[Missha] Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner Review

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My lovely beauties! After using it for 5 months, I thought that it’s high time I introduced you to my most recent toner- Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner, found on RoseRoseShop during one of my sale fevers. Here we go then!

 

About the product

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So. The packaging doesn’t say much about the toner, at least not in English. T^T Nor does the website where I got it from (RoseRoseShop). But what it does say, reads as the following:

This refreshing toner helps balance and prepare the skin for skincare steps that follow. Dermatologically tested.

And that’s it. That’s all that is in English on the packaging and the website. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ There’s not much in terms of claims and therefore there’s also not much to expect from the toner. Just that it is supposed to balance the skin and prepare it for the skincare steps that follow. Let’s jump to the product itself then and let’s have a closer look at its ingredients list and texture.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Propanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Harpagophytum Procumbens Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Water, Glycerin, Schizosaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Fructooligosaccharides, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Maltodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer,  Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Sorbitan Laurate, Nonapeptide-1, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hexapeptide-9, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol

 

Before I bought this Missha toner, I made sure I had a proper look at the ingredients list to avoid disappointment. In the past I ditched the toner step in my routine as toners used to dry my already dry skin so much that I didn’t see any point in continuing with a step that only deteriorates the condition of my skin. However, one day I was browsing sale items on RoseRoseShop and I came across Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner and because it was quite cheap, I had a closer look at it. When I saw how many skin-beneficial ingredients it has, I knew I had to buy it. And so I did.

It’s got 11 botanical extracts, Centella Asiatica Extract being among them (a very potent antioxidant source that promotes skin healing, including mitigating some visible effects of sun damage), 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid which is a great humectant and a wonderful hydrating ingredient (and because there are 5 types of it, there’s a higher likelihood of its thorough penetration to the skin and therefore it working wonders) and loooooads of peptides (10 of them! Crazy!). And, ladies and gentleman, this is just a toner. JUST a toner, a toner that is to balance the skin and prepare it for more concentrated doses of skin-enhancing ingredients contained in serums, ampoules, lotions, etc. Apart from botanical extracts, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides, there are also other star ingredients such as Schizosaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (brings suppleness and softness to the skin), Beta-Glucan (soothes the skin) and Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate (God, the name is a little tongue twister but it’s been shown to boost the skin’s production of HA that decreases with age, so it’s a no joke).

Although back then, when I was buying this Missha toner, I wrongly thought that the first ingredients on the list are in the highest concentration, I still think that it is a product with an impressive ingredients list. It’s quite long for a toner and a huge majority of the ingredients is super safer for the skin and extremely beneficial- not only because it’s got loads of good ingredients but, as mentioned, there are also a few types of certain ingredients (Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides) making your skin covered.  👍

According to CosDna, all ingredients are safe (with the exception of Fragrance) and only two ingredients might potentially cause any irritation/acne (Butylene Glycol Sorbitan Laurate) but they both have a very low irritation/acne rating (just 1) and although I have a sensitive skin, the toner has never broken me out, despite using it for 5 months. Also, on a side note, for people prone to fungal acne, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate might trigger it, according to Skincarisma, so just a word of caution.

 

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In terms of texture, the Missha toner is just like water in consistency and absorbs SUPER fast. Like, very VERY fast. I always have to apply it on my face quickly before it absorbs into my hand’s skin (I don’t use cotton pads as they irritate my skin- I prefer applying it with my bare hands). Upon application, it doesn’t leave any stickiness but makes the skin look plumper and more bouncy. However, it’s not moisturizing enough so it’s important to follow up with other skincare steps to ensure proper moisturization as the toner only hydrates.

 

 

My thoughts

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I need to admit that- after years of disliking and not using toners, I got to like this one quite a lot. It’s got an amazing ingredients list which is very clean and safe. As already mentioned, it has never broken me out nor caused any other skin issues (which my sensitive skin is very grateful for). It’s got great hydrating properties as it’s always left my skin bouncy and plump straight after application and the results have always been visible the next morning as well. It hasn’t made my skin feel sticky or heavy so I can always proceed with my skincare routine without any concerns and, because it absorbs so fast, I’ve never had to wait God knows how long before applying my FROM NATURE Age Intense Treatment Essence. It also certainly balances the skin and prepares it for the following skincare steps as I noticed it reduces significantly any tightness or/and redness I get after cleansing my face.

Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner is certainly a toner worth checking out. It’s very hydrating in a non-sticky way (as opposed to many toners that contain alcohol and leave the skin feeling very dry), it does what it’s supposed to do (balances and prepares the skin for the next skincare steps), it’s beneficial for the skin (with all those skin enhancing ingredients discussed above) and it’s largely safe for the skin.

Would I repurchase? Certainly. As for now, though, I won’t- I bought it in February this year and I still have half of a bottle left despite using it very generously every day. :O So one more pro- if you want a toner that lasts ages, this one will be your friend for a looong time.

