Masque Tissé sheet face masks

By Julie Jacobs

Masque Tissé – sheet face masks to you and me – are visually a bit scary to moi because I think I watched too many black and white mummy horror movies as a child. These face masks un-nerve me so much I pop on a little red lipstick although I’m not sure that softens the visual but at least I ‘feel’ more myself.  That’s enough about me and my traumas; let’s look at the benefits of these very cold and wet Masque Tissé. 

Photography Jason Yates

 Shiseido LiftDefine Radiance Face Mask I love it when a brand considers the skin below the jawline. Shidiedo’s rich sheet face masks combines a unique jawline-lifting mask. Skin is nourished for a lifted, tighter radiant look.  Maskorea’s Turn Back the Clock Premium 3-Step Face Sheet Mask have thought of everything for us with this one. A unique 3-step product that includes a foaming pre-mask wash, a serum-infused cellulose face mask and a luxurious post-mask anti-aging night cream to provide a total regime.

I’ve often asked myself ‘why sheet masks and who created them?’ There seems to be a mix of answers to the latter question. Often attributed to one of the following nations Paris, Korea; India and Japan.  I still haven’t got to the bottom of it and for not wanting to offend any nation I won’t commit right now (I’ll keep digging though).  

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen™ Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask. Boosts skin repair, radiance, and moisture. Fine, gel-like fibers are infused with vitamin C, collagen amino acids, and our proprietary energy complex to even out skin tone, for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion. Bio-degradable too. Patchology Smartmud No Mess Mud Detox Sheet Mask. Rid your skin of impurities in one clean step with SmartMud® No Mess Mud Masques. Mineral-rich volcanic ash removes impurities and renews your skin’s clarity. Sourced from Jeju Island in South Korea. They make mud easy to apply and remove.

However, the common denominator amongst them all is the material silk. This was due to its natural delicate nonabrasive quality. Deemed the purist material to absorb liquids infused with nourishing ingredients.  An assortment of materials have been developed since, from cotton derived to tencel to foil as technology has moved on.

111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming neck Mask. The décolletage is nearly always ignored, hence the area that shows the first signs of ageing. So really pleased Skin111 have developed this treatment for a lifted, smoother, and sculpted skin. If only we treat our décolletage as well as we do our face. Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Instantly boost skin luminosity by gently exfoliating Glycolic Acid and skin-balancing botanical extracts. Rodial seem to have a patch/mask for specific for different areas of the face. Their Dragons Blood Lip Mask commits to a fuller looking pout with their replenishing bio-cellulose lip masks. Containing restoring dragon’s blood extract and hyaluronic acid to plump the lips through hydration, these masks will mould to your pout.

As to my former question ‘why masque tissé/sheet face masks’? well, there’s little waste once a sheet mask rests on the face. Infused with active ingredients allows the skin to drink up all the benefits. It creates a barrier between the skin and the environment; preventing all the goodness from evaporating, making the whole regime very effective. Once you get over the shock of the very cold and wet material they are enjoyable. Don’t waste any of the goodness, your encouraged not wash off any residue … simply massage in and carry on with your day.