Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask ($24) are an interesting new gel mask or sheet mask for dry skin like my own. These contain cucumber extracts and helpd skin to maintain a higher level of moisture.
Obviously I hear higher level of moisture and I start doing cartwheels. Yes, do need more moisture ASAP! It might be unseasonably warm in New York but my skin is still telling me Winter is on the way!
As you know already I’m obsessed with Asian sheet masks. If there is such a think as sheet mask addiction or abuse of sheet masks, well, I guess I’m guilty. I use them often, far too often, because I love how smooth and soft they leave my skin feeling (I can go through a box of My Scheming Shea Butter Masks in less than three weeks).
So sadly, as an Asian Sheet mask lover I will say Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Masks are pretty expensive since you only get three in a box. Wince, sniff, I wish it was cheaper. And two, these actually don’t really qualify as a sheet mask as they are a gel mask. So these aren’t created with a cotton fiber but have more of a gelatin-like feel. They aren’t completely transparent but more of a milky shade and each is saturated quite nicely with an essence that contains cucumber extract as well as echinacea purpurea that apparently contains a concentration of cichoric acid which is apparently protects skin by supporting natural collagen.
The masks are individually wrapped and have a cool, aquatic fresh fragrance that was very pleasant to my nose. They are a little difficult to apply though. Typically I unwrap a mask, slap it on, and I’m good to good. Sheet masks have slots for your eyes, mouth, and nose so you just fit ’em over your face, leave ’em on for 20 to 30 minutes, peel them off and done! Soft, smooth skin. These are a gel mask so instead of cotton they are gel-like sheet. When you open the package you might be a little confused. Read the instructions, as there is a trick for application. The mask is actually sandwiched between a blue cotton fiber sheet and a white cotton fiber sheet. Peel the blue fiber off the back of the mask and place the mask on your face. Now you can gently peel the white fiber sheet off. It’s a little tricky to get the white portion off without peeling off the gel mask from your face so if you have nails this task is easier.
I didn’t like the fit of the mask around my mouth as it came rolling down to my chin area and I ended up tearing it around the cheek area when I kept pulling it back into place. The fit of the mask is snug and hugs your face in a second-skin finish but it is a little bit of a pain as the fit isn’t completely right.
Farmacy recommends leaving the mask on for 25 minutes which is exactly what I did. Just a note there is a lot of extra essence is the pouch after you apply the mask. You can either reserve it for after the mask or you can apply it to your face prior to the mask. I squeezed it out and applied it before applying the mask but as I said you can do so after using the mask. Just don’t let any of that essence go to waste!
These do in fact soften, smooth, and add plenty of lovely moisture to my skin. My skin looks brighter and very moist come the AM (I use them prior to bed in the evening). I used an entire box this week and purchased another box recently but I admit I winced at the price.
Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask aren’t a great fit which makes them annoying and the price tag is really a sore issue for me (Asian Sheet Masks can be purchased in boxes of 10 or even 20 for as little as eight to ten bucks) but I have to say I really did enjoy the results and felt my skin looked smooth, softer, and way more moist.