 

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RoseRoseShop

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[Missha] Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++ Review

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My dear beauties! Here I come with the first review of a sun cushion. I never tried sun protection in any other form than a sun cream (you can see the review of my favourite one here) so I’m super excited to share with you anything and everything about this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++  which I got from RoseRoseShop.

 

About the product

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So what the packaging and the RoseRoseShop website have to say about this cushion? First, let’s start with the website, according to which this Missha cushion is

Formulated with carefully chosen ingredients for sensitive skin.
Infused with mild physical sunscreen ingredients.
Provides a cooling sensation to the skin as it contains 38% Centella Asiatica Extract in place of water.

The cushion’s packaging provides the same information so I’m not gonna repeat it. The fact that it’s got a cooling effect (38% Centella Asiatica Extract) and that it contains physical filters were the main reasons why I went for that cushion in the first place. I was looking for something that would make sunscreen re-application easy but effective, skin-friendly (my skin can hardly tolerate chemical sunscreens so I always need to opt for physical ones and I wanted to get something that doesn’t have any unsafe or irritating ingredients) and which wouldn’t leave me look like a monster (white streaks are my worst nightmare). This Missha cushion turned out to be the best option out there withing the affordable price range.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Propyheptyl Caprylate, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Titanium(IV) Oxide, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Propanediol, Glycerol, Silica, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Eggplant Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Holy BasilMoringa Oleifera, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyurethane-11, Ethylhexylglycerin, Guaiazulene, Amber Powder, Calamine, Madecassoside, Chlorella Vulgaris Powder

 

Because the ingredients list on the cushion’s packaging is in Korean (and I’m not sure if there’s the full ingredients list on it anyway), I took this ingredients list above from CosDna. I also resorted to it before I actually purchased the cushion to avoid any disappointment in a form of irritation that would make me have to stop using it. So.

 

The good:

  • Centella Asiatica Extract instead of water so loads of it (supposedly 38%)- has potent antioxidant properties and contains amino acids and Madecassoside (there’s also additional Madecassoside added, towards the end of the ingredients list). It has soothing and hydrating effects so it’s good for upset skin. Also, it mitigates some of the visible effects of sun damage thus it’s a perfect ingredient for a sun cushion!
  • two physical sunscreen ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that provide  broad sun protection against UVA (responsible for aging) and UVB rays (responsible for tanning) while being safer and largely non-irritant for skin than most chemical sunscreens
  • contains quite a few botanical extracts providing the skin with a variety of antioxidant benefits
  • almost all of the ingredients are super safe and non-irritant apart from Stearic Acid that has the acne rating of 2

 

The bad:

  • contains Lavender Oil which can lead to skin’s oversensitivity and make it irritated (although CosDna doesn’t rate it as either irritant or unsafe, weird)
  • contains Stearic Acid that has an acne rating of 2 and which can trigger fungal acne (Zinc Oxide has a rating of 1 so it might also cause acne for some people but it’s never caused me any issues)
  • Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, that can also be found in the ingredients list, may trigger fungal acne as well

 

The cushion seems to have a pretty decent ingredients list when compared to so many sunscreen cushions in a similar price range (about $14). Because I never tried a cushion until this very one, I thought I shouldn’t be overly picky and went for it to test how it works for me.

 

 

 

 

The cushion comes in a, well, cushion compact form, with a puff that rests on the inner lid of the compact. As you can see, when I opened the product for the first time, I had to peel off a plastic protector that was separating the inner lid and the contents on the cushion. The cushion contents itself was of a very washed-off green colour with a white cross in the middle. When applied on the face, the contents had a texture of a watery cream of the same washed-off green. However, when patted evenly over the face, it blended in well leaving my face a bit paler but with no white streaks. The cushion’s packaging also contained a mirror which was really handy as I didn’t have to carry around my own mini-mirror to apply and re-apply it onto my face throughout the day. The puff, however, was waaay too big for my face and I struggled with it quite a bit. I must admit, even though the cushion’s name says it’s ”Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion” I didn’t expect it to be so big.

 

 

My thoughts

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I can say I really liked this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion. Why?

