While I was out this past week, I was able to pick a pack of these masks up at the store. They come in a two pack box and the instructions are pretty self explanatory, well if you find yourself using a lot of masks that is. I've recently started getting into the habit of doing a facial treatment mid-week with these; a woman at a skin care specialty store recommended doing this at least twice a week, but who's paying for that??? I'm just kidding, these were dirt cheap and the results are phenomenal! Let's take a look:
"Collagen Essence Mask is a specially formulated mask of highly concentrated natural ingredients which penetrate into skin while keeping air out of the skin. It makes your tired skin moistened, elastic, clear, and relieves your skin from stress. Use 2-3 times per week.
- You feel the difference immediately by using this essence mask.
- After using it is possible for you to go out without rinsing your face.
- With it's [pomegranate] extracts and various mineral ingredients, it makes your skin relaxed, clear, and moistened.
- It includes vitamin E and collagen which makes your skin healthy and elastic.
How to Use:
- After cleansing, dry face and soothe with toner.
- Take mask out of pack and unfold it.
- Gently apply mask to fit the contours of face.
- Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Peel off mask and massage remaining essence over your face.
Use cold in the Summer: Before use, store packages in the refrigerator to enjoy a refreshing, cooling mask.
Use warm in the Winter: Before use, soak the package for about 2-3 minutes in 122F- 140F of warm water to enjoy a soothing, warming mask.
- Avoid using on blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin.
- Stop use if skin becomes red, swollen, or itchy during and after use.
- If pain persists after the mask is peeled off and the above signs occur, discontinue use immediately and consult a doctor.
- Avoid contact with the eyes. If contact occurs, rinse eyes thoroughly with water.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- For external use only.
- Store in room temperature; avoid direct sunlight.
- To prevent the mask from drying us soon after opening.Dist.: UEC, product of Korea."
The masks coming in a plastic package with a climate control inner lining. The packages themselves are in a simple cardboard cased. No fancy tapes to keep us out of this product for once; I never seem to notice that there is clear tape on a box until it's too late any way! The decoration of the box is basically some text explaining what's inside the box with pictures of the main ingredients, and a lady with the mask on, head tilted back like she's asleep.Packaging.
Well this masks is quite gel-y. When I opened the packaging to take the first mask out, there was an excess of essence still in the package, which evaporated soon after because I left it out. It's not a problem, it's just surprisingly gooey in comparison to other facial masks I've seen and used. Even if you don't put it in the fridge, it'll still be cool to the touch, so there's no need to worry about popping it in the cooler unless you want it extra cold. Also, there are these little flaps on the eye holes.. I'm not sure whether or not I'm supposed to cut those off or what, but I just let them hang down while I did my treatment. Also, it was a bit wide for my face.. There are cuts in the mask the help you contour the mask to your facial shape, but be forewarned, the mask may be bigger than your face and may have awkward creases due to its dis-proportionality in terms of size.Application.
Smell.Oh the smell is nothing to worry about at all. In fact, it's actually quite lovely. I received the natural herb and pomegranate pack, so that's what my masks smelled like. It's not an notably strong smell; it just a lingering scent that fades as soon as the mask dries out.
Results.The packaging says to leave the mask on for fifteen to twenty minutes and then remove. I don't do that, I leave it on until the edges are dry and then pull it off (about ~thirty minutes at most). There will be some left over collagen essence on your face, especially if the mask was bigger than your face so be sure to massage the remainder into your skin. It gives your skin a perfectly moisturized feel and even adds a diffused glow, which I'm a compete fan of because my skin tends to look dull regardless of what I do to moisturize it effectively (I'm considering a vial of HLA but I'll have to put it on hold..).
Durability.These masks will rip if you aren't careful while handling them so be aware of that. Also, they may not dry out as quickly as the packaging suggests. The second time I used this product, I left it on until it was dry and that was a wait of about an hour and a half.. Which is a long time to wear a mask if your getting ready for bed after a long day at work. Make sure you can devote the time to wear this mask for at least fifteen minutes without being interrupted, and don't laugh! It might peel from your face in that area if you laugh (it happened to me because my parents were making jokes about my mask and it almost fell off completely).
Price.I'm not sure how much these are sold for regularly. I got mine from a dollar general market, they were a dollar.. I'm going to buy like ten of them now, they are very good, and the price is a steal!
For the Herb mask:Ingredients.
PURIFIED WATER, XANTHAN GUM, DISODIUM EDTA, GLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, COLLAGEN ALOE VERA GEL, BETA GLUCAN, 1.3 BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, POLYSORBATE 80, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ROSEMARY EXTRACT, LINDEN FLOWER EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM EXTRACT, PERFUME.
For Pomegranate mask:
PURIFIED WATER, XANTHAN GUM, DISODIUM EDTA, GLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, COLLAGEN ALOE VERA GEL, BETA GLUCAN, 1.3 BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, POLYSORBATE 80, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POMEGRANATE EXTRACT, PERFUME.
Look, the packaging says not to use this product on blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin. I've got sensitive combination skin that's acne prone and I had blemishes and pimples when I used this mask; I'm trying to say that it is perfectly fine to use this product of you have blemishes because it's not going to exacerbate them unless their open cuts or you have Roseacea. If you're concerned that the mask may irritate any pre-existing skin problems you can try a cold tea facial with chamomile or earl grey tea before using the mask.Tips.
I'm such a fan of this product, it's earned a 5/5 star rating! It's a very good moisturizing night pack, so if you don't have dedicated at night moisturizer, invest in some of these for the time being; their non-comedogenic and the results are phenomenal! I suggest using it in conjunction with a toner and HLA Emulsion, that tends to give a better result, and this can be done day or night. If you do have persistent skin troubles however, please consult your designated dermatologist before undergoing any skincare regimen or trying any new products on your skin. Happy shopping!Overall.