I Finally Tried the $13 Sheet Mask That Keeps Selling Out

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There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who love sheet masks, and those who reckon they're a waste of money.

I for one fall into the first category (surprise, surprise). I think of them as instant skincare gratification. Sure, they’re not a long-term solution, but doing a sheet mask is one of the best ways to go from 0 to 100 in less than 10 minutes. 

In my career as a beauty editor, I’ve tried many a sheet mask (yoghurt, snail mucin and bubbling varietals included). But when French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay launched their first sheet mask in late 2020, you bet I made it my business to give it a go.  

But there was one problem... the darn thing kept selling out. Everywhere.

The mask in question? The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask 25g - a new(ish) sheet mask that promises to soothe and nourish dry, dehydrated, irritated and procedure-affected skin. 

Admittedly, I’ve not undergone any procedures as of late, but I am prone to (accidently) over-testing active products, so I knew it was a good idea to save this mask for a rainy day. 

And my goodness, did that day come. Keep reading for the details.

What Is a Sheet Mask Again?

Sheet masks are fundamentally serum-soaked cloths you can pop on your face to achieve a certain skincare goal. They come with holes for your eyes, nose and mouth, meaning you'll look a bit terrifying wearing one, but also highly amusing.

Nowadays, you can find them just about anywhere, but sheet masks are thought to have originated in Korea and Japan. They’re cheap, cheerful, effective and available everywhere, from your local chemist to Adore Beauty (obviously).

Let's Talk About the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask 25g is designed to treat sensitised, dry or dehydrated skin. It’s also formulated to provide relief for inflamed skin post-procedure (think lasers, peels or microdermabrasion). 

As for what's in it, the hero here is vitamin B5, also referred to as panthenol. B5 is known for its soothing and repairing capabilities, especially when it comes to fixing an impaired skin barrier

You can learn more about vitamin B5 in our YouTube video below.

Like all La Roche-Posay products, the mask is chock-full of thermal spring water to provide serious hydration. It also contains madecassoside, an extract from the centella asiatica herb. Sound familair? That's probably because centella is a trending K-beauty skincare ingredient found in 'cica creams' (hence, the name Cicaplast). In short, it will calm things down and assist with cellular turnover. 

Really, it's a hydrating and calming all-rounder that works to repair barrier function, making it a top pick for those who might have overdone it on active products as well (ahem… me). 

It’s probably also worth mentioning the sheet itself is a 100 per cent biodegradable cotton. 

My La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask Review.

Story time: I called on this product after a particularly reckless skincare week.

I was trying a new glycolic acid product and went too hard, too fast. Nek minut, my face felt tight, hot and bumpy, so I figured the timing couldn’t be more apt.

First impressions of the mask were:

  • Very juicy, which is a good characteristic as far as I’m concerned.

  • Fit my face relatively well.

  • Felt fresh – cooling, even.

  • There was no scent, either. If anything, it just had that nondescript, ‘unscented skincare’ scent.

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I wore it for the specified 15 minutes and waited for a miracle. Then, I peeled the mask off slowly with bated breath *insert drumroll for dramatic effect*. My skin underneath was plump, dewy and calm. Result!

The bumps were still there obviously, but the tightness was gone. I massaged in the excess serum (there was a lot) and applied a gentle moisturiser. 

The next day, my face still felt soft, balanced and so much smoother! It’s definitely a quick fix you'd file under “keep-on-hand-in-case-of-emergency”. But as far as DIY soothing treatments go, this is one of the best I’ve tried. 

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I think anyone with dry, dehydrated or dull skin will get a kick out of this, but it’s especially useful if you’re feeling sensitised. While I haven’t personally tried it post-procedure, I would highly recommend it in that instance, too.

Dare I say, it would also make a great remedy for accidental sun overexposure. And honestly, my face felt so plump afterwards, I’d call on it before a big event or makeup look as well.  

Final verdict: I’ve always loved French pharmacy products, but this La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Mask is truly spectacular.

It’s cheap, easy and delivers on its promise. Just be sure to get your mitts on one before it sells out, again.

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