A Primer On Skin Barrier
To fully appreciate the benefits of this mask, one has to at least have a basic understanding of (1) what the skin barrier is and what it does, and (2) what ceramides are for. This is because the main purpose of this sheet mask is to strengthen the skin barrier. It then achieves this purpose with its choice ingredients, which include five different types of ceramides.
Before I became interested in skincare, I did not really understand what the skin barrier was and why it was so important. You can Google it now if you want more comprehensive information, but I will simplify it for you here in case this is the first time you are learning about it. The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin that helps prevent moisture from evaporating. At the same time, it serves as a protective shield against harmful microorganisms and irritants by producing antimicrobial proteins and peptides. When the skin barrier is strong and healthy, the skin appears plump, bouncy, even-toned, and radiant. On the contrary, if the skin barrier is damaged or weakened, the skin appears dull, irritated, red, tight, or even scaly.
To put it even more simply, the skin barrier is like a protective wall of bricks. The skin cells are the bricks, while lipids are the mortar/cement that holds the bricks together. Nearly 50% of these lipids are CERAMIDES. This brick wall can be weakened by various things, such as stress, pollution, over-exfoliation, excessive washing, sun damage, etc. The good news is, there are a number of measures one can take to repair it: improving your skincare routine and making lifestyle changes are among them. And one of the proactive things you can do regarding your skincare routine is to incorporate products that contain ceramides.
Enter Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask. This sheet mask contains five different types of ceramides: Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide AS, and Ceramide EOP. It also includes a ceramide precursor, phytosphingosine. That, in itself, is already impressive, IMO. But aside from these, it also contains other ingredients known for their soothing effects, such as Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, and Centella Asiatica Extract. And to hold all the moisture in, the mask also contains Panthenol, which is a good humectant.
Here the full ingredient list:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycereth-26, Propanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Betaine, Allantoin, Cellulose, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide AS, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Acetate, PVM/MA Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glyceryl Acrylate/ Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin
Sheet Mask Material and Quality
This a two-piece sheet mask, and it is meant to have a better fit. I’d say it did have a good fit. The sheet had A LOT of slits, I could tell they really wanted to make sure the mask would fit every face shape and size. When I first used it, I thought the hole for the mouth was too big, so the sheet could not cover my chin. But I re-watched Klairs’ video and noticed that the girl there applied the lower part of the mask right under her nose, almost covering her nostrils 😂 So the next time I used this mask, I did what she did and my chin got covered, though still not completely, as you can see in the photo below:
The adherence, I would say, was excellent. The tencel gauze material of the mask, which was super soft and a bit thick, was actually meant to have a great adherence. Also, it was REALLY SOAKED in thick essence. It felt luxurious. It was not completely unscented, but the smell was mild and pleasant, at least to me. With the first mask I used, I followed the directions and just left it on for 20 minutes even if it was still soaked with essence. But with the second mask, I experimented a bit and checked how long it would take before it started to dry. I wore it for 50 minutes and it was still moist! But I felt the urge to remove it because it was waaaay past the recommended time.
Having read the mask’s ingredients, I expected it to be really soothing, moisturizing, firming, and rejuvenating. And I am glad to share with you guys that it did not disappoint! Immediately after masking, I noticed that my skin was plumper, bouncier, and more radiant. These noticeable results seemed to last until the next 48 hours. And I am not even exaggerating. But of course, my other skincare steps may have helped. However, I did not incorporate anything new in my routine apart from this sheet mask, so I think it’s only right to credit it for the significant changes I noticed after using it. Also, the second time I used it, my face even appeared to be slimmer! I will have to use it again, though, to see whether it really does that or that was just a one-time thing.
The only con I can think of is how difficult it was to completely unfold the masks because of the numerous slits and the super soft and silky material. But then, those slits were necessary for a more “universal” fit, and their choice of fabric was necessary for the impeccable adherence, so I really don’t mind the difficulty to unfold it.
Would I repurchase?
When I ordered this on Wishtrend, I thought it was expensive at US$3 each. But after trying it out, I can say it’s so worth it! 👌 So, yes! I’m definitely repurchasing this in the future. I don’t see myself using it as an everyday mask, though. I’d probably only use it once or twice a week, because the results are quite long-lasting.
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I think those who have sensitive, angry, dry skin, or basically anyone with a damaged skin barrier, would appreciate it the most. I have oily, acne-prone, and easily-irritated skin, but I love the effects of this mask on my skin. And I do think it’s a good habit to take extra care for our skin barrier 💙