How to slow down with the help of Organic Sheet Masks
“Who knew the Slow Movement could provide your skin with moisture?”
No stirring, no dribbling, compact, travel-friendly and highly entertaining – sheet masks. Often mistaken by men for slices of cheese (see picture 3), this latest beauty super-trend from Korea is quickly gaining in popularity here in Germany.
There’s not a lot that can’t be achieved while letting a classic face mask work its magic on your skin – tables are booked, bills are paid, the trash taken out and perhaps even one or two relationships ended. The good old ‘lie around and wait for your mask to work’ seems more myth than reality. (And the more I think about it, the old ‘playing mask’ trick, including relaxing and lying down, could have been a big bluff on my mother’s part to simply calm me down for 20 minutes.)
On that note, allow me to introduce you to the sheet mask- the application of which will force you remain for a long period of time in either a sitting or lying position, while talking as little as possible, lest the whole thing slide around and, ultimately, off your face.
Exactly what you manage to achieve during this time will depend on just how close your phone or tablet is. The first few applications are sure to result in a lot of selfies, while the more refined among us may even find themselves searching for an app to take out the trash. However, I remain hopeful that regular and forced lying around will remind at least a few of us just how beneficial doing nothing can be, and perhaps the success rate of sheet masks will eventually be reflected in a better Duden ranking for the word ‘resting’.
The most natural sheet masks come from Whamisa. True to the K-Beauty maxim, they all provide a ton of moisture and benefits such as: clarifying, elasticity improving and brightening. The mix of fermented ingredients also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, allowing them to be better absorbed by the skin. (The fastest way to understand the power of fermentation is to know that sauerkraut contains more Vitamin C than unprocessed white cabbage.) Stabilizers and preservatives can be skipped, as fermented foods last forever, sauerkraut included. There are two types of Whamisa masks: salon-ready Hydrogel Masks (vegan) (tested by Paola after a shoot and delivered in a French accent): “It gives so much moisture, my skin feels amazing.”) And an Sea Kelp Mask, which also delivers wonderful results, but should not be opened on a plane unless everyone within a 5 meter radius is having Sushi for lunch.
The bottom line is that sheet masks, in addition to their amazing hydrating properties, are above all one thing: a little bit of deceleration from the everyday. And, after all, deceleration is like an effective mask that you put on from the inside out, assuming you’re brave enough to resort to a little compulsory horizontality before bed.
Alternatively, Powder Paper also recommends the Whamisa Sheet Mask on mornings after a party, when dazed lying about seems to arise without any compulsion whatsoever.
Photo: Powder Paper
Translation by Heather Leeson. Thank you Heather. Now you deserve a Sheet Mask too!