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How does a sheet mask work & what makes it different from just using a serum?

Hur fungerar en sheet mask & vad gör den för skillnad mot att bara använda ett serum?

Ingredients/materials

The material is usually cotton or hydrogel, immersed in serum. The porous materials absorb bacteria, making reuse inadvisable. The mask is saturated with serum containing various moisturizing and active ingredients.

The serum soaked in the material creates the mask.

What is the difference between just using a serum and using a sheet mask?

1. The sheet mask's prolonged contact with the skin helps improve the absorption of skin care ingredients, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin compared to just applying a serum. This can temporarily plump up the skin, giving it a smoother, more hydrated appearance.

2. Sheet masks can provide a temporary "occlusive" effect. The mask's physical barrier can help reduce TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss) by trapping moisture against the skin and preventing it from evaporating too quickly. This is good when you want to increase the absorption of the serum's active ingredients.

3. The sheet mask acts as a physical barrier that prevents rapid evaporation of the serum.

Explanation of keywords

Evaporation = when referring to "evaporation of the serum" it means that the liquid serum applied to the skin can turn into vapor and escape into the air. Sheet masks are used to slow down this evaporation, allowing the skin to benefit from the active ingredients contained in the serum for a longer time.

Occlusive = refers to something that creates a barrier or obstacle. In the context of skin care and cosmetics, an occlusive substance or product forms a protective layer on the surface of the skin, which prevents moisture from leaking out or external elements from penetrating. When applied to the skin, occlusive products work by sealing in moisture and creating a physical barrier that helps reduce water loss through evaporation. This can be particularly beneficial in maintaining skin hydration and preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), where water evaporates from the skin's surface to the surrounding environment.

TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss) = is when water evaporates from your body through your skin. It's like your skin is releasing tiny bits of water particles. This is normal, but too much can dry out your skin. Some skin care products, such as moisturizers and occlusives, aim to reduce TEWL by creating a protective barrier that prevents excessive water loss from the skin's surface.

Zuwelia Skin's eye patches

Zuwelia Skin's reusable eye patches work in the same way as sheet masks. They act as an occlusive layer, reducing transepidermal water loss and preventing evaporation.

Give your eyes extra love and switch to reusable eye patches , they provide the same benefits by increasing hydration, creating an occlusive layer and helping to prevent transepidermal water loss which are the main benefits of using sheet masks instead of just a serum.

The application process involves preparing your chosen serum, gel or cream, applying it as usual and then attaching it under the silicone mask as it is not pre-wetted.

You do your customized eye treatment. While the choice of products is up to you, we suggest choosing hydrating and nourishing serum or eye gel products, enriched with ingredients such as peptides, caffeine, glycerin and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Silicone eye patches are only as beneficial as the products you use them with. That's the beauty, you can mix and match and make your own eye treatments!