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10 Sheet Mask Mistakes... and How to Fix Them

Here's how to get the most out of your sheet masking experience
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Honestly, who doesn't love sheet masks? It can turn a normal day at home into a luxurious and relaxing spa-like experience. Plus, they're super beneficial for your skin — they'll leave your face soft and glowy.

That said, they can also get a bit confusing, especially if you're new to them. Do you just slap the mask to your face? When do you use it in your skin care routine? Before or after moisturizing? Not knowing the answers to your questions may lead to doing the rookie mistakes that hinder you from enjoying the benefits of your face mask to the fullest.

Learn about these common pitfalls — and their fixes — to ensure an amazing sheet mask game.

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Mistake No. 1: Not using the right sheet mask
Though it may be tempting, don't choose your sheet mask by packaging alone (no matter how cute it is): Not all sheet masks are the same.. They have different uses and benefits which may or may not be effective for all skin types. So, take your skin into consideration before buying sheet masks — it's always better if you do a little research first.

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Mistake No. 2: Skipping the prep work
Sheet masking doesn't replace washing your face — you always need to use a cleanser first. The layer of dirt and dead skin on your face make it difficult for your sheet mask to do its magic. So, prep your skin by washing your face with your favorite cleanser — and if you really want to reap those masking benefits, consider exfoliating first too.

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Mistake No. 3: Not removing the backing paper
Um, "backing paper?" Yes, some sheet mask have a thin layer of paper over them as part of the packaging. You have to peel them off before putting the mask on your face because a) it's not meant to go on your skin and b) it prevents the serum from fully transferring to your skin.

It's a funny mistake but it's not uncommon — especially since some masks have backing paper on both sides. So be sure to double check the sheet mask you're using!

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Mistake No. 4: Applying it incorrectly
If applied incorrectly, some areas on your face may not get coverage, or your mask might fall off easily. For best results, gently press the mask on your skin and pay attention to the contours of your face. Align the holes to your eyes, nose, and mouth respectively. Make sure it adheres to the larger areas of your face like your cheeks and forehead by smoothing it out.

Pro tip: if you're running out of time, gently rub the mask on your face to speed up the process.

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