My relationship with sheet masks is somewhat love/hate. I really feel like I’m pampering skin when I have them on, and I enjoy taking the time in my day to just relax in front of the computer or have a read while my face soaks up the concentrated goodness of the mask. However, you can’t really test out a sheet mask – so putting one on my face is a little bit of a lottery. Sheet masks are one of the only things that cause me to have breakouts, so you’d think I’d just avoid them altogether and not bother taking the risk. But when you take that risk, and you find a sheet mask that really does work for your skin, it’s totally worth it. It is also a nice excuse to terrify anyone around you – they have a touch of the Hannibal about them.
Perhaps, I thought, it was the amount of money I was spending on my sheet masks. If they’re cheaper, surely the ingredients aren’t likely to be as good and they’re going to make my chances of breaking out higher. I find that mid-range masks tend to be more effective (if you’re paying $1.50-$2 per mask, they’re likely to be better fitting and give you better results than a <$1 mask). Shops such as Olive Young or Watsons here in Korea stock a huge selection of masks, and you can find everything from the very cheap to the more pricey end of the spectrum.
Offers are my weakness – I’ll buy things on offer even if I already have dozens of sheet masks, or two of a product I already have. “WHAT IF IT NEVER COMES ON OFFER AGAIN?” says brain. I nod and wholeheartedly agree, then thank my lucky stars that at least it’s not as expensive as getting it all shipped over to me. That extra cash means I save money, right? The latest offer I snapped up was a box of 5 Dr. Jart+ V7 Toning sheet masks for 12,000W (€9.20/$10.10/ohGodthisisreallygoingtohurtthanksBrexit…£7.70). Considering these masks normally sell at about 4-5,000W that’s a lot cheaper, so I snapped them up.
I love the look of Dr. Jart+ products. They have a clinical, pharmaceutical air to them. Plain packaging, sometimes a stand-alone picture, often on a pure white background, and blocks of colour. Dr. Jart+ is a Korean skincare brand, launched in Seoul by a certified dermatologist and his entrepreneurial friend, Lee Jin Wook. Made for those with more extreme skincare issues, Dr. Jart+ is carefully formulated by dermatologists and seeks to alleviate problems such as severe acne. It is a trusted choice of those who have highly sensitive, trouble skin.
The Dr. Jart+ V7 Toning Mask is a super-light, skin-brightening sheet mask, containing 7 different vitamins and white jade. It contains vitamins A, B3, B5, C, E, F, and H, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and beta-glucan. Here is the full list of ingredients:
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Erythritol, Dipropylene Glycol, CaprylicCapric Triglyceride, Butylene glycol, Niacinamide, Beta-Glucan, Titanium Dioxide, Hyaluronic acid, Bacillus Ferment, Nephrite Powder, PEG-20 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Squalane, Sorbitan Isostearate ,Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin , Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cholesterol, Biotin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl linoleate, Glyceryl linolenate, Glyceryl arachidonate, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Retinyl Palmitate, cyclomethicone, Ubiquinone, Beta-sitosterol, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Phenoxyethanol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Arginine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.
Look how many fruit/plant extracts! It’s just a lovely list, in my opinion. I love citrus oil and grapefruit oil, purely for the smell alone. The mask smells very citrusy, so I attribute the wonderful aroma to these oils. It’s truly a treat to crack the pack open.
I’ve talked about niacinamide before, and hyaluronic acid, so I’m going to quickly go over beta-glucan and the properties of the vitamins the mask advertises it contains. Beta-glucan is a sugar found in wheat or oats. It contains antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. It is believed to reduce redness and calm sensitive skin. It’s found in many anti-aging products due to its effectiveness in reducing wrinkles and rough patches. It stimulates collagen production in the skin, and has been proven to reduce wrinkles by at least 15%, in tests run against placebo products (wherein wrinkles were not reduced at all by the placebo product).
A: reduces wrinkles, protects against UV radiation, heals wounds faster.
B3: otherwise known as niacinamide, it improves skin elasticity and moisturisation, evens out skin-tone, and again is proven effective in anti-aging.
