This month it’s Mother’s Day (at least where I come from) and I got this lovely Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask from my dear mom. She knows how much I love Korean skincare and whenever she sees something ”Korean” in the beauty sale, she buys it for me, God bless her (best mom in the world). But don’t worry- I sent her something for Mother’s Day too and she knows how much I love her. So by no means I’m mistreating her. As for the sheet mask, let’s jump straight to the review.
What is this mask supposed to do? Now, here, the back of the packaging of my sheet mask got damaged (don’t ask how, please) so I’m going to use this website’s description of the mask:
This Mediheal Defence: Natural Aquaring system with DNA Mask is made of bamboo cellulose and feels extremely soft and smooth. It is a Creamy Serum mask that creates a protein water lock screen to lock the moisture into the skin. The emulsion provides deep hydration without being sticky. It helps to recover the damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin.
And because that tells me little (just that it’s hydrating without being sticky and repairs skin damage, but oh well, don’t most, if not all, sheet masks do that?), I found another website and looked at its product description as well:
Moisturizing, Whitening, Wrinkle Care Effect Creamy Serum Type: Creates Proatin water lock screen to lock the moisture into the skin.
Recover[s] damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin.
DNA and various moisture ingredients give tired skin nourishment and nutrition. PT CELL sheet with friendly material bio and nano technology slowly lift[s] the face line.
Okay, now, both of those descriptions make me confused. The first one with its ”protein water lock screen” and the second one…well, the whole description is confusing as, apart from referring to the same ”protein water lock screen”, it also mentions PT CELL sheet (God knows what PT CELL actually is), DNA (is it talking about the DNA as in human DNA, that is, genetic code?!) and ”nano technology that slowly lifts the face line” (hmm… what nano technology?). So what did I do? I kept looking for a third website, thinking, ”third time lucky”. So I found two websites, each of them helping me to understand the things the sheet mask is supposed to do better:
Mediheal Defense Natural Aquaring Proatin Mask restores moisture to your skin and keeps it hydrated. This blue package one works on moisturizing. It contains DNA ingredient, amino acid and collagen which can greatly and deeply replenish your skin. Proatin is made by protein and amino acid which strengthen your skin barrier. This enhances skin’s firmness and glossiness. Clearfit Mask can easily fit your face and stick on it. It helps absorption and lifting.
DNA = Defense Natural Aquaring Proatin Mask (Defense : Natural Aquaring system with DNA)
Main Functions: Moisturize water gloss, Whitening , Anti-wrinkle,
Recover[s] damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin
Moisture protein mask prevents moisture loss with moisture barrier.
DNA and various moisture ingredients give tired skin moisture and nutrition for vital skin care.
Gives glow for moisture soft skin enhancement.
Major ingredients: 19 Amino Acids, Peptides, DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, Aqua-Seal, ceramides, sodium hyaluronate, aquaxy – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol / Xylitol, Sodium PCA
So, I’m still a bit confused by all those descriptions, but what they all seem to have in common is that the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask is supposed to:
- lock in the moisturise in the skin to keep it hydrated
- enhance the skin’s appearance and make it glossy
- recover the skin’s barrier
It possibly has also face lifting, whitening and anti-wrinkle properties but those are clearly stated in just one description (lifting in two). And the DNA seems to be an acronym (Defense Natural Aquaring) but the description that says that also adds ”Defense : Natural Aquaring system with DNA” just to make me even more confused. Help! How can you use genes in a sheet mask? That baffles me.
However, I’ve got the gist of what the mask is designed to do, so let’s proceed to its features and performance.
Ingredients and Texture
Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Althea Rosea Flower Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Xylitol, Betaine, Squalane, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Panthenol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Allantoin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Behenic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Capryl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Stearic Acid, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Myristic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, DNA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Phytosphingosine, Tocopherol, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Xanthan Gum, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)
This ingredients list is quite long so I’m not going to talk about all the ingredients in detail as it would take AGES and I’m not an ingredient expert so some of those ingredients don’t tell me anything because of, well, lack of knowledge. But I’m going to list points about the ingredients of this sheet mask that I think are worth highlighting:
- it contains a skin brightening ingredient (Niacinamide) that is very high up in the list, meaning, there must be quite a lot of it in the serum (or emulsion rather, due to its thick consistency)
- it has the following anti-ageing ingredients: Niacinamide, Adenosine, Ceramide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Peptides
- it contains healing ingredients such as Arginine, Allantoin
- as well as moisturizing/hydrating ingredients, for instance Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Squalane (also anti-ageing) and Xylitylglucoside
- and plant oils/extracts such as Althea Rosea Flower Extract and Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, also high up in the ingredients list;
I also underlined ingredients that are the amino acids as one of the descriptions mentions them. They ”maintain skin’s hydration, texture, resilience, and an overall supple, healthy appearance” and they work well with ingredients such as Peptides, Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid (all of them present in the emulsion).