  • it really soothed my skin. It gave a nice cooling sensation and my skin never broke out while using it.
  • the coverage was really well (although it’s not a makeup cushion) as it hid small imperfections on my skin. It also made my skin paler but that’s something common for physical sunscreens and, because it spread incredibly evenly, it didn’t bother me
  • it left no white streaks. After using the cushion for the first time, I’ve become a fan of applying a sunscreen with a puff and after I ran out of the cushion, I’ve been using my makeup sponge to apply and re-apply my other sun creams
  • the application and re-application process was so easy- I didn’t have to touch the sunscreen (good for hygiene… and laziness reasons) and there was also a mirror inside it so I could re-apply it anywhere at any time
  • the cushion provides a broad and long sun protection against UVA and UVB rays (the maximum I’d say) which is something I always look for in sun protection products

 

But there were also things I didn’t quite like about this cushion:

  • as already mentioned, the compact was waaay too big and it was a bit of a challenge to apply the sunscreen with such a big puff, especially around my eyes
  • it lasted me only for about 2 weeks while a normal sun cream usually lasts me for 3. I’m quite money-conscious so when  I buy something I want it to last me as long as possible. Next time I might invest in a cushion that I can re-fill.
  • the puff rests on the inner lid of the cushion and it’s not washable which I find very unhygienic. I didn’t get any breakouts from using it but I fear if I’d been using it for longer, I’d have got some kind of irritation from it
  • the cushion’s packaging didn’t have the ingredients list in English so I couldn’t compare it to the one on CosDna. I always need to know what I’m applying on my face in case something bad happens so no ingredients list is a big disappointment for me
  • it has a very strong medical scent, most likely due to the high concentration of Centella Asiatica Extract. But I got used to it after a few days so it wasn’t that bad in the end

 

Overall, I enjoyed using this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion as its positives outweigh negatives. The cushion’s performance was amazing and I just wish it’d lasted me longer and had been a little bit smaller. However, although I liked it a lot, I don’t think I’m going to repurchase this cushion anytime soon. I’m venturing out to explore the sun protection products a bit more- recently I’ve been trying a sun stick (another sunscreen form in addition to creams and cushions) so watch out for my review of it!

Have you ever tried sunscreen in cushion?

[Neulii] BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads Review

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And here I come with another review! This time it’s Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. I must confess, though- I never tried peeling pads up till now, so this is unchartered territory for me. But that makes me even more excited to share with you my thoughts on this product.

A quick note before I jump into the review, I received those pads from RoseRose Shop for review purposes. Although they were a gift, all the opinions in this post (and everywhere else on this site, if a review is written by me) are mine and only mine and are not influenced by any third party. Okay! Let’s jump into the review then!

 

About the product

When I got the pads, I was really curious as to what exactly they’re meant to do- I only use cotton pads as a tool to apply other products like a toner or a make-up remover on my face and those pads were already soaked in something so I was intrigued.

The Neulii Peeling Pads, as may the name suggest, are designed to exfoliate. But, surprisingly, that’s not the only thing they are made to do. The packaging itself says the pads:

  • hydrate and nourish
  • refine texture
  • remove dead skin cells
  • reduce excessive sebum

 

Additionally, on RoseRose Shop‘s website, there’s some more information on the product:

Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad is an exfoliator combined with toner and cotton pad for your convenience. Simply wipe with BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad to gently exfoliate and get rid of skin impurities while moisturizing for smooth and soft skin.

Useful for:

  • when make-up looks patchy and uneven

  • when blackheads or whiteheads appear

  • when your skin looks dull and lifeless

  • when you need to remove dead skin cells and reduce sebum at the same time

  • when you feel residue on the skin after cleansing

 

So the pads seem to serve four main purposes: to exfoliate, moisturize, improve the appearance of the skin and top up the skin’s cleansing step (if needed). Everything in more detail below.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone (5%), Glycerin, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate (1%), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Aronia Melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) Fruit Extract, Methyl Cyclodextrin, Allantoin, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Disodium EDTA

 

What surprised me at first was that the ingredients list is one of the first things you see when you hold the Neulii Peeling Pads. It’s quite impressive that Neulii made the ingredients so prominent as usually ingredients lists are in a very small print and put in the least visible place on the packaging. I like to know what I’m buying/going to use straight away when looking at the product, without trying to locate the list of ingredients and putting real effort to actually trying to figure out what’s written in the list (I have quite a poor sight, ladies and gentlemen). But with Neulii Pads, I knew immediately what I would be putting on my face. And I really liked what I saw.

According to CosDna, all the ingredients are super safe (all are rated as green) and just one (Bulytene Glycol) might cause acne (although unlikely because it’s got the lowest rating of just 1).

In terms of what beneficial ingredients the product contains, here’s a breakdown:

  • chemical exfoliants – Gluconolactone (PHA) which is a very gentle exfoliant, suitable for sensitive skin and found to protect the skin from damages caused by UV radiation as well, and Betaine Salicylate (BHA), also very gentle, and considered good for improving skin’s tone and texture
  • moisturizing ingredients- Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Allantoin (which also soothes and aids skin repair)
  • botanical extracts- Witch Hazel Leaf Extract (enhances the appearance of damaged and dry skin), Tea Tree Leaf Extract (calms the skin, soothing any irritation), Rooibos Extract (anti-ageing- packed with antioxidants), Acai Fruit Extract (also packed with antioxidants alongside minerals and vitamins A, B, C, and E), Black Chokeberry Fruit Extract (high in vitamin C)

 

It’s an incredibly good ingredients list and I can’t really recall the last time I saw such a clean one. The moment I read it, I couldn’t wait to actually start using the Pads and see what effects they’d give.

