[Benton] Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I bought and tried quite a while ago but didn’t have time to publish the review fo it (I know, it’s just the matter of one click on the ”Publish” button, but what can I say- it just happened). So, without any further ado, I present you with my humble opinion on the cream from one of the most popular Korean skincare brands.

 

About the product

According to YesStyle website, the cream is meant to do five things: moisturize (without clogging pores), regulate oil-moisture balance (make the skin glow without looking greasy), repair damaged skin, whiten and provide anti-wrinkle benefits (fade fine lines and nasolabial folds). It is also recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skin as it’s formulated with mild, non-harmful ingredients.

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream takes its ”Steam” name from the way its combined ingredients were treated- high-temperature steam is injected into the mixture to stabilize it. It also contains Bee Venom and Snail Secretion Filtrate, hence the part ”Snail Bee” in the name.

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Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed  Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Bark Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Carbomer, Urea, Arginine, Adenosine, Bee Venom, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin

 

The good:

  • most of the ingredients are rated green meaning they’re safe to use (the only exceptions being Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea and Polysorbate 20 which have a yellow rating)
  • contains many skin-beneficial ingredients such as the staple Snail Secretion Filtrate (anti-aging and promotes wound healing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating), Niacinamide (brightening and anti-aging), Arginine (increasing hydration and collagen production) and Adenosine ( soothing and skin-restoring)
  • as well as quite a few plant-derived oils (e.g. Jojoba Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) that help with skin moisturization and can provide anti-oxidant benefits
  • the cream also includes a number of plant extracts such as Plantago Asiatica Extract and Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract that provide the skin with a range of different benefits
  • sh-Oligopeptide-1 in the cream which is meant to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin as well as slow the thinning of aging skin, thus minimising wrinkles, and Bee Venom that is supposed to even any existing wrinkles, acting as a non-invasive sort of botox

 

The bad:

  • as already mentioned, there are a few ingredients which can be deemed as somewhat safe (yellow rating)
  • although the oils in the cream are meant to benefit the skin, according to Skincarisma, they (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) can also trigger a fungal acne
  • as well as some other ingredients- emulsifiers (Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristic Acid)

 

 

 

 

 

In terms of texture, the cream is white and thickish but spreads and absorbs pretty well, but needs to be patted in as it is viscous. leaving a thin moisturizing layer. It’s moisturizing but doesn’t leave any uncomfortable tackiness and layers up with other products as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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I bought this cream to deviate from the moisturizer I was using for years and years. My skin is very dry and sensitive so a good moisturizer is a must in both my AM and PM routines. And I used physical sunscreens as well so my moisturizer not only has to be very gentle but also has to layer up well with my sunscreen (if it doesn’t, then I’m left with visible white streaks all over my face). So I was looking at products from brands that offer good quality, rich products well-suited for sensitive skin. And I found Benton. I decided to go for a toner (Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner) and the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I’m reviewing right now. I will review the toner in due time as well.

So what are my thoughts on the Benton Steam Cream?

When I applied it for the first time, I was worried it would break me out as it seemed too heavy, too thick. But I was positively surprised. It spread incredibly well and although it needed patting in to fully absorb, it didn’t leave my skin sticky or feeling overwhelmed by the richness of the cream. Its scent wasn’t overwhelming either- just a slight pleasant scent which I can’t even compare to anything.

In terms of effectiveness, the cream was moisturizing enough to cope with my dry skin but maybe too rich for the season during which I was using it- summer. I believe it would be better suited for the winter season. But although it felt a bit too rich for summer, it didn’t break me out, didn’t cause any other skin problems and layered up well with my sunscreen. However, apart from good moisturization, it didn’t do anything additional to my skin. Yes, the ingredients list was great, with all those skin-beneficial ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide and sh-Oligopeptide-1, but it didn’t do much to my fine lines and a few wrinkles I already have. Nor did it brighten my skin. So, a big let down.

To sum up, Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is a very good moisturizer (especially for the winter season) that works well with physical sunscreens. But apart from that, it didn’t turn out to be as effective as it is marketed (at least on YesStyle) AND the tube is quite small for $15 (50ml)- after a discount. I finished it quite fast so in the long run, I’m not sure whether I’d like to spend so much money on a cream that just moisturizes well. There are other good moisturizers that I can buy for a much lower price.

