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When do you practice your self-care routine?
I normally reserve Sundays for self-care sessions and treat myself to a face mask. But being in lockdown for the past few months got me to prioritize self-care as something to practice every day, not just on Sundays. I started making more time for at-home facials and since I have extra time on my hands, I decided to go on a 30-day sheet mask challenge.
I’ve always enjoyed sheet masks. I did a 12-day sheet mask challenge once, so I was excited to take it up a notch and do it every day for an entire month.
Was it worth it? Was it a waste of time? Keep reading to find out!
Day 1. Haruharu WONDER Honey Green Repairative Mask
Key ingredients: Fermented green tea and honey extracts
Main benefits: Nourish skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Thoughts: I always come across Haruharu WONDER’s latest updates on Instagram, so I was excited to start the challenge with one of the brand’s sheet masks. This is a very nourishing sheet mask, but I can’t speak of its power to prevent the appearance of fine lines as I know it’ll take more than one use to see results.
Day 2. COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Soft Cream Sheet Mask
Key ingredients: Ceramide NP, panthenol, allantoin
Main benefits: Soothe and hydrates skin, and fortify the skin barrier
Thoughts: I couldn’t wait to apply this sheet mask during my evening skin care routine. My skin was going through a bit of irritation from over-exfoliating, so I needed a product to strengthen my skin barrier. Ceramides are my go-to whenever I over-exfoliate, and COSRX’s sheet mask was a nice treat for my skin. It gave me an immediate glow too!
Day 3. Anua Heartleaf Cream Mask Light Solution Pack
Key ingredients: Heartleaf extract, shea butter, ceramide NP and panthenol
Main benefits: Soothe sensitive skin and deeply hydrate skin
Thoughts: Whenever I over-exfoliate, my skin gets dehydrated. Anua’s Heartleaf Cream Mask Light Solution Pack was ideal to target this skin concern. I used the mask at night and it left my skin feeling plumper and hydrated until the next morning.
Day 4. Haruharu WONDER Maqui Berry Anti-Oxidant Mask
Key ingredients: Fermented maqui berry and capsicum annuum fruit extract
Main benefits: Relieve stressed-out skin and provide anti-aging benefits
Thoughts: I normally incorporate sheet masks in my nighttime routine, but since the Maqui Berry Anti-Oxidant Mask is packed with antioxidants, I reached for it in the morning to help protect my skin from environmental stressors such as air pollution and UV rays.
Day 5. Pyunkang Yul Calming Mask
Key ingredients: Tea tree, centella asiatica and honeysuckle flower extracts
Main benefits: Soothe sensitive and irritated skin, and strengthen the skin barrier
Thoughts: On the fifth day of the challenge, my skin was still quite irritated from over-exfoliating, so I was glad I had Pyunkang Yul’s Calming Mask to soothe my skin. The sheet mask is packed with a lot of essence, more than the previous ones so far. I applied the excess essence onto my decollete area too.
Day 6. ACROPASS Pocellin Miracle Hydro Mask
Key Ingredients: Ceramide complex, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, rose oil and beta-glucan
Main benefits: Brighten the complexion and refine the appearance of wrinkles
Thoughts:Hyaluronic acid is one of my favorite skin care ingredients and the Pocellin Miracle Hydro Mask from ACROPASS is formulated with seven kinds of hyaluronic acid. I left it on for 20 minutes and my skin felt really hydrated and supple afterwards. Those with dry skin would love this sheet mask.
Day 7. MAXCLINIC Collagen Firming Mask
Key ingredients: Hydrolyzed collagen extract, cocoon extract and polypeptide-1
Main benefits: Replenish skin’s moisture and boost skin’s elasticity
Thoughts: Being in my late 20s, I’ve noticed that my skin isn’t as bouncy or supple as it once was. The good news is that sheet masks like MAXCLINIC’s Collagen Firming Mask can boost the skin’s collagen production. While I noticed plumper skin after applying the firming sheet mask, the results were short-lived. For long-term results, I’ll need to use it more consistently.