 

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When it comes to the texture, the pads are very thin and made of 100% cotton. They’re double-faced, meaning both sides are the same so you can use either. They’re very well-soaked in the essence although there’s not much essence left in the packaging as such (and the packaging seems way too big for the pads, just a sidenote)- it seems like all the pads absorbed all the essence. However, as long as you close the packaging immediately after using the product, the pads should stay well-soaked for a long time. 🙂 The essence itself is very watery and absorbs really fast, leaving just a slightly tacky but not an uncomfortable feeling.

 

 

My thoughts

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I’m absolutely in loooove with those Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. ❤ They’re extremely hydrating and skin pH friendly and because of that they’ve replaced my regular toner and I’m thinking whether I still need my essence. I love that they’re multipurpose- they gently exfoliate, hydrate, nourish the skin and keep it clean. Every time I use them, my skin feels well moisturized, smooth, bouncy and properly cleansed (when there are any impurities left on my face, the pads effectively remove everything). And also more radiant and generally healthy-looking.

When it comes to more specific effects, I noticed my pimples are surprisingly well kept at bay- if they appear they never fully develop but disappear the next day and the scars from the old ones seem to fade away so much faster. What’s more, the blackheads on my nose which I’ve had for a very long time (and couldn’t get rid of no matter what I did), disappeared almost entirely after two weeks of using the product! I can’t really speak if the pads also help with sebum control as my skin is very dry and I wish it produced something to make it less like that. But well, with those pads my face is much better moisturized anyway.

All in all, I love the Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads for what they contain and what they do. They contain super clean and beneficial ingredients which do moisturize, gently exfoliate and nourish the skin while at the same time addressing the skin’s imperfections. There’s absolutely nothing bad I can say about those pads. Maybe just that the packaging is too big for all the pads (seems like a waste of plastic) but apart from that- nothing. I truly have enjoyed this product and I’d certainly recommend it to everybody interested in chemical exfoliating- regardless of the skin type as the pads seem to be very gentle. But remember to always patch test any product you buy, just to be on the safe side!

[Kina Cosmetics] Ceramide Face Mask Review

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My dear beauties! Here I come with another sheet mask review. I found this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask a few months back (January this year) in a nearby TK Maxx. I love popping in there regularly as they always have some k-beauty products and sometimes you can come across some really good deals. I bought this sheet mask in a pack of 10 for £5.99 (which makes each sheet mask just £0.60!) and it has lasted me for a long time- I still have a few left as I have used this mask alongside other sheet masks. Initially I was really happy with it (as you might probably know if you follow me on Instagram) but it took me quite a lot of time (and sheet masks) to truly get to know what this Ceramide Face Mask has to offer. So let’s jump straight to the review!

 

Claims

What is this sheet mask? According to the back of the packaging, Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask is

a function driven facial sheet mask that is uniquely formulated to deliver targeted benefits to address specific skincare concerns. Powered by two complexes crafted with 17 botanical extracts, and a boost of Ceramide.

Not sure what are those ”specific” skincare concerns but there we go. The packaging says what it says. On the front of it, it says something more as to what the sheet mask is designed to do, which is to

quench, strengthen dry skin and lock in moisture for lasting hydration.

 

That’s what the front and back of the packaging has to say about the mask. Pretty straightforward when you add everything up. The sheet mask’s main aim is to hydrate the skin which it is expected to accomplish with the help of a variety of botanical extracts and the ceramides.

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salvia Miltiorrhiza Flower/Leaf/Root Extract, Schizandra, Chinensis Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Ceramide NP, Carbomer, Arginine, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin

 

The packaging didn’t joke about those 17 (!) botanical extracts. I counted them all and there indeed are 17 of them, plus Schizandra which is a five-flavor berry (all of them in green bold font above). Which means the sheet mask contains loooooads of antioxidants and other goodies specific for the plants the extracts came from. However, with the name of the mask (Ceramide Face Mask) and the claim it contains Ceramide as a staple ingredient, one would expect the Ceramide to be quite high up in the list. But it’s not, unfortunately. It’s the 6th ingredient from the very end of the ingredients list. Very disappointing.

On a brighter note, the sheet mask is quite clean as only a few ingredients were rated yellow for safety or irritant/acne-causing by CosDna (in yellow and red, respectively, in the ingredients list).

 

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When it comes to the texture, the mask’s sheet was white and quite thick as for a sheet mask (you can see it in the picture above). The fit wasn’t perfect (I’ve seen worse though, so it’s not something to cry about) and the adherence was okay. But just okay. Which means it could’ve been better.

The essence the sheet mask was soaked in was very watery and took AGES to absorb into my skin (more about it below). The sheet was well drenched in it but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of it left in the packaging to apply on the neck.

