So Instagram has been all buzz about Korean sheet masks and now many companies around the world have started to bring out their own in response to the craze. Another fad is the multi-masking trend which I am totally dubious about myself. Do you seriously need to do this?
I attempt to find out a little about sheet masks and multi-masking and I might even try a crazy trend...
If you have been reading Set to Glow for a while you will know that my skincare routine is pretty basic. You'll know that I have sensitive skin, plus I prefer to have laser rather than a facial because I don't know what they'll use on my face every time and in what order. Yes that is right, I prefer getting my skin burnt off to funny products. Not a joke.
I also don't recommend stuff if I don't think it is absolutely wonderful. I have never used a sheet mask; sure I have used masks before and I have used very low level peels at home too. I have also never multi-masked. I am not sure I can handle that one... Since I have such a simple routine and prefer to work on a holistic approach to beauty, I am not sure I can get my head around this concept... However; let's do some research together...
What is a Sheet Mask?
Sheet masks are face-shaped sheets of papers, fibres and/or gel fabrics soaked in serum solutions. They differ from paste type facial masks because you only need to apply, take off and pat the serum into your skin. Paste type masks require you to wash the product off and apply other skincare afterwards. Sheet masks are used once which means they are convenient and easy to use. Sheet masks originated in South Korea; however since Instagram has made them popular, mask sales are up around the world almost 60%! That's huge. Sheet masks aren't as effective at exfoliating or cleaning the skin as regular masks are, there are many low quality masks on the market AND they are expensive because they are one use and not very effective. Hmmmmm. Do I want to try a sheet mask??
What is Multi-masking?
Multi-masking is applying different types of masks to different part of your face depending on your skin concern all at once. So for example, if you have blackheads around your nose you'll want a mask to draw impurities out around your nose. Shiny forehead? Try a salicylic acid containing mask there. And then you'll want a retinol around under your eyes to ward off fine lines and wrinkles. I totally get the concept in theory however who has the time for all of this? Obviously someone who wants to get pretty shots for Instagram? Plus as I mentioned above I am the less is more kind of girl. Better to work from the inside out - that would be cheaper probably too. Eat well. The more stuff you slather over your skin the more issues you'll probably start to see. Keep it simple stupid. Even the most severe cases of acne are treated holistically and simply. So I am definitely not doing to run out and buy lots of masks to multi-mask. I did buy a charcoal mask a while back because it includes manuka honey. I am still deciding whether I like it - this is what you can see in the photos here.
My Sheet Mask Journey
In the interest of trying new things I am going to go out and buy a sheet mask...
I went on a trip into the city during a lunch break - there is a new Korean Beauty store underneath Myer called Boniik. I was only thinking I was going to buy one mask for this post; but of course, after being served by the owner/manager, I came away with 4 for the grand total of $32AUD. I blame the packaging. And I am a sucker for beauty products. Didn't I say somewhere up the top that sheet masks aren't as effective as exfoliating or cleaning the skin??? Errr...
J.ONE Jelly Pack Vita Mask
I have seen quite a few people use J.ONE Jelly Pack on Instagram - a multitasking, anti-aging formula that works as a hydrating morning mask and makeup-gripping primer. If you look at the Sephora website lots of people have good things to say about it. One had this to say:
This has helped my pores almost disappear, smoothed out little fines lines and control my t-zone from getting oily by mid to end of the day. I also feel like me skin appears smoother and more firm.
NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask
Of course when I saw a J.ONE Jelly Pack Vita Mask sheet mask at Boniik I picked that up to purchase. Another brand I have seen on Instagram is NEOGEN. According to the Bonik lady, the aim of the NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask is to eliminate dull skin. Ingredients in this mask include mulberry, peony root and plum to brighten and moisturise skin. I was reading another blog on this mask and apparently there will be plenty of leftover essence which you can decanter into a small beauty bottle.
Dr Oracle Dermasys Marine Collagen Aqua Mask
Another Boniik recommendation is this Dr Oracle Dermasys Marine Collagen Aqua Mask. This sheet mask is hydrating, cooling and soothing and the ingredients include green tea:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Arginine, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Collagen (150ppm), Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Perrilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract.
The reason why I am most interested in this mask is because it is made out of an eco-fit fabric. The fabric, which is made out of a natural celluloid, is supposed to feel like a second skin.
23 Years Old Black Cavidiol Mask
Last but not least, the most expensive sheet mask that I purchased, the 23 Years Old Black Cavidiol Mask. This was also recommended to me; however I know a little bit about this one already. I had read that it doesn't include a mouth hole and the fabric extends to attach onto the neck. I am going to cut my own mouth hole. Plus I will also see how the neck fabric works and sticks; I may have to cut that off too. This mask has little black dots on it (that is the caviar) and it also contains propanediol, which should help the skin absorb the caviar better.
But what does caviar do for you I hear you ask? I was wondering the same thing. Sounds luxurious and I love eating it. Caviar has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, two nutrients that are part of a healthy diet and promote luminous, balanced skin. It is also thought to heal and prevent cellular inflammation and work alongside the skin's natural processes, stimulating collagen production and minimising surface wrinkles.
So which mask am I going to try for this post? I have decided to use and review the NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask but not before I patch test first. (Which is why this post is slightly later than planned - put your health first).
How to Use the NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask
1. Use after cleansing and toning.
2. Remove sheet from the packet.
3. Place the mask on the face, aligning with the eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
5. Remove and discard mask.
6. Pat or gently massage remaining essence until absorbed. Do not wash off.
7. Use 2-3 times a week.
The NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask is covered in lots of milky serum when I pulled it out of the pack. There is no real noticeable smell to the mask.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trehalose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Blabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance.
The fabric unfolded really easy and the mask was easy to put on my face since the excess serum helped me to move it around and position it properly. It felt really cold on and even at the start I could see how this would be super moisturising. I put together a little video while I waited for the 10-15 minutes to be up (quite a few takes - vlogging is scary). The mask sort of shifted on my face as I spoke. I wasn't really happy with the way the fabric was gripping to the sides of the top of my nose. The mask wasn't uncomfortable to wear - however I have to say it was pretty cold. Check out my short video below.
The mask was still wet to the touch after 15mins when I pulled it off my face. The fabric came off quite easily and there was a lot of serum left on my face. The instructions said to pat or gently massage the excess serum into your face and to avoid washing it off. Well after the 15mins and about 10mins of massaging the serum wasn't really sinking in. So I decided to continue with my review while I waited another 10mins for the serum to sink in. Unfortunately, I was left with a wet film on my face, so I removed some of it with a bit of gauze. After doing that my face wasn't sticky at all and it was really hydrated. Plus my skin feels nice and comfortable.
Looking at my face in the mirror afterwards it has left a really nice healthy glow to my skin and the texture of my skin feels lovely. However a few tiny pimples that weren't that red are a bit more pronounced than before. My cheeks are a bit rosy too. I will be interested to see how long my face feels hydrated for and whether this sheet mask process has made those tiny pimples worse or not. I have to give it a solid thumbs up for the way it has hydrated my eye area though. Which has got me thinking. Maybe I do need to save the left over serum and apply it to my eye area later...
I am actually pleasantly surprised by the NEOGEN Bright Clear Fiber (Fibre) Sheet Mask. I give it an 8 out of 10 at this point because I want to wait to see if it makes my pimples worse. Plus I am not sure of the lasting results. We'll have to see whether it can stack up against my laser facial.