In the ever-evolving world of skincare, one beauty trend has remained a glowing sensation. We’re sure that you’re no stranger to Japanese sheet masks, where ancient wisdom meets cutting-edge innovation to deliver flawless, radiant skin.
Soaked in potent essences that cater to a wide range of skin concerns, Japanese sheet masks have become an integral part of skincare routines worldwide. But did you know there’s a rising trend that’s different from regular sheet masks?
Yup, “medical sheet masks” are all the rage in Japan right now.
What exactly are “medical masks”?
Unlike regular sheet masks that provide general skincare benefits, “medical sheet masks” contain active ingredients that are specifically designed to address and target specific skin concerns or conditions, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and sensitivity.
Known for its all-in-one one-minute daily sheet masks to help women get ready quickly in the mornings, Saborino is a time-saving Japanese skincare brand that’s a little more stringent when it comes to its “medical mask” formulations.
The brand has taken in their customers’ feedback by launching 10-minute medical masks that address common skincare concerns such as acne, wrinkles, and dullness. These masks offer a five-in-one function, combining toner, milky lotion, beauty essence, cream, and mask pack. Alcohol-free, menthol-free, mineral oil-free, and fragrance-free, they’re safe for sensitive skin too!
The 10-minute “medical masks” Saborino offers go beyond mere beauty treatments. Whether you’re yearning for a luminous glow, battling pesky blemishes, or looking to turn back the hands of time, there’s a Saborino Medical Facial Sheet Mask that’s suitable for you.
To find out how effective these “medical masks” are at targeting different skin concerns, three Daily Vanity team members put the three variants to the test by trying them out for a week. Here’s how it went!
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Cleo tries Saborino Medical Brightening Mask
“I have combination-oily skin that is prone to dullness, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation. I also deal with the aftermath of acne in the form of stubborn scars that take time to fade.”
“The mask was large and covered all the curves on my face, which doesn’t happen often with other sheet masks. I didn’t place the masks in the fridge on my first use, but it was still comfortable and slightly cooling on the skin. It felt nice and the mask wasn’t too thick or heavy.
I really like the Ziploc packaging, which made masking super easy. I usually end up making a mess with single sheet masks, and I have a fear of tearing my mask when I open up the packaging. The mask wasn’t too slippery either, which made it easier to apply on my face.
After the first use, my skin felt incredibly hydrated and moisturised, and it stayed that way till the next morning! It was the kind of refreshed, supple skin you might not get from just one product.
The leftover mask serum wasn’t uncomfortably sticky either — a bonus for me!”
Results after 1 week
“I was surprised that my skin was less oily and had a more refined texture after just using the mask twice in one week! My skin also feels more supple, moisturised, and less dull than before!
I’m impressed by its ability to transform my lacklustre complexion. Dark spots faded, my skin tone evened out, and a natural, lit-from-within glow emerged. With each use, I felt like I was one step closer to my skin goals, and credit goes to Saborino’s formulation.
At the heart of Saborino’s Medical Facial Sheet Mask Brightening lies the mighty 2% tranexamic acid. This active ingredient is a secret weapon against dullness and discolouration. Known for its skin-brightening properties, tranexamic acid works to fade pesky dark spots, even out skin tone, and unveil a more radiant complexion.
This sheet mask is also packed with a host of other key ingredients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and retinyl palmitate. Vitamin C fights against free radicals and helps to fade stubborn hyperpigmentation, while vitamin E lends its moisturising and nourishing powers for strong, supple skin.
Let’s not forget retinyl palmitate, a derivative of vitamin A that works its magic by stimulating cell turnover. This ingredient gently exfoliates the skin, sweeping away dead cells to reveal a fresh, radiant canvas.”
Jade tries Saborino Medical Acne Care Mask
“Since my teens, I’ve been plagued with a double whammy of acne-prone, delicate skin. Rashes, dry and flaky patches, blemishes, red flare-ups – you name it, I’ve had it.
Sometimes, the stress over finding the right products that soothe irritated skin and zap zits can be overwhelming. Choosing the right sheet masks for myself is akin to conducting a science experiment. Even after scrutinising the ingredient list, I’d still cross my fingers and hope I don’t get a nasty reaction.
So when I heard that the Saborino Medical Facial Sheet Mask Acne Care aims to “soothe delicate skin” and “helps prevent acne”, I was thrilled to try it!”
