I was so sure that I would get through this winter without getting a cold. It's March now — almost spring — and I had made it through the holiday season, all of January and most of February with nothing more than a case of the sniffles. I was so overly confident that my body decided to shove it in my face and get stuck with one of the worst colds I've ever had in my life.
I was laid up in bed for a few days with a veritable smorgasbord of complaints until last Sunday, when I woke up feeling almost human, but with the dry, scaly skin of some kind of monster.
I was consuming pretty much my body weight in liquids, which certainly helped, but my skin was in a sad, sorry state. My whole face felt raw and dehydrated, and my nose was basically one giant flake. Ugh. This is not super cute, I know, but stick with me.
The only good thing I can say that came of the cold from hell was a good, healthy dose of online shopping and the discovery of My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Masks.
I chose this sheet mask in particular because I knew that hyaluronic acid was already the special sauce of my moisturizing routine. However, my go-to serum and moisturizer combo was actually stinging my skin after cleansing because it was so freaking chapped.
The sheet itself feels more fibrous; it isn't one of the paper-thin wisps that feel like it will just melt if you touch it too hard, but it also isn't one of the luxury ones that feel more gel-like in texture.
It's saturated with a ton of a hyaluronic-based essence. Whenever I do one of these masks, I always find it to be a little too moist at first, so as I smooth out bubbles, I spread the excess essence on my neck and chest.
This mask feels instantly soothing and is refreshingly cooling on the skin. Ignoring all directions that say to wear this for 10 minutes, I like to keep this one on as long as I can take it, which is usually about the length of one commercial-free episode of Gilmore Girls.
Along with cleansing with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and some very gentle manual exfoliation (to get rid of the flakes) with a washcloth, my skin is pretty much back to normal after using this mask once every three days.
Coming in at anour $13 for 10 masks, these are some of the cheapest sheet masks I've ever found. Once I was really feelin' spendy and picked up a single sheet mask for eight bucks and I didn't even get any dramatic results from it. Not worth it. But for almost 1/8 the price, this mask from My Beauty Diary has pieced my skin back together.