There is this thing in the Asian beauty community called 1 mask a day, where basically you use one face mask a day. A lot of Korean girls swear by it to give them the dewy clear complexion that so many people are after. There is also this other trend called #teamdoublefisting (I know, I know, who came up with this name?!) where you use two sheet masks a day, normally one in the morning and one at night. Some use one after another as well, depending on what they feel like their skin needs. A celebrity that swears by using two sheet masks a day is Fan Bing Bing, and everyone knows she has the most perfect skin. She allegedly uses more than 600 sheet masks a year!
So during my business trip this week, I bought along 8 sheet masks to use and see if it really makes a difference. I am pretty lazy when it comes to my skincare, normally I just double cleanse and moisturize. I use sheet masks 1-2 times a week, but since it is winter I felt like it was appropriate to use sheet masks more often. I mainly picked My Beauty Diary masks as well as some Korean masks.
On Monday night, my skin was desperate for a bit of love. After waking up at some unearthly hour to catch an early morning flight, my skin looked and felt dehydrated. I chose the Cactus mask from My Beauty Diary, which claims to brighten and moisturize the skin. A difference between Taiwanese and Korean sheet masks is that the Taiwan ones normally come with a plastic layer, which makes it easier to peel off and apply, and the sheets are normally thicker.
I normally leave my masks on for a good 20-30 minutes to mask sure my skin drinks up as much moisture as possible. Sometimes when I am feeling impatient I might only do 15 minutes, but I try not to since I like to get as much out of my masks as possible.
After 25 minutes, I took the cactus mask off. My skin felt plump, moisturized, and a lot brighter than it was before The dullness from lack of sleep seemed to have disappeared a bit, which is always a good thing. Waking up at 4:45am to catch a flight is never good for the skin.
On Tuesday morning, my skin felt soft and moisturized, but lacked a bit of brightness so I used the Tosowoong Propolis mask, which is meant to brighten and whiten the skin. Whitening doesn’t mean bleaching the skin, FYI. I put on the mask after my shower, leaving it on while I dried my hair. I don’t have the time in the mornings to use a mask for longer than 15 minutes since I am always running late.
The mask felt very nice and added some brightness to the skin. My foundation didn’t slip or slide during the day, and no touch ups were required. Later that night after double cleansing, I used the MBD diamond and caviar mask. It comes with two pieces, one for the eyes and nose, and another piece that covers the neck and loops around the ears. It was a struggle to figure out how to put it on (just me?), but once it was on it was great because the mask is not going anywhere. I woke up the next day with moisturized but not oily skin.
I tend to go for less moisturizing and more brightening masks in the morning, since I like to give my skin a lot of hydration before bed. I decided to use a favorite of mine, the Leaders mela-tox whitening mask. This mask is great for giving the skin a huge boost in brightness when the skin is looking a bit dull and grey, but since I have been almost drowning my skin is masks for the past two days, my skin didn’t really need any extra glow.
I used the mask, applied some eye makeup and left for work. My skin looked amazing during the day, without foundation or even powder. It didn’t become oily or shiny, it just stayed glow-y.
On Wednesday night, I decided to get Thai takeaway and watch the latest episode of PLL. (I might be the only person left that still watches this show) After relaxing, I did a 20 minute workout, took a shower and applied the MBD 2-step moisturizing mask. It comes with a ‘primer’ which is like a thick gel that you apply before the mask. This mask is super moisturizing, which is great for the cold windy weather of Wellington.
One of my favorite summer time masks is the MBD cooling mask. While it is far from summer here in New Zealand, I still like using it when I want a bit of a pick me up. The mask has a very cooling effect on the skin, it feels really nice and refreshing in the morning. It isn’t the most moisturizing of masks though. At night, I used another one of the MBD 2-step masks, this time the brightening version. It comes with the same gel like primer, and a brightening sheet mask. At this point of my little experiment, I didn’t see much of a difference with my skin since it was so hydrated.
Just to end the challenge on a high note, I used a long time favorite of mine and the Asian beauty community, the MBD black pearl mask. A lot of people swear by this mask for the whitening effects, but I just like it because it evens out the skin-tone really well.
Do I think it is necessary to use masks that often? No. I think 2-3 times a week is enough. However, if you have the budget (or the hoards of sheet masks sitting in your collection like I do), then there is nothing wrong with using it so often. I feel like the general rule of thumb is to listen to your skin, and to choose masks that cater to your skin type and skin problems.