Day 8. COSRX Pure Fit Cica Calming True Sheet Mask
Key ingredients: Cica-7 Complex
Main benefits: Soothe, nourish and revitalize skin
Thoughts: One week down, three more weeks to go! So far, my skin has been feeling more hydrated despite still having a bit of redness from my recent irritations. COSRX’s Pure Fit Cica Calming True Sheet Mask was just what I needed. Packed with seven types of centella asiatica extract, the sheet mask got rid of any redness and left my skin moisturized.
Day 9. avajar Cream Mask (Nourishing Red LED)
Key ingredients: Astaxanthin, allantoin and almond oil
Main benefits: Nourish skin and restore skin’s elasticity
Thoughts: This sheet mask from avajar has a creamy consistency and its microfiber texture felt extra soft and soothing on my skin. I used a face roller with this sheet mask to make it an even more relaxing experience and for de-puffing benefits.
Day 10. MIZON Tea Tree Solution Black Mask
Key ingredients: Tea tree, centella asiatica extract and adenosine
Main benefits: Soothe inflammation and redness, and control excess sebum production
Thoughts: In addition to tea tree, centella asiatica extract and adenosine, the sheet mask is infused with volcanic ash to control excess sebum and minimize the appearance of pores. Although my pores aren’t massive, I found that using the Tea Tree Solution Black Mask did shrink the appearance of my pores, making them appear tighter than usual. If you have oily skin or enlarged pores, MIZON’s sheet mask is worth trying.
Day 11. daymellow Real Ampoule Mask (#02 Snow Mushroom)
Key Ingredients: Tremella fuciformis (mushroom) extract and panthenol
Main benefits: Brighten skin and prevent skin dehydration
Thoughts: I enjoy using products that boost my skin’s glow and daymellow’s Snow Mushroom Real Ampoule Mask does exactly that. The sheet mask made my complexion appear healthier and more radiant. For a dull or lackluster complexion, go for daymellow’s sheet mask and you won’t be disappointed.
Day 12. Dr. Althea Oasis Soothing Mask
Key ingredients:Anastatica hierochuntica extract, ceramide NP, centella asiatica extract, chamomile and rose extracts
Main benefits: Strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and boost skin’s repairing ability
Thoughts: This sheet mask is packed with soothing and moisturizing ingredients. I popped the Oasis Soothing Mask in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before use, and it provided a nice cooling effect. Thanks to its moisturizing components, my skin not only felt soothed but also deeply hydrated.
Day 13. Abib Gummy Sheet Mask (Madecassoside Sticker)
Key Ingredients: Madecassoside and centella asiatica extract
Main benefits: Deeply hydrate and calm skin
Thoughts: Abib’s Gummy Sheet Mask (Madecassoside Sticker) features madecassoside and centella asiatica extract to soothe skin and provide intense nourishment. My favorite part about this mask is how it fit my face perfectly!
Day 14. esfolio Pure Skin Honey Essence Mask Sheet
Key ingredients: Honey extract, panax ginseng root extract and portulaca oleracea extract
Main benefits: Deeply nourish skin and improve skin elasticity
Thoughts: At this point, my redness and inflammation have subsided so I focused on keeping my skin hydrated. I love honey in skin care since it provides skin with intense nourishment. Made with honey extract, esfolio’s sheet mask did a great job in deeply hydrating my skin and keeping my dry patches at bay.
Day 15. B.LAB Everyday Calming Mask (Calming)
Key ingredients: Mugwort, wormwood and houttuynia cordata extracts
Main benefits: Calm and hydrate skin
Thoughts: My skin may have recovered from redness, but I’m still incorporating soothing products into my routine to keep redness away. B.LAB’s Everyday Calming Mask was just what I needed to hydrate my skin, while protecting my skin barrier from further irritations.
