I love sheet masks, but two uses is honestly the most inconvenient thing because the packaging is not super easy to work with and how else are you going to store it in the serum. Also, people in Asia have been using these reusable silicone masks with ear hooks to soak in serums for ages (which is probably more effective than lace because they prevent moisture loss).
So, I’be never actually used one of these. But the concept is just that it stops evaporation of Hydrating products. I just wanted to let you know you can get one for wayyy cheaper (like this one on amazon)
Try using a daiso silicone mask over top, it might help keep your glasses dry & your sheet mask in place.
I love mine! Gives me more freedom to move about and keeps the mask moist for longer
I love my silicon mask I got off Amazon . I’m currently sitting in bed with a super thick layer of hydrating serum on with the mask on top.
I’m trying to speed up my PIE healing from a bad breakout but I’d recommend it for any healing. It acts like an occlusive but so much less messy.
When I’m feeling extra ‘Treat Yo Self’ I use it over a Seoulista Hydrating sheet mask cos they are unreal.
Japanese approach to skin cleansing, a few unusual beauty products, and even makeup. Thought this was really relevant to /r/AsianBeauty
edit: The silicon mask thing can be found on Amazon as an Add-On (US). Daiso Japan Reusable Silicon Mask Cover
I can’t cope with the mess of this so I use a silicone face mask as my occlusive layer. Silicone mask It’s great for basically turning any skin care product into a sheet mask. Highly recommend for healing PIE or just generally super hydrating my skin.
Since you've sheet masked before have you heard of the Daiso Silicone mask? It's popular to keep masks wet longer and should work at keeping the Vaseline on, though since it's silicone I don't know if lack of skin breathing would be a problem. The link for Amazon is more than it costs in store, so I'd check to see of a Daiso store is near because they'll be $1.50. Depending on how it fits you it may feel a little tight with the ear loops but can be remedied (from what I've read) by just tying hair ties or elastics to make it stretch further from your ears.
It’s reusable, I just got it off amazon -
Daiso Japan Reusable Silicon Mask Cover for Sheet Prevent Evaporation, Colors May Vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JIN8BTW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_k6ByCb12W26BH
You will look hilarious / terrifying, but it works pretty well.
The hydrocolloid won’t work if they’re not popped. Basically your skin is too good at its job! The reason they drain blisters is that a blister is a fluid pocket under only a thin layer of skin. Spots tend to have the fluid deeper down. Plus the hydrocolloid won’t really absorb pus. It’s only good for the lymph swelling.
My routine: cleanse and then squeeze using my knuckles- easier to avoid squeezing too near the spot. Once I’m happy I’ve gotten most of the pus out I dab with salicylic, wait for it to dry and then put my little cut up square of Compeed blister patch- I find the ones aimed at spots don’t have much power. The next morning I sometimes find more pus has been drawn to the surface so I go again.
If I have a couple of spots to heal I load up my face with hydrating products- hyaluronic acid, Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium etc- and put on my silicone mask for a few hours or overnight. This really helps heal the redness.
Try one of those silicone masks over your face. It will keept the hada labo and moisturizer in. Even better do it over a sheet mask. But the mask is tight. My ear flaps broke but I just drape them over my ears and it says well enough. Keeps my hair from getting sticky.
Some people wear a silicon sheet mask cover like this one from Daiso over their sheet mask. It's meant to help boost the effectiveness of the sheet mask, and it stops the essence dripping off your face.
(I'm not a fan because I've never found one that actually fits lol)
It's on Amazon prime! Can't live wthout it as I sheet mask every single day! I hare Hydrogel masks as they are split into zillion pieces and can't use them with Daiso!
Here is a link
The best sheet masks I've found for restoring moisture are Benton Snailbee Essence and My Beauty Diary black pearl. I apply Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion first, then put on the mask, then put on a silicon face mask to keep the mask in place and lock in moisture. The hyaluronic acid really helps draw the ingredients into the skin. (Usual caveat: only introduce one new product to your routine at once and give it time to observe any changes.)
