Chapter 36: A Guide to Hydrogel Masks

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Korean face masks aren’t new but they’re still buzzing in the beauty world. One of the most popular types of Korean face masks are sheet masks. If you haven’t tried one, here’s a guide on the benefits of sheet masks.

If you love incorporating sheet masks into your skin care routine, then you’ll love hydrogel masks even more! Hydrogel masks are similar to sheet masks; they’re also packed with essence and replenish moisture to your skin. 

Want to give hydrogel masks a try? This guide explains everything you need to know:

When comparing a sheet mask to a hydrogel mask, you’ll notice that the main difference is the material. While a sheet mask is commonly made from fabrics like cotton, a hydrogel mask is made with gel, which looks almost transparent and feels slicker when applied on the skin. 

Hydrogel masks are suitable for all skin types but they’re especially beneficial for those with dry,  dehydrated or troubled skin. Since hydrogel masks have a gel texture, they provide a soothing and cooling sensation when applied, making them perfect for those dealing with redness or inflamed blemishes. 

Hydrogel masks are also extremely hydrating, which makes them the ideal mask to use throughout winter. You may notice that hydrogel masks have shrunk in size when you take them off – that’s because your skin has soaked up all the essence, leaving you with skin that’s plump and moisturized!

Use a hydrogel mask just like you would any other face mask: after cleansing and toning. If you’re completing the 10-step Korean skin care routine, apply your hydrogel mask after you’ve applied your serum or ampoule. If you want to simplify your routine, you can always apply a hydrogel mask in lieu of your serum. Feel free to use a hydrogel mask every day or a few times a week, whenever your skin needs an extra boost of hydration.

Applying hydrogel masks can be a bit tricky and needs some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, application is a breeze! If you’re wondering how long you should leave them on, it’s best to check the directions written on the packaging. Most instructions will tell you to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes, or until the mask starts to feel dry.

If you’ve never tried hydrogel masks and want to start small, you can’t go wrong with a hydrogel eye mask. Apply them after your toner and before your eye cream. 

Benton’s Snail Bee Ultimate Hydrogel Eye Patches contain all the nourishing ingredients you’ll need for eyes to look plump and hydrated. These hydrogel eye patches provide a cooling sensation, thanks to tea tree leaf water and seaweed extracts. They’re also formulated with snail secretion filtrate to nourish and keep the eye areas firm, along with niacinamide to make your eyes appear brighter. 

Is your skin stressed? If the answer’s yes, then we’ve got a simple solution for you: Give PETITFEE’s Agave Cooling Hydrogel Face Mask a go and your skin will love it. It’s suitable for all skin types including oily, dry, sensitive, acne-prone or aging skin.

This hydrogel mask is packed with blue and seaweed complex – which includes agave, blueberry, eggplant, caffeine, spirulina and different types of seaweed – to give your skin that much-needed moisture. It’s also perfect for those with inflamed acne as it helps calm the skin. 

PETITFEE also offers another version of the mask: the Chamomile Lightening Hydrogel Face Mask. If you have a dull or tired complexion, then this mask is exactly what your skin needs as it provides brightening benefits. Want to know which YesStylist editor preferred the Agave Cooling and Chamomile Lightening Hydrogel Face Mask? Check out our review in this Small Talk blog post.

There are many hydrogel masks out there, so we’ve put together some of our favorites for you to try: 



What’s your go-to hydrogel mask? Comment below with your favorite(s)! 

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