Day 16. PESTLO The Black Firming Mask
Key ingredients: Blackcurrant and blackberry extracts, black caviar, peptides and marine collagen
Main benefits: Enhance skin elasticity and replenish skin’s moisture
Thoughts: Besides hyaluronic acid, peptides are another one of my favorite skin care ingredients. PESTLO’s The Black Firming Mask made my skin look instantly firm and bright, thanks to antioxidants, collagen and peptides in its formula.
Day 17. FRUDIA My Orchard Squeeze Mask (Super Aqua Ampoule – Cherry)
Key Ingredients: Cherry and black sugar extracts
Main benefits: Brighten skin and revitalize a dull complexion
Thoughts: If you’re looking to bring back your skin’s natural radiance, then you might want to give FRUDIA’s My Orchard Squeeze Mask (Super Aqua Ampoule – Cherry) a go. The sheet mask turned my dull complexion into glowing skin after just one use. Imagine the glow when I use it more often!
Day 18. B.LAB Everyday Mask Pack (Honey)
Key ingredients: Honey and milk extracts
Main benefits: Moisturize skin and improve skin tone and texture
Thoughts: Dealing with inflammation is hard enough, but dealing with bumpy skin texture adds to the challenge. To even out my skin texture, instead of exfoliating, I focus on keeping my skin hydrated. Enriched with honey and milk extracts, this sheet mask from B.LAB soothed my skin and smoothed out uneven skin texture.
Day 19. MIZON Seaweed Solution Black Mask
Key ingredients: Seaweed extract, spirulina extract and mineral water
Main benefits: Hydrate skin and keep it radiant
Thoughts: I don’t think I’ve ever tried seaweed in skin care, so I was very intrigued by MIZON’s Seaweed Solution Black Mask. Its seaweed essence improves skin’s elasticity, revealing firm skin. I was surprised how my skin felt after just one use – plump and more youthful-looking.
Day 20. Skin’s Boni Yogurt Mask Pack
Key ingredients: Lactobacillus ferment, niacinamide and ceramide NP
Main benefits: Nourish skin and balance its pH level
Thoughts: Just like its fun packaging, this sheet mask was fun to use. I have combination skin and whenever I’m in the luteal phase of my menstrual cycle, my T-zone area is a lot oilier. To help balance my skin, I used Skin’s Boni Yogurt Mask Pack to control sebum production while keeping my dry cheeks nourished.
Day 21. B.LAB Everyday Mask Pack (A.C Care)
Key ingredients: Carrot extract and PHA
Main benefits: Gently exfoliate skin and control sebum production
Thoughts: My skin is prone to hormonal breakouts during the luteal phase of my menstrual cycle, so I need products that restore the water and oil balance of my skin. B.LAB’s A.C Care version of Everyday Mask Pack came to the rescue. Formulated with PHA, the sheet mask offers a gentle exfoliating experience while fighting excess sebum.
Day 22. Peach C Beauty by Peach Noni Waterful Essence Mask
Key ingredients: Noni fruit extract and hyaluronic acid
Main benefits: Refresh tired skin and replenish lost hydration
Thoughts: Dealing with hormonal breakouts stresses me out, which then shows on my skin. To soothe my stressed-out skin, I reach for Peach C’s Beauty by Peach Noni Waterful Essence Mask. Without even popping it in the fridge, the hydrogel mask provided a cooling sensation, which felt very refreshing on my skin.
Day 23. Anua Green Tangerine Vita Dark Spot Mask
Key ingredients: Green tangerine extract, hyaluronic acid, betaine and allantoin
Main benefits: Brighten skin and revitalize fatigued skin
Thoughts: Anua’s sheet mask rejuvenated my tired skin while giving it a subtle glow. Its watery gel texture felt extra soothing on my skin. If I use it consistently, it can help brighten some of my stubborn dark spots.
Day 24. COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask
Key ingredients: Snail mucin filtrate, panthenol and allantoin
Main benefits: Improve skin elasticity, and keep skin firm and supple
Thoughts: COSRX’s Advanced Snail Mucin Power Sheet Mask is packed with snail secretion filtrate, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol and allantoin, which all deeply hydrated my skin while leaving it dewy and supple. For glowing and supple skin, add this sheet mask to your self-care routine.
