PRODUCT: Snail moisture mask sheet
COMPANY: IT'S SKIN (Korean)
DESCRIPTION: South Korean beauty shops offer a LOT of sheet masks, more than an individual could every try. However, snail-based mask sheets are touted for being exceptionally moisturizing and healing. This Snail moisture mask sheet is no different. It's Skin is one of my favorite Korean cosmetic companies and generally I found their products to be of high quality.
After cleansing, wear this mask after for about 15-20 minutes before bed. As with all sheet masks, avoiding getting the product into your eye. I personally like to pat my face dry after using a mask and find I get a better effect in the morning. According to the packaging, the mask "contains various kinds of moistures to manage original clear skin and make health skin" (verbatim). Let's take a closer look at the ingredients and see if that holds true!
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol
Though the ingredients don't list the amount of snail secretion filtrate, because it is the 4th ingredient listed, it is a significant make-up of the product. That combined with rice extract and baobab seed are a triple-whammy of moisturizing.
YAY OR NAY: Yay, for a super-moisturizing effect and for listing snail secretion filtrate (the key moisturizing ingredient) high on their list.
PRODUCT: Nutrition Daily Sheet Mask
COMPANY: IT'S SKIN
COST: ~5,000 WON ($5)
DESCRIPTION: Seven sheets are made of organic cotton containing honey, rice ferment extract, olive oil and hydrolyzed collagen to "wake up the skin's own potential energy," according to the package. Tap the bag to distribute the "essence" (liquid) among the masks before applying one to a clean and dry face. Leave for 20 minutes for a one-time use after facial cleansing and toning.
EXPERIENCE: This delightful mask left my skin super soft the next morning. Bonus tip: the bag can go in the fridge for an extra cooling effect during hot weather.
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: Water, glycerin and butylene glycol lead the ingredients list, before getting to the good stuff: mineral oil, honey extract, apple fruit extract, blueberry, rice ferment extract, olive fruit oil and more.
SMELL: Lightly honey
TEXTURE: cool and moisturizing
YAY OR NAY: Yay, for consistent moisturizing with a lovely smell and decent price point.
With a background in molecular biology, I worked for decades as a scientist and science journalist. I use my background to look into the science of affordable and high-quality Korean skincare products. Then, I share my findings with you!