Soothing Sheet Mask – Oatmeal
St. Ives's Soothing Sheet Mask – Oatmeal is one of the better sheet mask selections available. It's not perfect, but it has a lot more going for it than many of its competitors at all price points don't.
Like most sheet masks, this comes in a foil packet that houses the thin fiber cloth mask that's been saturated in a skincare solution. Also like most sheet masks, it's a bit drippy, so you need to be careful taking it out of the packet or you'll wind up with solution all over your bathroom floor or vanity.
Once carefully removed, you simply unfold the mask and gently form it to your face. Let it sit for a few minutes, then remove it and massage the rest of the solution in. It's not an essential skincare step at all, but it's nice for a spa-like experience occasionally.
Turning to the ingredients, this contains hydrators, skin-soothers, and antioxidants. It's one of the more robust formulas we've seen in a sheet mask, especially from a drugstore brand, and this does leave skin feeling softer, smoother, and moisturized after use.
Unfortunately, it also contains fragrance, which can irritate skin. It's not present in a great amount, but fragrance-free is preferred and is the hallmark of the best skincare products.
That aside, as far as sheet masks go, this is one of the better and least expensive options available.
- Contains hydrating ingredients, skin-soothing ingredients, and antioxidants.
- Leaves skin feeling softer, smoother, and moisturized.
- Inexpensive compared to other sheet masks on the market.
- Mask is a bit messy to get out of its packaging.
- Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Peace out, dehydrated skin. Inspired by Korean beauty trends, we put plenty of oatmeal extract into this 100% cotton sheet mask to give your face the instant moisture it craveswhenever it craves itfor soft, supple skin. Keep calm and soothe on!
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.
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