When it comes to DIY pampering on a weekend or weekday night, facial sheet masks certainly come to mind. However, it’s sometimes tough to choose one that works for you because there are just too many options out there. We recommend three that we like and what they’re best for.
For sensitive skin: MORILINS Facial Therapy Mask
This relatively new brand is devoted to formulating organic products and places safety and purity as a high priority. The founder herself suffers from multiple allergies, hence the organic approach. MORILINS carries four Facial Therapy Mask, namely: Revitalizing + Replenishing (for mature skin), Brightening + Tightening (to fight pigmentation), Purifying + Balancing (for oily skin) and Softening + Smoothening (for all skin types). They also carry an Eye Therapy Mask.
I’ve tried the facial mask and I noticed that it isn’t as wet as most masks in the market – you know how most of them drips with the serum. It is also slightly smaller than what the market offers, so you’d need to stretch it a little to cover the entire face. While it is a brightening mask, I didn’t find my skin significantly brighter, however, it is soothing and hydrating.
Availability: $9.90 each, at Sasa.
For better fit: Garnier Aqua Defense Hydrating Glowing Essence Second Skin Mask
As the name of the product suggests, this is meant to adhere to the curves of your skin perfectly. Designed to suit Asian women’s facial features (Yay! Us!), this product uses innovative high-fitting tissue so the mask can stay on the skin without budging. It is also thin, and designed to reduce trapped air bubbles, even along the nose bridge and sides of the nose. This series carries two variants – Garnier Light and Aqua Defense. I like Aqua Defense very much because of how supple the skin feels after application. And yes, this is one of the masks that I’ve tried that doesn’t fall off the facial contours easily. It’s a pleasure to use it.
Availability: Both variants currently retail at $2 per sheet, and in August, boxes of five will be launched at $21.90 per box. Available at Watsons, Guardian, major supermarkets and hypermarkets and selected department stores.
For an instantaneous boost: La Prairie Swiss Cellular White Intensive Illuminating Masks
To ensure better fit, this La Prairie mask comes in two parts – one for the upper part of your face, and the other for the lower part. This is the latest addition to its already successful White Intensive series, and the host of cutting-edge ingredients in it works together to achieve brightening, evening out of skin tone, hydration, and also soothing and energizing the skin.
In merely ten minutes, the effects can be visibly observed. Skin looks a lot brighter, as though you just stepped out of a rejuvenating facial treatment, it also feels supple, plump, and very hydrated.
Availability: $318 for six masks, at all La Prairie counters.
Tips to making the most of your facial masks:
- Leave it on for only as long as the recommended period, instead of waiting for it to totally dry up. This can cause moisture to leave your skin instead. Remember what you learnt in Biology class about diffusion?
- After removing the facial mask, gently massage the essence onto your skin to let it absorb more of the essence’s goodness.
- I know how you think it’s a waste to throw away the sheet mask when it’s still wet. I like to rest it onto dry areas such as my elbows, knees and calves after my face is done with it.