Do you know how to choose the best mask for your skin? Every face has its own unique qualities and the same is true for masks. To choose the right mask, you will want to take into account your skin type e.g. sensitive, dry, oily, dull etc., key factors including your age and environment, as well as the type of mask. In this short post, we explore the key differences between hydrogel and sheet masks including their ingredients, benefits, and uses.
Like its name suggests, hydrogel masks are made with hydrogel. Hydrogel is a soft, gentle natural gel that holds large amounts of liquids and moisture. It feels cushiony and jelly-textured against the skin. When soaked in a serum, hydrogel does an excellent job of absorbing the serum and then delivering it to the skin. There are two reasons this is the case.
First, thanks to their semi-solid and slightly squiggly texture, hydrogel masks hug the face gently and smoothly. Because they are natural and biodegradable, once in contact with skin temperature they start to dissolve – slowly delivering the serum as well as the hydrogel itself deep into the skin. This infusion process feels refreshing and cooling, and it gives the skin a wash of moisture without stripping away any natural oils.
Second, the serums used in making hydrogel masks tend to target specific skin concerns – because it will be absorbed deeply, it’s very important to choose the right mask. A good brand will specify which skin type the mask is for e.g. oily, dry etc., and which skin concern it is designer for – aging, dullness, firming etc. Some hydrogel masks are infused with oils, if oils are your thing. If you are after intense hydration, pick hydrogel masks over sheet masks.
Sheet masks differ from hydrogel masks in that they are made of gentle fibers that are skin-friendly and environmentally friendly. This key difference is the first step towards understanding the benefits and uses of each mask.
The fibers used to make the sheet masks are soaked in specific serums but unlike hydrogel masks, sheet masks don’t dissolve on your skin. Rather, they act as a second skin, tightly embracing every inch of the face. This allows for full contact and impeccable serum delivery.
In ten to twenty minutes, sheet masks can start to feel dry on the skin, which only means the skin has absorbed all of the serum, and it’s time to end the session.
Before you go…
Whichever mask you choose – hydrogel or sheet – remember to apply it on a freshly washed face. Allow it to work for about ten to twenty minutes depending on your schedule and skin needs. If you are new to the world of masks, applying it can feel like an extra step in the skincare routine, one more thing to do, but you will see that even after the very first use, masks can do wonders and take the skin to the next level.