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Sheet Masks I Used – Week One August 2018

The sheet masks I used the first week of August 2018

In my post about my journey to self-care, you know a big part of that was focusing on my skin care this month. And of course my skin care is going to include sheet masking. I use to share a lot of what I did with sheet masks here on the blog, and I also want to get back to that.

The sheet masks I used the first week of August 2018

So I thought I would start by sharing what I use throughout the month and I will link anything you can currently get as well as sharing some helpful tips. These post will be on a delay, but I will be sharing these daily as they happen on Instagram. Thought the last week may be spotty on if at all as I will be on vacation that week, so we will have to see what happens.

Once I get a new routine fully established I will do a full skin care routine post for everyone.

Day 1

Day one I used the eSfolio Volcanic Water Essence Sheet Mask. This is my all time favorite mask for my skin from my all time favorite brand. It is especially great for people like me who have skin conditions that cause keratin build up.

Due to slowing down on using my sheet mask and the reorganizing of my house one of my older masks got pushed to the bottom of the stack so it was just now getting used. So when I opened it I found that it had started to dry up a bit. Just a tip for my fellow sheet mask addicts, if you find one of your masks has started to dry like this, you don’t have to toss it. You won’t want to put a dry mask on your skin either. So what do you do? Well if you have had lots of skin care subscriptions, especially Korean skin care subscription boxes, then you probably have lots of large tubs of products like aloe and various essences. You can actually use those to rehydrate drying masks. I used some of the Spring Water Seed Essence Toner from NOONI to rehydrate this one.

 

Day 2

Day two I used a mask I don’t think I have tried before. This is the Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack from Benton. It had a very cooling and calming sensation to my skin. It’s not unusual for sheet mask to feel cooling, but not all of them feel calming to irritated skin. Overall I would say this was a good first impression.

 

 

Day 3

Day three had me back with an eSfolio mask. This is their Bird Nest Essence Sheet Mask. This is another calming and nourishing mask. And by the end of day three I was already seeing some small results in my skin.

I often see people commenting that they don’t think certain masks are anything special or they don’t think sheet masks really do anything. Well if you already have healthy normal skin you are not going to see a drastic overnight result like I do. But if you do have skin that is outside of what is considered healthy or normal, then more than likely if you are not seeing results you are picking the wrong types of masks for you. While the basic hydration mask is meant for everyone, sheet masks are not one size fits all. You need to find the ingredients that fit your needs. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in me doing a blog post about what the various ingredients are meant for.

 

Day 4

For day four I am using another favorite sheet mask. While the mask I used on day one is my all time favorite mask for my skin, this is definitely somewhere in my top ten. This is the Rice Bubble Cleansing Mask from Skin79.

Bubble masks are a little different from other sheet masks. Rather than being soaked in essence, the bubbles that form are cleansing. (At least all that I have tried have been, someone correct me if there is some out there that are different) And so rather than leaving it on your skin, you rinse it off at the end. So you will want to add your own essence with these at the end. I followed this up with the Fersáli Volcanic Elixir that I reviewed a few weeks ago.

 

Day 5

On day five I used a CoEnzyme Q10 Sheet Mask from Beauty Friends II. I got mine from Beauteque. I linked it to the page, but they don’t seem to have it in stock right now, nor does anyone else. Many sheet masks are only seasonally available, so if you check back later they may be available.

In all honesty this is not my favorite mask or brand.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it or the brand. This just comes down to personal preference. There all sorts of sheet mask fabrics out there, they use the one I care the least for. It’s very thick and stiff feeling. Also they aren’t the best fit for me, not the worst either, but just not the best. I did have to tear this a bit to get it to fit around my eyes. If your eyes are a little closer together you won’t have a problem. But in general I would rather spend my money on masks that I enjoy more, but I won’t waste these if they are sent in a subscription box like this one was.

 

Day 6

Yes, a third mask from eSfolio this week. I just love them that much. Not every one of their masks make it as a favorite like the one I used on day one, but several of their products are favorites, and everything they make is consistently good and well priced and that is why I often say they are my favorite company.

Today I used their Green Tea Essence Sheet Mask. In addition to hydrating and calming it is especially great for tightening pores and helping prevent early signs of aging. And by the end of the sixth day I was seeing drastically different looking skin. 90% of my dry flakey spots from my contact dermatitis have cleared up. Most of the textured areas have smoothed out.

 

Day 7

I decided to finish the week off with this Natural Planet’s Blending Herb Tea Mask in the Green Tea variety. This particular green tea blend will not only moisturize, the extra ingredients will help balance your skin’s oil production.

