Sheet Masks 101: How to revolutionize your skin care regime.

If you wander around Seoul, South Korea, you will notice the gleam of radiant skin that seems to echo from almost every Korean’s face. How is it that many Koreans look 5 to 10 years younger than they are?

Beyond just simple genetics, the Korean stereotype of amazing skin stems from 4 different things:
1) Many visit the dermatologist like we visit a doctor. Once or twice a year!
2) A multi step skin care regime for morning and night that includes cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer.
3) A habit of putting sun cream on everyday, and including it in many face creams, foundations, etc.
4) A once a week sheet mask.

The question I posit today is….what is a sheet mask and why should you include it in your skin care regime?

Essentially, sheet masks are sheets made of cotton, other fibers, OR hydrogel, that are often infused with a serum or other products that are great for your skin.  Setting a face mask on your face for 15 minutes gives your skin more moisture and allows for the vitamins and other ingredients to have more time to ‘work their magic”.

Not only is using a sheet mask incredibly relaxing, but they have sheet masks for every problem under the sun.  Skin feeling dull? No problem! We have a sheet mask for that! Oily skin got you down?  Don’t sweat it, there’s a sheet mask for that! Moisture? anti aging? acne breakout? redness? Name it, and there is a sheet mask for it.  Not feeling like buying a mask? You can even buy packs of the masks that are just the face cloth and use your own serum to make one.  It’s a much cheaper way to get that SK II mask you’ve been wanting to try! (Check out my “Korean dupes” post to find a Korean dupe for the SK II essence)

Sheet masks in Korea are also amazingly cheap, and often go on “buy 10, get 10” sales.  Typically a sheet mask is used once a week but it can be used more often than that.

Typically a sheet masks is applied in this order:
1) wash your face.
2) Use a toner and wait 1 minute. Think of a toner as something that helps your skin to be extra receptive.
3) Put sheet mask on. Only leave it on for the 10-15 minutes (or the recommended time). If you leave it on until it is dry, it can actually wick moisture from your face.
4) Take sheet mask off and pat extra essence onto neck.
5) Pat face to help the extra essence be absorbed.
6) My last trick- put on a moisturizer. I feel it helps absorb the rest of the essence and helps with the slight “stickiness” that can happen with some sheet masks.

I suggest using before bed because some masks are sticky and it can take time for the extra essence to absorb into the skin!

But what about the purchased sheet masks make them so great?  Their ingredients of course! Instead of typing out huge long lists of each mask and ingredient, I made a video that breaks down my favorite masks and sheet masks by the problems they help with, and then I also break it down further and explain some ingredients in each masks and what they do.

(Feel free to jump to the Youtube page and check the description box if you don’t feel like watching the whole thing. You can choose what your skin issue is and I listed the video start time for it!)

Note: wanting to stay more natural? The Innisfree masks are super cheap and have wonderful ingredients.  Give them a try!

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How to: The Korean Highschool Look

Its a fairly well known fact that Korean and American beauty standards are different, and back to school looks are no exception. Without further ado, here are ___ steps to getting that High School look from that Kdrama you love. 😉

1) The face.
Put down your bronzer and blush! You won’t need them for this look. Just take a foundation that is your shade and blend it evenly across your face. I use a light pink base as well to add brightness. The key to this look is an even, pale face.

Optional: Take a light pale pink or peach/orange blush and, with a VERY light hand, apply some to the apples of your cheeks, swiping back to your ears. It should be barely noticable when done.

2) The eyes
Koreans are not heavy with the makeup for daily activities. You want to take an eyeshadow, 1 to 2 shades darker than your skin tone, and blend it on your lid so it just peeks out over your crease.

3) Add some aegyo:
Take a light shimmery shadow 2 shades lighter than your skintone, and highlight the inner corners and “aegyosal”, the cute puffy skin right under your eye.

Optional: Take a contour color (I prefer a light taupe), and lightly shade under the aegyosal so it looks more pronounced.

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4)The Puppy Eye
There are no cats here, just cute puppies! The puppy eye is a technique where you line your eyes as normal, but instead of winging it out, you drag it down just a little!

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5) Gradient
Take a concealer and conceal the edges of your lips. Using a red tint or lipstick (you can choose pink or orange too…orangy red seems to be the most popular right now) Apply some to the very inner portion of your upper and lower lip. Then using your fingers or a brush, smudge it out so it fades into the concealer, creating a gradient!

Optional: top with a clear or sheer shimmery lip gloss so lips appear fuller!

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Need more? Watch me complete the look and follow along ^^

5 Korean nail trends I can’t get behind…

Trends come and go and here in Korea it’s no different, but being in a society where nail art is much more prevalent than in the states, you are bound to come a across a few trends thatdon’t float your boat! Without further ado, here are 5 nail trends that make me feel a little titanic.

1) THE OUTLINE image While this trend is (thankfully) on the out, I never understood it’s initial appeal. It only makes the nail appear smaller.

2 ) THE LONG NAIL image When I was a child, I associated long nails with older women who smelled of gardenia perfume. I still find it impractical. Anyone with contacts will understand the difficulty of trying to get them out when your nails have grown too long! Ouch…

3) THE CLEAR AND COLORFUL image I’m instantly brought back to my nail art attempts in middle school. I dont mind the colorful change to a french mani, but I prefer the choice of one color that draws your eye, but doesn’t blind it.

4) CELLOPHANE image I have seen this done beautifully, typically when the cellophane has a beautiful pearly iridescence that is paired with white…but lately this green and white versus black and pink has been popping up on many an instagram post. The color clash and graphic confusion feels less like art and more like a broken stained glass window.

5) REVERSE MOON image This is the newest fad to be popping up in nail shops in Korea, and probably my least favorite. It reminds me of acrylic nails that have grown out, and I can’t shake the urge to want to finish painting the nail. I find solice in the fact that trends come and go, and that with every trend I don’t like, there is always one I do. 🙂

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Stay tuned for my top 5 nail trends in Korea, coming soon!