Sheet Mask Sunday: Make P:rem Foil Sauna Mask
Here's a new one that has never graced the sheet mask library before, foil masks . "And tonight Matthew, I'm going to be a Cyberman!" I'm going to feel awkwardly old if nobody gets that reference. So, foil masks are a thing. They sound very uncomfortable but actually it looks like a thin cellulose sheet mask with a foil layer on top. There are no sharp edges or the sound of crunching foil every time you laugh at yourself in the mirror. But is this a gimmick or the real deal?
MAKE P:REM WRAPPING ME MOISTURE SAUNA MASK
They've taken a few notes from Scandi brands and gone for a sophisticated, minimal design. It definitely made it stand out from the cute and quirky options in my sheet mask box. Thankfully, this mask comes in two parts. One for the top half of your face (aka the superhero mask) and one for the bottom half. This usually makes it a lot easier to put on. The cellulose under layer of the mask was thoroughly drenched in essence and there was a lot left in the packet. I used this as a skincare routine step for the following two days. I love it when you can savor the effect with the excess essence.
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT FOIL SHEET MASKS?
It always boils down to whether this is a gimmick or actually worth the effort. The idea behind having a top foil layer on the sheet mask is that it prevents the evaporation of the essence. Naturally, it has a warming effect on the skin too. These properties increase the absorption of the ingredients into the skin.
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Trehalose, Propanediol, Hydroxyethycellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acidd Copolymer, Propyene Glycol, PVM/MQ Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Adenosine, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Gycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lyine, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Phyosterols, Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Sucrose, Serine, PCA, Alanine, Threonine, Mourera fluviatilis Extract, Taurine, Glacier Water, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Impera Cylindnca Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Copis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Fragrance
There are ALOT of ingredients in this mask (59 to be exact). When you compare it to the Malie Green Tea Mask, which has a grand total of 15, it looks like they've added everything and the kitchen sink. The last ingredient is Fragrance, unfortunately. But it didn't irritate my skin at all. Nor did the mask have a strong scent to it so I wasn't worried about that.
Taurine - an amino acid that is used in skincare for its antioxidant and UV protection properties. Test tube research shows that it is an anti-inflammatory and can reduce water loss from the epidermis.
Niacinamide - a form of B3 used to hydrate, plump and condition the skin. Very effective in my opinion.
Glacial Water - Said to be skin softening, pH balancing and pore cleansing. It sounds refreshing too.
Ascophyllum nodosum (brown seaweed) - To soothe skin irritations, boost circulation and cleanse.
Hyaluronic acid - The famous moisturising key ingredient that holds 100 times its weight in water.
Vitamin C - Great for brightening the skin.
Cloudberry - I hadn't heard of this one before. They are little fruits (think an orangy coloured blackberry) that mainly grow in arctic regions. It contains lots of omegas and vitamins so many claim it makes the skin more radiant and protects it against free radical damage.
Soybean ferment extract - Fermentation in skincare is a favourite of mine. You can read all about those benefits here.
Royal jelly - I wouldn't say this mask is suitable for vegans. It's produced by honeybee workers and is used as a moisturising agent.
The pack contains a lot of essence so I was able to prep my skin by patting in a generous helping. Although the mask comes in two parts, it does not stay on well. The foil it makes it less able to mold to the shape of your face so it slides around. The top half was all good but I had many near misses with the bottom half nearly falling onto my keyboard. This is definitely one for when you're in full relaxation mode.
The mask adhered the best on my forehead and never lost contact with my skin. It doesn't feel like your skin is warming (like those self-heating masks) but when I touched the foil sheet it felt warm. My skin after removing the mask also felt quite warm. I had someone else touch my forehead (as a better judge of temperature) and they said it felt quite hot and were a little taken aback. I left it on for 20 minutes so that's some serious foil insulation. I would not recommend using this one in the bath because it may make your skin too hot.
I then patted the remaining essence into my skin. It felt a little sticky. I don't mind it feeling very "wet" and needing time to all sink in but I didn't appreciate the stickiness. I held back from washing it off though. Side note: this essence is great to apply before makeup as it acts a bit like a primer and makeup adheres well to it.
On first glance after use, my skin looked brighter and perked up. It didn't feel particularly nourished or plumped but over the next three days, I did notice my skin was more hydrated. I guess I expected more straight after use because it is marketed as a moisturising mask. Perhaps not the most instantly nourishing but a great pick me up.
VERDICT: Great for brightening and long lasting hydration if your skin isn't extremely dry/dehydrated. Not as effective as it could be though because it doesn't stay on. If you're curious about the warmed skin and novelty of a foil mask, it's worth a try. Otherwise, I'd give it a miss and pick a less expensive option.
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