I often get asked about what my “all-time favourites” are. The problem is that Japanese beauty products are always revamping their formulas, and so my list is forever changing. Now if we’re talking about “most-used” (which is perhaps more relevant), my CLEAR TURN White Mask (Vitamin C) deserves to be mentioned, considering it is one of my staple products. I use a sheet mask at least twice week, and this is the one I reach for the most during the summer.
Designed to hydrate and brighten the skin while helping with any dark pigmentation, it delivers high-potency stable vitamin C derivative via the Bemliese sheet (it is stronger, much softer, more absorbent, and purer than ordinary sheets due to its patented binder-free technology) that sticks firmly over the entire face without dripping. Unlike many Korean and Taiwanese sheet masks, this one does not rely on boatloads of gimmicky herbal extracts or pretty designs — in addition to the vitamin C I mentioned above, it also features a blend of humectants to bind water to the skin and restore suppleness. Its straightforward formula is free of alcohol, silicones, oils, herbals extracts, fragrance.
I’ll let you into a little secret on how to get the most bang for your sheet mask buck. Before I use a sheet mask, I always use a peeling gel to slough off dead skin cells from the skin’s surface so that the serum soaked into the mask can penetrate better into the skin. I leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, after which I peel it off and literally squeeze the serum out to massage into my entire body. I also use the sheet itself to wipe over feet and hands! Each mask is essentially a full-body treatment. Immediately and in the morning after treatment, my skin feels extraordinarily soft and supple, and it definitely looks more even-toned and bright. It does a great job at giving your summer skin a great big kick up the arse!