Garnier Moisture Bomb tissue mask

Tissue masks have made a big splash in the Western beauty world, though they have been a part of Korean skincare regimes for years. They are now becoming much more affordable as the big consumer brands weigh in. This Garnier one is one part of the three-step suite of Moisture Bomb products launched earlier this year. I picked a couple up from Boots, as an impulse buy, at only £1.49 it’s worth a punt.

Price: £1.49 for one single-use sheet (currently 99p at Boots)

Purported benefits: A bomb of efficacy that provides 1 week’s worth of hydrating serum in only 15 minutes. [Equivalent to the concentration of hydrating glycerin in Moisture Bomb Day Cream used daily for 1 week.] The super-hydrating technology, with hydrating serum, hyaluronic acid and naturally-derived ingredients, recharges the skin with moisture for 24 hours. The mask strengthens the skin’s natural barrier function to protect it from external aggressions and preserve its youthful appearance.

Active ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, Glycerin, Pomegranate extract

Full 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


The low-down

The sheet itself is made from a 100% natural cellulose fiber and is drenched, really well drenched, in a liquid-gel serum. It has holes for eyes, nose and mouth, and as it is a one-size product, you’d do best to hold over the face and then get the nose in position first. Then lightly press down over the eyes and mouth areas.

It takes about 15 minutes for the serum to really penetrate the skin, and the hyaluronic acid has two functions here; firstly to penetrate deeper into the skin, secondly to help skin attract and retain the moisturising serum. This is what gives the skin all-day hydration.

The mask is cold, wet and sticky on the face but after a couple of minutes you get used to the feeling. My advice is to just go with it, the results will be worth it in the end, I promise.


The trial run

Before shooting a jewellery editorial at Chelsea Harbour in the midst of the August heatwave, I idly tossed it into my kit as a just-in-case item. The model I was working with had just returned from an envy-inducing beach holiday: sun, sea, swimming every day… the only downside was that the seawater made her skin very dry and a little sore in patches, and needed an intense moisture serum hit.

I asked her to pop the sheet on and chill out with a nice cuppa while I set up. About 15 minutes later, I peeled off the sheet and wiped off any excess moisture (and there is a lot!) with a couple of cotton pads dampened with toner. Almost immediately the skin was visibly more hydrated and the rough and mildly sore patches were smooth and soothed. A perfect canvas for make-up.


To buy or not to buy

I loved how it worked on my model, and when I tried it myself I had similar results, I now carry 2 or 3 in my make-up kit at all times, mainly for brides and also for mothers of the bride, as it gives a beautiful canvas for make-up application on dry or dehydrated skin.