Sheet Masks/Ingredient Highlight: Fruits on your face!

With the increasing focus on more natural products, fruit acids are becoming more common in skincare products. Fruit acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. Those commonly used in facial peels include malic acid from apples and pears, citric acid from oranges and lemons, and tartaric acid from grapes. A fourth well-known AHA, glycolic acid, is frequently categorized as a fruit acid, but it is actually derived from sugarcane, a type of tall grass.

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Since the masks are of different fruits (ok fine, vegetable as well depending on how you categorize tomatoes), I will be listing their specific benefits during individual mask reviews.

Skin type: Mature, acne-prone.

Purpose: Fruit acids are AHAs, so they exfoliate, help reduce wrinkles and pigmentation. Fruit acids also dries up excess oil and unclog pores.

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask, Strawberry

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants as well as a variety of acids. It contains ellagic acid, which protect against UV damage by stifling the production of enzymes that contribute in destruction of collagen. It also contains folic acid, which aids in cell regeneration, and lycopene, which fights free radicals. The salicylic acid and vitamin C in strawberry also helps to unclog pores and lighten pigmentation.20160903_130203

When I open the packet, it has a strong scent of strawberry and alcohol (strawberry wine???). The mask feels cool and comfortable on the face. The sheet is made of a smooth sturdy paper cloth and a tad longer than average. The serum is liquidy and after I took the mask off, it took awhile to absorb into the skin. It was moisturizing enough without moisturizer afterwards for my combo skin.

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Sheet Mask, Kiwi

Kiwi has a very high content of vitamin C, which prevents sun damage, tighten pores, and encourages collagen production. The high amounts of vitamin E in kiwi keeps the skin moisturized and elastic. The enzyme and AHA in kiwi exfoliates but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. 20160903_130225

The kiwi mask is a smooth sturdy paper cloth sheet, a bit longer than average. It is soaked in a milky serum with a fruity scent. It feels nice on the skin but after taking the mask off, it takes awhile for the serum to absorb. It did feel a bit greasy but not stuffy, and there’s no need for moisturizer if you have oily/combo skin.

My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask

Apple are rich in pectin, tannin and vitamins which help to soothe sunburn and tones skin. Just like other fruits, it also contains vitamin C, which helps with sun damage and pigmentation. Copper in apple helps in formation of melanin which helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. In addition to vitamin A for glowy skin, apples also contain vitamin B5 and B9, which helps combat acne and irritation.20160903_130250

The mask is a thin smooth sturdy paper cloth sheet that smells like apple juice. The essence is very liquidy and dripped/trickled into my hairline/neck when I lied down. The serum takes awhile to absorb but once it did, the skin feels clean and smooth. I did need a light moisturizer after it absorbs.

Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet, Tomato

Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins A, C, E, B6, B1, B3 and B2 as well as lycopene. This helps to prevent sun damage while maintaining your skin’s moisture levels. Tomatoes are naturally acidic, which helps with oil, pore and acne problems. It is also anti-inflammatory benefits, making it great at healing skin.20160903_130310

This mask has a very faint clean green scent. The sheet mask is made of smooth sturdy thin paper cloth, a bit bigger than average. The essence is a clear serum that feels slightly sticky. It did take a while to absorb but once it did, it was not stuffy.

Maybe it’s because I’m too used to using peels, but I thought these masks would be more drying or stinging/acidic than they are. Instead, they are quite moisturizing and didn’t irritate at all. My favorite of the bunch is My Beauty Diary Apple mask because it hydrate/clarifies and is lightweight. But if we are really talking about a good clarifying mask, my favorite is Karuna Clarifying mask. I can feel my breakouts going down and getting less irritated after one use. These masks are great if you want moisture, but a peel is better if you are more interested in the benefits from acids.

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