It is Friday and the weekend is just getting started. A perfect time for a face mask. Happy face mask Friday everyone. Every week I review a different mask for you all. Most being suitable for my skins needs, being I have normal to dry type. But others do just take my fancy and end up in the basket too. Though I do these and review them, they have also become apart of my weekly skincare routine. If you can look after your eyes, teeth and ears, why not you skin? One of the things that is always on show.
This weeks mask is by the brand Tonymoly. A brand I have used a handful of times. Over the last month or so, you may have noticed the mask being of a calming nature. That is because I have a few patches or irritated red skin and blemishes. Tonight’s is another calming mask. It is a vitamin enriched sheet mask, formulated with vitamin B5, madecasoside and aloe vera extract. To help calm, sooth and lessen irritated skin in just one use.
The packaging gives me clinical vibes. Very plain and dull. For me I brought this because I wanted help with my drier, irritated patch. So I would say this is more of a research and grab kind of mask. Over the ones that scream at you and jump out at you. Because they are bright and bold and exciting. Where as this is really simple, clean and to the point. It is full of vitamins and that is why the B5 is bold on the front to say yes please to my skin.
I love the bright green of the back. It is sort of colour reversed to the front and I love it. The backs of packaging, on anything are pretty boring. There is only a few important things you need to know and read. That is the instructions, which are written and in picture form on this. Though it’s a sheet mask, so pretty straight forward. You want to make note of the timing to wear because some love to throw you off big time. This is a 10-20 minute mask, I always try to keep on for the longer time, if not longer if I am busy doing something.
On to the mask, its pretty straight forward sheet mask. The instructions are tear open, put sheet mask on and leave for 10-20 minutes. Take off and go. Easy as right. Though sheet masks aren’t my best friends, they do have a lot of good in them and help hugely. There isn’t a lot you can do, to go wrong with this. Now I am finding I just apply as good as I can and go.
There was a lot of liquid to this mask and when I opened the packet, it oozed out a little. So be near a sink or bin. Sheet masks like this, really do need a lot of goodness and I guess adding a lot more gives this mask a brooder audience. Some need more helping in the calming department than others and that is why they do this. For me I am and have always been very lucky with my skin and its only now in my 30s, its started to need more tic.
Sheet masks are normally as white as a tissue. So I was surprised when this turned out to be a lime colour green. There are a lot of citrus oils and ingredients to make the lime colouring I guess. But honestly the colour came as a surprise to me. Even with the green colouring to the packet.
The other thing that surprised me was the scent. As soon as the packet was open, I could smell lemongrass. Sort of like when they give you hot towels at a Chinese restaurant. That kind of smell. But it also smelt and felt fizzy. Yes that sounds weird and I can’t describe it more than fizzy, as if it would if I laid with lemonade on my face. Very odd I know.
Like I mentioned earlier, I know longer take the time faffing around to get it sit ok. As long as my lips aren’t covered or my mouth and nostrils, I am good to go. This literally took me 3 minutes max to put on. My face is tiny compared to face masks, hence they don’t fit well. The chin part goes half way + down my neck. But it went ok and I only moved the forehead part a little up and the sides across once.
Then I was ready to go chill for 20 minutes. What can you do in 20 minutes? For me skincare and face masks like this are relaxing. But face masks are also a really handy way of getting a routine, whilst declaring you don’t have enough time. You could cook the dinner, hoover the house, watch a bit of tv or read a chapter of a book. Anything.
Honestly, I can’t remember what I did and it was only last night for me. Maybe actually I started to write, or wrote all of self care Sunday. Productive I know, but I am loving this new routine. So I was in my ‘soft office’ and working. Normally face mask time is chill time for me. Time to relax and unwind.
One thing that was quite annoying actually, was that all the content in the sheet mask ran down my neck and dripped onto my pyjamas. So I sat for 20 minutes with the tea towel over me like a bib. If it was a little, I would of been fine but this was running. Whether I was working or relaxing, I would of had to put the tea towel on.
This mask, I did leave on a little longer than the 20 minutes because I was in the writing zone. A mask is fine to leave on longer. I always try to leave on for the full time a mask is required. So that it works to its best potential.
Once I had wrapped up writing and scheduling Sunday’s post (last week), I took the sheet mask off. The mask left a fair amount on my face, left to absorb. As it was nearly bed time I just gently padded it in a little. But left to rest to absorb overnight.
Today my face feels really good, soft and smooth. But it’s on the sticky side. As if the mask has done its job and pushed it overboard to the oily side. A sticky face isn’t for me, if I am honestly. I could just feel the stickiness all day. Not that you can see the stickiness to look at it.
Price wise this is £6. So it is just on the pricer side of the average sheet mask. It’s a one off mask and I guess I don’t have as much irritation and redness as others. But I won’t be using this one again.
The packet and the mask was stuffed too much, hence the waterfall down my neck and nose at one point. Until I folded that bit up! Just now a whole 24 hours later my face is less sticky and that is after a bath, makeup wipes and cleanser.
If you have a lot of irritation, I would say try this. Otherwise this isn’t the best mask for calming, in my opinion anyway.
What is your go to mask at the minute?