes them great for warmer seasons
  • Light and water-gel like texture
  • Relatively fast absorbing compared to cotton sheet masks
  • Leaves a relatively neat and less sticky finish
  • Easy to incorporate in a layering skin care regime. ie. You should put a moisturiser on top to seal in hydration unless you have an oily skin.

(Cotton) Sheet Masks

(including Guerlain, Innisfree, La Prairie (full review) and La Mer)

  • Suitable for all skin types except oily skin and exceptionally great for dehydrated and dry skin types
  • Excellent for colder weather
  • Comes in different consistencies; rich liquid-like texture, emulsion-like texture, light cream-like texture
  • Provides much longer lasting and intense hydration power
  • Depending on the consistency of the essence/serum that the company uses and the degree of your skin’s dehydration level, it may leave a fine film over the face and/or leave a sticky finish. If you have very dry skin, you may layer a thick moisturiser/balm/oil on top, but most skin types won’t need an extra layer.

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