Does the type of mask make a difference to the results you get?

A roadtest of different mask types - wash-off vs sheet vs overnight.

Does the type of mask make a difference to the results you get?
Does the type of mask make a difference to the results you get?
01 Nov 2018

Does the type of mask make a difference to the results you get?

With so many different types of masks in the market today, how do you know which works best? But more importantly, does the type of mask make a difference in the results?

Traditional wash-off masks: Great as quick fixes and for prepping the skin to create a smooth canvas for makeup application.

Sheet masks: Similar to wash-off masks, these work as quick, fuss-free fixes. Its advantage however, is that sheet masks actually give better results as they boost the absorption of the active skincare ingredients by the skin. Sheet masks work via occlusion, which means that there is a physical seal (the mask) trapping the ingredients between it and the skin, thus encouraging the skin to absorb as much as it can.

Overnight masks: Like an intensive skincare, it releases its active ingredients into the skin while you sleep. It also works with the skin’s natural reparative functions to boost skin’s regeneration and rejuvenation.

Still unsure of which mask works better? We test 12 different masks and here are our honest reviews:

For Acne-Prone Skin
For Acne-Prone Skin
01 Nov 2018

For Acne-Prone Skin

Wash-off

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Clarity Mask, $72

Promises to: Contains Blue Tansy, White Willow Bark and Fruit Enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells while decongesting and unclogging pores at the same time for a clean and clear complexion.

In reality: And while it says to leave the mask on for 20 minutes, sensitive skins are recommended to wait only 10-minutes max, or until completely dry before washing off. However, do note that as the mask dries, it can get a little tight. After washing it off, I did notice that my skin looked a little smoother and more pores seem a little cleaner too. The odd blemish or two that I had, on the other hand, still looked the same.

Effects: Lasts for 1 day

For Acne-Prone Skin
For Acne-Prone Skin
01 Nov 2018

For Acne-Prone Skin

Sheet

Medicube Red Centella Mask, $5

Promises to: Soothe red, irritated and blemish-prone skin with its infusion of Niacinamide and Adenosine along with Centella Asiatica, Licorice, Green Tea, Korean Pasque Flower and Rosemary extracts.

In reality Each pack comes with a one-time cleanser and toner use, which makes this super convenient to use. The mask is lightly scented and is really soothing on the skin. Immediately after, skin feels soft and supple. But other than that, there isn’t any big difference. However in the morning, skin was less shiny - which meant the oil-water balance was better controlled and blemishes looked less obvious.

Effects: Lasts for up to 2 days

For Acne-Prone Skin
For Acne-Prone Skin
01 Nov 2018

For Acne-Prone Skin

Overnight 

Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial, $159

Promises to: Unclog pores and target acne-causing bacteria while balancing skin’s sebum production and refining the skin texture through its blend of AHAs, enzymes, antibacterial cell cultures and probiotics.

In reality: To prevent skin from feeling dry and tight in the morning, I spritz it liberally with a hydrating mist prior to mask application. And that definitely helps. When I wake up, my complexion doesn’t look shiny, blemish spots look less red and angry, and skin still feels soft and not tight, unlike other blemish control products.

Effects: Lasts for 2 days

For Hydration
For Hydration
01 Nov 2018

For Hydration

Wash-off

The Body Shop Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask, $32.90

Promises to: Intensely hydrate, soothe and heal dry and dehydrated skins. As it contains no silicones, mineral oils and paraffins, it’s even suitable for sensitive skins too.

In reality: It looks like oatmeal porridge and the texture is rich and creamy. The scent is a little strong for me, but it smells somewhat comforting. The oats in the mask also make a nice alternative scrub, allowing for a gentle exfoliation for a smoother complexion.

Effects: Lasts for 1 day

For Hydration
For Hydration
01 Nov 2018

For Hydration

Sheet

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Hydro-Gel Mask, $5.50

Promises to: Instantly hydrate and soothe dry skin with the use of six different types of Hyaluronic Acids, four Ceramides and an Algae-derived Sacran.

In reality: The mask comes in two pieces so it sits well on the face. It is great when skin is feeling particularly dry and tight, like just after a long flight. My skin is instantly soothed, feels softer and looks supple after.

