[MEDIHEAL] DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask Review

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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.

 

Claims

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:

 

Website 3:

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.

 

Website 4:

  • 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:

  1. lock in the moisturise in the skin to keep it hydrated
  2. enhance the skin’s appearance and make it glossy
  3. 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.

 

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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.

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My thoughts

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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:

  1. The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted.
  2. 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. 

 

PS. The sheet mask does contain DNA! And I still don’t know what to think of it…

 

 

 

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[Mediheal] Mask Dress Code Violet Review

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Mediheal Mask Dress Code Violet Review

 

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When I sheet mask, I usually do it in my night routine which I then end with a sheet mask and skip the moisturizer. I skip the moisturizer because most of the sheet masks I’ve tried so far were so sticky and so… heavy that putting an extra layer on top of the shield that the sheet mask had left seemed… a little bit too much. There have been, however, a few masks that I liked a lot and deviated from that tendency because they were not only effective but also light (and non-sticky). This Mediheal Mask Dress Code Violet (I tried the Red one as well with the same effect) is one of those masks that I can follow with a rich moisturizer and my skin loves it. But let’s dive into the details.

 

Claims and Directions for use

The sheet mask ingredients make it a toning-regenerating sheet mask. It is supposed to brighten, regenerate and restore the skin’s pH level.

To use the mask:

  1. Cleanse the face and neck, apply a toner and place the sheet mask on the face
  2. Stretch the sheet towards the ears and upwards to adjust it to your face shape
  3. Put the remaining essence from the packaging onto the neck and pat it in delicately
  4. Leave the sheet mask on for 20 mins and after removing, pat in the remaining essence onto your face

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium DTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europeana Fruit Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance

 

In terms of the ingredients, the sheet mask seems to have its pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • lots of botanical ingredients- extracts (e.g. Hamamelis Virginiana Extract), water (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water) and juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) that are nothing but beneficial and skin-friendly. According to CosDna ratings they’re not irritant, don’t cause acne and are super safe (top green satefy rating)
  • one of the first ingredients on the list are Sodium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Collagen which keep the skin moisturized (Sodium Hyaluronate) and contribute to its elasticity (Hydrolyzed Collagen) making it plumper and more wrinkle-resistant
  • the mask also contains other beneficial ingredients such as Panthenol, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin and Adenosine that help to fight/prevent the signs of aging

 

Cons:

  • it contains a few ingredients that aren’t considered too safe such as Tocopheryl Acetate (safety rating 3- yellow), Triethanolamine (safety rating 5- yellow) and Polysorbate 80 (safety rating 3 again). Triethanolamine can cause acne
  • contains a paraben (Methylparaben) and Fragrance

 

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Unfortunately, the packaging doesn’t say what the sheet mask is made of but my guess would be it’s a cotton sheet. It comes with printing in the shape of a carnival mask which is made of materials that don’t cause allergic reaction nor do they discolour the face. The essence in which the mask itself is soaked is transparent liquid a bit thicker than water but it’s easy to spill nevertheless (which I already did). Its fragrance isn’t overwhelming but very discreet and actually pleasant. I can’t really compare it to any fragrance as it doesn’t remind me of anything.

 

My thoughts

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I generally like Mediheal sheet masks and this Mask Dress Code Violet didn’t disappoint me. It’s got a ingredients list full of wonders which do wonders. I did notice a significant difference after using it and I already did it a few times. Every time the effects were the same- my face looked a lot healthier and noticeably brighter (not significantly brighter, however, as I’m already pale but it did made my pimple scars less noticeable). My skin was also much more elastic and softer. The essence from the sheet mask absorbed super quickly and didn’t leave a sticky or heavy feeling so I could top it up with my daily moisturizer. The end effect was a fully hydrated, healthier-looking skin that I couldn’t resist to touch. There’s the abundance of the essence as well which lasted me for two more days so even though I threw away the (cotton) sheet itself, I still could enjoy the mask’s benefits for two more days.

The downside of the mask are a few ingredients that are potentially unsafe for the skin (such as Triethanolamine or Polysorbate 80) and made me a bit concerned. But they were further down the ingredients list, so their amount in the essence must’ve been scant. Methylparaben and Fragrance also made me a bit suspicious of the mask but when I saw it didn’t contain Alcohol (yaay) or Mineral Oil (yaay) I decided to give it a try. And I don’t regret- I’ve already repurchased it.

Would I recommend it? Definitely. But make sure you use a moisturizer afterwards, especially if you have naturally dry skin like me. The mask is brightening/regenerating, but it’s not moisturizing enough. So a good moisturizer on top of that and you’re ready to shine!