Why Olay’s Magnemask Infusion is the new face mask to add to your skincare routine
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With so many face masks in the market, it’s become daunting to find the best face mask for me. There are just so many options, at different price points, with Western brands catching up on the trend started by Asian brands. I think it’s a welcome development, as we benefit from different beauty philosophies and gain access to a wider array of formulations. I recently had a good experience with Olay’s Power Duo, so I was eager to see what their just-released Magnemasks Infusion face mask sheets could do for my skin.
The new Olay Magnemask Infusion masks promise to leave skin renewed and refreshed in just 15 minutes. There are two variants available: the Rejuvenating Sheet Mask is for those who are concerned with fine lines and lack of firmness. It’s formulated to hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, so skin looks smooth and radiant. Meanwhile, the Whitening Sheet Mask is made to brighten the complexion and fade dark spots.
Both variants contain niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3), which is a potent skin care ingredient that accelerates skin renewal of surface cells and reduces wrinkles. They also contain PAL-KTTS, a peptide that stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles and firm up skin, and Olive-M extract with olive oil as antioxidant. Olay didn’t scrimp on these active ingredients either, as one pack of the Rejuvenating Sheet Mask has the same amount of niacinamide and PAL-KTTS as 1/3 the jar of a 50g Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, while the Whitening Sheet Mask contains half the amount of niacinamide as a 30ml bottle of Olay White Radiance Light Perfecting Essence! Pretty impressive if you ask me, especially since regular sheet masks usually just offer plant or snail extracts as their star ingredient.
When I took the mask out of the foil packet, the first thing I noticed was how thick the material was compared to the sheet masks I’ve used before. The Magnemasks feature a special three-layer design that supposedly limits the re-absorption of actives back into the sheet, so your skin can get the optimum benefits from the active ingredients. The sheet initially looked and felt small for my face, but the package explains that the “tension-fit” design is meant to be stretched out. This makes the sheet elastic and better able to fit all face shapes. I was definitely able to stretch the mask to make it fit my face better, but it still wasn’t a perfect fit around the nose area, which is understandable.
Both mask variants have a very pleasant light scent, unlike how cheap masks reek of alcohol. The Rejuvenating Sheet Mask especially smelled and felt luxurious, and somewhat reminded me of the clean scent of the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. The “essence” of the Rejuvenating mask also has creamier consistency than most face mask sheets, feeling more like a rich serum.
In terms of function, these sheet masks seem very similar to the Olay Power Duo so you might wonder: why use a separate product then? Sheet masks usually have a higher concentration of actives, and these particular ones by Olay have an extra generous dosage! Think of them as something like a superfood for your skin. I also consider them to be a lazy girl’s best bud because you can pretty much just cleanse your face, put on a face mask, remove it after 15 minutes, and call it a day!
If you’re still wondering when to use a face mask, it is normally applied in the middle of a full skin care routine - right after cleanser and toner (and possibly essence or serum) but before moisturizer. It’s actually easier to just mask up instead of going through a full routine since it can replace several steps (after cleansing), and you don’t have to wonder if you’re applying the right amount of product. The Rejuvenating Sheet Mask does that for me; it’s rich enough for my oily skin to skip moisturizer after, but still leaves my skin glowing. Olay recommends using these masks at night, but I personally think that the Whitening Sheet Mask is light enough to be used during the day as well. The essence absorbs very quickly, and my face immediately looks fresh and hydrated after use.
I enjoyed using both variants, but my favorite is the Whitening mask. Since the essence of this one is lightweight, I would recommend it to those with oily skin, like me. If you’re looking for more hydration and aiming for glass skin goals, the Rejuvenating Sheet Mask would be a better fit.
Olay Magnemasks Infusion retail for P129 each or P645 for a box of 5, but they are currently on sale for just P99 each at Shopee, and P495 for one box of the Rejuvenating Sheet Mask and P449 for one box of the Whitening Sheet Mask on Lazada.
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Olay Magnemasks Infusion Rejuvenating Sheet Mask
Ingredients: Water, butylene glycol, niacinamide, glycerin, panthenol, polyacrylamide, tocopheryl acetate, isopropyl isostearate, c13-14 isoparaffin, benzyl alcohol, allantoin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, peg-100 stearate, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, disodium edta, laureth-7, ethylparaben, sodium peg-7 olive oil carboxylate, propylparaben, fragrance, camellia sinensis leaf extract, citric acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4.
Olay Magnemasks Infusion Whitening Sheet Mask
Ingredients: Water, butylene glycol, niacinamide, xanthan gum, sodium salicylate, polysorbate-20, benzyl alcohol, methylparaben, disodium phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, disodium edta, titanium dioxide, glycerin, sodium phosphate, fragrance, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4.