If you answered a hard and resounding “No!” to this headline, you may want to reconsider. Especially because chances are if you love face masks, you already have. Let me explain.
You may have heard of biocellulose sheet masks, but have you stopped to think about what biocellulose means? Turns it means the mask is made from bacteria. Sheet masks made from biocellulose perform better than their paper counterparts because they adhere snugly to skin and don’t allow ingredients to evaporate as quickly. We love the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masque; it’s so hydrating that some dermatologists use it to calm the skin after laser procedures.
Don’t let your imagination go crazy—these masks aren’t grown in a petri dish. Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and cofounder of thebeautybrains.com, explains that they’re made by finding a strain of bacteria that ferments glucose. “The bacteria then poop out cellulose; you purify it, collect it, and then make a mask out of it,” he says.
One new beauty company is taking the science of biocellulose masks to the next level. The brand is aptly called Nerd Skincare, and it makes sheet masks from a proprietary strain of bacteria called acetobacter xylinum.
The Nerd lab where the masks are grown.
The result is a line of sheet masks (one for hydration, one for brightening, and one for skin repair) that are so smooth and squishy, they feel as if they’re suctioned to your face. They don’t flop off when you’re sitting upright, so you can wear the masks while cooking dinner (I have done this) or vacuuming (I have done this, too). Each mask comes presoaked in a serum packed with anti-aging heavyweights, like hyaluronic acid, squalane, ceramides, licorice-root extract, and antioxidants. At $20 a pop, they’re not a cheap thrill, but if you’re into both cool science stuff and superglow-y skin, I highly recommend you give them a shot.
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