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Should you buy sheet masks? | Skincare Tuesdays | Natty Contrera Artistry | Philly MUA

Are sheet masks worth your time?

No. The answer is a strong, strong no. Please, for the love of god, someone enlighten me on how an $8, 30-minute, once a week mask will change your skin? Don’t worry; I will go into detail on why they aren’t worth your time. I also will go into situations where they ARE helpful, and other masks that you should spend your money on!  Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

In addition to your daily skincare routine, you should be using a mask 2-3 times a week. At 2-3 times, with the average sheet mask being $8, (I’m bad at math so bear with me) that’s upwards of $24 a week. In a four-week month, that’s $96. Ninety-six dollars. In one month. So this “cheap fix” is actually costing you more than the $50 you didn’t  want to spend on a leave-on mask that could last from 3-6 months.

What exactly is a sheet mask?

 A sheet mask, or facemask, is a face-shaped sheet of fabric filled with a serum-type solution to be placed on the skin. Sheets can be made of various types of materials including fabrics, fibers, and gels with ingredients that help with issues ranging from anti-aging, hydrating and pore-reducing.

Natalie, Why don’t you think Sheet Masks work?

First of all, at the price point, many sheet masks are made with low quality ingredients that do not benefit your skin. They often don’t fit the face correctly; leaving spots unreached, can’t be used with facial hair, and can contain air pockets where ingredients can oxidize. I often find people using sheet masks aren’t also using proper skin care or reusable, leave on masks that have better quality ingredients and show stronger results. The low quality serums will evaporate before they get into the deeper layers of your skin. 

When would you suggest a sheet mask?

After you get off a plane, right before a big event, girls night in or when you already have a great skincare routine and just need a little boost from other things. Sheet masks usually leave your skin’s first layer plump, dewy, and instantly brighter. This is fantastic in situations like after you’ve been traveling and your skin is extremely dehydrated.

 What do you suggest instead?

Sleeping masks, leave on masks, a good skincare routine, and drinking lots of water.

 What masks do you love right now?

  • Saturn by Sunday Riley: This 10% Sulfur based mask focuses on Pores, Oil and Acne-Prone Skin. ($55 at

  • Honey Potion by Farmacy: Focuses on skin renewal with antioxidants and hydration. ($56 at

  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Replenishing Mask: Focuses on smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while restoring softness and suppleness. ($50 at

  • Tarte Cosmetics Bright And Tight Multi Clay Mask: Focuses on a multi use mask that brightens skin and tightens pores in the desired areas. ($40 at

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