Mask Off: To Sheet Mask or Clay Mask? That is The Question

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I don’t know about you, but I am a beauty product addict!  Skincare products are one of my top favorite things to purchase, because as I get older (and my skin/hormones change) I realize how important it is to have a set skin care routine.  Now that we are transitioning from Summer to Fall our skin will also start making some changes.  Which means Face Masks are definitely important to incorporate into your weekly routine, if you want to keep your skin looking as healthy as possible and supply this vital organ with what it needs.  However with both clay masks and sheet masks being the hottest trend in skin care, it ‘s hard to know which works best for YOUR skin.  So I took it upon myself to do a bit of research and share my results in the name of Self-Care Sunday.


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Okay so first let me just make it very clear – I am not an expert.  However I am very big on research, so the info I will share is from countless hours of reading through tons of articles about this topic, as well as talking with professionals in the skin care field, and of course my own personal experiences.  With that said, let’s start with the basics.

Clay Masks work best for oily/acne prone skin


Clay masks are intended to draw out all the toxins and impurities from the skin.  The mask will go deep into the pores of the skin to absorb the sebum (oils in the skin), control the shine, and leave the skin less congested – making it harder for pimples to breed.  However this process does dry out the skin, and if overdone can do more harm than good.  If you have combination skin it’s best to apply a clay mask only to the areas of your skin that are oily or of concern (such as the T-Zone), so that you don’t further dry out the rest of your skin making it a landfill for pimples to grow.

If you’re an oily/acne prone skin sister like me, then please do keep in mind that clay masks should be used no more than 1-2 times a week, and should definitely not be applied for more than 10-20 minutes at a time.  Again overuse of this type of product will only give you more of what you don’t want – Pimples on pimples on pimples (trust me I learned the hard way)!  There are also clay masks for different for uses.  For more info check out this article from Organic Authority.

Some of my favorite clay masks are…

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From Left to Right as pictured Back Row: 1. Indian Healing clay mask by Aztec Secret ($7.99 at Target), 2.  Steep Clean by Bliss (Starting at $50.00 on Amazon – Note:  This is not a clay mask, but does purify the pores and exfoliates the skin, it’s amazing trust me) 3. Pore Patrol by Bliss ($12.99 at Target); Front Row: 4. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask by The Body Shop ($17.00 at The Body Shop) 5. Charcoal Pore Pudding by Boscia ($38.00 at Sephora)

Sheet Masks work best for Normal/Dry Skin

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I have to admit when sheet masks first came out, I didn’t see the point of them – other than to take a funny photo for the gram.  However years later I have come to love them, and they are definitely a part of my weekly skin care routine.  Sheet masks pretty much do the opposite of a clay mask, as they are intended to hydrate the skin and make it renewed like a fresh flower in bloom.  While the sheet(s) are generally soaked in a serum and high potency ingredients to quench the skin’s thirst, they are essentially water based so don’t be fooled by the ones that claim to lift, hide fine lines, exfoliate, take you out to dinner (just checking to see if you’re still  paying attention), or do anything other than just plain add moisture back into the skin.

The benefit of sheet masks is that they can be used more often than clay masks, and are great to use after a clay mask (I do this in fall and winter seasons when my skin is under severe attack due to weather conditions).  However they too should not be left on for more than 20 min or the high potency ingredients will start to have an adverse effect and dry out the skin.  Also sheet masks do not solve the problem of acne, so if you’re looking to clear your skin, and the clay mask isn’t right for you then you will need to find an alternative solution for a mask.  But fear not, because you can check out this great post from Cosmopolitan to find a mask that is right for you.

Some of my favorite sheet masks are…

Sheet Masks

From Left to Right as pictured:  1. Rich Hydrating Sheet Mask by Trader Joe’s ($2 at Trader Joe’s) 2. Refreshing Sheet Mask by Elisha Coy ($1.29 at CVS) 3. 7 Days Mask  in “Tea Tree” by Ariul ($2.49 at CVS) 4. Sephora Collection Honey Mask by Sephora ($6.00 at Sephora – not pictured)

I hope this helps you and inspires you to make any necessary changes to your skin care routine.  Comment below if you have tried any of the above products and let me know how they worked for you!  Until next time…



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  1. michellesillery
    September 11, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Thanks Nina, I loved reading this. I’ve just recently turned 40 & haven’t had a full nights sleep in 8 years thanks to 4 kids so I love my skin care. I will be purchasing some sheet masks as I’m a sister with dry skin (will it take me out for dinner too??)
    Great read xx

    • ninasnotions2018
      September 12, 2018 / 12:51 am

      You will love the sheet masks! Unfortunately there won’t be any dinner but you will have glowing skin! LOL

  2. September 11, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    These are some lovely skincare tips there. I have a combination skin that tends to get oily some times so will certainly be using some of the recommended products.

    • ninasnotions2018
      September 12, 2018 / 12:51 am

      Thank you! Definitely give one of the clay masks a try and you will see improvement.

  3. September 11, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    I have not had any skin care regimen in a few months. i do feel like my skin is getting dryer so i may try the sheets you mentioned. might try the trader joes so i can do groceries too lol

    • ninasnotions2018
      September 12, 2018 / 12:49 am

      Yes I know what you mean, though I have oily skin it does get a bit dry in the fall/winter season. The Trader Joes sheets work great so you might as well kill two birds with one stone! LOL

  4. September 12, 2018 / 12:55 am

    Thank you for the tips! As I get older, my skin changes. Perhaps this is why the clay is drying me out so bad. I’ll be trying some of your favs. Nice post!

    • ninasnotions2018
      September 12, 2018 / 1:16 am

      I’m glad you found this to be useful. Definitely give the sheet masks a try!

  5. Carol
    September 22, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the skin care tips . I admire a woman who makes the time to take care of herself and share with others , thank you ! One of the hardest things to do “ is take care of ourselves first “…def. going to try one of your suggestions.

    • ninasnotions2018
      September 22, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      Awww thank you! Let me know how the products work out for you. 😊

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