Spa treatments are so indulging. But when I can’t find the best of times or even an hour to visit a spa to enjoy some much deserved pampering, sheet masks at home gives me a little ‘me’ time while having a good skin treatment. Taiwanese sheet masks always have a soft spot in my heart, with My Beauty Diary easily fulfilling my vanities.
My Beauty Diary is a well recognized face mask brand in Taiwan and they now have a sales branch in the US, making purchasing so convenient and reliable. You can find these products at My Beauty Diary US: ibeautydiary.com/
My Beauty Diary Masks are unique in several points:
(1) They literally have a mask for every skin needs, special occasions or emergencies: brightening, firming, calming… You name it, you can find it with MBD.
(2) They carry mask with ingredients that are tried-and-true: hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, q10, AND some very exotic ingredients such as sake, rice wine, natto; depending on your level of adventure with skin care ingredients.
(3) Their masks are: No Paraben preservatives, No alcohol, No fluorescent whitening agents and Safe for sensitive and fragile skin
(4) What I like best about them is that they are consistently high quality, yet budget friendly. What do I mean by high quality?
Packaging: Their packaging are the smallest among all sheet masks I’ve tried, which makes them very efficient and convenient. Each mask come with English instructions. On the front of the package are the key ingredients and the mask function, i.e. hydrating, soothing.. and on the back of the mask contain detailed ingredient list, notable ingredients and reason for their use, as well as designated skin types and directions. No guessing games here!
Texture/Feel: Their masks are made of tencel fibre cloth, which means microfibres are inter-weaved to allow for efficient water-bearing structure of the essence. The tencel is ultra-thin, soft and stretchy, but so absorbable. When the mask is wet, it is nearly translucent on the skin. This translates to the best fitted sheet mask I’ve ever used because it literally clings to every singe surface area of my face. I’ve left these masks up to 40 minutes at a time, and it still remains well moisturized when removed. Each mask always comes with a white plastic backing, making it easy to disassemble and apply.
Essence: Each package contains abundant essence that are not only soaked into the mask but enough left over to treat my neck, chest, arms, legs, body et al.
Fit: I am biased on this, because I have a small-ish face. I feel that these newest addition of MBD masks are literally designed for my face. Every opening in the mask for the eyes, nose and mouth are in the right place, and are neither too big or small. I love when the gentle skin around my eyes can be treated.
Black Pearl Brightening Mask
DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for skin lacking firmness, dull or tired skin
WHAT IT DOES: Optimal whitening, brightening and moisturizing
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Supreme black pearl essence from Tahiti is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that rapidly rejuvenate tired and dull skin. Also formualated with hydrolyzed yeast protein, skin-brightening lemon extract to effective lighten and even skin tone. The hydrating formulation contains deep sea Red algae and Malvasylvestris exract provides immediate relief to dry skin and improves’s skin’s ability to adjust tot he environment. Sugar maple also helps to deliver intense hydration.
MY REVIEW: I can easily see why this is one of MBD most popular masks. The ingredient formulation is stellar, and the brightening result is certainly immediately visible. It makes my skin more even skin tone, and really helps to bring out a translucent clarity effect, along with diminishing pores and supply of ample hydration. I love using this mask for lazy no-make up days because it instant wakes up my skin.
Aloe Vera Soothing Mask
DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for dry skin and skin needing relief and repair
MASK FUNCTION: Optimal hydration, calming and soothing
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Aloe vera contains nourishing mucopolyaccharides that are combined with the double-acting moisturizing ingredients Cosphingo x Aquaroad to formulate a remarkable skin nourishing mask. The mask also contains kiwi, lemon, gingko and various extract to soften dead skin. Mulberry tree bark and bearberry leaf extract provides dual-action to soothe dry and irritated skin, while control and maintain balanced sebum secretion and clarify skin.
MY REVIEW: This mask is especially great after leaving it in the fridge, as the aloe provides an extra cooling, refreshing and hydrating experience on my skin. I love using this mask on days when my skin feels sensitive. It quenches the thirst of my skin, while the rich blend of nutrients and plant extract help to sooth any flushing or irritation. The moisturizing and calming effect is really outstanding, and the finish is clean and non-sticky, making this a great morning mask when I’m in a rush to get out the door.
Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask
DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types; especially recommended for dry skin or skin in need of immediate hydration
WHAT IT DOES: Continuous hydration, Brightening and Firming
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Classic and popular moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is treated to a hi-techhydrolysis process to further reduce the size of their elements, which allows for improved penetration and humectant effect. Additional hydrating ingredients includes aloe vera and algae. It also contains a blend of Arnica montana and Ruscus aculeatus for skin brightening and firming by improving skin elasticity and firmness, and enhances the complexion.
MY REVIEW: This mask is superbly hydrating without being too intense or heavy, perfect for the summer time. I can never have too much hyaluronic acid products in my skin care, as hydration is the key to skin health. I love using this mask after being in the sun too long, to help reduce pigmentations, and when I want to brighten my skin for a big event. This mask also contains ingredients to firm the skin, including a whole host of antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin and perfect as part of an anti-ageing skin routine.
What are your favorite MBD masks? Most of these masks are $1-2, or can be purchased in boxes of 5-10, on http://www.ibeautydiary.com.