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How To Choose the Right Sheet Mask

02 Nov 2018






There is a saying, ‘One day, one mask’, except that it was said in Korean. Face mask is a must-have and some apply it religiously on a daily basis. I find this interesting recalling the rumour I’ve heard about a Taiwanese actress Chi Ling, that’s said to use up to 1000 pieces per year! Staggering. A Chinese actress, Fan Bing Bing even get caught on cam using a face mask on her way to a photo shoot.




The result? Hundreds of brand spawned and flood the market with sometimes unthinkable varieties of face masks and thousands are sold by the minute.

So is it better to be spoiled with choices? Only if all of it are quality ones according to my experiences. Oh shoot then.

So what gives? Most of the mask’s packaging are very inviting I must say. Various ingredients listed are very convincing too. Or just buy it in Korea, the origin land of face masks. So what should I be looking for?

Practically, who would fill a cheap mask with extravagant ingredients. So here goes some fact and tips you’ll be thanking for.



Materials and Ingredients of Sheet Mask











Paper mask are basically a thicker wet tissue. This is the grandfather of all sheet masks today.

Flat & porous - Directly made from separate fibre or plastic just like a wet wipe & diapers that uses non-woven fibre.

Imagine a wet tissue with more liquid that smells better. Yes folks, that’s what you get for your money.

It is breathable simply because it is porous. So how does it hold the serum? I wonder. (no it doesn’t do much for the serum apparently.)

Apply the mask and don’t bulge. This mask hates being disturbed.

Ingredients are the essentials which doesn’t yield much result because what you’ve paid is what you get.




















Two main types for this category is organic cotton (usually light brown with spots) and non-organic cotton (bleached-cotton)

Cotton mask hold onto the serum better than a woven fabric.

In term of mobility, nope, not this one either. It doesn’t stick.

Serum penetrates the skin just fine but it leave me hoping for more. The serum holding capacity is definitely limited for this one.

Ingredients are similar to non-woven fabric due to cost. Don’t expect luxurious pamper here.















Microbial or plant based. I personally opt for the plant based here as it soaks up more serum.




Cost - Especially plant based. The idea is to use the plant cell structure to lock in to the serum to deliver the serum to your skin naturally.

Breathable - Plant cellulose allows air to circulate while the mask sticks to the skin.

Ingredients - Usually premium and delicate such as Stem Cell (plant extract or human fat tissue extract), EGF (epidermal growth factor), Peptides and Antioxidant.


The skin absorbs more of the serum as the mask sticks to the skin.




















Originally made for burn victims for the gel’s property of sticking to the skin to absorb the heat and speed up healing. The water which made up the gel is replaced with serum/essence for the hydrogel mask.

Cost - Really, really expensive. The whole mask itself is made up of serum.

The mask doesn’t allow the skin to breathe. It is made to stick and cover the skin anyway to lock in the moisture.

Given a higher quality ones, this mask sticks to the skin like a glue. Mobility checked.





Now that most of the mask types are identified, time to filter out your mask ;)




"Being obsessed with health as well as beauty care, Vivien's concern revolves around maintaining a healthy well-being through food, physical activities and product selection. After all, beauty shines from within."




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