Hello, dear readers! Happy Saturday! I made it through my first week of senior year and I must say, I’m thoroughly unimpressed. Oh well. Another thing I was unimpressed with was this mask. No! A mask I didn’t like? I’m sorry to say it’s true. But before I explain, let’s let Justin from the Asian Beauty blog Juskin break down the ingredients in this mask!
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is derived from coconut oil, and has multiple functions. It is able to work as a surfactant, allowing the product to be washed away easily if needed. Cocamidopropyl Betaine can also be used as an emulsifier, stopping other ingredients in the product from separating. In doing so, it thickens the formulation and reduces irritation from other ingredients in the product. This ingredient also allows the product to foam and provides some light moisture to the area applied. This product is listed as an irritant because it can worsen dermatitis & eczema conditions with repeated use.
Phenoxyethanol: Is used for its antibacterial properties, and as a preservative in skincare/cosmetics. This ingredient has side effects if the dosage is high in products. However, is non–toxic when applied on a dermal route (the skin). This product is considered an irritant because it can cause severe discomfort to the human body if ingested. This is sought of irritation is unlikely for cosmetics, as there is not enough Phenoxyethanol a product to cause such irritations.
Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract: This ingredient is a powerful antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. However, also has a fragrant component, possibly causing skin irritation.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract: Primarily used in cosmetics as fragrance, and has tiny antibacterial properties. Studies have shown Lavender Extract can cause cell death topically, and reduce collagen count over time.
Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.
Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids: These amino acids are derived from apple juice. It allows the product to create a dense amount of foam/ lather.
Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether & Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether: This ingredient is the heart of Tony Moly’s Bubble Sheet Mask, and are commonly called perfluorocarbon. This ingredient bubbles up and supplies extra oxygen topically on the skin. The oxygen contained in the bubbles is then massaged into to skin. The idea behind this product is to replace the oxygen levels within our skin, because as we age our oxygen levels in our skin decreases. Oxygen gas is needed because it provides a useful function in producing collagen. Additionally, oxygen in our skin can help with killing bacteria, and help with anti-aging. However, scientific studies have shown that there isn’t enough oxygen in these ingredients to provide these benefits.
Well, Justin, despite all of the star ingredients in the Tony Moly Bubble Mask Sheet, I just couldn’t do it. The whole mess got started when I first pulled the mask out of the package. There was no sort of film or netting in between the folds of the mask to separate it, and while that may be fine for some of the thicker paper masks, for a thin charcoal mask that is coated in serum that begins turning into bubbles upon contact with oxygen and skin, time is imperative, and I just couldn’t unfold the darn thing!
It took me a full minute to get it onto my face and even once I get everything folded down, it was ridiculously oversized. I guess it thought I had Homer Simpson lips or something. Plus, the upper lip section kept sliding down onto my actual lip which was disgusting once the bubbles started forming. I let the bubbles form almost completely, but I eventually took it off after about 5 minutes for fear of accidentally ingesting the stuff. And to add insult to injury (or maybe the other way around) as soon as I took it off, my upper lip, under my eyes, and my eyelids (don’t even ask me how the bubbles got up there) began itching and tingling like crazy. I chucked it and washed my hands and face thoroughly!
I really hate I couldn’t like it. The fun factor is WAY up there! I mean bubbles for your face? It’s the Santa beard in the bathtub whenever you want! But in execution, I just wasn’t feeling it. However, thanks to a giveaway from @thevaintreasures I’m going to have 13 other sheet masks to try out for you guys, so stay tuned! Also, don’t forget to go check out Justin’s blog and the last post he also contributed to! You won’t regret it!
Have an awesome weekend!
-Dymond M. <3