Effects: Lasts for 2 days

For Hydration
For Hydration
01 Nov 2018

For Hydration

Overnight

Hera Aqua Recharging Sleeping Mask, $38

Promises to: Lock in moisture and calm the skin thanks to the Coconut Oil and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract it contains.

In reality: The light gel texture instantly soothes the skin and absorbs easily, leaving no tacky feel behind. Skin feels soft and plump, and there is a soft glow when you wake in the morning. Also great for using during a flight to protect against the dry airplane air.

Effects: Lasts up to 2 days

For Brightening
For Brightening
01 Nov 2018

For Brightening

Wash-off

Skin Inc Oxy-Recharge Bubble Mask, $76

Promises to: Instantly brighten the complexion as it sloughs off dead skin cells, as well as detox and leave skin clear of pollution and dirt. 

In reality: This three-in-one mask tingles, in a good way. It incorporates the brand’s signature Smart Peel Technology so after the microbubbles have foamed, a light massage helps get rid of dead skin cells. The result is an instantly smoother and brighter complexion. Best bit? All it takes is just one minute. Great for use in the mornings to prep the skin before makeup application.

Effects: Lasts up to 2 days

For Brightening
For Brightening
01 Nov 2018

For Brightening

Sheet

For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 (box of three sheets)

Promises to: Infused with a potent vitamin C derivative - Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, together with Brightenyl, it instantly brighten the complexion and when used regularly lightens pigmentation spots too.

In reality: Beauty experts swear by the masks from this brand. One of the few sheet masks that sits really well on the skin, making it really comfortable to use. The brightening results are instantaneous as my skin was glowing immediately and old acne scars looked lighter too. Makeup application also goes on much better after too.

Effects: Lasts for 2 days

For Brightening
For Brightening
01 Nov 2018

For Brightening

Overnight

Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask, $160

Promises to: Contains a blend of botanical extracts - Lime Pearl Caviar, Hemp Seed Oil and Micro Algae, to boost cell turnover while nourishing and regenerating the skin.

In reality: The balm-like texture means the mask does leave a slight tacky finish, so the key is to apply a really thin layer. It leaves a light film on the skin and takes a really long time to absorb, so apply this at least an hour before going to bed. The good news is that skin looks plumped, blemish marks are lightened and much brighter in the morning. Alternatively, you can use it as a wash-off mask too.

Effects: Lasts up to 3 days

For Anti-Ageing
For Anti-Ageing
01 Nov 2018

For Anti-Ageing

Wash-off

Dior Life Extra Plump – Smooth Balm Mask, $92

Promises to: Keep skin smooth, supple and line-free in just three minutes thanks to the use of plumping botanical ingredients such as Mallow, Haberlea and White Pine Oil.   

In reality: A little goes a long way as the mask’s texture is a little rich for my combination skin. It would be better suited if skin is feeling dry though. Great for time-starved individuals. Also perfect to use in the mornings before work as it plumps the skin, making for a smooth canvas for makeup application.

Effects: Lasts for 1 day

 

For Anti-Ageing
For Anti-Ageing
01 Nov 2018

For Anti-Ageing

Sheet

Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask, $160 (box of five sheets)

Promises to: Enriched with botanical extracts - Oat Sugars, Organic Harungana, Shea Oil, Horse Chestnut, together with Hyaluronic Acid to lift, tighten and nourish the skin while minimising lines and sagging.

In reality: Unlike other sheet masks, this is a little tricky to use because of the extra flaps for the neck area and the hooks for the ears. That said, the ear hooks are really handy as it helps lift and firm the face, especially the jawline. Skin looks and feels tighter after use, and my double chin looks less obvious too. 

Effects: Lasts for 2 days

For Anti-Ageing
For Anti-Ageing
01 Nov 2018

For Anti-Ageing

Overnight 

Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Overnight Mask, $88

Promises to: Firm the skin while you sleep thanks to the use of Hibiscus Seed and Ginger Leaf extracts. Facial features look lifted while skin is softer and smoother as well.

In reality: You’re advised to massage the mask in in upward strokes, which helps boost its firming effects. And thankfully I did, because my face looked less puffy when I woke in the morning, and my chin and jaw were a little more V than U-shaped.

Effects: Lasts for 2 days

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