Sheet masks are huge in Korea and are becoming increasingly popular across the states. Beauty and cosmetic stores across the UK don’t carry much selection in brands and volume of sheet masks but thanks to the internet we can purchase the good Korean stuff off amazon and a few other websites. Due to the lack of availability across UK drugstores when i first discovered sheet masks in boots i was restricted to one brand, and as it wasn’t the best i didn’t think twice about repurchasing them. Whilst on my travels in Dubai, due to a multitude of reasons (atmosphere, heat, flying, sleep, etc) my skin began to act up and me being me i forgot to pack in my acne creams and masks. Not that i’m complaining, i’m a makeup and skincare junkie, so i headed to Sephora the same day and came across a huge selection of affordable sheet masks.
Naturally i was attracted to the ones labelled skin clearing and acne related, which happened to be amongst the brand Dr. JART+. Unfortunately because i stupidly forgot to take a picture of the masks i purchased i can only locate one of the two i purchased from the store. I have to say not all Sephora stores carry the Dr. JART+ brand, which i unfortunately found out the hard way and wasn’t able to stock up before flying out. The one i could locate online was the Dr. JART+ Dermask Clearing Solution Ultra-Fine Microfiber Sheet Mask.
I rotated between this mask and the other one that i can’t unfortunately find during the week i was away and felt like it reduced the size of my pimples and helped slightly with the redness. I have a full breakdown on what sheet masks are and the benefits of them which you can read here.
Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCl, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Trehalose, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Betaine, Erythritol, Glutathione, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-14M, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
According to Dr. Jart+ the stars of the show within this line up are;
–Glutathione: Contains antioxidant properties and brightens complexion.
–Niacinamide: Brightens complexion.
–α-Bisabolol: Derived from a natural plant, inhibiting melanin generation; brightens.
I would personally add Allantoin to this list, which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant emollient. This ingredient helps to remove dead skin cells and and helps the skin retain more water leaving it smoother, softer and helps to reduce redness.
Running the ingredient list through COSDNA i came across a few potential irritants. The main one being Triethanol amine, a pH adjuster with a safety rating of 5 (out of 9) and acne irritant potential of 2 (out of 5).
Dr. Jart+ claim the mask to control blemishes and correct uneven skin tone.
When i first used this mask i have to admit i was hoping it would do wonders because of the state my skin was in and any slight improvement did make me feel this was a god send. The sheet comes folded inside a little packet and is kept from sticking together with a film liner. It has no strong fragrance smells and adheres to the skin quite well.
As with all sheet masks whilst you have it on your quite restricted with your facial movements, (no laughing or eating, weirdly this is the time i laugh the most and always feel like eating) when applied to the skin it feels quite cool and refreshing. After keeping it on for around 20-30 minutes, you pat in the excess until it’s fully absorbed. I tend to use these before i go to bed so the serum can really work on my skin whilst i sleep. The serum is easily absorbed and doesn’t feel tacky on the skin.
The following morning my skin felt plump, hydrated and it had reduced the size of my pimples by a decent amount. Using this religiously over a week or so i do feel it helped my skin recover from my breakout faster and worked better than the acne gel i’ve been using for quite some time. However, now exploring through the vast amount of sheet masks available and the effectiveness of them i feel i can get just as good of a result from cheaper options, which i will do a blog post on my favourites soon.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Despite being able to find cheaper options i do love this sheet mask, with the cheaper options, i’ve found it difficult locating a sheet mask which is fragrance free (fragrances can irritate sensitive skin) and delivers to the UK, and from the few alarming ingredients i didn’t find them adversely affecting my skin, but everyone’s skin is different, what works on mine may not work the same on yours. All in all this sheet mask has turned me into a sheet mask fiend, and i find myself using them 2-3 times a week because they are so gentle, yet hydrating and refreshing!
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