Name: Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask
Brand: My Beauty Diary
Size: single mask or a box of ten
Price: single mask $2; box of ten $13.17
From My Beauty Diary’s website:
Classic and popular moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is treated to a hi-techhydrolysis process to further reduce the size of their elements. The elements of hyaluronic acid are tiny after undergoing hi-tech hydrolysis process and these treated Hyaluronic acid elements offer excellent moisturization to skin. This substance is able to quickly enhance skin by facilitating microcirculation, purification and moisturization of dry skin. Thus, the moisture content of the skin is maximized, forming a protective transparent water molecule screen, securing moisture in the skin.
What I liked:
– very hydrating, makes skin soft
What I didn’t like:
– because of the huge size, it is tricky to apply
– doesn’t brighten skin much
– not suitable for sensitive skin
Do you use sheet masks when you’re home alone too? I wouldn’t be particularly embarrassed if someone saw me with a sheet mask on. I just don’t want to give anyone a scare. They can make you look like a psychopath from a horror movie. And that’s never a good look.
Once you’ve made sure no one’s around, take your time to apply the masks. This part can be quite tricky, like I learned when I tried My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask. I don’t think its size is that different from the other masks the brand makes, such as the Collagen Firming Mask. It is still huge, but the holes for the eyes are quite small and close together and I could feel the edges slip too close to my peepers.
I had to continually adjust the mask because I was scared some of the solution it is infused with would slide into my eyes and make them burn. Luckily, that didn’t happen. But wearing the mask was pretty uncomfortable, so I only kept it on for the recommended minimum amount of time, 20 minutes. You can remove it after half an hour or slightly more if it fits your face better.
Was the mask worth the discomfort and scary appearance? If your dry skin needs a quick pick-me-up, then yes. The mask is loaded with humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that hydrate skin by drawing moisture from the environment into it. Hyaluronic acid is particularly good at this. It can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water and works well both in high and low humidity conditions. Doesn’t matter where you are, you can always use it and get great results!
Thanks to these humectants, after use your skin is very soft, plumper, and hydrated. Because of its benefits, this mask is particularly useful after a plane ride. Air on a plane can be very dry, sucking all moisture out of your skin and making it look dull and lifeless.
A hydrating mask like this, which can be easily carried in your hand luggage, would restore some much-needed moisture in just 20 minutes, allowing you to go on with your day looking your best. It is also best used in the summer, when, unlike in the cold winter months, the refreshing sensation it provides will make it a pleasure to use.
Instead, I didn’t see much of a brightening effect. I can’t say I minded that. The mask is infused with citrusy extracts that are supposed to provide a light exfoliating action, but these can be irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. My combination skin tolerates them well, so I didn’t experience any negative reaction.
That could be thanks to the soothing properties of aloe vera. Still, I wish these extracts weren’t there. There are much better ways to brighten skin, such as glycolic acid for instance. But if your skin only needs a hydration boost, then this mask will do the job nicely.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Grapefruit Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglutamic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Lactate, Arniuca Montana Flower Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20, Treithanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lecithin, Mallow Flower Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, PEG-15 Hydroxystearate, Carbomer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Available at: Amazon
My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask provides some much-needed hydration to dry skin, leaving it soft for hours. But it doesn’t brighten skin much, and is not suitable for sensitive skin.