Do you have an H-Mart near you? There are at least 40 of them now throughout the U.S., and there are several in Canada, too.
H-Mart is an American supermarket chain operated by the Hanahreum Group that specializes in Asian foods and household products. Han Ah Reum means “one arm full of groceries” in Korean. Anyway, it’s a super-cool big store that is almost like a supermarket and mini-mall in one. It has jewelry concessions, makeup concessions, a food court, a toy store selling lots of Hello Kitty, and a gigantic grocery store with great prices. I love it. And I love all the fun beauty products I’ve discovered while doing my food shopping.
On one of my visits, I picked up an inexpensive sheet mask: Dermal Royal Jelly Collagen Essence Mask for 99 cents. I’m a big fan of collagen, though I don’t know if there was enough collagen in it and whether leaving it on for 20 minutes would be enough to make a difference.
I put it in my stash bag and rediscovered it the other night. It is my first sheet mask. It fit me OK. I look positively terrifying in it.
I cleansed my face first, and I left the mask on for a little more than 20 minutes. It had no discernible scent. It felt cold on my skin. I’ll have to get another one to try on a hot summer night, if we ever have any hot summer nights 😉
I removed the mask, and the instructions said that you don’t have to wash it off so I let it dry on my skin. The mask made my formerly irritated, dry skin feel hydrated and soft. I skipped my usual serum and just applied night moisturizer.
As I mentioned before, this was my first experience with a sheet mask. Truth be told, I don’t love the sheet. I still prefer a regular mask. But maybe I’ll change my mind. I’ve got a box of Hada Labo Tokyo sheet masks to try next. However, the Dermal Royal Jelly Collagen Essence Mask was a deal for 99 cents because it had an immediate effect, it definitely hydrated and softened my skin.
Have you gotten any great Asian skincare finds at H-Mart or another Asian retailer? Do you like sheet masks?