Sheet Masks/Ingredient Highlight: Pomegranate

Pomegranate…. I still remember walking around with a fresh pomegranate as a snack, nibbling on the juicy seeds, when I was little. Nowadays I don’t see many fresh pomegranates around, but POM juice is carried in pretty much every grocery store I’ve seen and pomegranate is also showing up in more and more skincare. So what’s so good about Pomegranate? There has been quite a few scientific studies done on pomegranates over the past decades. Pomegranate seed oil, juice and peel have been shown to suppress/reduce skin cancer agents. One pomegranate contains 48% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Pomegranate is a rich source of conjugated fatty acids and polyphenol compounds that lend the fruit potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging abilities – higher than that of green tea and red wine!


While some ingredients are only effective when taken orally, and others only when taken topically, pomegranate extract is effective both taken internally and when applied topically. The ellagic acid from pomegranate helps to reduce collagen breakdown and minimize wrinkles. Combined with vitamin C and other antioxidants, pomegranate also helps to inhibits sunburn, pigmentation and promotes skin regeneration.

Skin Type: All skin types

Purpose: Inhibits sun damage and pigmentation, reduce collagen breakdown and minimize wrinkles, hydrates dry skin as well as promote skin regeneration….. oh man, sheet masks aside, I am now tempted to go out and get myself some more pomegranate skincares rather than vitamin C!

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Etude house Essential Mask Sheet, Pomegranate


The sheet is thin but sturdy and just barely big enough for my face, the size is ok but the eye holes don’t fit quite properly. The essence itself have a thin serum consistency with a sweet milky floral scent. It feels wet on the face and after taking it off, the skin feels moisturized and look a tad less red. It will feel greasy if you massage on the leftover serum, so I recommend leave it or slap on a light moisturizer then use the serum next day instead.

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask, Pomegranate


As soon as I opened the packet, I was greeted with a strong alcohol floral perfume scent that lingers. The mask is a thin sturdy sheet and normal size for most faces. It felt fine on the face, except for the strong scent with a hint of alcohol. After taking the mask off, the skin feels moisturized and bright. My skin does feel a bit greasy after massaging on leftover serum, and I would not recommend it for sensitive skin due to alcohol.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Mask, Pomegranate


While the other two masks don’t really smell like pomegranates, this have a strong alcoholic fruit juice scent. The sheet is thin, sturdy and smooth regular size. It feels nice on the skin and after taking off the skin feels moisturized and looks less red. The skin does feel greasy if you massage on the leftover serum, so save it for later.

Because all three left a slightly greasy feel, I would not recommend it for oily skin. Because all three have a strong scent, Innisfree and THEFACESHOP contains alcohol as well, I wouldn’t really recommend it for sensitive skin. I’m surprised it didn’t irritate but actually toned down the redness and was so moisturizing despite the alcohol. The greasy feeling does go away after an hour or two, so if you are not going out or to bed immediately it shouldn’t be a problem. If I have to pick one then Real Nature feels like there’s more actual pomegranate extract in it while the other two have too much silicone/alcohol/perfume/other things in it.


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