Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask
Sheets masks are a huge part of east Asian skincare, and with that knowledge, many Western brands are seeing if this type of mask will do as well overseas. Simple's Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask is one of the better Western options, though with one misstep that keeps this its rating firmly in the middle of the road!
Like most sheet masks, this features a fabric soaked in a skincare solution (but not so saturated as to be a drippy mess). You're supposed to leave the mask on for a few minutes, then remove it and let the remainder of the solution soak into skin. The solution feels hydrating and soothing, and leaves skin softer.
Examining the ingredients, this contains more beneficial ones than most sheet masks. Among them are several antioxidants, as well as three kinds of hyaluronic acid and some skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients.
Unfortunately, Simple chose to include fragrant bergamot oil ahead of most of the good stuff. Bergamot oil can irritate skin, which is exactly what you don't want in a product that's supposed to be soothing. What a strange move for this brand, as they're normally very good at leaving such offenders out.
Without this one ingredient, this is a mask we would happily recommend. As it stands, you're better off with some of the options you'll find on our list of Best Face Masks.
- Immediately feels soothing and hydrating.
- Contains several skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fairly inexpensive compared to other sheet masks.
- Contains fragrant bergamot oil, which can irritate skin.
Simple Skincare De-Stress Sheet Mask is the perfect antidote to stressed skin. Infused with aloe and multi-vitamins, our super soft mask contours to the face to instantly hydrate and soothe 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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