PRODUCT: Skin Clinic Mask (Madecassoside)
COMPANY: Innisfree (Korean)
DESCRIPTION: This is one of several in Innisfree's "Skin Clinic" line and the first I've tried. I was pleasantly surprised! The sheet mask is 100 percent cotton, resulting in a very fine and delicate texture (which is probably why it has a second backing sheet that needs to be removed). It's transparent and sticks very well onto the face, which the company claims allows for better absorption into the skin.
The first thing I wanted to know is what the heck is madecassoside? I had never heard of this ingredient, but after a quick Internet search I found that madecassoside is a chemical ingredient from the edible Centella asiatica plant, found in various regions in Asia and used in traditional Indian and Chinese healing. Centella asiatica is also known as centella, Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort or Gotu kola. There is a lot of hype around this plant regarding its healing ability when consumed, but I could not find any peer-reviewed papers on the testing of this ingredient. Some websites claim that madecassoside has a soothing effect on skin and is particularly good for calming inflammation and reducing stretch marks.
One website also claims that madecassoside can have a sedative effect in large doses and recommends caution when using it, but you'll see from the ingredient list below that madecassoside appears in the middle of the list so is probably not incredibly potent in this product.
Onto the actual sheet mask! The instructions are as follows (from the company description):
1. After cleansing, use toner to refine skin texture.
2. Take out mask from package and remove film. Evenly adhere it to entire face, avoiding eye and lip area.
3. Remove the sheet after 10~20 minutes and gently pat to allow the remaining formula to absorb into skin.
This mask was incredibly effective, leaving my skin smooth, cool and refreshed after about 10 minutes of use before bed.
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Glycereth-26, Betaine, Arginine, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Madecassoside, Glycerin, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pelargonium graveolens Flower Oil, Disodium EDTA
Overall, this mask is light and comfortable leaves the skin refreshed and soft the next morning.
SMELL: lightly floral and citrus fragrance, very pleasant
YAY OR NAY: Yay, for an excellent and affordable sheet mask in the Innisfree series.
A variety pack of the Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask Series can be a good way to test out which ingredients work best for your skin:
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!