I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
"Seven days," I hissed in the mirror at the start of this week-long sheet mask challenge.
When you’ve just used a skincare treatment to turn your face into a horror movie, I do feel like one must say something to ghoulish effect. Also it’s relevant to this challenge.
OK, it’s not like this is really a challenge considering it involves very little physical exertion, but anything that promises glowing baby skin is something I’m likely to participate in. Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam (and of former xoVain contribution), the challenger as it were, actually put me up to this. I would gladly accept any challenge that lets me lounge around like a damp ghost, terrifying my boyfriend and roommate in the wake of my forming beauty.
It’s quite simple. The challenge is to use a sheet mask every day for seven days and come out the other side with the softest, most hydrated, glowing skin ever. The real challenge to me is whether my skin will cooperate with this.
In order to ensure all-encompassing beauty, it helps to curate a calendar of sheet masks to target whatever skin concerns you have, like brightening, smoothing, hydrating, de-stressing (skin is very prone to stress, apparently). It also helps to have your base skincare routine on point. Now is not the time to slack just because a sheet mask is going to pick up that slack—opposite! Since no major skin changes can really been seen in less than its 28-day cell turnover cycle, if you want to help a sheet mask out, do your due diligence.
But now, let me tell you about my sheet masks.
Day 1: Soo Ae Snail Brightening & Moisture Mask
You can’t do a sheet mask a day without using a snail one. I’m pretty sure that’s de rigeur of the sheet-masking culture. Also, so many of them have snail-trail in them that it’s kind of hard to avoid.
These are great for repair, brightening, and elasticity. By the end of this week, I should be able to bounce a quarter off my face.
Apparently, the latest to-do about anti-aging involves gold. I don’t really know how that works, but this one promises to nourish and fill in fine lines. I don’t really have fine lines, but I am not opposed to putting gold on my face or anywhere else on my body for that matter.
I will say that my skin felt a bunch softer after using this mask, though. Perhaps if I went on a daily binge with this mask, I’d see a dramatic change in texture, but onwards we must go.
According to this packet, I guess tomato is Time Magazine’s Choice of 10 Foods, although part of me thinks that maybe Skinfood is just trying to make their sheet masks look like faux magazine covers.
Regardless, the noble tomato and its extract helps your skin defend itself against UV damage with lycopene. I truly wonder how many tomatoes one would have to eat to impart any effective form of SPF into their skin (probably way too many), but this sheet mask probably has some redeeming soothing effects against this relentless summer sun.
I’ll be honest: I was mostly hyped on the idea of a tomato face mask because I think tomatoes are cute. At least it makes my skin feel nice after using it.
Day 4: Niveola Tiger 3D Mask Pack
First of all, LOL to this.
I am glad that sheet masks are able to have a bit of humor to them, with this one making me some weird tiger-faced weirdo for the duration of the treatment.
It specializes in moisturizing and brightening, with pearl extract, pomegranate, shea butter, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid; it’s a literal hydrating cocktail. My tiger face was very well moisturized afterwards.
I went through a bottle of Benton’s essence version of this sheet mask and let me tell you—it was a gooey miracle in a bottle. I’ll probably buy anything of Benton’s because they work so well and quickly.
The combo of snail secretion filtrate and bee venom (and other botanicals) makes for the ultimate damage-controlling, hydrating, smoothing, brightening, plumping skin revitalizer. I’m serious, give me all the snails and bees.
This sheet mask was a one-shot treatment (that I will be getting more of) of my favorite serum. I’ve had acne scars fade in less than three weeks with that serum. No joke.
I can’t say I’ve been to any household-name-level festivals any time recently, but if I had, I definitely would’ve packed one of these babies. Aside from the novelty value, this mask has witch hazel, baobab tree extract, bamboo tree extract, sea water, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid.
It’s got the goods to repair and soothe your skin as well as moisturize the hell out of it… basically the opposite of a music festival.
The coolest thing about this mask is that it’s made by bacteria growing in a petri dish—kind of like wearing yogurt film on your face, but in a less gross science-y way.
It feels a bit thicker and more gelatinous than other sheet masks, and it comes covered in a white, lotion-y goop rather than the expected clear serum-like treatment. This one has rice bran oil, macadamia oil, tripeptides, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, licorice root extract, squalane, and allantoin. It’s a brightening juggernaut, so to speak, while also including protective and super-hydrating ingredients.
I had to wipe off some of the goop after removing this mask because it was so thick (normally I’d just pat the leftovers in). After using this one at night, I woke up with super-soft and hydrated skin. I was basically a freshly watered plant. This one is a bit pricier than the going rate for sheet masks, but when you consider it’s made in a microbrewery of face mask material… well, you get it.
My post 7-day sheet mask challenge thoughts:
Yes, my skin is very soft. Yes, my skin is SO hydrated. It glows by default of being so hydrated, in fact—kind of like how models always look so dewy and then a makeup artist tells you it’s because they slathered Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream all over their eyelids and cheeks. It’s like that! Sans the cosmetic boost. I now understand why makeup artists swear by sheet-masking before applying makeup. A well-hydrated face makes for a much smoother canvas over which to apply makeup. It seems like all faces could benefit from a little extra moisture.
My forehead has experienced one or two breakouts, however—a minor casualty. I’m assuming it’s because all these moisturizing and rich nourishing ingredients plus my sweaty bangs lead to a pores-runneth-over situation up there.
Would I do this again? Absolutely. I may, however, wait for winter and once these godforsaken bangs have grown out.
- Would you guys try the Seven Day Sheet Mask Challenge?
- Which masks would you use?
- What else can I do to my skin for seven days?
- What are some other ways you can make The Ring sound bites relevant to your beauty routine?