A few weeks ago, I met up with some friends in the city for a girls’ dinner. We ate at a Korean restaurant in K-town, and after the meal, one of my friends pulled the rest of us into a brightly lit store adjacent to the restaurant, called The Face Shop. She told us that she’s been buying these great face masks to wear before bed at night and wanted to pick up more.
Upon entering the shop, we were faced with an expansive wall of packets containing single-use mask sheets that purport to do various things for your skin, depending on the mask: hydrate, brighten, firm, nourish, purify. The natural ingredients varied from açaí to calendula to red ginseng to sea kelp. Some were “formulated with pearl” while others contained tannins or propolis or black willow bark extract. The choices were staggering – there must have been a dozen different series and hundreds of varieties. Each mask cost $3, and it was buy 10, get five free. My friends and I immediately began loading up our shopping baskets.
At home later that evening, I discovered that the first packet I opened contained a thin, face-shaped sheet soaked with the serum advertised on the packaging. You just smooth the sheet onto your face, let it sit for 20 minutes, then remove it. Instant facial. And it cost me all of $3 – considerably less than Hanacure, the trendy new K-beauty face mask that’s got celebrities like Drew Barrymore obsessed.
Warning: These facial masks are addictive. I quickly ran out of the ones I bought and craved more. I went online to see if there are Face Shops located in Westchester, but unfortunately there are not. The South Korea-based chain is only found in major cities. Fortunately, there is an online store with a whole section devoted to these mask sheets, and you can simply have them shipped to your home (Amazon also sells them). The morning after using the mask, my skin felt dewy and soft, and I liked the idea of pampering myself, even just a little, at the end of a busy day.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you about it being addictive!