My skincare routine is usually pretty simple. For the most part, I use a gentle cleanser and a good moisturizer and that’s it. Occasionally I will throw in a serum or an eye cream, but my favorite thing to add to my routine is a mask. I typically use wash-off masks like Origins’ Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask or Julep’s Night Shift Sleeping Mask, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about fiber face masks. When Sephora came out with their own line of fiber masks, I decided to pick up a few and I also sent Stacie one to try. There are six different Sephora Fiber Face Masks, each with a different skin benefit: Ginseng- toning and revitalizing, Pomegranate- anti-fatigue and energizing, Rose- moisturizing and brightening, Pearl- perfecting and brightening, Green Tea- mattifying and anti-blemish, and Honey- nourishing and balancing. I picked up three of the six (Pomegranate, Rose, and Honey).
Each mask comes in a paper circle package that opens to reveal a foil packet containing the mask. The Sephora Fiber Face Masks are soaked in serum with different active ingredients based on which mask you choose.
To use each mask, you first wash and dry your face. Then you open the mask (the fiber is pretty sturdy but I can see how it would be easy to rip if you weren’t careful). You place the mask on your face (it has cutouts for your eyes, nose, and mouth) and leave on for 15 minutes. Then you remove the mask and massage the extra product in your skin. You don’t have to rinse it off. Each mask is for one use only.
The first mask I tried was Pomegranate (anti-fatigue and energizing), which is supposed to give you energetic, fresh, and radiant skin. According to Sephora, the pomegranate mask, “awakens, energizes, and protects the skin with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract.” I used this mask after a long day when I was tired. The mask itself felt very cool and refreshing on. It smelled a little like fermented pomegranate. There was a lot of serum on the mask and it was very wet. The mask itself was pretty big- it covered my whole face, extending into my hairline and even covering my ears. It contoured to my face and stayed on pretty well, but it might not work for people with smaller faces. After I removed the mask I massaged in the excess serum. It felt a little sticky and made my skin feel a little warm and tingly. I waited a few minutes for it to soak in then used my regular moisturizer. This mask was easy to use, wasn’t messy, and the cool feeling felt nice on my skin. The pomegranate mask made my face look a little shiny right after I used it but the next morning my skin felt really soft. This is a mask to use in the evening and let sink in overnight. It’s not something I would use before going out, just because of how it made my skin look right after using.
Stacie has been traveling a lot for work, so I sent her a Rose mask (moisturizing and brightening) to try. These masks would be very easy to travel with, and I thought the cooling effect and skin benefits would be nice for her after a day of flying. Sephora says the rose mask, “provides deep moisture and brightening properties through natural rose extract.” It is supposed to be used for plumper, fresher, and brighter skin. Stacie said she really liked the cool feeling of the mask on her skin. She said once she removed the mask, her skin looked very refreshed. The rose mask made her face feel very soft. Since her skin immediately looked fresher, this is a mask you could use at any time of day.
The next mask I tried was Honey (nourishing and balancing). The honey mask, “nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin.” It is good for velvety-soft, comfortable, and balanced skin. It’s been a little cold here recently and using the heater has dried out my skin a little bit, so I thought this would be a good mask to use. I didn’t like the feel of this mask as much as the pomegranate one. The honey mask had a strange smell and while it was cold, it wasn’t as relaxing on as the pomegranate mask. However, after I removed the mask and massage in the serum, my skin looked nice and bright. The serum was a little sticky at first but I put my regular moisturizer on over it and the stickiness went away as my skin soaked up the serum. Since this mask made my skin look brighter and more refreshed right away, this is another mask that can be used at any time. It also made my skin feel a lot smoother.
I really liked these fiber face masks from Sephora. While they were a little large for my face, they felt really nice and cool on. They made my skin feel a lot softer and the Rose and Honey masks even made the skin look brighter right away. I can’t wait to try the other masks. You can get the Sephora Fiber Face Masks for $6 each here.
What’s your favorite face mask?