 

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[COSRX] Centella Blemish Cream Review

Author: Complete My Seoul

This review originally appeared on her blog here. You can also follow her on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author and/or appeared on her blog where the copyrights are stated.

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[COSRX] Centella Blemish Cream Review

 

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“Centella Blemish Cream heals blemishes and acne scars quickly. An advanced formula that’s clinically proven to reduce acne while minimizing the appearance of scars.” – COSRX

Here is another review of a CosRX product that I have bought recently. A while ago, I interviewed CosRX’s Marketing Team Assistant Manager on the brand which you can find here.

I purchased this product from Jolse out of curiosity since there weren’t any reviews about the product yet. I never used a product that contained ‘Centella Asiatica’ extract before, so this will be my first time using it. The ingredient is widely known for its antibacterial and wound healing properties, which can make it popular for those suffering from acne or for those who desire an anti-aging product. Centella Asiatica is an effective natural ingredient in treating anti-aging by providing improvements to collagen support and providing a moisture barrier.

 

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Duration of Use:

July 27, 2015 ~ August 11, 2015
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Directions:

Here are instructions on how to use the product from the WishTrend website:

“1) After cleansing, prep the skin with toner & serum, then apply an adequate amount of the Centella Blemish Cream to areas of dryness, blemishes, and/or acne-prone areas and spread out evenly to assist absorption.

2) Use as a cream for day & night and enjoy clean, clear skin!”

 

– It says to use it as a spot treatment, but sometimes I’d like to cover my whole face with this product right after using a moisturizer to help relieve my troubled skin. It doesn’t make my face greasy at all, which is a bonus for my oily skin.

 

Application:

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The texture is very soft and creamy. When I rub the cream on my face, I find that it does not leave a greasy feeling on my skin. It mattifies it. I have very oily skin and this product isn’t heavy at all when used as a moisturizer. I would continue to use this as a moisturizer instead of a spot treatment if it was cheaper. The price is pretty high for the amount of product inside.

 

Ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Viola Tricolor Extract, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

An analysis of ingredients can be found here.

 

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water: Approximately 51% of Centella water is used instead of purified water in this cream. The ingredient is extracted from the Centella Asiatica herb, which is traditionally used to treat damaged skin, which is proven to speed the process of healing damaged skin and to fade scars. Since the herb is antibacterial and contains wound-healing properties, it is perfect for those who are suffering from acne and/or acne scars.

Cetearyl Alcohol: Another fatty alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol assists in keeping ingredients intact in the formulation.

 

Scent:

There is a ‘plant’ or ‘herb’ smell to the cream which is very faint in my opinion. The scent isn’t something I would be worried about breaking me out.

 

pH Level: 7

 

Moisture Test:

Before application:

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30.9%

 

After application:

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45.3%

 

Thoughts:

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This product has done absolutely amazing things to my acne and cysts after just one day of using it. When I first got it, I patch tested it during my nighttime skincare routine on the upper half of my face where it contained a few cysts. When I woke up the next morning, my cysts completely deflated. I saw results in just one night. Amazing. I followed up with my morning routine. As I was cleansing my face, it felt extremely smooth and soft after a while of having bumpy skin with acne problems. Everything on the upper half of my face disappeared and cleared up. This product is more effective than all my prescription acne treatments which only dried out my skin. This Centella cream is able to moisturize my skin and clear it up as well. Pretty impressive.

The product claims to fade acne scars in addition to treating acne. It might be because I haven’t been using it enough, but I don’t see any visible differences in my acne scars.

The price for this product is quite expensive for its amount given, which is why I see CosRX suggests to use it strictly as a spot treatment. Despite the size, the product is very effective at doing what it claims: getting rid of acne. Even though the price is higher than what I would usually spend on a skincare product, this product is definitely an exception since it was able to give me a difference in my skin in just one day. I would definitely recommend this product to those who are looking for a solution to their acne and cysts!

