Paper masks have been an Asian beauty secret for years, but they haven’t become common in the U.S. until just recently. I have always been a fan of facial masks, but I’ll admit I was initially skeptical of one in paper form. It didn’t seem likely that a flimsy piece of paper soaked in active ingredients would actually make a big difference to my skin. I eventually got past my incredulity and tried one out a few months ago but the price tag was a sticker shock!
When Freeman’s new Facial Paper Masks hit my desk a week ago, I decided to give it another whirl. Did I mention these are only $1.99 each at FreemanBeauty.com and select drugstores? The masks are available in three types: Blue Agave for dry skin, Star Fruit for oily/combination skin and Rose for dull skin. Although I don’t have oily skin, I do occasionally experience breakouts so I decided to try the Star Fruit Purifying mask which is infused with star fruit to calm stressed skin and tea tree to soothe breakouts.
The sheet is already pre-treated with serum so you simply unfold the paper and lay the mask flat on your face for 5-10 minutes. I left mine on for approximately eight minutes total and I literally felt the ingredients penetrating into my skin during the time period. Afterwards, the mask can be thrown away but you must refrain from rinsing off your face so I did just that.
I didn’t notice instant results but I felt the ingredients working almost immediately and my face looked refreshed the next morning. Final thoughts: I would definitely try one again so I think my skepticism has worn off completely now.