It is face mask Friday and the weekend is about to begin! Skincare is so important to me and should be for everyone. Every Friday as part of my skincare routine I use a face mask. Whilst I use them, I also review them for you all. Most are for my skin type normal to dry. But others just take my fancy and end up in the basket as well. Each mask I review, is my own honest opinion.
This week’s mask is by the brand Holika Holika, a brand I have used a handful of times. Recently I have been having blemishes and patches of broken and redder looking skin. So I thought I would give this a try. I am 30 and I have never really broken out until now. Tonight’s mask is Less On Skin Redness Calming Cica Dressing mask. Which is an irritation relieving sheet mask. The mask is formulated with soft, natural ingredients to care for sensitive skin. It is meant to help soothe irritate and reddening skin, a sheet mask none the less. But a breathable on that should nourish nutrients deep into your skin.
There is nothing fancy to the packaging. Its actually plain and boring If I am honest. But I was really looking for masks to help my skin and sort out the redder patches, in particular. It is just plain, slightly brighter than baby pink. The writing is straight forward and plain but its readable which makes it easier and clearer to know what you are buying. I would say the rolled out cloth is a bandage type, but it is meant to be like the actual mask.
The backs of packaging are always boring and at least half, I never even read. On Holika Holika’s the top half is in Korean and then on to the English part. Basically all I look for are the instructions and ingredients. Looking at the back it does go in to certain ingredients that have been dermatologist tested. Which is really good and useful if you are interested in them. I have to say I hadn’t heard of CICA until I read this. Cica-nesium for example, ‘is a complex containing Magnesium and raw Centella Astiatica extracts calms and recovers sensitive damaged skin effectively.’
Instructions/directions are the ones to follow. Because some really do change drastically depending on the company and mask. These are the amount of time you wear for and how to start the mask. Honestly you would be surprised how many have surprised me with the amount of time to wear. I would say this is a fairly standard 10-20 minutes wear but I have had sheet masks to leave on for 1 minute before.
On to trying this mask, it asks you to start by washing and toning your face. So that of course is what I did. The mask felt quick high up in the pack. To make sure all the extra contents didn’t spill everywhere, I tried to move the mask lower. It is easy to remove from the pack but harder to open the actual sheet. Where its folded up and stuck in a packet, you genuinely don’t know how long it’s been in there for. Because it’s a sheet mask, the majority is within the mask now but the liquid is absorbed over time, leaving some out. This made the edges harder to unfolded.
After I had opened the mask, it was a time to apply. If you are a new reader, you won’t know that sheet masks aren’t my favourite but there are more of them around and I really want to find the perfect one. Apply the sheet mask was actually easy. Except the nose and size of the mask is always too big for my face. The nose flap was folded inwards, which I didn’t know until I had it against my face. I picked at it but actually it would of fitted better if I had left it.
Though the fit was ok. It didn’t seem to stay in place. My cheeks came unstuck a lot. With sheets though you can just stick them back down. Just means less time to forget about it and chill out. Another plus for masks is no body can say they don’t have time for them. 90% of use are still working from home to start with. But you can do so much in 20 minutes. 20 minutes for me is an episode of SacconeJolys or The Radford Family Vlogs. Dinner can even be on or done in 20 minutes. A quick hoover around the flat. Masks for me are a relaxing time but you can all multi-task if you cannot make the time.
The time does go fast and before you know it, it is time to remove them mask. Sheet masks are the easiest in that respect. No faffing around, you literally just remove the sheet. Takes 2 minutes tops to remove and gently pat the left overs in. Then the mask is done and you can get on with your day. For me it was bedtime so I patted in a little, leaving the rest to absorb over night.
I am now a good 5 days past trying this mask out and I have to say that my skin is in such a good condition. It’s soft and so smooth and the redness seems to have lessened. Which means this is a huge hit for me. 100% has done as it says it would and more. Masks for me help for a couple days if that, this is day 5 and I am feeling so good still.
It is a bargain price of £2.95 and that is really good and affordable. The average price is around £5 for a sheet mask or one of use mask. So its £2 cheaper. Affordable and user friendly.
Like all sheet masks though, I would love them to come in sizes because my little face is always too small. Then the masks just don’t fit well. I would say that is the only down side and that my right cheek didn’t stay stuck for too long. Otherwise this is amazing.
9/10 would recommend this. If you need help with reducing reddened skin, this will help you.
What is your go to mask at the minute?