Anti-Pollution Sheet Mask
Although the formula doesn’t quite have what it takes to be “the perfect antidote to pollution” as claimed, Simple’s Anti-Pollution Sheet Mask is an outstanding way for all skin types to revive hydration and restore softness. Granted, the single-use, fragrance-free mask isn’t the most economical or environmentally wise approach, but there’s no doubt the serum-like formula infused in this mask makes a noticeable difference.
As mentioned, this is a single-use mask. It’s packaged in an opaque pouch whose uppermost portion you tear open to reveal the mask inside. Although the mask is highly saturated, it unfolds fairly well, isn’t drippy, and conforms to the face with minimal effort.
Skin is immediately drenched in hydrators like glycerin and glycols along with soothing Agave americana stem (often referred to as American aloe) and a synthetic form of urea that can increase skin’s moisture content.
Additional skin beneficial ingredients include smaller amounts antioxidants caffeine, niacinamide, and vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), plus soothing allantoin and a few plant extracts (which are rarely used yet intriguing due to their ability to calm factors in skin which lead to irritation).
As for the claim that this is “the perfect antidote to pollution”, it isn’t. While some of the ingredients mentioned above can help neutralize the effects of pollutants, they’re not an “antidote”, as in a cure, for pollution’s effect on skin. There’s also the fact that combatting the effects of pollution requires more than one product and a broader spectrum of pollution-fighting antioxidants. Since most people don’t use sheet masks daily. However, taken on its merits as a hydrating, gentle sheet mask, this is among the best.
- Saturates skin with hydrating ingredients.
- Feels soothing and refreshing.
- Contains a good mix of anti-inflammatory plant extracts.
- Leave skin soft and comfortable.
- Fragrance free.
- Not quite “the perfect antidote to pollution”.
The perfect antidote to pollution! So light and soft that it contours the face like a second skin. Our Korean mask is enriched with antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and Agave Americana It contains no color or dye, no artificial perfume and no harsh chemicals that could lead to skin irritation. Perfect for even sensitive skin.
Launched in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, the general philosophy of the Simple skincare brand is, well... simple! Back then and presently, the brand's claim to fame is that all its products are designed with sensitive skin in mind (as all skincare products should be), omitting fragrance and other ingredients that can potentially cause reactions.
For the most part, we're happy to say Simple gets it right. A series of reformulations in 2015 resulted in a nearly across-the-board improvement in its products. Although they remain decidedly no-frills, they are indeed suitable for sensitive skin.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few missteps in the bunch (you can learn more about this in our individual reviews), but for the most part Simple is a good, reliable, inexpensive line, particularly for facial cleansers and makeup removers.
Note that if your sensitive skin is accompanied by redness, Simple simply doesn't go far enough. Minimalist formulas are one thing if you're operating on the principle that for sensitive skin, fewer ingredients are better; however, to alleviate redness you need proven soothing ingredients present in concentrations that are highly likely to make a visible difference. That's one area where Simple falters. Maybe the next revamp will correct this deficiency; what's been done to date has us encouraged.
For more information about Simple (owned by Uniliver) products visit www.simpleskincare.com. Because Simple products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required on imported cosmetics, we do not consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.
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