Overall, based on the ingredients list, the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask certainly has a highly moisturizing, skin barrier restoring (healing) and anti-ageing potential. Some of those ingredients are supposed to repair the skin, some of them make it more resistant to ageing, some of them hydrate/lock in the moisture to keep the skin plump. And there are quite a lot of them, the majority being safe and effective in what they do. So the sheet mask is a real bomb in terms of active ingredients which is a big plus.
In terms of the texture, the sheet of the mask is white and quite thick. According to one of the descriptions, it’s made of bamboo cellulose and is supposed to fit the face (”Clear Fit Mask”) and stick to it properly.
The serum itself was rather thick, white and very… hmmm… heavy. It was more like an emulsion than serum although the second name of the mask on the packaging says ”Creamy Serum Aquaring Mask”. Why couldn’t they just call it ”emulsion” instead of ”creamy serum”?
Also, what it worth adding, I struggled to open the packaging itself. You can see the evidence in the picture below- it took me ages to rip that thing apart.
So now, it’s time for the performance review. Let’s start with the performance of the sheet mask while I was wearing it.
First, as I already mentioned, the packaging was hard to open (I struggled to open it for 5 or more minutes- it just didn’t want to open) and unfolding the sheet mask was also a challenge. When I finally opened the packaging and unfolded the mask to put it on my face (dirty job) it didn’t adhere very well and the fit was horrible (as you can see in the pictures above). The upper part kept sliding hence the noticeable bubble between my eyebrows. The poor fit resulted in the sheet mask almost getting into my eyes (I tried to pull it as high up as I could on my face to adjust it for the lip area) and my upper lip was totally covered (I don’t think that was the designer’s intention, but I may be wrong of course). I definitely didn’t enjoy those 20min of having to re-adjust the sheet mask to keep it in place and it was quite annoying to have something slimy on my upper lip. It was really uncomfortable to wear. So the claim that the sheet mask is an easy fit and adheres well is definitely not worth believing in.
When I finally took the sheet mask off it not only took a bit to absorb in but left a sticky and heavy (again) feeling on my skin. I don’t like emulsions in general as they usually clog my pores and give me break outs and this was the first time I sheet masked with a mask that was so thick both in terms of the material’s texture and the texture of the… liquid. As for the results, I feel like it did lock in moisture in my skin but not in the right way. It felt too heavy on my face yet I had a need to apply a moisturizer and that was definitely too much for my skin. I didn’t get any zits but I just had this uncomfortable feeling and my skin was shouting ”that’s too much!”. I didn’t notice any difference to my wrinkles (yes, I have some at the age of 23- due to my past experiences) and my pimple scars weren’t diminished so no whitening effect. I also didn’t experience any ”face lifting”. Was my skin more glossy? No, I didn’t notice anything like that.
What I did like about this Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask, though, is that it did make my skin firmer. When I touched it it was incredibly bouncy and I don’t know if that will make any sense but my skin felt thicker.
I probably won’t repurchase this sheet mask anytime soon. It’s got an amazing ingredients list (full of wonders, indeed) and it made my skin firmer and more bouncy. But it didn’t fit my face well, didn’t adhere well either and was too heavy for my skin. I still think, though, that this is a good sheet mask to have in your stash. This mask will be my go-to when my dry skin feels extremely dry as I feel it wouldn’t have left such an overwhelming feeling if my skin had been more in need of hydration.
Would I recommend it? Possibly yes, but maybe not for oily skin. But every skin is different so if you have oily skin and already have this sheet mask, just give it a go- it may very well work for you better than it did for me.
Thank you for reading the review, luvvies! Before you leave, here are just two things I’d like to add:
- The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted.
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PS. The sheet mask does contain DNA! And I still don’t know what to think of it…