Sheet Masks: Terrifying, Awesome or Both?
There's something that you gals needs to know about me: I am lazy. I don't spend hours exfoliating, mask-ing or straying too far from my daily routines. But I'm always looking for ways to up my beauty game based on two things: price and ease of use.
Enter the sheet mask. They're typically pretty cheap, made of soft microfibers and don't require leaving the house. Sheet masks been quite the hit with celebrities, and they've also garnered a reputation for making its user appear a BIT creepy while using. All of these things appealed to me. Plus, they're apparently really great for moisturizing and fixing up your face with essential oils, vitamins and minerals, leaving you with a silky glow.
With that in mind, I perused the aisle devoted completely to sheet masks at Sephora (and after the nice saleslady explained all of them to me in terms I could understand), I decided to go for it.
Priced at just $7.50 for a two-pack, I went with the Tony Moly I'm Real Moisturizing mask. My skin tends to be on the dry side (living in California doesn't help a darn thing), so I went with the one most likely to moisturize me as much as possible. As it says on the Sephora website, this particular mask aims to "deeply hydrate and transform dull, dry skin into a healthier-looking complexion in as little as 20 minutes."
Here's the before picture, in all my makeup-free glory (dun dun dun):
The first thing I noticed about the sheet masks is that they're really hard to unfold without ripping. That is all user error: I have bull-in-a-china-shop syndrome with most things. I may have giggled throughout the application process. Whatever. One thing I WILL say is that if you have bangs, this isn't easy. Make sure you learn from my mistake and clip them back BEFORE you put the mask on your face.
After applying the mask, I discovered a few things. First, the mask was really cold (only for a few seconds, though). Second, I had to let it set for at least 20 minutes. That was just enough time to make funny-faced selfies. Third, I learned that you can't really move your face very well, so conversations and snacking were out of the question.
After quoting a few lines from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, my timer went off, and I peeled away the mask. The directions said not to rinse and to massage any remaining serum into the skin. I was surprised that there was no weird residue left behind, and my skin actually felt really refreshed and soft.
The verdict: Sheet masks are pretty rad. They don't offer a deep cleansing or exfoliating property, so they're only good for hydration and refreshing your skin. And I noticed that my skin felt softer for a couple of days after application. I know it won't be long until I use the second mask of the twin pack.