For the last week or so my skin was feeling dry and irritated so I decided to try The Face Shop Aloe Vera sheet mask that I had bought from Sephora a couple of months back. The description on the pack mentioned that it is meant for sensitive skin and it soothes and hydrates the skin.
I have used a sheet mask from The Face Shop earlier and I really liked it. I had written a post about it with details on what the sheet mask looks like and how to use it so in this post I am going to focus specifically on the Aloe Vera mask and its effects. Please click here if you want to see what these sheet masks look like and how to use them.
Here is the ingredient list for the Aloe Vera sheet mask with the function of each ingredient (I haven’t mentioned water and fragrance since their function is self-explanatory).
Butylene Glycol –A solvent moisturizer that takes moisture from the air and retains it, preventing the product from drying out and keeping the formulation resistant to high humidity.
Glycerin – Solvent Moisturizer. It attracts moisture to the skin.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – Moisturizer, Emollient.
SD Alcohol 40B –Solvent that is used in skin care products. It compacts the volume of the solution, making it easier for key ingredients to interact with the skin.
Betaine – Antistatic Moisturizer that primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant in cosmetic products.
Sodium Hyaluronate – Moisturizer. It attracts and retains moisture. It is a brilliant anti ageing ingredient.
Xanthan Gum – Used as a viscosity agent in personal care products.
Hydrogenated Lecithin – Emulsifier.
Dimethicone – Emollient. Silicone based polymer that fills in uneven texture in the skin to give it a smooth look.
Phaseolus Radiatus – Functions as a skin conditioner. It has an excellent antiaging effect.
Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark Extract – Skin Conditioner.
Rumex Crispus Root Extract – Anti-inflammatory.
Carbomer – Emulsifier.
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – Surfactant/cleansing agent.
Triethanol Amine – pH Adjuster.
Methylparaben – Preservative.
Propylparaben – Preservative.
Since this mask has moisturizing and skin conditioning agents, I expected it to provide good hydration. I also liked the fact that it had natural anti-inflammatory agents.
I like the soothing effect these moisture laden sheet masks generally have on the skin when they are on for 20 minutes. This one had a pleasant fragrance of Aloe ( though the fragrance felt a bit synthetic, it was pleasant). The mask felt really good – in fact I took a nice nap while it was on. Though I don’t like keeping masks on for more than the prescribed time frame (20 minutes in this case), this time I kept the mask on for 40 mins while I was asleep. When I woke up and took the mask off, my skin felt hydrated and calm. I am definitely going to stock up these masks. They are ideal for deep moisturization before air travel plus they are really easy to carry while traveling. Overall, I love this mask because it gave my skin exactly what it needed.
I had bought this mask for Rs100 from Sephora, DLF Promenade Mall in Delhi. It is available online via Amazon for $2.38 + $6.36 (shipping). Amazon ships this product to India too. UK customers can source these masks via the Amazon UK website for £6.53 + £5.55 (shipping).
- Refreshing. Provides the skin with a generous dose of moisture. Great for use before and after air plane travel because they provide intense hydration.
- Fantastic for travel – they give tired skin a refreshed look and the packaging is such that they hardly occupy any space.
- I wish these were paraben free
- Availability – would have been nice if these were easily available in India