Masking: Does it work?

Some of you, literally like 3 people at most, may or may not have noticed that I didn’t exactly see through my ‘month of masking’ series for an entire month. Infact yesterday should have been the final day ending the series with a conclusion that I’m now sharing in this very post.

So why did this ‘experiment’ hault abruptly, and fall short of an entire month?

First of all, I got behind in reviewing them: this was inevitable, I already expected this to happen from the beginning date. Never did I aim to write and upload a review on or the day after using each mask; I planned to at least keep you up-to-date with my experience even if that meant sharing reviews and the final verdict a week or two after the actual month had passed. As long as all 30 masks had been discussed at some stage, I would be satisfied. So this isn’t exactly why I stopped but it did make me think about quitting as I didn’t like the irregularity.

The main point why I ended the test, was because my skin couldn’t handle it. My skin is too sensitive and I only managed to reach the half way/two week mark. One mask in particular, the Eleven Huesday mask that came in a syringe, really irriated my skin and I’m quite sure using different masks day after day since using ‘the syringe mask’ didn’t allow my skin to recover; thus causing further complications even if those other masks would usually agree with my skin. I should have ended the trial there and then, but hoped the extra hydration from further tested masks would counteract the negative effects caused by said mask: to a certain extent they did, however from previous bad reactions to skincare products I know that I should have kept my routine as basic as possible in order to speed up the healing process.

Have I been stupid?: Possibly, but this month of masking has enabled me to understand my skin type even further that I have learnt since using skincare from the age of 12. I feel like testing out sheet masks determined and confirmed which ingredients are suitable and unsuitable for my skin personally.

My main findings.

If you have hyper-sensitive/oily skin (I think I can fairly include acne prone skin within this group) take this information on board in regards to using sheet masks:

– Do not use a sheet mask everyday. Using one every other day or once every 3 days is much more sensible.

– Do not use a different mask every time, or at least don’t use masks that have an entirely different variation of ingredients to each other. Stick to plant or nature extracts that are gentle and don’t contain artificial fragrance, i.e. Green tea, aloe vera, bamboo, rice, milk, rose water, cica, honey, avocado, blueberry/other berries, pomegranate, etc. Thankfully its not a matter of not being able to use masks at all, and we still have plenty of options to chose from. Simply we should just be more aware and selective when it comes to ingredients/formulations. By common sense, you should stay away from citrus and acid based sheet masks altogether or at least use them once in a blue moon.

– If you want to play things even safer, narrow down your availability even more by alternating between just two or three masks that have the ingredients I just mentioned above. For example:

Monday = Green tea sheet mask

Wednesday = Rice sheet mask

Friday = Green tea mask again (same brand and version).

– Not only does a repetitive method make irritation less likely to occur, it ensures that we can see and feel long lasting effects that each sheet mask promises to provide. Using one particular mask once without consistency doesn’t do much other than provide hydration.

– Remember the 6~8 week turn over cycle: this period is how long it takes for our skin to get used to a new product. Occasionally our skin can worsen during the first few weeks of usage, so we stop using it and look for an alternative because we think its ineffective or harmful. Use a product properly for the full 6~8 weeks before deciding whether to continue with it or not. Of course if your skin is having a seriously bad reaction to something, stop using it immediately and consult with a Dermatologist.

I think we all get enticed by wanting to regularly try new sheet masks, and the same principle applies for any cosmetic, so we don’t give products enough time to do their jobs. Instead we just keep absorbing more and more chemicals that often do more harm than good; just sometimes we can’t see that. In conclusion, keep things as simple as possible and stick to a routine. A routine doesn’t just mean using a type of product frequently, e.g. a foam cleanser and a moisturiser, it means using the exact same set of products over and over again.


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22 responses to “Masking: Does it work?”

  1. Thanks for such a vvaluable blog.


  2. Ahh! My skin probably would have got upset after using a different mask every single day, too. I didn’t know that you should use something for 6-8 weeks before tossing it! Wow! I need to give my products a fairer chance.

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    1. It’s a good way to save money too. I mean it saves you from buying alternatives that you probably don’t need.

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  3. ive tried using charcoal pore strips, and they worked the first time, but every other time i tried using it i didnt get the same result. and it wasnt appealing more. so instead, im the person who uses floss or a flat edge metal thing, and go over my face and see all the gunk coming out. it’s a thrill. – i also am not the type to put stuff on my face when my pores are cleaned out by removing the stuff on my own… cuz itll just add more stuff in to my pores.. and oh my, the amount of holes we have on our faces.. you can never catch up or keep up the routine of always removing stuff from your pores.


    1. I had the same experience with pore strips, so I don’t use them anymore. Just concentrating more on hydration rather than being so focused on cleansing.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

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      1. well im glad to know it wasnt just me. i thought i was using them wrong or something, or applied too much water or not enough water. and im like where was that first result i had months ago.

        i do enjoy watching people try out face masks on youtube.

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  4. Think a mask a day is way too much, but what do I know, I have never used one. Mainly because I am leery about what it will do to my skin. I would rather use a scrub .. I sell masks and looked it up as to use and it does say 2-3 times a week. I would probably just use it once a week, mainly after being outside all day to get the grime off.


    1. Of course wash off or peel off masks should never be used once a week, but sheet masks aren’t about cleansing. I think the advice and instructions around how regularly to use sheet masks differs by culture to be honest.

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  5. Ok here is a comment of encouragement.
    I hope you didn’t feel you failed, because you didn’t. You know why you had to stop and my old man face probably couldn’t handle a mask a day. So keep going with it and see you have content for the next 20 or so weeks worth of masks you have yet to use.

    You got this there is no failure if you learned something.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I don’t think I’ll include the reviews of the masks I have yet to use as part of this series, but I certainty can review them here and there as I have done in the past 🙂


  6. I understand why you had to stop. I have sensitive skin too. I can use certain skin products every day or my skin will break out. Your post today is very well written. I would not mind reading your beauty reviews.

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    1. In that case I hope you can stop by again to read one of my posts, and don’t be shy to leave a comment whenever 🙂


  7. Thanks for sharing. I had been keeping up with your posts as you went on each day. I actually did a 30 days of masks (gel wash off) back in February, though I dont have sensitive skin, I didn’t have a problem with those masks in particular. But it’s good to note that the varying ingredients can definitely cause some kind of reaction with the skin if it’s done every day.
    Great post! Hope your skin is healing well!

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    1. I’m still a bit disappointed that I didn’t (well couldn’t) finish the entire month of masking, but as you can see I learnt a lot regardless. Thanks for reading. Hope to hear from you soon.

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      1. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you couldn’t have predicted it to go wrong, but as you said, you did learn from it and now you know your skin so much better!
        No problem, thanks for sharing!

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      2. Thanks for leaving a positive comment 🙂

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      3. No problem! ❤


  8. Great post! These are all really helpful tips to follow. I don’t use sheet masks too often but everytime I think of getting some, I always want to try a huge variety of them. I don’t think I have very sensitive skin but I think I would like to follow these guidelines as well.

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    1. As long as you took something from what I wrote, I can say I have achieved as I hoped 😀


  9. This post is amazing. Your content is so well written. I loved reading this particular post of yours. I don’t read much on skincare usually but this I did and I’m glad I did. Very educational also.

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    1. Oh, thank you. When I get comments like yours, it always encourages me to write similar posts and not give up. Glad you found it informative, and hopefully it wasn’t too boring considering it was a little on the long side.

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      1. It’s fine. Long posts are great. Love them.

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