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What happened when I tried Beauty Friends II

Have you ever seen the beauty masks by Beauty Friends II at Robinsons Malls? I did and decided to try. Here's what happened.

Let me preface this article by saying that I absolutely, positively detest pampering.

Hear me out. Not only do pedicures, manicures, fancy cream treatments, and other forms of self-indulgence cost a ridiculous amount of money (I'm a notorious penny pincher), they're messy and waste time. The thought of spending several hours glued to a chair while aesthetians secretly judge my mega-callused feet or ingrown hairs seriously sends shivers down my spine.

But while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram one day, an advertisement for a Korean-style sheet mask caught my attention. For just 15 minutes, $5, and no cleanup, I could dramatically reduce the size of my pores and take years off my face. And let's be clear: any beautification that can simultaneously be done while I inhale Cheetos and wine on my couch is fine by me.

"Sheet masks are cotton-based sheets infused with serums or essences that can contain several ingredients to address a variety of skincare issues," explains Shilpa Agarwal, a cosmetic dermatologist. "The biggest difference between a sheet mask and a traditional clay- or cream-based mask is the element of occlusion—the sheet itself creates a seal on your skin, preventing any of the mask's essential ingredients from evaporating and helping them penetrate the skin."

While that penetrative, hydrating seal is obviously what makes these masks so wildly popular with celebs and beauty bloggers, for me, the price (and amount of work required) was right. Could Korean sheet masks be the anti-aging agent this ridiculously lazy and frugal lady was looking for? I spent a week wearing four different types of masks to find out.

As I began to massage the thick, mucus-like serum leftover from the Too Cool For School Egg Mask ($6, Sephora.com) onto my face (rubbing in leftover essence is standard for most sheet masks), I could already tell this probably wasn't the sheet mask for me.

I've been riddled with acne since I was a youngster, with the gnarly, cystic types of zits that engulfed my face in middle school maturing to the hormonal chin blemishes I see as a 27-year-old adult. This makes me especially wary of anything that will hydrate my face too much, as it typically will aggravate and amplify any pimples I already have. (Fight breakouts with The Rain Facial Cleanser from the Women's Health Boutique—you don't even have to rinse it off!)

So much to my non-surprise, I awoke to (yay!) three bulging, throbbing zits around my chin. And while they were forming slightly prior to me applying the mask, the creamy, eggy concoction definitely didn't help.

"Egg-based masks contain collagen and protein that can help tighten the skin, while milk-based masks contain lactic acid which serves as a gentle exfoliant," says Agarwal. "Food sensitivities or allergies to milk or eggs can cause some people to break out after using the mask. Egg masks in particular can be on the heavy side and can clog pores, which can contribute to acne as well." This mask is probably better suited for people with normal or dry skin types for this reason.

We've all seen those uber-addictive peel-off charcoal mask videos. But while I would gladly spend my Sunday afternoon watching heaps of gunk get extracted from other people's pores, you couldn't pay me to slather the stuff on my own face (search for "charcoal mask fails" on YouTube to see why).

That being said, I decided to go for the next-best remedy: charcoal sheet masks. And despite sending my horrified cat running for the closet the second he saw my ghoulish, blackened face, the Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask ($7.50, Sephora.com) did not disappoint.

The residue leftover from the mask was much lighter and less creamy than the egg mask from the previous night, leaving only a slight glisten that disappeared by morning. My pores seemed non-existent, and I could not believe how smoothly my foundation went on.

"Charcoal traditionally has been known to draw out impurities trapped in the skin, such as bacteria, oil, and environmental toxins," explains Argarwal. "It also helps to remove dead skin cells, which can leave you with that rosy glow after removing the mask."

Rosy glow? Check. Lack of dead skin? Check. Would I wear it again? Check, check, check.

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Lemon

This citrus-y mask is usually for brightening the face. It contains fresh lemon extract and Vitamin C to brighten dull skin tone while maintaining its translucence.

Tomato

Do you have sensitive skin? This one suits all types of skin. The natural tomato extracts which are high in vitamins and minerals relieve skin irritation and remove extra oil on your face. If you want to feel refreshed, this one's for you.

Cucumber

Cucumber has always been my skin's best friend. Aside from its cooling properties, it also calms puffy eyes, boosts hydration and tightens pores too. I can say that it is really effective because for a girl who has shallow tears, the cucumber sheet mask has really helped reduce puffy eyes especially when I have to model the next day after sobbing for the whole night.

Snail

Known as a treatment for acne scars and wrinkles since it has Snail Secretion Filtrate. I only tried using it once but there's not much effect on my face yet. Snail is best for when your face is breaking out due to PMS-ing.

Snake

This might sound weird but I think snake venom is part of the ingredients used in this sheet mask. With that said, its potent ingredient leaves the skin looking youthful. You know how a snake wraps around its prey tightly? That's also how tight my face got after using it.

Potato

Potato extracts help the skin absorb nutrients which in turn help to deeply moisture the skin. Very handy for those who want to repair damaged skin and rough skin. It does lighten dark spots too. Turns out to be one of my favorite sheet masks now since it cleared out some of my dark spots instantly after one use.

Collagen

"We ain't ever getting older." Collagen Essence sheet mask has Hydrolyzed Collagen that makes the skin feel soft and supple while it cleans and moisturizes. It is perfect for anyone who's been wanting a plump skin.

Coenzyme Q10

Designed to help rejuvenate the skin, regenerate cells, clean and moisturize the skin. You'll probably want to try this mask when you're fatigued from work or school.

Kiwi

The fact that it has real kiwi extract means that it also has Vitamin C. Multitasks like the Lemon and Potato put together. No wonder my skin got smoother and softer.

Green Tea

Naturally rich in antioxidants which detoxifies the skin and controls sebum production. It's like swimming in a hot tub, but better!

For those who want to know how I use the masks, I just usually let it cool in the fridge for 5-10 minutes while I wash and tone my face. Then I apply the mask for 15 minutes and flip to the other side of the mask to use it for another 15 minutes. That way, both sides of the mask are being utilized and at the same time the ingredients can absorb deeply to my skin. After that, I use the excess serum in the pack and apply it to my neck, torso, arms and legs.

Don't get me wrong, the immediate effects are not forever but these sheet masks are still the bomb in helping my skin become moisturized, hydrated and glowing as ever. Regular use could get you a quick fix so it's a great addition to your night time skin care routine. And guess what? A sheet only costs PHP42 each, so you better hoard whenever you can! :)

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