A while ago I was sent a selection of Asian sheet masks to try.
I have been using sheet masks for years and now plenty of brands do them – all though it was an Asian phenomenon first!
Some people who are committed to skincare will apply one as the last step to skincare every night. I do not have such commitment and to be honest my sensitive skin can’t take it. One or twice a week is enough for me.
Having said that if you have never used one before you must. They really hydrate the skin and are fun to use without the problem of having to wash off afterwards.
I was sent a selection of masks I have never tried before from Asian Beauty Plus, a UK based website selling Asian beauty products directly at reasonable prices (ie. individual masks for £1 or so). Here are some I have been trying…
SNP Animal Masks are pretty well known in Korea. They are one of the first to do the animal print thing by the way although lots of brands do them now – just to freak out your postman should he decide to come as you put your mask on.
SNP masks come in different designs and with different uses. Anti Wrinkly, Hydrating, Soothing, Whitening (quite standard in Korean beauty). I have tried the tiger and dragon mask so far and they have been excellent. Quite a good fit with minimal wrinkling and really boosted me skin pre-event I had to go to.
Dr Morita is a less known brand and is Japanese. HIs masks may not be as fancy as the SNP ones but they have a lot of liquid (some sheet masks are dryer, some are very wet which can be a good or bad thing) and really stay damp for quite a while should you want to leave the mask on for longer. 10-15 minutes is the minimum.
I found these masks again to fit quite well but were a little loose around the nose (no big deal).
These hydrated really well. I had a bit of redness on the cheeks but nothing I would call a big reaction and I would use them again.
Cloud 9 beauty sells a box of sheet masks. These are actually gel masks and have a jelly feel when put on the skin. You have to buy this in 6 and it costs less than £2 a sheet.
In each set is 6 different types, one for oily skin, one for hyper pigmentation, whitening, moisture, sensitive skin, wrinkles. I really really like the gel type mask like this as it sticks nicely to the skin and feel refreshing. The moisture on these evaporate and I was ready to remove them in 15 minutes. Still they made my skin feel very soft, although I had a bit of a reaction to the whitening mask.
My favourite mask in terms of build and feel: Cloud 9
Favourite result: SNP
Most Hydrating: Dr Morita
The thing with sheet masks if you have sensitive skin its worth buying individuals so you know what is ok for you and doesn’t make you react. For example, I no longer buy Beauty Secret masks which are very popular, because the always make me break out. Either way I do like using them and it’s just a quick little skin treat at the end of a long week.
So if I were choosing my first sheet masks I would buy a selection of singles first. I like:
SNP Animal Dragon Soothing Mask (£1.29)
Guerisson Horse Oil Hydrogel Mask (£1.79) – if you didn’t want to splash out on a whole box of Cloud 9 yet
Dr Morita Snail Essence Mask (89p)
Dr Morita Hyaluronic Acid Mask (89p)
May I also say that the KAO hot eye masks make my life and are essential for migraine sufferers like me (79p each)