Applying a sheet mask may seem pretty straightforward. You open up the package, carefully unfold the mask, and apply it to your face. Then you remove it after the instructed amount of time has passed. Provided you don’t rip the mask into multiple pieces when you’re opening it, there’s not that much that can go wrong, right? Not exactly. There are small things that you could be doing during your masking regimen that could be negatively impacting the results.

When it comes to skincare in general, we know that efficacy and effectiveness are two of the most important qualities when it comes to getting superior results. Sara Elizabeth Full Spectrum CBD and CBG Sheet Masks offer both, but the mask is only as good as how you use it.

If you’ve ever been disappointed with a sheet mask, the issue may not be the actual mask, it may be the way you apply it. It could even be what you’re doing to your skin before or after the routine. Furthermore, it could be the other products that you’re applying to your face. Here are some of the most common sheet mask mistakes we might be making.

Failing to Prep Your Skin Properly

You do not want to apply your sheet mask to a dirty face. You should apply your sheet mask to a freshly cleansed and toned complexion for optimal results. We love the Kojac Illuminating Cleanser and Toner. Then you can let the sheet mask work its magic.

Not Having Your Mask Adhere to Your Face

The prep stages of your mask lead to the best results. Ideally, you want your mask to adhere to your face almost like it’s another layer of skin. We always use bio cellular material as the sheet mask to give it exceptional drenching possibilities. To apply it, Place gently on the face matching all the cut-outs to your eyes, nose, and mouth. Then smooth the whole mask down over your skin. The bit of extra time you spend applying your mask is definitely worth it. The more the mask clings to skin and intermingles with skin, the more the essence in the sheet mask will absorb into skin, so be sure to try to keep everything hugging the skin as much as possible.

Applying Moisturizer Before Your Mask

You want to make sure that your skin is cleansed and toned before you apply your sheet mask, but you do not want to moisturize before. Save that for later. We love to follow with the Ylang Ylang Moisture Quench Firming Cream for a lifted complexion.

Not Removing the Backing From Your Mask

Some sheet masks have an extra backing layer that helps them not stick to themselves when they’re folded up in the package. If you apply a mask with the backing to your face, you’re not going to get the results you want. We’ve seen some people forget to remove the backing to our sheet masks … When placing it on your face, removing the backing will help the mask adhere better to the shape of your face. It should feel like a second skin.

Leaving the Mask on Too Long

This is one time when longer doesn’t equal better. In fact, leaving your mask on for longer than the instructed time can actually make your skin worse. If the sheet mask dries up too much, reverse osmosis can happen and moisture can be sucked back out of the skin into the dry mask. Be sure to remove the mask while it’s still damp with essence. And make sure you don’t fall asleep while wearing your mask.

Washing Your Face After Applying Your Sheet Mask

The benefits of a sheet mask don’t end when you remove it, they can continue long after. Instead of removing that excess essence from your face, take full advantage of it by pressing it in. All the hydrating essence and ingredients from the mask are meant to be soaked into your skin. When you wash your face, you’re wasting all of that skin-nourishing goodness.

If you find that your mask is making your face feel tacky and you have the urge to wash it, switch to a new mask that doesn’t have that feeling.

Not Patting in the Excess Essence

If you’re wiping the excess essence on your face off with a tissue or cotton ball, it’s as bad as washing your face. You should be taking advantage of every last drop of essence. Pat the residue into your skin until it’s fully absorbed. If there is still some essence left in the packaging, apply it to your neck, chest, and hands, until it is gone.

Ditching the Rest of Your Skin Care Routine

FYI: Your sheet mask doesn’t take care of everything, so it’s a good idea to still follow up masking with a moisturizer. We also love the Bearberry and apple stem cell Brightening Cream. Not only will it keep your skin hydrated, but it will also help the essence from your sheet mask. The moisturizer will seal in all that moisture and great ingredients and prevent it from evaporating out.

If you don’t moisturize, your skin may feel even dryer after masking compared to what it normally does after your regular skincare regimen. The hydrated skin after a sheet mask often still needs that moisturizer sealant, so don’t let the super glowy skin trick you!

If you want to apply your serum you can do it before your moisturizer, but be aware that it’s not essential, If you do decide to use your serum, note that you’ll probably need a smaller amount than you normally do.

Forgetting Sunscreen

Are you a fan of morning sheet mask sessions? Make sure you’re not forgetting your SPF. Now that your skin is prepped it is necessary to use sunscreen and it’s one area that your average sheet mask doesn’t cover. You should be using your moisturizer and Sara Elizabeth Matte Tint SPF 40 post-mask application in the morning.

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Created with Kakadu Plum Extract for its unparalleled Vitamin C content to diminish the look of fine lines, the Anti-Aging sheet mask may combat dull, dry skin to return skin to its most luminous state. Pumpkin Seed helps to fight free radicals as it encourages cell renewal, resulting in healthier, more vibrant-looking skin.

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