I love using sheet face masks whenever I have a bit of a pamper night. I usually use the Hydraluron masks from Indeed Labs, and really enjoy how quick and simple they are to use, not to mention the plumping effect they have on the skin. However, I haven't really branched out much into trying other brands, so when I heard about a new range of sheet masks from Skin Republic, I was keen to give them a go.
There's a whole range of masks available, targeting all sorts of skin concerns (one for blemishes, one for brightening, one with collagen, etc). They even have masks for your hands and feet, which sound interesting too. All the masks are hypo-allergenic and dermatology tested, and designed to give you salon quality results in the comfort of your own home without the spa treatment price tag. It was difficult to pick just one mask - they all sounded good - but in the end I decided to go for the CoQ10 + Caviar sheet face mask*. It's packed with vitamins and protein to repair, hydrate and nourish the skin and enhance elasticity, in addition to the main ingredients of CoQ10, caviar and witch hazel which protect and reduce redness.
I like the no-fuss packaging, which comes printed with all the information you need. However, it would be nice if you could buy a box of several masks, especially since they are supposed to work best if used twice a week for a month. They're priced at £4.99 each.
The instructions were pretty straightforward, but I did have a little bit of an issue with the last one: "To ensure skin compatibility, it is advisable to test a small area of the skin before use. Use the mask immediately after opening to prevent essence from drying out." Hmmm. So how am I supposed to give the skin test time to see if I'm compatible or not? I didn't worry too much, as I didn't expect to be allergic to any of the ingredients, and I wasn't, but I think that if a brand is going to recommend that you do a patch test, they should provide the means to actually do it.
Anyway, having made sure my skin was thoroughly cleansed, I opened up the packaging.
The mask inside was completely saturated with serum, which is a good thing, and freezing cold to apply to my face, which is also a good thing, I'm guessing, as it means that the ingredients were nice and fresh. It was a little uncomfortable at first, but soon started to feel better once my face had warmed it up a bit!
As instructed, I wore the mask for about twenty minutes, before removing it and gently massaging the remainder of the serum into my skin. In comparison to the Hydraluron masks I am used to, I felt that there was more of a film left on my skin with this one that took quite a while to absorb, and also that my fine lines weren't reduced quite as much as they seem to be with the Hydraluron masks. However, those have different ingredients, and different ingredients will of course target different things. The strengths of this one were plain to see once all the serum had finally sunk in. Redness was definitely reduced and my complexion as a whole looked plumped and luminous. All in all I was very happy with the results and would definitely use one of these masks again. I'm also interested to try out some of the others in the range.
You can check out the various masks here, and they should also be available to buy at Superdrug from this month.
Are you a fan of sheet masks?
*Product sent to me for review. All opinions, as always, are my own