 

My thoughts

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There are days when I love this sheet mask (just like when I tried it the first time) and there are days when I’m not so keen on it. I love it for its effects. This Ceramide Face Mask is SUPER hydrating– every time it made my skin very plump, bouncy and healthy-looking. So it definitely lived up to its claims about hydration.

However, on the downside (and what I’m not so keen on), the essence took very long to absorb and left a very unpleasant tacky feeling. Every time I sheet masked with this face mask I had to wait for about an hour or so to be able to apply my moisturizer (I can’t go to be bed without applying it). The tackiness gets even more uncomfortable in the warm weather which has just arrived in the North West of England. So the most recent use made me end up with a super tacky feeling which drove me crazy. Even after three hours after using the sheet mask, the stickiness didn’t diminish and I went to bed with an urge to wash my face again. But I didn’t because I also knew my face was clean and over-cleansing isn’t good for the skin just like over-exfoliating isn’t.

In addition to that, the fit could’ve certainly been better (to please skincare perfectionists like me- I hate when I sheet mask and see creases and air bubbles on my face just like the ones you can see in one of the photos above). And although the 17 botanical extracts are really impressive (and effective!), the position of the Ceramide on the ingredients list was very disappointing and I’m not sure if it did much to my skin. I think the hydrating effect was mainly due to the extracts.

All in all, I love this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask for its effects and cleanliness of the ingredients list. But I’ll probably use it only during colder days of the year and/or when my skin needs really deep hydration.

 

Do you have a product that you have a love-hate relationship with? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!

[Jumiso] Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask Review

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Not so long ago, during a very ordinary day, while browsing my Instagram feed, I came across Mask House UK’s post about a special deal- free postage with orders above £5 (yes, £5! Initially I thought it was a mistake and figured they must’ve missed ”0” to make it £50. So I went onto their website and saw it really was JUST £5! I was shocked. Positively, of course). So what did I do? I had to order something, of course. But because I already placed three orders on three different websites that week, I knew I shouldn’t spend much. So I went for sheet masks (cheapest products out there) that were below £4 (I wanted to buy a few within £6 budget that I set for myself). I also wanted to buy something worth trying (with a decent ingredients list) and so after a long search I found this Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and bought it for £2.50 (in the end, I bought two Jumiso sheet masks and one pore stripe to make the balance above £5 and get the free postage). And I definitely don’t regret spending a few quid more that week. Not just because of the Jumiso’s mask ingredients and the mask’s performance (of which more below) but can we please all admire its cute packaging? After using both sheet masks, I obviously had to keep their packaging.

But! Without any further ado, here goes the review.

 

Claims

So let’s start with claims. According to the packaging,

This revitalising sheet mask contains natural ingredients which nourish and balance [the] skin. Its gentle 100% cotton fabric is of the finest quality for the perfect adherence while still allowing [the] skin to breathe.

The description is short and very general so I thought I’d supplement it with the product description from the place where I bought it- Mask House UK:

What it is:
A cupra sheet is made of the 100% mildest cotton yarn with the finest quality with black ginseng to deeply nourish the skin

Why we love it:
The sheet has superior adhesion to the skin, it is breathable and it promotes quick absorption. The nutrition is provided by boiling black ginseng 9 times in a row and including Korean herbal ingredients.

So basically, the claims about the Jumiso sheet mask can be broken down into two points:

  1. It’s made of 100% high-quality cotton that makes the mask highly adherent but also breathable for the skin while promoting the ingredients’ absorption.
  2. The natural ingredients (black ginseng among them) it contains nourish and balance the skin.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCI, Maltodextrin, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Triethylhexanoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, PEG-32, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA

 

Looking at the ingredients list, four things jumped to my eyes:

a) the mask contains a number of ingredients that moisturize/help to keep the moisture in the skin (I put those ingredients in bold navy font above); there’s also Shea Butter that acts as an emollient and helps with dry skin

b) there are ingredients which have brightening properties (Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate- Vit. C) as well as anti-ageing (Tocopheryl Acetate- Vit. E, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil which also contains Vit. E, and two types of ceramides: Ceramide NP and Ceramide NS; interestingly enough this sheet mask contains more ceramides than a ceramide mask I have in my stash- and it has ”ceramide” in its product name) and wound healing ones (Allantoin and Arginine)

c) other key ingredients include: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (”the mother of all k-beauty ingredients, also known to be the star ingredient in Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which is a fermented ingredient that works to encourage cell turnover, leading to brighter, more even and hydrated skin”), probiotics (Lactobacillus Ferment and Xylitol) which restore microflora on the skin balancing its pH level, among other things, and plant extracts (Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract and Panax Ginseng Root Extract, the staple ingredient mentioned in the second product description) that act as antioxidants helping the skin to look healthier and younger 

d) the sheet mask contains four ingredients that are yellow-rated in terms of safety (I put them in orange bold) and two ingredients which might be irritant/cause acne (very unlikely as they have a rating 1 which is very low; I put them in red colour in the ingredients list)

 

Overall, the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask contains a variety of ingredients that nourish the skin (vitamins, extracts, ferments and other active ingredients) helping with its regeneration, suppleness, moisture and balance. The mask also has skin balancing properties as it contains probiotics that balance the skin’s pH level.