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Pros Cons
– Effective of getting rid of acne and cysts – Expensive for its amount
– Hygienic container – Not as effective for reducing acne scars
– Got rid of pimples/cysts fast
– Reliable ingredients
– Very faint scent

 

 

Where to buy?
Shop Price Location Free Shipping?
Amazon $18.98 Korea Yes
Jolse $17.60 Korea Yes

 

 

Overall Score

Application                         10
Ingredients                          8
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Scent                                  10
Packaging                          10
Effectiveness                    8

 

Repurchase?  Yes

 

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[A’pieu] Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! And many, many apologies for such a long period of absence. I had a few things going on in the past two months that totally knocked me off my feet and I had to work hard to pull myself together. As many of you may know, I lost my only and very close grandmother and my mom was diagnosed with cancer a month after that and had a surgery fairly recently. Please, pray for her. 🙏

Due to the circumstances, I went silent here, on my social media and with skincare, sticking just to the basics. But I finally managed to get back to enjoying skincare and writing about it and so here’s a review after over two-month absence.

I tried this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask fairly recently (well, yesterday) so the review is as comprehensive as I could get it. And, obviously, very honest. I hope you enjoy it.

 

About the sheet mask

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask is designed to provide the skin with hydration, to make it brighter and more translucent. It’s made of Tencel fabric (cellulose) that is meant to adhere to the skin well. The serum the sheet is soaked in (and it’s soaked really generously, with the serum dripping when unfolding the mask) is transparent and watery. The ingredients of the sheet mask’s serum are listed below (matching the ones on the product’s label).

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Arginine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

 

 

My thoughts

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So, after a short introduction to the product, let’s move into what I think about the sheet mask. First, the appearance. Can I just say how cute and yummy-looking the packaging is? After the first short glimpse at it, it made me want to eat it straight away and, when I finally opened it and smelled that delicious citrusy smell, I suddenly felt like I’m in the middle of the summer, somewhere on the beach, eating an orange fruit salad. Such a reinvigorating and pleasing smell!

The packaging was relatively easy to crack open (on the picture above you can see how clean the tear is- it was really easy to tear it apart) but unfolding wasn’t as much. The sheet was quite thin and so well-soaked in the essence that I had to do it over the sink not to spill anything on the carpet. But the dripping of the serum is always a good sign- it means the sheet mask won’t get dry quickly and you can easily enjoy that 20 or even 30 minutes relax with the mask on.

When I finally put it on the face, it adhered quite well but the cut wasn’t one of the best- my under eye area wasn’t covered at all because the cut was too small. The rest of the face was thoroughly covered with minor creases due to the imperfect cut but that wasn’t too bothersome to me.

I left the A’pieu mask on for 15 minutes. After I removed it, I tapped the remaining serum into my skin. It left a slightly tacky feeling but that too was bearable and I could put on my moisturizer after a few minutes without feeling I’m overwhelming my skin.

Now, let’s go back to the ingredients because this is something I pay close attention to when I use any skincare/beauty product. But particularly skincare products. All of the ingredients of A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask are very safe (according to CosDna), apart from Fragrance which to some people may cause adverse skin reactions. It also contains a silicone (Dimethicone); however, although some people may be allergic to silicones, they don’t tend to cause/worsen acne nor do they seem to clog pores, unlike some popular beliefs claim.

Aside from that, the sheet mask is full of wonderful ingredients. It’s got Betaine (a gentle hydrating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid derivative that also acts as a potent hydrating ingredient), 9 plant extracts, including Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (both providing the skin with vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (anti-inflammatory properties), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness), Aloe Leaf Extract (soothes the skin) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (potent antioxidant properties). The vitamin C delivered by the first two plant extracts helps to reduce the discolouration and brightens the skin. Additionally, Allantoin and Arginine, both act as great hydrating ingredients while boosting collagen production (Arginine) and increasing skin smoothness (Allantoin).

 

So, what were the results? My skin definitely looked healthier and more hydrated. It was bouncy, smooth and happy. 🙂 However, I didn’t notice any brightening effect or maybe there was one but I’m used to seeing better effects with a more potent vitamin C serum from Purito (the review will be coming soon). I was expecting something more but I guess you can’t get much with just a single use and such a vitamin C concentration. Anyway, I did enjoy this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask not just in terms of the packaging and its aesthetics but also in terms of the hydration and the healthy look it gave me. It’d definitely recommend trying this mask, if you have a chance. Or maybe you already have tried it? Let me know in the comments. 😉

 

 

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[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…