B5: moisturises the skin through absorbing moisture from the air, keeping it soft and supple, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and hydrates.
C: everyone’s heard of this good-guy vitamin. Gives you brighter, healthier skin, and protects your skin from molecules that speed up the aging process. Problems such as sun damage and pollution can be an issue for our skin, so vitamin C can help us protect our bodies from these influences.
E: again blocks molecules (called free radicals, if you want the proper term) which play a part in the aging process, and has antioxidant properties.
F: vitamin F is otherwise known as linoleic acid, a fatty acid which is naturally found in the body. Promotes skin regeneration, softens the skin, and combats acne.
H: vitamin H is also part of the B group of vitamins and is also called biotin. It protects against sun damage and helps to reduce water loss in the skin, and can help with itchy, red patches or redness in general.
White jade also brightens the skin and evens out skin tone.
The ingredients in this face mask got me pretty excited. It looks sleek, it sounds sleek, and I just couldn’t wait to see if it felt sleek, too.
The mask itself comes as standard, in a little pouch, and the mask is stuck onto a plastic backing, which I always like as it makes it easier to unfold and apply. When there is no backing masks can sometimes stick to themselves really easily and I end up twisting them round for ages trying to get the sucker onto my face. The mask is made from micro-fibres, which Dr. Jart say are ‘thinner than a strand of hair’. This makes it silky smooth and super fine.
Applying it to your face is pretty easy, but it’s very clingy and you have to set it just right on the skin. It bunches up in some parts but overall the fit is really good, not too big or small/having strange eye or mouth portions like some masks do. This mask is absolutely caked in product. You certainly get your money’s worth – I usually keep the packet and am able to apply the cream for about a week, on my face, after initial use. It’s a gift that just keeps on giving. The smell is really pleasant, too. It’s citrusy and light, not at all too fragrant or chemical-smelling.
The mask hardly feels like it’s on your face at all for the 20 recommended minutes. I usually leave my face masks on longer (because I’m lazy and also because I never check what time I put it on), and this one is so comfortable to wear – sometimes when masks dry out, they can become a little scratchy. After some time wearing it, it’s the moment of truth – my skin certainly feels moisturised after using this mask. It is hydrating and the skin is very soft to the touch. Baby soft. Initially my skin felt a little greasy after taking it off, but after rubbing in the remaining cream, that feeling went away.
I normally have redness in my face, as I’ll demonstrate below, and this mask calmed it down – firstly, the night I used it, but more importantly, for a fair few days afterward. I walked around feeling I had been given some kind of ethereal glow. My pictures won’t do it justice, unfortunately. They never do quite show exactly how effective a product is, mostly because it’s down to texture, tone, and other things impossible to communicate through the internet. Trust me on this, though – this mask does brighten your skin tone. It evened mine out brilliantly and I really thought the redness in my cheeks, which I so dislike, was somewhat diminished.
L-R: Normal day of redness, a day of a few spots just before I used the mask, then morning after using. I felt my skin was brighter than this really looks.
So how would I rate this mask?
The fit is great, the mask is so soft and you can barely tell it’s there. It’s lightweight due to the microfibres, and you can really notice a difference compared to standard cotton-style masks.
Not too strong, and beautiful citrus notes hit you as soon as you tear open the packet. It’s refreshing and not at all chemical.
Considering I got this on offer, it was a very good price. Normally it retails at about 3,000W higher. I don’t think this is unreasonable at all considering the quality of the product and the effectiveness of it. I’d be willing to pay this, and have only put it at 4/5 because some might see this as being a little more expensive when there are so many masks on the market.
Somewhat oily initially after taking the mask off, but afterwards I woke up to even, brighter skin, with redness significantly reduced, and, I might add, skin incredibly soft to the touch. It certainly does what it says on the tin, so high marks for this.
Would I repurchase? Absolutely. I feel like this will now be my go-to sheet mask for perking my skin up and making me feel a million dollars. So that little extra cash is well worth it. Sheet masking is something I have to be really careful with, due to breakouts and redness eruption caused by certain masks. I’m so pleased to have found one which had no adverse effects whatsoever, and made my skin happy in the process.