Water Boost Hydrating Sheet Mask
Sheets masks are huge in Asian skincare, and many Western brands are picking up on the trend. Simple's Water Boost Hydrating Sheet Mask aims to be a product to soothe dehydrated skin, but makes some missteps that means it could do the opposite.
This mask, like most of its kind, features a fabric soaked in a skincare solution (but not so saturated as to be a drippy mess). Once formed over your face, 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 does feel hydrating and soothing, and leaves skin softer.
As far as ingredients, this contains hyaluronic acid as advertised, along with other skin-replenishing and skin-soothing ingredients.
Unfortunately, Simple chose to include fragrant bergamot oil and ylang ylang oils as well. These fragrant oils can irritate skin (and an odd choice from a brand that tends to leave such problem-child ingredients out). Moreover, if it's not rinsed from skin and you forget to apply sunscreen, bergamot oil can cause what's known as a phototoxic reaction if skin sees sunlight.
Since irritation is one of the causes of dehydrated skin, these are unfortunate inclusions that work counter to this product's purpose! You're much better off with some of the options you'll find on our list of Best Face Masks.
- Makes skin feel soothed and hydrated.
- Removing the mask doesn't result in a dripping mess.
- Contains fragrant bergamot and ylang ylang oils, which can irritate 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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