Winter calls for more frequent sheet masking – at least the change of season is my excuse for pampering with sheet masks. With this brings the opportunity to try some new sheet mask brands this month, and so I recently got my hands on a box of Premium Dr. Althea Squalane Silk Masks which are currently available at Kōsame. First and foremost, these silky masks aim to provide moisture to a wide range of skin types including dehydrated sensitive skin. The glossy violet foil packaging of each and every mask clearly indicates the benefits of these masks: claiming to hydrate, refresh, comfort and soothe skin.
Breakdown of key ingredients:
- Squalane (100ppm) – improves skin elasticity and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – an excellent moisture supplier which locks in to keep skin hydrated for longer.
- Hydrolyzed collagen – conditions and re-plumps skin to appear revitalised and more youthful.
- Perilla Leaf Extract – treats aging skin with omega-3, presents strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits with linoleic acid and soothes minor skin irritations.
Dr. Althea use plant-derived Squalane sourced from olives, wheat and rice. The sheet itself – called ‘Pure Seal Sheet’ – is hypoallergenic and adheres closely to skin to prevent friction which typically occurs if a sheet mask is ill-fitting. The brand recommend that if you have acne-prone skin, their Essential Skin Conditioner Silk Mask is more fitting to the needs of acne-prone skin in comparison to this Squalane mask.
The fact that this sheet mask is made from a hypoallergenic material and made from Plant-Derived Squalane rather than animal-derived Squalene really appealed to me. Furthermore, I had high expectations for this mask as it’s are labelled as a premium product. The packaging is without a doubt luxurious looking, but what about the product itself? Is it as fantastic as I had hoped?
Yes! This mask gets two thumbs up from me. I love it and now I want to treasure the ones I have left from the box of 5 masks. Sometimes creamy masks are comforting to sensitive skin, particularly around this time of year, but realistically creamy/milky essence masks don’t always do justice for oily skin types and if used more than once per week tend to give me breakouts due to the richness and density of the essence. This Squalane mask however rehydrates skin in the same way a creamy essence/ampoule mask would, minus the heavy or oily finish.
The Dr. Althea Premium Squalane Silk Mask is more or less the polar opposite of the creamy masks I’m referring to. The essence is transparent, not much thicker than a toner for example and sinks into skin near effortlessly. Just by touching the essence I can feel that it has a high glycerin content. The collagen isn’t too sticky. You could easily use this mask in the morning and doesn’t necessarily have to be reserved for evening use, as it doesn’t take long for the residue to seep into skin.
Fit: 8.5/10, as promised it lays flatly against skin and I didn’t have much of an issue with the overall sizing.
Price point: 8/10, individually they’re priced at £4 on Kōsame’s website. So it’s a mid-range price sheet mask, although taking into account that this is a premium mask made from 99% botanical ingredients £4 per mask is a bargain! Also, if you’re interested in purchasing a box of 5 like I have, you can for just £20. Honestly, that’s a steal!
Impact: 9/10, I can’t argue with the effectiveness of this mask. It does exactly what the packaging says it does, so what more could you possibly want from it? It recharges the essential moisture skin needs to function naturally and healthily, it makes skin feel plumper, calmed and simply revitalised with a natural looking glow/dewiness.
Repurchase: Of course!
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association. Links inserted throughout this post are affiliated.