What Is a Face Sheet?


With so many different types of products on the beauty market, it can be easy to confuse the various terms and bits of jargon common to online stores. Words like “serum,” “sulfates,” and “emulsion” dot product descriptions and Facebook ads, leaving a general impression of effectiveness without actually explaining the effects and benefits to be found from using that product.

Face sheets are another kind of beauty product that has gained a significant following in recent years. Still, there may be some confusion about what exactly constitutes a “face sheet” and how these products can improve the complexion. Keep reading to learn more about how to start a skincare line with face sheets, face masks, and more.

What Exactly is a Face Sheet?

The often-discussed face sheet is known by a few names, notably as a Korean face sheet, facial sheet mask or face mask. Though the use of the adjective “Korean” may give the impression that all these products come out of South Korea, this is not actually the case. Granted, the explosion of K-Beauty and all it’s trends, is credited with bringing face sheets global but that refers to the trend not necessarily the actual products.  In fact the exact same product can be made anywhere in the world, including in the United States.

Regardless of what you call it, a face sheet is essentially a piece of material – cotton, viscose, fruit fiber, tencel, biocellulose  or hydrogel to name a few– that has been soaked in a serum with a specific skin care goal in mind, whether it be hydration, exfoliation, or some similar objective. One common example is the charcoal sheet mask, which removes impurities from the skin in just 20 minutes or less.

How to Use a Face Sheet

The way face sheets work is quite simple; in fact, ease of use is one of their biggest selling points. Each mask or sheet is single-use, meaning that you apply it once then discard it. They come in packs, but each are individually wrapped, making them easy to take with you anywhere.

To apply a face sheet, simply open the packaging and remove the sheet, unfolding it into its full oval shape. The sheet should be wet; each comes presoaked in a serum, the type of which can vary depending on the type of mask you’re using. If there is excess serum in the packaging, don’t worry; it can be put to use as well.

You will see familiar cutouts for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth; to apply the sheet, just line up the holes with the appropriate facial features and gently press onto the face. Smooth out the surface to remove air bubbles and ensure a uniform application and even effect. If there is extra serum in the packaging, apply it to any dry areas of the skin – common examples include the neck, elbows, knees, or hands.

How Long Do I Leave the Face Sheet on My Face?

We’ve all seen clips in movies and commercials where a woman whose face is covered in some type of cream or ointment leave the product on at bedtime, often to comedic effect. Perhaps this is why so many people assume that face sheets should be left in place overnight to hydrate or cleanse the skin as you sleep. This could not be farther from the truth, however.

Although the directions for each individual variety of face mask may differ, most should not be left in place for more than 30 minutes. Your best option is to simply read the directions on the packaging, as these will provide the most accurate information for your specific product. Remember that if you have left the mask on until it dried, you have left it on too long.

Once you’re done using the mask, gently peel it off, starting from the edges and slowly working your way inwards. After you have fully removed it this way, you can discard it.

What Kind of Face Sheet Mask Should I Pick?

With so many options available, the simple truth is that the type of face mask you choose should be determined by your overall aim; the mask you pick to hydrate your skin is different from the one you would pick to exfoliate, which is different from the one you would use to brighten. It’s all about the effect you want to achieve.

Many who use face sheets like to alternate the type of sheet they use, perhaps hydrating a few days a week and exfoliating one or two other days. Most don’t use a sheet mask every single day, as the effects can potentially last for several days or a week. Conversely, there is no real downside to using a mask every day; they’re inexpensive and effective, and they won’t damage your skin when used properly.

Providing American-Made Face Sheets for Beauty Companies Everywhere

Anthem United States of Beauty, a New Jersey-based beauty product manufacturer with more than a decade of design and production experience, creates a wide range of beauty products for business of all sizes. Whether you want cleansers, creams, single-use wipes, or face sheets, we can accommodate your needs quickly and effectively. To learn more about all of our products and services, call us today at (973) 779-1982.