Before I’ve even had a chance to check the forecast, my skin knows the weather is changing — especially when the temperature drops. Not only does winter dryness make my skin look dull, but it gives it that unpleasantly itchy, sandpaper feeling. When ordinary moisturizer just won’t cut it, it’s time to take my skincare routine to the next level. Enter the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb sheet mask.
In case you’ve been on a social media hiatus and don’t know about the miracle that is the sheet mask, I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s worth the hype. Essentially a mini facial you can take with you anywhere, a sheet mask is a thin piece of dewy tissue that infuses your face with moisture and other amazing benefits. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to use: just apply, let it sit, then peel it off to reveal refreshed skin.
Depending on your skin’s needs, Garnier has created six different formulas: anti-fatigue with lavender; pore-purifying with charcoal and algae; glow-boosting with sakura flower extract; ultra-hydrating with pomegranate; soothing with chamomile; and mattifying with green tea.
Not all sheet masks are created equal, though, and there are certainly a wide variety available at both drugstores and specialty skincare boutiques. Since my skincare priority during the winter months is moisture, I want something that can replenish what the cold weather has been stripping from my face on the daily without breaking the bank. At the same time, I want to know that whatever is coming into contact with my skin is trustworthy, and the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb sheet mask is just that.
After the gym one day, I decided to pop into the drug store and pick up one of Garnier’s Moisture Bomb sheet masks for a little weeknight pampering: a hot bubble bath and face mask followed by some serious TV time. At just $3.99, the sheet mask was an easy choice and a very small commitment. Since my skin was looking a little dull, I went for the glow-boosting mask infused with sakura flower extract and hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid may sound like something from a chemistry class; but in fact, it’s a moisture-holding substance produced naturally by our skin cells. A single gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six litres of water! Since hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our skin cells, it’s great for sensitive, breakout-prone and even oily skin types, and may act as a barrier against things like sun damage, pollution and changes in temperature. Applying this acid topically helps skin regain some of what the environment strips away from it.
After a long soak in the tub, I lightly cleansed my face and applied the sheet mask directly to my skin. Once it was in place (the eye holes were a bit small for my peepers, so it took a little adjusting to get it right), I removed the blue protective layer and set my iPhone timer for 15 minutes. By the time I was almost done a sitcom episode, it was time to remove the mask and check the results. Seeing as each mask is infused with half a bottle of serum (yep, you read that right), there was bit left on my skin after removing it. Don’t wipe off this valuable serum, though — just massage the excess into your face and neck and let your skin drink in the benefits.
Overall, I was very happy with the results of this sheet mask. My skin wasn’t uncomfortable like it has been after other at-home facials. Instead it was soft, smooth and ready to take on the harsh winter weather. The next time I’m planning a relaxing night in, I’ll be sure to grab a few of the other Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb sheet masks to see how they stack up — I know my skin will thank me.
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