For the sake of my vanity when people are scrolling through my blog, I’ve hidden this entire post behind this “read more” link. The post has some very unflattering pictures of me, like you might expect from a “beauty mask” sort of thing. The specific mask I try out is the “Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask Soothing” one.
Click the link if you want to read about my experience. Sorry for the inconvenience!
My skin has felt super dry the past couple of years. I’m doing my best to try and drink more water because my skin is probably dehydrated as well, but I wanted to try some skincare out as well.
I have a couple of troublesome dry, flaky patches on my face that are super stubborn. I specifically decided to try out the “soothing” flavor of this sheet mask around 9 p.m. last night because my skin was just feeling so unpleasant. If you have dry skin, maybe you’ll know what I mean when I say that my face felt like it was screaming. My whole face felt awful, but my problem areas felt like they were burning.
In preparation for using this sheet mask, I shaved my whole face (minus eyebrows, eyelashes, and side burns, obviously) and cleansed my face with some micellar cleansing water (supposedly formulated for normal/dry skin) from L’Oreal.
Mostly because I shaved, you can’t see the icky flakiness that’s normal for some of these patches on my face. You can still see some redness, but I don’t really know that you can see anything obviously in need of moisture in these pictures. That’s a shame, because my face really did feel a lot worse than it looks.
Here are what this sheet mask claims on Ulta’s website:
This water-based sheet mask with Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient naturally found in skin, floods skin with intense, weightless hydration. Free of mineral oil and petrolatum, this non-greasy formula, with green tea extract, provides a soothing burst of hydration and a fresher, softer, more radiant look.
- Half a bottle of hydrating serum in 1 mask
- Delivers 24 hour long-lasting hydration
- Helps prevent moisture loss throughout the day
I don’t know if the amount of liquid in these masks varies between the line, but mine did not look like there was a lot of excess product in the pouch when I opened it.
I watched BEAUTY NEWS on YouTube tear one of these masks apart, and their mask looked like it had a lot more goop in it than mine did.
Anyway, I followed the directions to get the mask on, but there was a small malfunction with the application process.
The blue application aid layer didn’t unfold for me when I took the sheet mask out of the packaging, so I got to look even sillier than might have been expected right away.
The mask overlapped my lips a little bit, so if you have large lips this will definitely happen to you. I didn’t notice any bad taste on my lips, but I didn’t exactly lick them while the mask was on. I also didn’t try talking or eating since this mask only wanted 15 minutes of my time, so I can’t say how well it holds up during those activities.
It was frustrating for me that the mask did not cover the corner edges of my nose, because that’s one of the areas that I have a lot of issues. I wiped my hands over the mask and dragged the product onto those bits of exposed skin (the mask was plenty moist for that), but still.
I was worried that the mask would irritate my skin (especially the dry patches or the razor nick) since it has alcohol and fragrance in it, but the mask did not bother my skin at all.
Ingredients (from Ulta’s website):
Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, P-Anisic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mannose, Methylparaben, Parfum / Fragrance, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum F.Il D199142/1
I don’t have a sense of smell, so I can’t say how intense the fragrance was. The mask was immediately cooling on my skin, which was greatly appreciated. The 15 minutes went by without incidence. The feeling of the mask on my skin at the end of the 15 minutes was the same as how it felt immediately upon application.
You can see in the above picture that the mask dried out a bit. The cheek and nose area of the mask felt a little damp, but not like they still had usable product on them. The forehead area of the mask, however, still was wet with the goop. The directions told me to massage any product remaining on my face into my skin, so I did that mostly by dragging the product on my forehead to my problem areas. The product that remained on my face was pretty negligible, though.
I did my best to take some before and after pictures, but this part is obviously not professional. I did not retouch the following photos, but I did crop them to be as similar to one another as I could.
My left side, before
My left side, after
My right side, before
My right side, after
I tried to touch my skin to see if it felt plump with hydration or something else noticeable, but it just felt a little bit tacky from the leftover goop. My dry patches did not feel scaly or otherwise textured after the mask, but that feeling returned to them by early afternoon the next day (16 hours after application). I’m not sure if the mask helped with the dry textural issues or if I just managed to shave off the troublesome top layer before applying the mask. *shrugs*
I waited 24 hours after applying this mask before publishing this post. I really wanted to see how my skin felt after a day, especially since the mask claims to both deliver “24 hour long-lasting hydration” and help “prevent moisture loss throughout the day.” Based on my one-time experience, these claims seem to check out. I was impressed, even though the effects of the mask didn’t seem particularly amazing. I could feel the textural differences in my dry patches return the next day, but my face didn’t hurt during the day like it often does. I did not apply any moisturizer or lotion in the 24 hour testing period, and I honestly didn’t feel the need to. Neat.
I got one other sheet mask from this line (the glow-boosting one), and I’m looking forward to trying it out, too.