Not All Sheet Masks Are Created Equal

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Catchy title, isn’t it? It’s true though, because even as an avid supporter of Korean skin care, their most famous products – single use sheet masks – sometimes contain ingredients that tend to irritate my skin. Nothing worse than a “soothing” mask that stings your face, right? I’m not saying all Korean masks are like that [you know me better than that, I’m actually a huge fan], but I certainly used a fair share of bad ones throughout the years.

Biorepublic Skincare Sheet Mask Review >> | via @glamorableThat’s where Biorepublic comes in. Their products were inspired by Korean skin care but formulated with American tastes and values, formulated without parabens, sulfates, pthalates, or triclosan and 100% cruelty-free.

The first thing you notice about a sheet mask if the sheet itself. There are many types out there: cotton, pulp, hydro gel, paper, coconut biocellulose – just to name a few. Biorepublic masks are made with eco-friendly biodegradable fiber, that’s very flexible and snugly fits on your face, without sliding off or creating awkward air bubbles [paper sheets, I’m looking at you].

Biorepublic Skincare Sheet Mask Review >> | via @glamorableThe next thing about a sheet mask you must check is the amount of serum/liquid it’s swimming in. The best ones are drenched in liquid, but don’t drip when applied to the skin. Biorepublic masks have a moderate amount of clear liquid inside, enough that it doesn’t completely dry out by the time you take it off. By the way, the recommended wear time is 15-20 minutes, which is pretty standard for non-gel masks.

Biorepublic Skincare Sheet Mask Review >> | via @glamorableKorean women use sheet masks every day. Unlike in the US, where these are still somewhat a novelty, in Korea and all across Asia sheet masks are an essential step in every girl’s beauty routine. Due to their popularity, the prices are also very competitive – you can stock up on decent quality simple masks for as low as $0.30 each. Of course, it’ll be a while before we get to see those prices, first we have to make sheet masks popular in our neck of the woods ­čÖé Capitalism! But I digress…

Biorepublic Skincare Sheet Mask Review >> | via @glamorableBiorepublic offers four types of masks for different skin concerns:

  • Pomegranate Crush – illuminating
  • Green Tea Detox – purifying
  • Aloe Rescue – revitalizing
  • Cucumber Breeze – soothing

After trying all of them, I think my personal favorite is the cucumber one, as it did feel pleasantly┬árefreshing and moisturizing. My skin just loves cucumber – if I could use pure cucumber juice as a toner, I totally would [not that anything is stopping me, but it’s just not financially sustainable].

WHERE TO BUY: $4.99 for 1 mask. Available at Biorepublic, Birchbox.

Have you tried Korean sheet masks before? Do you have any favorites? let me know in the comments below!

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