I think we can all agree that 2016 will be forever recalled as the year in which Asian beauty products - and concepts for that matter - became mainstream, and no product better demonstrates this than the humble sheet mask. They are everywhere and as such, gone are the days of scouring the internet for your sheet mask fix - in fact, thanks to budget beauty brands such as Garnier, you can now stock up in your local supermarket of all places. If you have always wanted to try out a decent quality sheet mask and/or already have an obsession-slash-stash that needs replenishing asap, the new Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask may just be what you have been waiting for.
As you may have guessed, the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is the treatment product that has been designed to nestle between the Garnier Moisture Bomb Day and Night creams - both of which are great and long overdue a review on this site. Much like any sheet mask - or tissue mask - this is a quick, cheap and cheerful method for an instant, non-irritating does of moisture with minimal fuss and effort. The beauty of sheet masks is that they can be used pretty much anywhere, which happens to be especially helpful when travelling; as a side note sheet masks are also a blessing for those who find it difficult to carve out a little "me-time", a sheet mask requires you to not only sit still but lie back to fully reap the benefits, and of course prevent it from slipping off your face.
From what I have gathered over the last year or so, typically sheet masks - especially those created by Asian beauty brands - are aimed at daily use, rather than the occasional treat as and if when you remember. Well not the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, it contains one whole week's worth of hydrating serum, meaning this is slightly more intense and dare I say richer than your typical sheet mask found on the likes of eBay. Rather impressively, the Garner Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is not only constructed from 100% natural cellulose fiber tissue to both feed the serum into the skin and lock it in place too, but the serum itself isn't half bad considering it costs a mere £1!
The serum the mask is soaked in (and there is no other way to describe the level of moisture), is loaded with hyaluronic acid and naturally-derived ingredients such as pomegranate. On paper this does sound a little vague but that is the nature of the beast; most sheet masks list one ingredient or skin saving claim and leave it there - you only have to look at the likes of Tony Moly to see that this is true. Anyway as you may be aware, hyaluronic acid has an amazing ability to retain water (moisture), so when topically applied to the skin not only will it instantly hydrate but will do so for days to come, along with smoothing, plumping and generally leaving the skin feeling and looking youthful. The other main ingredient is Pomegranate which is used here as an antioxidant aka a way of repairing and preventing environmental damage - how much this is possible via a sheet mask, I do not know but a great skincare addition none the less.
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is as cooling as sheet masks come and really well cut in shape and size, I did find it to be super moisturising and generally quite a skin calming mask-come-serum and a steal at just £1 per mask. The only downside is that it is fairly rich and as mentioned above, all but drowning in serum, which I do worry with regular use it may become a little overwhelming for my typically oily skin. However for drier complexions and/or travel, this is quite the bargain and a very welcome addition to the UK high street - I do hope other budget friendly brands follow Garnier's lead and produce sheet masks of their own.
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask £0.99 per mask via Boots - link.
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