Face masks are over hyped products that many of us see as saviours. Special products that will do some kind of skin miracle very quickly. Well, they don’t. Face masks have more emotional than skincare value and that’s ok. If you want to do a face mask to feel more feminine and relaxed then it’s totally worth it but don’t use them entirely for skincare purposes. Most masks don’t contain a lot of amazing ingredients, they are mostly mediocre, but even if they did they wouldn’t transform your skin for the same reason why you wouldn’t loose weight if you just diet for one meal. These type of body processes, like skincare, are more long term. If you are serious about skincare and want to supplement your regime products, I would suggest adding good quality serums with different ingredients in your routine instead.
But we can’t deny that we all need a good face mask every now and again. Maybe every weekend to celebrate the end of the week and have a little me-time or perhaps to share some bonding time with a friend or relative. In such occasions, face masks can be very valuable indeed.
In this post I wanted to have a look at one of the most popular and affordable face masks, the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. Is it any good and is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask comes in an Aluminium foil packaging of good quality. The branding and design of it looks very attractive.
The actual mask itself is a standard tissue mask that will fit most face sizes and shapes. It comes with a blue and white side and you are meant to apply the white side on the face and then peel off the blue.
Colour and texture
The tissue mask is of standard quality and feels like a wet durable tissue which sticks to the skin well.
The liquid product of the mask is colourless with a slightly thick and sticky nature.
The mask has a fruity scent of medium strength, something between peach and pomegranate. It’s very pleasant but it’s worth noting that it comes from the added fragrance which can be a negative in skincare. See ingredients section.
One Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (32g) retails for £2.99 which is actually not that cheap considering its ingredients and the fact that it is a one-off use.
If you use 3 of them in 1 week as implied at the back of the packaging, then you would have spent £8.97 a week on masks. Might not sound like a lot but lets put it this way, for £5.90 you could buy the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum which contains the major moisturising and anti-ageing product that the Garnier mask contains plus, it will last you many more uses than just 3 and you will have almost enough money left over for another serum too.
For all the details check out: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
Garnier states that this mask is dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin.
What this means in practice though is that if you do have sensitive skin try a little of the liquid at the back of your hand first. Avoid contact with eyes and never use cosmetics on broken skin. If you are concerned consult with a medical doctor.
This product doesn’t have a lasts for xM time as it is a one-off.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is our super-hydrating revitalising mask for dehydrated skin. Enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum, it intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance.
Inspired by Asia, the tissue mask diffuses the equivalent level of hydrating serum as per 1 week’s use of day care.* Truly innovative, its ultra-thin tissue is infused with a super-hydrating serum. Unmask smoother, bouncier, healthier looking skin in just 15 minutes. Applied to the face, it acts like a hydration wrap that continuously diffuses all the effectiveness of the serum intensely hydrating your skin. Its amazing freshness quenches and comforts skin instantly, for a pure moment of absolute pampering.
*Equivalent to the concentration of hydrating glycerin in Moisture Bomb Day Cream used daily for 1 week.
Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.
HOW TO USE
- Unfold the mask. Carefully apply the white tissue to thoroughly cleansed skin. Make sure the blue protective film is facing outwards. Smooth the mask gently to ensure contact with the skin.
Remove the protective film.
3. Adjust the mask contours on the face. Leave for 15 minutes.
4. To remove the mask, peel off slowly from the edges. Gently massage in any excess serum, or use a cotton pad to remove.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This sheet mask was very easy to use. It is thoroughly wetted and it sticks to the face well. It doesn’t move around or peel off before the 15 minute use and it is pleasant to use. There is enough product in this mask to thoroughly apply on your face, neck and your décolleté (lower neck line and upper shoulders)!
The Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask left my skin feeling deeply hydrated and a little plumper for about 30 minutes to an hour after use (was slightly different every time). After that time my skin started feeling normal to dry (even though I have oily skin). This might be because some moisturising ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid tend to absorb water instead of deliver it, if your skin or skincare product is not moisturising enough. It is always recommended to use a moisturiser after using these type of ingredients to avoid drying and maximise moisturisation.