The only downside of the ingredients list is that it contains a few ingredients that might be considered unsafe or might irritate the skin/cause acne. However, they are further down list so their effect should be fairly weak and definitely outnumbered by the positive effects the rest of the ingredients.

 

 

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In terms of the sheet mask’s texture- Oh My God. They didn’t bluff by saying the sheet is made of ”high-quality” cotton. It’s extremely soft and delicate in touch. And very thin. As you can see in the picture above, although the sheet covered my eyebrows you can still see them through very well- that’s how thin the sheet is. And it’s 100% cotton so it’s also biodegradable.

The essence in which the sheet was soaked (dripping soaked actually- when I took it out of the packaging I couldn’t stop the essence dripping off the sheet. I felt soo guilty about wasting so much of precious essence but there we go) was very watery. There was loads of it in the packaging and it proved to absorb very fast as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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So now, coming to the sheet mask’s performance. There are a few things which I absolutely love about this Jumiso mask.

First, the adherence. Adherence, adherence, adherence. It was brilliant. The sheet adhered so well that it was really hard for me to move and adjust some of its parts to my face (more on the fit below). As I already mentioned, the sheet was also dripping with the abundance of the essence of which there was plenty left in the packaging. It lasted me for three days. The essence absorbed super fast into my skin so when I removed the mask all the essence was locked in my skin within two minutes. It did leave a slightly tacky feeling but it wasn’t uncomfortable and I still could carry on with my PM routine and apply a rich moisturizer.

Secondly, I absolutely love the ingredients list and how effective it was. First of all, the sheet mask didn’t break me out even though it contains Castor Oil which my skin doesn’t like (but it was at the very far end of the ingredients list so it’s understandable as its quantity must’ve been scant; or maybe it was the probiotics that prevented any breakout?). Straight after removing the sheet mask, my skin was super hydrated, plump and bouncy, and slightly brighter as my old pimple scars became paler. I also saw my worst wrinkles were noticeably diminished. I have no idea when was the last time I saw any product do anything to my wrinkles. They aren’t that deep but they are definitely visible. I’ve tried a countless number of products that were supposed to address my wrinkles but I can’t recall any product that actually changed the appearance of them. But this Jumiso sheet mask did. Straight after removing. More than that, after taking the mask off my skin was so bouncy and elastic that even though I laughed really hard and frowned a lot that same night, I couldn’t see any bad changes to the newly improved wrinkles nor could I see any new temporary wrinkles formed (which usually happens when I frown/laugh, especially around my eyes). There were no changes whatsoever. I was really impressed.

However! There are also things I don’t like about Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask. One of them is the fit. The eye area was too small which resulted in the sheet not adhering well in some places around my eyes. Also, the incredible adherence made the fit adjusting worse. Because the fit wasn’t good I had to move the sheet’s parts around to make it fit my face better. But because the mask stuck to my face so well, the adjusting was hell. Quite a few creases and air pockets formed and that drove me crazy (I’m a perfectionist when it comes to skincare and I can’t stand when a sheet isn’t adhering to my face evenly). And the fact that the sheet mask was dripping with the essence didn’t make it any better. But as they say, you can’t have everything.

 

All in all, I really enjoyed the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and loved the results it gave. I would definitely repurchase it if I have a chance. But as for now, I want to venture out and try other sheet masks out there to expand my horizons and add more products to my collection of holy grails. ❤

 

 

Thank you for reading the review! Before you leave, here are just three things I’d like to add:

  1. The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted. 
  2. All the opinions in this post are entirely mine; all the claims are based on my own knowledge. 
  3. If you’d like to have your review of a k-beauty product/store featured on the website as well, just send me an email on email.kbeauty.reviews@gmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to publish it here! The more reviews, the merrier. 

 

 

 

 

[PURITO] Centella Green Level All in One Mild Pad Review

AUTHOR: Jean Kuah

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE.

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM HERE and on Facebook HERE.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author.

If you’d like to have your review of a k-beauty product/store featured on the website as well, just send me an email on email.kbeauty.reviews@gmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to publish it here. ^.^


 

PURITO Centella Green Level All in One Mild Pad Review

 

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I was so glad to be able to try out Purito’s Centella Green Level All In One Mild Pads. The founder contacted me first and I was kindly gifted a few products in exchange for my honest opinions.

Founded in 2014, Purito is a brand committed to using safe and honest ingredients. They do not perform animal testing and produce eco-friendly products at reasonable prices.

