It’s been a little over a year since I tried my very first facial mask and since then I’ve gotten over my fear of slathering clay, gel and essence on my face. In fact, it’s now a part of my regular skincare regimen. This time around, I wanted to try sheet masks that are highly popular here in Asia. I decided on Faith in Face’s After Shower Look Hydrogel Mask, lured by its promise of soothed, highly moisturized skin.
The 3 sets of masks come in a pink plastic case and feature vintage-style typography and visuals, all for $15.90. The retro feel echoes Faith in Face‘s back-to-basics philosophy that focuses more on “bringing out the individual beauty of each woman, rather than touting a miracle cure.” I second the motion!
Having combination skin has made me more prudent and picky about the products I put on my face. However, I’ve accepted that even though my face might look like an oil field most days, it still needs hydration to keep my sebaceous glands from working overtime. The Hydrogel Mask includes sodium hyaluronate and sodium PCA (pyroglutamic acid) which help absorb and supply moisture to the skin, respectively. Camellia oil soothes the skin and locks in the moisture to prevent evaporation. The oil also has a faint but pleasant smell, which adds to the overall feeling of being pampered.
I liked that each mask comes in two separate pieces. One section covers the forehead and nose, and the other covers lower cheeks, jawline and chin. If I don’t feel like using a mask on my forehead or chin, I only need to use one section, and save the other. Removable glossy white paper covers the masks, with an additional thin film to protect the actual gel layer.
Faith and Moisture Restored
Putting on the mask and trying to make it stay put on my face was an exercise in comedy. It took some time to get used to the feeling of something cold and sticky on my face, but as the gel cooled my skin, I found myself enjoying the sensation. I kept the mask on for about 20 minutes, as I figured a little extra time on my skin wouldn’t hurt. Despite the sticky sensation, I resisted the urge to rinse my face and just gently patted the remaining essence into my skin. I have to say that using it just before bedtime was a good idea as I woke up the next day with skin that was softer and less shiny.
If you’re a newbie like me to the world of facial sheet masks, the lack of English instructions on the box can be mildly frustrating, especially not knowing how long it should stay on your face or which film to properly remove. But other than that, putting the mask on and sitting still for a few minutes is a good exercise in patience and relaxation. Throw in some calming music and aromatherapy, and this pampering facial experience is worth repeating.