What water is to a parched land, so is a sheet mask to dry skin. I have oily acne prone skin so I usually avoid using a moisturiser. I do occasionally use a gel-based moisturiser but only when my skin feels extremely dry. When I first read about sheet masks I thought it wasn’t meant for people like me who have oily skin. However, as you know, I am always eager to try new products I still tried one because I could not resist a sheet mask after seeing it in almost every Korean drama. Also, I admire the spotless skin that Koreans have and I wanted to see if it could work for me. And I am happy that it did. At least, the sheet masks did. I last used the Real Nature Olive Mask and here is my experience with it.
Name: The Face Shop Real Nature Olive Mask
Price: ₹100/- for 1 sheet mask
What does it claim?
This intense moisturising mask hydrates dry and rough skin.
How to use?
Wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat it dry. Using a cotton ball gently rub a toner over your face that will help refine your skin texture. Remove the mask from its packet and place it on your face. Remove the mask (down to up direction) after 10-15 minutes and gently massage the solution left on the skin and leave it on till it dries on your face. DO NOT wash it off as your skin needs to absorb the serum. The serum may feel sticky at first but don’t worry it will dry after some time.
Does it fulfil its claim?
The Olive sheet mask comes in a regular pouch and does not have a prominent fragrance. It smelled a lot like coconut water to me. I washed my face with an oil balance cleanser and then rubbed my regular toner over my skin and let it dry. I then took out the sheet mask from its packet and tore the eye hole of the mask wider, before placing it on my face. I left the sheet mask on for around 20 minutes before peeling it off my face. I then squeezed out the excess serum from the pouch and dabbed it over my face, neck and shoulders. I left the serum on over-night and when I woke up in the morning, I noticed that the puss filled acne on my face had dried and flaked out. Sheet masks do not cure acne or even claim to affect acne in any way. This is just my personal experience. For me, sheet masks are so hydrating to my skin that it alleviates my acne slightly. However, when its effects wane off, my skin gets back to normal but the acne does not worsen. What I now do is whenever I notice a new acne emerging on my face and if it pains to touch then, I use a sheet mask that night which helps to dry out the acne and relieve the pain. This has worked with most sheet masks I have used till now. Not all sheet masks impact my pimples but some have and I am happy with them. This mask also brightened my skin that lasted for more than a day and I love how my skin looks each time I use it.
What’s good about it?
Does not break out acne prone skin
Makes the skin soft and smooth
Gives a healthy glow to the skin
What’s not so good about it?
Expensive (I still feel that ₹100 for a one-time use sheet mask is unreasonable.)
Effects last for just two days
I give The Face Shop Real Nature Olive Mask 4 out of 5 rating. This mask suited my oily sensitive skin and gave me the results that I expect of sheet masks. I stamp my approval on this.