The founder is very friendly and open to any forms of feedback, regardless of positive or negative ones which I am very impressed of.

 

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The Purito Centella Green Level All In One Mild Pad uses all EWG Green Level ingredients, BHA, and 10% Centella Asiatica Extract to gently exfoliate the skin, decrease inflammation, and remove make-up and sebum.

The Purito Centella Green Level All In One Mild Pad is gentle on the skin and great for sensitive skin leaving the skin feeling clean and refreshed. It gently assists the skin in removing excess sebum and make up without irritating the pores or skin, re-enforces the skin barrier and leaves the skin softly moisturized.

 

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Ingredient List:
Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Myristyl Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Quinquenervia Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

 

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The ingredient list is very clean. Madecassoside, Centella are my favourite ingredients for intense soothing.

 

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A lightweight plastic tub packaging. I love the graphics inside the box, showing how it can be used. This is suitable for various usage. A versatile product which is suitable even for your body. Like for me, I have back-acne and this acts like a scrub for my back too.

 

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Nothing over fanciful. Clean and simple packaging.

 

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Comes with a seal for freshness. The seal is not loose, the pads inside are well soaked but I don’t see any additional essence inside.

 

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It comes with a little tool, so as to not contaminate the entire tub with your fingers.

 

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There are two sides. One side is with texture while the other side is smooth. I forgot to take a photo of the other side, sorry. I will update it again!

How to use: After cleansing, use the raised side of the pad to gently wipe off any remaining make-up and debris from the skin. Use the opposite smooth side of the pad to gently wipe away any excess dirt or sebum. Let air dry, patting gently over the skin. Follow-up with your favourite moisturizer and/or cream.

 

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It’s very watery so the skin absorbs it fast without any residue left behind.

Does it do what it claims?

 
Claim 1: Gently exfoliates the skin, decreases inflammation, and removes make-up and sebum. 

It does gentle exfoliation when my skin is sensitive, whenever I need something less strong. It does remove impurities off my face as I can see the leftovers on the cotton pad.

 
Claim 2: Gentle on the skin and great for sensitive skin leaving the skin feeling clean and refreshed. It gently assists the skin in removing excess sebum and make up without irritating the pores or skin, re-enforces the skin barrier and leaves the skin softly moisturized.

Yes, it does. However, I have to give a heads up, the rough side can be quite irritating if you rub it too vigorously. So please, do it gently. I do regular exfoliation these days, so yes, my skin’s texture is softer than usual.

 

 

Summary of product:

| Packaging |

~ Plastic tub that comes securely sealed. A plastic tweezer was included too.

 
| Smell |

~ A medicinal, tea tree scent?

 

| Color? |

~ Colorless liquid.

 

| Pros |
~ Great for days I needed gentle exfoliation without compromising my skin barrier.
~ Not irritating for my sensitive red skin.
~ Softer skin after prolonged usage.
~ They packed it in a travel size which is so convenient.
~ Reasonably priced.
~ Helps with little pimples, I wouldn’t say big acne though.

 

| Cons |
~ It will dry up so use asap.

 

| Thoughts |

This ended up great for lazy days or days I needed something gentler (emergency). I was quite impressed as it helps with the tiny stubborn pimples. It did not work very well on my big acne though. However, I am ok with it as for the bigger acne, I tend to use other spots treatments to deal with it. There’s a lot of dead skin around my mouth area, which can look very pronounced when I do my makeup. With this, I simply wipe the mouth area and the make up adheres better! Emergency use as always. I will be repurchasing this product.

 

| Where to buy? |

It’s available on Eopenmarket (International) & Ezbuy (SG customers).

 

| Disclaimer |

~~Above are my actual thoughts. All thoughts are based on what I truly feel.

~ ~ This product is kindly provided by Purito in exchange for my honest reviews and thoughts on it.

 

[By Wishtrend] Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule Review

AUTHOR: mblovesskincare

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE.

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM HERE.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken/assembled by the review’s author.

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By Wishtrend Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule Review

 

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(Not sponsored. No affiliate links.)

 

What is it?

It is an ampoule. What exactly is ampoule, you can read here. I might say it is one little ambitious ampoule that promises to balance skin, to reduce sebum production and to treat and prevent acne. Plus, of course, to moisturize, hydrate and soothe any skin, to reduce inflammation and to improve skin tone. All of that with the help of polyphenols in propolis that I mentioned here.