“I try to minimise material waste where possible, so I appreciate that Saborino Medical Facial Sheet Mask Acne Care houses 10 sheet masks in one resealable packet. It was easy to fish out each sheet mask despite the packaging too.
The sheet mask felt refreshing on my skin and didn’t bear any fragrance, so I knew it’d be kind to my troubled skin. I noticed the word “CICA” written on the front of the packaging as well, which is one of my favourite soothing ingredients.
Also known as centella asiatica, cica has long been revered for its remarkable healing properties. It aids in reducing acne scars, speeding up the skin’s healing process, and enhancing its overall resilience.
After removing the sheet mask, my skin looked much less red and inflamed. It felt smoother and bouncier too!”
Results after 1 week
“I was surprised by its ability to calm my inflamed breakouts, reduce redness, and purify my skin. Having used it twice in one week, I watched my blemishes fade and my complexion become more balanced.
The star ingredient in Saborino’s Acne Care sheet mask is 0.05% of dipotassium glycyrrhizate, also known as licorice root extract. This potent extract is renowned for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It calms irritated skin, reduces redness, and helps to combat the pesky inflammation that accompanies acne breakouts.
Saborino’s Medical Facial Sheet Mask Acne Care also harnesses the power of other key ingredients, including cica, heartleaf, and mugwort.
Heartleaf, a botanical gem, boasts exceptional antibacterial properties. It works diligently to combat the bacteria that contribute to acne formation, helping to prevent future breakouts. The ingredient also helps to tighten pores, which is why I noticed a smoother, more refined complexion.
And then we have mugwort, a traditional Korean herb lauded for its detoxifying and clarifying abilities. Bursting with antioxidants, mugwort tackles acne-causing free radicals to purify the skin. It’s like a reset button for my complexion, ridding it of impurities and restoring its natural balance.
10 minutes were all I needed to ensure that all these active ingredients sank deeply into my skin to soothe and clarify it. This sheet mask is one I’ll be reaching for often!”
Kristen tries Saborino Medical Wrinkle Care Mask
“As I’m in my late 30s, I have been grappling with a range of skin concerns. Recently, fine lines and wrinkles have started appearing, exacerbating my worries.”
“The sheet mask fitted my face snugly and comfortably; I can see that it was designed for Asian features, especially from how well the nose portion fitted. In fact, it fitted so well, I was able to do household chores while having the mask on.
While there was sufficient serum on the mask, it didn’t drip all over causing a mess – something that I really appreciated because it makes it easy for me to use it wherever I am. The serum felt refreshing on the skin too.
After the first use, My skin instantly felt hydrated and looked brighter than before.”
Results after 1 week
“I used it twice in one week and found that it helped sustain my skin’s hydration level. Fine lines caused by dehydration previously were less obvious after a week of using the mask, and my acne mark also lightened. My skin looked less tired and my complexion appeared more radiant.
My skin feels incredibly soft and well-hydrated now. Not only that, but I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin texture, which now appears smoother and more refined. That’s all thanks to the 5% niacinamide in the sheet mask’s serum.
Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is renowned for its remarkable benefits in skincare. It plays a vital role in improving skin texture, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and promoting a more youthful complexion. It is also why my fine lines and wrinkles have become less noticeable.
Saborino’s mask goes the extra mile by incorporating other key ingredients such as vitamins B7 and B12. Vitamin B7 helps strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, resulting in improved elasticity and a plumper look. On the other hand, vitamin B12 aids in the production of collagen, which is crucial for maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
I love how well it fits on my face compared to other masks I’ve tried too. Putting it on for just 10 minutes without needing to rinse off was an easy routine to commit to compared to other treatment routines that are more tedious.
There are definitely noticeable improvements to my skin condition even though I only tried the product for a week. I’m excited to continue using it!”
Where to purchase Saborino Medical Facial Sheet Masks
- Saborino Medical Brightening Mask retails for S$14.20 at Guardian, Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki, as well as online on Shopee and Lazada.
- Saborino Medical Acne Care Mask retails for S$14.20 at Guardian, Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki, as well as online on Shopee and Lazada.
- Saborino Medical Wrinkle Care Mask retails for S$14.20 at Guardian, Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki, as well as online on Shopee and Lazada.
The masks will also be available at Watsons from 24 July 2023.
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