Day 25. AIPPO Expert Hydrating Mask
Key ingredients: Marine algae extract and hyaluronic acid
Main benefits: Soothe sensitive skin and improve skin texture
Thoughts: By this time, my skin was no longer dehydrated. I applied AIPPO’s Expert Hydrating Mask to ensure my skin stays hydrated. Containing moisturizing ingredients including hyaluronic acid and marine algae extract, this sheet mask can be counted on to give my skin a serious boost of hydration.
Day 26. esfolio Pure Skin Pearl Essence Mask Sheet
Key ingredients: Pearl, quince and ginseng extracts
Main benefits: Brighten and hydrate skin
Thoughts: I may be a fan of esfolio’s Pure Skin Honey Essence Mask Sheet, but I can’t say the same about the Pure Skin Pearl Essence Mask Sheet. The good thing is it did leave my skin hydrated. The downside is I am not convinced that pearl extract brightened my complexion. I may need to use it a few more times for a noticeable difference.
Day 27. Abib Gummy Sheet Mask (Milk Sticker)
Key ingredients: Milk extract and niacinamide
Main benefits: Deeply hydrate skin and refine skin texture
Thoughts: I’m becoming a fan of milk extract because of how soothing it is on skin. Abib’s Gummy Sheet Mask (Milk Sticker) features a creamy essence that nourishes skin. Even after patting in the remaining essence, it didn’t feel tacky on my skin, which is a huge plus.
Day 28. MAY COOP Raw Sheet Mask
Key Ingredients: Maple tree sap, phytoncide, licorice and ginger extracts
Main benefits: Soothe irritated skin and restore skin’s radiance
Thoughts: This is a great sheet mask to use whether your skin needs a boost of hydration or radiance. Since it’s packed with extra serum, I left it on for 30 minutes to really let it soak into my skin. The results? Hydrated, dewy and calm skin.
Day 29. I’m from Mugwort Sheet Mask
Key ingredients: Mugwort extract and allantoin
Main benefits: Calm skin irritations, soothe skin and restore a damaged skin barrier
Thoughts: Mugwort is the perfect ingredient for nourishing and protecting skin from external aggressors and keeping the skin barrier strong and healthy. Using an ice roller with I’m from’s Mugwort Sheet Mask is a genius combination, especially for de-puffing, boosting circulation and perking up tired skin. I had a few spots that were healing while using this sheet mask and I noticed that it helped reduce redness in those areas.
Day 30. Candy O’Lady O&Young ACME Beta-Glucan Intensive Moisture Mask
Key ingredients: Beta-glucan, centella asiatica extract, asiaticoside and madecassoside
Main benefits: Moisturize, repair and soothe skin
Thoughts: Last but not least, I ended my 30-day sheet mask challenge with Candy O’Lady’s O&Young ACME Beta-Glucan Intensive Moisture Mask, which treated my skin with intense hydration. The essence felt quite sticky at first, but the feeling disappeared once it was fully absorbed into skin.
Final Verdict: Was it worth it or a waste of time?
For me, it’s a 50/50. I enjoy using sheet masks mainly for the hydrating, soothing and refreshing benefits. But applying a sheet mask every day can feel more like a chore than a self-care session to look forward to. I realized it’s not worth doing it every single day unless you have the energy to do so.
In terms of my skin, it was worthwhile because my skin is a lot more hydrated and supple now compared to when I first started this journey. I entered the 30-day challenge with a few irritations that left me with redness, inflammation and bumpy skin texture. Applying sheet masks daily for a month helped get rid of most of my skin concerns, especially redness. I also got a glow every time I used a mask!
Although some sheet masks offered anti-aging benefits, I find that sheet masks are not concentrated enough in anti-aging ingredients to diminish the appearance of fine lines. I’ll stick to using a separate serum and cream to tackle those concerns.