When Truth In Aging asked me if I wanted to test Mirai's Skin Awakening Mask Set ($40), I thought that it looked so crazy I had to give it a whirl! It turned out to be crazier than I imagined. The idea behind the system is you cleanse, apply Mirai's Skin Awakening Essence, then wet, stretch, and apply Mirai's cotton sheets that are "100% natural cotton, grown in Ehime, Japan, renown for the purity of its waters, and certified in Japan for baby use."

They are meant to "lock in" the Natural Moisturizing Factor that Mirai claims its potion contains. More so than applying with your hands alone, but you cannot leave it on more than 3-5 minutes or they will begin to draw moisture from your skin.

Right. This might be one for the department of daft. The moisturizer has some all right ingredients, including the peptides that make up Matrixyl 3000. Unfortunately that is near the bottom of the ingredient list. The rest of the ingredients are your run-of-the-mill botanicals, oils, and black tea.

Now more about those cotton sheets: Where do I even begin? Imagine moisturizing your face and then applying wet toilet paper to it. Only it's thicker than toilet paper, also it doesn't stretch as shown in the video, unless I am doing it wrong. When I tried to stretch it out to fit it would tear. But more importantly did I feel extra moisturized? On the contrary, after removing the sheets and letting my face dry, it would become slightly dry and tight, as if the cotton sheets had removed the moisturizer. Unfortunately for these reasons I cannot recommend this product, particularly the sheets. I dislike this system of moisturizing greatly. I would be happy to continue testing the cream, but I cannot go another night feeling dry and tight after using the sheets.

Ingredients in Mirai Skin Awakening Mask set: Water (Aqua), Chamomile Hydrosol (Matricaria Recutita)*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum*, Lecithin, Black Tea (Kombucha), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina)*, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract*. (*Certified Organic)