 

Polyphenols are compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity. Main source of polyphenols are fruits (pineapple, passion fruit, acerola, pomegranate, mangosteen) and berries (grape and other dark berries), vegetables, spices, oil seeds (sesame and grapeseed) and tea (green tea, white tea, oolong). Main groups of polyphenols are flavonoids. Flavonoids are further divided into subgroups of compounds such as flavanoles (catechins), flavones (quercetin), anthocyanidins and isoflavones. The Polyphenols are secondary plant metabolites, produced only in small amounts and not in the primary energy metabolism of plants; their functions in the plant are, for example, the protection of the plant against UV radiation or vermin. (…) Nevertheless, the beneficial effects in vitro as well as presented in vivo evidence demonstrate an enormous potential of polyphenolic extracts as active ingredients in topically applied products for the prevention and therapy of UV damages, skin ageing as well as cancer diseases. /quotation source: Review ArticlePolyphenols as active ingredients for cosmetic productsO. V. Zillich*,†,U. Schweiggert-Weisz*, P. Eisner* and M. Kerscher† *Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, Giggenhauser Str. 35, D-85354, Freising, and †Department of Chemistry, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Papendamm 21, 20146 Hamburg, Germany, published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2015, 37, 455–464)/

 

This is one of the latest products By Wishtrend (I mentioned that Korean company herehere and here).

 

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Here is what Wishtrend says about this product:

The Propolis Extract obtained from the Auvergene volcanic region in France contains two Polyphenols, Catechin, and Quercetin. They are good antioxidants, as well as effective ingredients for the nourishment of the skin. In addition, Houtuynia Cordata Extract and Zinc PCA help soothe the skin and has antibacterial properties. Moisturizing agents such as Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, and Betaine effectively provides moisture to the skin. /Wishtrend/

This sounds excellent. Doesn’t it?

 

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This yellowish viscous liquid ampoule comes in 30 ml / 1.01 fl.oz. glass bottle with the pipette. It has the faintest of the faint herbal scent (more like neem) to it.

 

How to use it?

 

After cleansing, prep your skin with toner and apply an appropriate amount evenly to the face. /Wishtrend/

Literally, simple as that. I tend to use a toner with the cotton pad prior to this ampoule to achieve the least impact on its action.

 

Ingredients

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Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Propolis Extract, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Panthenol, Perilla Frutescens Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA, Pantolactone

 

Key ingredients:

Propolis Extract (15%)

Houttuynia Cordata extract (59%) – used in place of purified water for its antibacterial, soothing qualities for acne-prone/ oily skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Betaine – hydrate and soothe the skin

Zinc – controls sebum production in oily skin

Also, there is a powerful combo of healing and polyphenols source plants like: Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil, Tulsi), Corallina Officinalis (Algae), Portulaca Oleracea (Red Root, Pursley), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Melia Azadirachta (Neem), Perilla Frutescens (Korean Perilla, Shiso) and Turmeric.

Although this formulation seems very moisturizing, it is interesting to say that all ingredients are Malassezia safe. This is important for anyone who has any fungal skin problem, such as fungal acne or seborrheic dermatitis.

 

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Rosacea safe?

Yes, but patch test first. This combo of witch hazel and neem can be sensitizing to some rosaceans. Rare, though, but just sayin’.

 

Who is it for?

All skin types, acne, sensitive, combination, oily

 

Does it work?

Boy o’ boy! Does it work!

I grabbed this product the minute when it has launched, and got lucky with the Black Friday posting and shipping mess, and received it pretty quickly.

At first, it got me scared as I first applied it and then experienced redness and small pimples all over the face. Nooo! I was so looking forward to this ampoule and then this!

Then I (as always) gradually incorporated it into my pm routines, but I couldn’t see anything good or bad of it. Then morning routines. Same thing. Nooo again.

And then I started to use it alone, during the day when I remove morning makeup. And then it showed its glory. It took me almost a month to get there.

I remove makeup, apply toner with the cotton pad and then this ampoule. That’s it. Nothing else. It is very moisturizing and really doesn’t require any moisturizer after. And I tested this in the driest of dry winter weathers. I simply let it do its magic on its own. Of course, if you prefer or need moisturizer, go for it, this is just my way of applying and enjoying this ampoule.

 

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It would be an understatement to say it made my skin stronger, thicker, if you know what I mean. Now, I’m looking forward to removing everything off of my face and applying this goodness.

 

My skin tends to look its best in the morning. Then it gets tired and looks its worst early afternoon. Then it starts to look like s**t later afternoon and breaks out if I don’t do anything about it. That means to remove makeup, tone, and all that jazz. Nevertheless, my skin still fights back.

This ampoule solved that problem. Remarkable result per se. But it really balanced my skin overall and made my afternoon and evening face close to, or even better than the morning face. No more evening breakouts. No more tired dry skin. Crazy, I know!

Wishtrend promised me a rose garden with this ampoule. My skin said YES.

 

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Thumbs up?

Yes!

 

Reference: Review Article Polyphenols as active ingredients for cosmetic products, O. V. Zillich*,†, U. Schweiggert-Weisz*, P. Eisner* and M. Kerscher† *Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, Giggenhauser Str. 35, D-85354, Freising, and †Department of Chemistry, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Papendamm 21, 20146 Hamburg, Germany, published in International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2015, 37, 455–464)