This is one of those super this, almost feels like another layer of skin, kind of sheet masks. I personally think that it seems like the thinner the mask the more essence it holds. So I actually prefer these thinner masks.

 

And that finishes out my week of sheet masks. Many of the masks I have linked to are available at multiple places, but I tried to link to the place where they are being sold for the best price.

I would love to hear in the comments below what some of your favorite sheet mask are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All About Double Cleansing – Memebox Blog

Source: All About Double Cleansing – Memebox Blog

All About Double Cleansing

What it is: Double cleansing refers to using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, oil, and sunscreen, then cleansing again with a water-based cleanser to remove sweat and dirt.

Double cleansing just might be the best thing you can do for your skin  If you’re using some form of makeup remover in conjunction with a cleanser each night, you’re already on your way!

Here’s why you need to start ASAP:

  • Makeup and sunscreen that’s left on the skin can:
    • clog your pores and cause acne breakouts
    • cause irritations
    • cause discoloration
    • turn into a breeding ground for bacteria
  • The rest of your skincare routine is, dare we say, useless without a clean canvas!
  • Your makeup remover wipes are just pushing the dirt around.

You should be double cleansing if you wear sunscreen (so everyone, right?), wear makeup, live/work in the city, or you get oily throughout the day.

If your skin type is normal, you wear no makeup at all, and you rarely venture outdoors, you’ll probably be alright with some water

Step One:

Makeup remover wipes are great for on the go and certainly can be used to take off some eye and lip makeup, but for the most part, you’ll want to ditch them or follow up with an oil cleanser. A wipe might just sweep the surface but an oil cleanser can dig deep into the pores to clear out everything!

062617_June_HP_DoubleCleanse_Blog4.jpgOil-based cleansers dissolved oil-based impurities on the skin. This includes sunscreen, makeup (including waterproof makeup), and oils produced by your pores.

Cleansing oils are very watery, but gentle on the skin. Cleansing balms are solid (aka travel-friendly) and more heavy-duty.

For both, you’ll want to apply to dry skin. Gently massage the product onto your skin in circular motions. You can safely use oil cleansers on your eyes as long as it doesn’t trickle in. Don’t forget to take the product below your jawline where there may be foundation

To remove, just rinse off with lukewarm water until it runs clear and move onto Step 2!

Some Recommendations: Banila Co. Clean It Zero / nooni Snowflake Jelly Cleansing Oil / The Face Shop Rice Water Bright – Light Cleansing Oil / illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil

Step Two:

Water-based cleansers dissolve water-based impurities, such as sweat, dirt, and leftover residue from step one.

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For this step, it’s important you pick a cleanser  that will clean without drying out your skin. A squeaky clean canvas is not good and a stripping cleanser can pull too much moisture away. Before trying out a new cleanser, check its pH level (with something like this). You want something with a pH lower than 5.5.

  • Foam Cleansers – These tend to be most stripping, but also the most popular because of the “clean, bubbly” foam. They’re very gentle on the skin as long as you pick on that’s low on the pH scale!
  • Gel Cleansers – These don’t sud up as much, but they do clean well. They’re also refreshing on the skin because of the gel texture.
  • Powder Cleansers – These are the most travel-friendly as they aren’t liquid at all. To use, just add water to create a nice lather. You’ll get a gentle exfoliation out of it too!

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You’ll want to lather the product up on wet skin and rinse off with lukewarm water. When rinsing, splash water gently on your face so you’re not rubbing! Pat your skin dry with a towel and you’re all done

Some Recommendations: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser / Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick / Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser

Where does cleansing water fit?

Let’s be real- cleansing waters will not replace your cleansing oil or balm. They’re great if you want to clear off some sweat after a workout or remove some makeup prior to cleansing, but that’s all they should be expect to do.

TL;DR

  • Start double-cleansing.
  • Oil-based cleansers remove makeup and sunscreen. Water-based cleansers remove dirt and sweat.
  • Liquid oil cleansers are messy but good for sensitive and dry skin. Solid balm cleansers are best for removing makeup and traveling.
  • Massage oil-based cleansers on dry skin and water-based cleansers on wet skin.
  • Don’t worry about the oiliness of your first step cleanser- that’ll wash away with your second cleanser!
  • Definitely double cleanse at night, but it’s not necessary to do so in the morning as well. You can use your second-step cleanser or skip it altogether and just rinse with water.

 

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