To be sung to the tune of “Walk Like An Egyptian”.
Have you tried one of these sheet masks – popular in the skin-care-fanatic capital of the world, South Korea, and recently all the rage here in the States?
I love face masks because I can be really lazy about getting facials. I like throwing on a clay mask to clear pores, or a thick gel for extra moisture. These sheet masks are different from your typical mask, though (besides the obviously ominous mask itself). They’re meant to brighten, freshen and tighten your skin before a big event or, say, after a long flight. They’re infused with skin-boosting ingredients and, unlike other masks, you don’t wash your face after application. You rub in the goodness and move on with your routine.
I picked up this Dr. Jart+ All That Lift & Firm for about $7 at Sephora recently. I love that it’s an inexpensive way to test the sheet mask trend, and obviously, as I’m getting older, I’m all about lifting and firming before a night out. I recruited my poor husband to photograph my first sheet mask experience.
This particular mask is applied in two parts, which I appreciated, because the process was awkward enough with two smaller pieces. The top section, covering my forehead and t-zone, was easy enough, but the bottom section actually requires hooking the mask behind your ears. There’s a natural lift that occurs when you’re tugging that mask tightly! I tried to get the mask to sit very flush and smooth with my cheeks, because a review I read online mentioned that any wrinkles in the mask will translate into little wrinkles on your face – kind of like pillow marks after a long nap.
I couldn’t help but think this mask would be a great alternative for Halloween – you can channel a Jason in Friday the 13th vibe. Plus, if you’re a busy, multi-tasking woman, why not improve your skin while being festive? I wouldn’t say the fifteen minutes I spent with the mask on my face were necessarily comfortable, but people, I’ll go to any lengths for beauty. I simply hid from my husband to avoid his teasing and scrolled through Instagram on my iPad – not a bad way to spend a beautification period.
When I peeled off the mask and rubbed the leftover serum into my skin, I can’t say I felt that my visage was transformed. My skin looked a bit plumper (though I did have a few pesky dents from the sheet – darn it! They went away quickly) and fresher from the extra moisture. I did notice, however, when I applied my makeup, that my face was much tighter and makeup application was smoother and easier. It was a nice little bonus after I thought the mask had done nothing for me. Would anyone else notice? Was it like I’d had work done? No, but I didn’t expect that. One performs these little rituals to feel special and polished before a night out, and the mask did the trick for me. I’m not sure I’d buy this same mask again, but I’ll definitely try another sheet mask in the future. Any recommendations?