A layer of Vaseline over your night moisturizer can also help to hydrate your skin. I also recommend a humidifier in your room if you live in a dry climate.
I'm from southern Ontario and I get my RRS packages in 2 weeks, and I always choose the cheapest shipping option (registered air mail)! They've been the fastest out of everywhere I've ordered from. Jolse takes about a month. Stuff on amazon/ebay take between 2-5 weeks.. although my Daiso sheet mask cover is on week 6 now -.-"
Edit: I thought it might be useful to add that I haven't been charged anything at customs (and I've done some pretty big hauls). Jolse and RRS mark my smaller packages at $7 and larger ones at $18. Stuff from ebay/amazon are usually marked as a gift worth ~$5.
Not sure if you have Amazon/Prime, but if you're in the US, there's a listing on Amazon for the mask for $5.19 for prime shipping, though yesterday it was $3.99. I was debating on it for the longest time and when I found this listing, I jumped on it. http://smile.amazon.com/Daiso-Reusable-Silicon-Prevent-Evaporation/dp/B00JIN8BTW?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00
Do silicon mask covers actually help in the absorption of product, substantially? I don't know if the purchase is justified when I could use the $5 to buy more Freeset masks lol.
Second this! I totally love it; now you can walk, talk, eat, read, drink or go partying because that thing is so awesome!
YAAAS I'm glad it worked so well for you! My package delivered tonight and I'm itching to get my hands on them hnng
Also, this is a lifesaver for sheet mask slippage. Best 5 bucks I ever spent. Keeps the sheet on, and scares your family members when they stumble into the bathroom at 3AM!
No, you totally did it right. Some masks are just weirdly shaped and not every mask fits every face.
But you can buy one of these to go over your sheet mask so you can do other stuff while you're wearing it. I bought mine on ebay for less than 5.00.
Thanks so much for getting back to me! I am super excited to try this! If I'm using cotton sheets, how much product should I put on it? And is it a good idea to get a silicon mask cover?
I paid $4.50 for it, with Prime. If you have a Daiso near you they're like $1. It goes over your sheet mask, and holds everything in place, so you can stand up, or do yoga, or chit chat and nothing goes falling off. It has completely changed how enjoyable masks are for me.
For those of you who enjoy sheet masks (especially the extremely slippy hydrogel masks), you really should consider getting a silicone mask cover for them. Essentially it's a thin, stretchy silicone mask you put over the sheet mask, with ear loops to secure it, so it'll hold the mask on your face securely. (And it'll make you look even creepier, much like Odo from DS9.) This allows you to actually be able to get up and do stuff for the 20-30 minutes you're wearing the sheet mask, instead of having to lay down and hold still the whole time. Yesterday, I folded and hung up laundry, and then put new sheets on the guest bed, and had no problem with the mask staying on. You can just wash them with soap and water between.
I got this one from Amazon, which was only $5 - totally reasonable!
ETA: Also, for those of you who are interested in/enjoy sheet masks, don't buy them at Sephora! The markup is outrageous. For instance, the Tony Moly I'm Real masks sell 2 for $7.50 at Sephora (or $3.75 apiece), whereas on Amazon you can get them 10 for $11 (or $1.10 apiece). That's a 340% markup at Sephora! (If you're worried about legitimate sellers and not getting fakes from Amazon, two tips: First, if it's eligible for Amazon Prime, Amazon itself has almost definitely ensured the seller is legit. You can also go to r/asianbeauty for a list of legit sellers.)
Asian beauty products!
You can get really stellar-quality products for drugstore or nearly-drugstore level prices. It's really bananas how good many of them are, on par with many high-end Western products. It's a way to really <em>treat yoself</em> without the financial consequences. Also, the whole Asian beauty philosophy kind of requires you to really learn about the ingredients in your products and the specific things they can achieve for your specific skincare needs, which makes your skincare regiment really something positive and proactive ritual rather than just basic mindless hygiene.
For me, my favs are:
CosRX Hyaluronic Acid serum - great as either an extra hydration boost, or my primary hydrating product when my skin is already doing pretty well moisture-wise.
