When it comes to sheet masks, I really only like them for hydrating and brightening. So when the Jumiso Hydration Mask from Hello Skin came across my desk for review I was excited to give it a try as it utilizes some of my favorite hydrating ingredients!
The effectiveness of this mask comes from algae extract! Algae is quickly becoming a popular ingredient in part because it contains carotenoids like astaxanthin. Astaxanthin also has been found to protect against UV damage and skin inflammation from burns, bacteria, etc. Astaxanthin and other carotenoids found in algae are antioxidants that are stronger than the more common vitamins C and E. A study found that in a group of 30 female test subjects, many reported significantly reduced wrinkles, faded age spots, and smoother skin. It’s also showing potential for being helpful with UV-induced stress! A study in the Journal of Dermatological Science found that it can protect against UVA light-induced oxidative stress. A study with 36 men found that applying a cream with astaxanthin for six-weeks improved elasticity and signs of crow’s feet (Acta Biochimica Polonica).
Ceramides are the unsung hero of the skincare world! They are a family of waxy lipid molecules found naturally in the skin and are present in all four layers of the epidermis. They’re a type of oily wax that holds skin cells together, creating a protective barrier in the top layer of skin. Although your skin naturally generates its own ceramides, environmental factors and aging may lower this natural production. Boosting your skin’s levels with a topical ceramide product is beneficial for the repair and maintenance of healthy epidermis. When skin is low in ceramides, it’s prone to redness and dryness. It is also believed that a person’s ceramide levels decline with age, which is why our skin gets drier the older we get.
When used in skincare products, such as the Jumiso Hydration Mask from Hello Skin, they replenish the natural lipids that are lost due to exposure to harsh environmental factors, the use of drying products, and aging. They help to restore moisture to the skin and reinforce its natural barrier in order to protect it from environmental factors.
The other great thing about ceramides? They are hydrating without being so heavy that they clog the pores! In fact, they actually perform a balancing act that can help reduce oil production, making them a great option for those who have oily skin too.
Some forms of seaweed possess molecular makeup similar to that of collagen, which gives skin its elasticity and firmness. Of course, applying seaweed to your skin isn’t the same as injecting collagen into your skin, but it has some skin- and water-binding properties that might mimic collagen and help your skin to look firm.
Seaweed has also been shown in peer-reviewed, independent studies to improve atopic dermatitis (Experimental Dermatology, 2009). It’s somewhat widely speculated as to why, but it may help to improve surface hydration with omega-3-rich fatty acids, by balancing surface pH, or by helping to balance bacterial species on the skin.
Personal Use and Opinion
The biggest downside to this mask is the material it is made out of. While inexpensive, cotton sheet masks have a limited capacity to deliver ingredients into the skin, do not bind to the contours of the face, and are uncomfortable to wear as they don’t fit properly and are always sliding around on your face! While this mask was very saturated in effective hydrators, I worry that they won’t be able to penetrate the skin due to the material of the mask. However, this mask is only $3 so for that price it is still worth it in my opinion.
I like to wear my sheet masks for at least 20 minutes. The reason? After a certain amount of time, ingredients will reach a threshold of penetration in the skin, meaning that very little is to be gained from having the material on the skin longer (Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews).
While some ingredients in certain delivery systems will take very little time to reach the deeper layers of the skin, most will take somewhere between 5-60 minutes to dissolve or absorb into the skin. Water and volatile compounds take 5-10 minutes. The rate of absorption of the other ingredients depends on the environmental conditions (especially humidity), the temperature of the skin itself, the size of the ingredients, and the amount of product applied. It’s a safe bet to say that, after 20 minutes, you’re getting about 80% of the effects of any mask, and after 60 minutes, you’re getting about 99%.
While I am not thrilled that this is a cotton mask as I find them uncomfortable to wear, it is packed full of hydrating ingredients that do make my face feel softer after use. And for $3 what more could you ask for? I’m definitely stocking up on these for the rest of the winter!