I’m not a sheet mask snob, but I am a sheet mask neophobe. I think this is because my first couple of experiences with sheet masks were so terrible that I’ve come to expect new sheet masks to be terrible. As a result, when I find a sheet mask I like, I buy A LOT of them, and these sheet masks from May Coop are one of my latest obsessions!
Appearance and Wear
I’ve been lemming for May Coop products, particularly the Raw Sauce, for a long time, but have held back due to the mixed reviews. When I spotted these masks, I jumped on the chance to finally give May Coop a try!
The masks are made of a thickish-woven, unbleached, cotton (I think) fabric. Thin masks seem to be all the rage these days, but I actually really like the weight of this mask. The thickness helps the mask stay moist for longer, prevent excessive drippiness or uneven drying speeds of different parts of the mask, and feels like a blanket for my face. Also, you know those masks that develop a papier-mâché-like stiffness once dry? These masks dry into a surprisingly soft, pliable sheet, which is a small, mostly unimportant but luxurious detail.
I also find that each package contains more essence (25ml total) than the mask can hold. If you like the harvest and bottle up the excess essence in sheet mask packages, you would probably appreciate this. Personally, I try to pat as much of the excess essence onto my skin as possible before putting on the mask. I admit a lot of the essence ends up being rubbed onto my neck and arms.
Lastly, I am fairly pleased with the fit of this mask overall. The eye holes are bigger than I like, but the position and size of the nose and mouth holes work really well for my face. I have some difficulty getting the chin part of the mask to stay adhered to my chin, but I have this issue with a lot of sheet masks.
Key Ingredients and Effects
Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Sap, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Truja Orientalis Extract, Disodium EDTA, Dipostassium Glycyrrhizate, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance
Sugar Maple Sap is the star ingredient here. According to the folks at May Coop, maple water absorbs better than into the skin due to its smaller molecule size. I don’t know enough about maple or chemistry to really know what that means (smaller molecule size is not always a good thing), but there are a few reasons to be optimistic about the effects of maple sap as a skincare ingredient. Remember a few years ago when maple syrup was being touted as a superfood? A lot of the hype was due to the research of a Dr. Navindra Seeram, who identified 50-some compounds in maple syrup that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s impossible to extrapolate any concrete disease fighting or health benefits simply from the presence of these compounds, but it does provide some incentive (hopefully) for further research. Currently, research on maple sap’s effect on skin is very limited, but this study shows acer tegmentosum (another kind of maple) may suppress inflammatory activity and have positive effects on atopic dermatitis-like skin legions.
Beyond maple sap, this mask contains glycerin, which is a good old humectant that will help provide your skin with hydration, and a plethora of extracts including licorice root, ginger root, and camellia sinensis (tea).
This mask definitely has a plumping, cooling, and soothing effect on my skin. If I use this mask at night, these effects will last through the next day. As someone with very dry skin, this is no easy feat! Furthermore, this mask does NOT leave my face sticky, making it my preferred mask to use during the day before special events. Whodathunk the sheet mask made of sugar maple sap would be my go-to nonsticky mask?!
I really like this mask! The plumping effect is nice plus the material, amount of essence, and lack of stickiness make it a joy to use!
I purchased these masks from 11st. They were <$3 each when I bought them, but they seem to have gone up in price. If you are curious about how to order from 11st, see Cat’s guide here. These masks are also now available on Peach and Lily at $6 a pop, which is pretty steep, but you can use this link to get $10 off your first Peach & Lily order.
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