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream - don't be fooled by the confusing use of the word "cream"... it's definitely gel. This is really a multi-functional product. It has both humectant (moisture-adding) and occlusive (moisture-locking-in) properties, so is a great last step to make sure all your delicious moisture doesn't evaporate away before it soaks in. Also, snail mucin is a very soothing product (sort of like aloe, but better), so it's great to put on sore/sensitive spots, sunburn or other burns, minor cuts and abrasions, etc. It's also like... $8 for a pack of two on Amazon, so it's amazing that it's so good and so damn cheap.
Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen - don't be confused by it being "Biore"... this is a Japanese product that can't be found in US drugstores. Again, this is multifunctional. It's a fantastic sunscreen - I'm a ginger, so I will practically burn at the mere mention of sunlight, but this sunscreen has provided better and more consistent protection than anything else I've tried. Additionally, it has dimethicone in it, which is the ingredient that makes most pore-minimizing or smoothing primers work their magic. However, this somehow works much more successfully for me than any actual such primer I've ever used. And even when I don't wear makeup on top of it, it makes my skin feel smooth and lovely, rather than sort of sticky/greasy and gross like Western sunscreens have done.
Also, pro-tip for those of you who love sheet masks but hate that you have to lay still for 20-30 minutes while it's on so it doesn't fall off: get this $5 silicone sheet mask cover. Yes, it will make you look even more like a serial killer, but you'll actually be able to move around and do stuff during your sheet masking! I've folded and hung up laundry, done the dishes, shaved my legs, etc. while wearing a sheet mask with this, with no problems. Also, because it kind of presses the mask to your face, I feel like it helps you get even more benefit out of them.
I found one on Amazon
Daiso Japan Reusable Silicon Mask Cover for Sheet Prevent Evaporation, Colors May Vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JIN8BTW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_kj8exbRK3VH5A
I use the one from Daiso since we have the japanese shops here in my country. Only $2 in my local currency.
I use this one I got from Amazon. I found that when I don't put the ear strap around my entire ear it doesn't hurt.
Hi sorry I posted this right before I went to bed! I got this one from amazon, it’s a little tight on my ears but you get used to it.
I really like silicon face covers, they conceal everything and make cream masks last a lot longer! https://www.amazon.com/Daiso-Reusable-Silicon-Prevent-Evaporation/dp/B00JIN8BTW
I've used the cosrx snail mucin and I thought it was just ok, I definitely think Hada Labo worked better for my skin. When I first started working on hydration I also used the Hada Labo plumping gel or perfect gel, and squalane over that; occasionally I did the Hada Labo sheet masks with a silicone mask cover I got at my local Daiso store: https://smile.amazon.com/Daiso-Reusable-Silicon-Prevent-Evaporation/dp/B00JIN8BTW/
One thing that didn't work for me was the Hada Labo Premium lotion - something about it made me break out, I was so sad!
I think with the squalane I didn't really need an occlusive, but when I did I used CeraVe healing ointment. Something about aquaphor clogs my pores. Mostly I use the healing ointment now as lip balm, because almost everything else gives me more blackheads around my mouth.
I used a lot of the tips from this site, and just tried to layer all the natural moisturizing factors I could: https://simpleskincarescience.com/dehydrated-skin-moisture-barrier-acne-fix/
I just got Vanicream's new Daily Facial Moisturizer, and so far haven't broken out over the last couple of days. It's really nice! It's light, but has hyaluronic acid, squalane, and ceramides. I think it leaves a slightly shiny finish but I'm planning on using this in the daytime and the Eucerin Urea Repair at night, or vice versa.
There are these silicone face sheets that you could try using. I don't think any kind of money will give you a formulation that'll not remove from your skin against fabric.
I’ll bet a silicone sheet mask cover could give the same effect too.
I've had this one for several months now and it has held up great!
It's a cover you put over your sheet mask. here's a link.
You should cross post to /r/Asianbeauty. Also buy her this (it keeps the mask on without her using a towel). Only if she has sensitive ears will she not like it.
There's a Daiso mask cover on Amazon.ca!