This mask also contains alcohol which could also be part of the drying effect I experienced.
The mask was overall more pleasant to use than most sheet masks out there but at the same time I can’t say that it will give you skincare results, in fact it might even dry your skin.
The Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask contains 25 ingredients of which 12 will offer you a skincare benefit (some more than others), 5 potential negatives and 10 irritants. The ingredient stats are not great and there are ingredients that, even if they are not all proven negative, can be easily avoided for peace of mind.
It is overall not a skincare product that you should use to get your daily or any extra nourishment in, as it doesn’t even contain the basic ingredients that your skin needs. This mask has a very low skincare value but it does contain some ingredients that will give you a little moisturisation boost if you use a moisturiser directly after. However, there are other products with less ingredient negatives that are also cheaper that will do the same thing, like for example as I mentioned above the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum. Even if you just want to do a face mask for that relaxing experience, there are better ones out there.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water\Aqua based formulation.
- Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Alcohol – Can kill bacteria but this can also be a negative as it might unbalance the natural flora on your skin.
- Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – A skin conditioner and humectant. Can help dry/flaking skin and reduce irritation and inflammation. Some clinical tests show it to be an effective ingredient against atopic dermatitis. Some studies suggest it could also be a brightening agent.
- Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer – A humectant (=locks water in).
- Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water/Witch Hazel Leaf Water – A skin conditioner and astringent (=causes contraction of skin cells and other body tissues – in cosmetics astringents are most famous for reducing redness and the appearance of veins) making this compound effective for local application on bruises, sore muscles, varicose veins and inflammation. Some research suggests that it has anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory effects and that it is even an effective in reducing eczema.
- Mannose – Humectant and skin conditioner.
- Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract – Rich in anti-oxidants (such as vitamin C) reducing sun damage and premature ageing. Can help skin heal faster.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – Known in the science community as “the fountain of youth” compound. Can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Sorbitol – Skin conditioner.
- Xanthan gum – Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Alcohol – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
- Methylparaben – Love them or hate them, there is still not enough scientific proof to prove that these are harmful. However, some people prefer to avoid them for “peace of mind” so if you are looking for paraben free products, this one is not for you. For my thoughts on parabens check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A – You asked “As a Chemist Which Ingredients do you Avoid?”
- Propylparaben – Again, parabens are still not proven guilty, but if you prefer to avoid them, then bear in mind that this product is not paraben free. Interestingly, Denmark has proposed a paraben ban on products for children.
- Sorbic Acid – This compound has mixed evidence with some suggesting that it could be a human skin toxicant where others find it only slightly irritating. There are some studies that link it to cancer and some have reported it as an allergen.
- Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this mask have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Limonene, Methylparaben*, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben*, Sorbic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance.
* Although some report parabens to be gentle and non-sensitising, others class them as allergens and sensitisers.
Full list of ingredients
AQUA / WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, P-ANISIC ACID, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, GLYCERYL ACRYLATE/ACRYLIC ACID COPOLYMER, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA LEAF WATER / WITCH HAZEL LEAF WATER, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, LIMONENE, MANNOSE, METHYLPARABEN, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PROPYLPARABEN, PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT EXTRACT, PVM/MA COPOLYMER, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SORBIC ACID, SORBITOL, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
Sadly, this is not a face mask I would recommend even if all you want is a little relax me-time. The Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask has a very low skincare value and some ingredients that might even cause the opposite of moisturisation, like alcohol.
This mask was pleasant to use but the deep moisturisation feeling lasted only about 30 minutes to an hour for me (even though I have oily skin). There are plenty of other masks with better skincare value out there and even some cheaper products with better skincare value, such as the super affordable Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum.
If all you want is a little mask time with some added moisturisation you can also check out the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask which you don’t have to use overnight.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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