Sheet masks have been all the rage for the last few years and, while I am a HUGE mask fan, I have only recently really gotten into sheet masks.
I put this down to never really discovering a sheet mask that worked properly for me. But I have discovered a few over the last while that are real winners and I have now broadened my horizons.
So now that I am a bit more clued up, today’s post will be a “Battle of the Sheet Masks” – a round up of some of the best sheet masks available in South Africa.
The Battle of the Sheet Masks
Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb Masks (R35 – R40)
The most affordable of the three options but a serious goodie! The Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb sheets come in three variations; pomegranate, chamomile and green tea (each formulated for a different skincare concern) and each is a great choice. They provide a punch of active ingredients geared towards what each individual skincare concern the mask is formulated for.
They are advertised to provide 7 days worth of hydration… I am not too sure about that, but they definitely do the trick and provide a great surge of hydration for a few days.
My favourite aspect of all is the price point. You can pick three up for around R70 on the Clicks 3-for-2 sale.
Payot Blue Techni Liss Week End (R139)
At the sake of being entirely honest… I planned to be unimpressed with this Payot mask. Reason being that the website boldly states: “Fewer wrinkles after the 1st application”.
You cannot get rid of wrinkles. While we all wish there was a ‘delete’ button, it is just not biologically possible. However… and this is a big “however”… both my friend and I used this mask together (me having extremely dry skin, her being an oily/combo gal) and we were both suitably impressed.
No, the mask did not delete our wrinkles. But it did plump up our skin as well as leave it feeling incredibly hydrated. The sheet contains an 8% glycolic acid which eliminates dead cells on the skin surface as well as boosts cell renewal. This is what assists in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and renews the skin’s texture.
I do also appreciate that this mask is 100% recyclable and natural. The small things truly do count in our plastic conscious world these days…
Image Skincare Biomolecular Hydrating Recovery Mask
I have searched high and low for a price for this IMAGE Skincare sheet mask. I also cannot for the life of me figure out where to buy it online. So reviewing it without knowing the price is always tricky. Results are relative.
This mask, however, is definitely the best of these three options. Oh my heavens, it is so superbly luxurious. You truly feel as if you’ve been for a facial at a spa.
This essence-rich mask contains an “ultra-hydrating biomolecular formula to rescue dull and dry skin as well as nourish and plump the skin”. This magical biomolecular makeup is also meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I am never one to claim that a product will diminish the look of lines but it certainly adds a plumped up and almost “blurred” effect.
Lululun Face Mask (PINK) (R200)
This was my first time testing out a Lululun sheet mask as I was thoroughly impressed. K-Beauty truly is the only way when you’re opting for a sheet mask!
The sheets are drenched in essence and there is more than enough to assure you have excess to apply on your hands, down your neck, and onto your decolletage. This is always a recommended use of excess serum but most masks don’t contain enough product to allow you to do so. Go figure!
The main ingredient is Lipidure®, Hyaluronic Acid, and other hydrating ingredients, guaranteed to leave your skin soft and plump! And it truly does. My skin felt nourished and hydrated, plump and healthy. Basically ALL the traits I look for in a hydrating sheet mask.
The Lululun mask is recommended for daily use but I find it more than perfect for once a week!
WBeauty Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask (R55)
I am no stranger to the WBeauty range and the sheet mask is a nice offering. It gives a really nice boost of freshness and health to the skin thanks to the Vitamins A, E and C in the formula. There is also the addition of co-enzyme Q10 which is incorporated to improve the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles.
The WBeauty Sheet Masks have the added bonus of being approved by Beauty Without Cruelty as well as paraben-free.
Freeman Facial Sheet Mask Tea Tree And Blackberry (R49)
While I have been a fan of Freeman masks for years, this was my first time using a sheet-mask from the brand. The scent is gorgeous and the Blackberry is a great addition, especially once you research the benefits. Blackberries provide a rich source of Vitamin C and anthocyanins that help to renew the skin cells. And, over time, Vit C gives your skin a healthy glow and reduces the appearance of fine lines, while boosting protection from the elements.
The Freeman ask feels like there is less serum included in the sachet, but overall it is still a lovely and affordable option.
Tips for using Sheet Masks
To make the most of your mask:
- Pop your mask into the fridge for about 10 minutes prior to opening. This will add a cooling effect and your skin will loooove you for it.
- Always apply the excess serum from your mask to your chest and hands. Don’t let any of it go to waste!
Which is your favourite sheet mask??