Hello, everyone! I haven’t done a product review in a while, so I finally whipped out some sheet masks I’ve been saving for a rainy day since I won @vaintreasures Memebox giveaway on Instagram! So I’ll have plenty of new sheet masks to play with later. I’ve been making some new friends in the AB community and I’m very excited to be collaborating on this post with Justin from the amazing AB blog, Juskin! Justin gives an interesting take on all the products he uses by highlighting the beneficial and detrimental ingredients in each product! Since I’m more of a “face value” kind of reviewer (no pun intended) so I asked for his help in dissecting the ingredients in not only this mask, but my next mask as well (Tune in later this week for that). So without further ado, here’s Justin’s take on the ingredients in the Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask (Hydrating).
Butylene Glycol: This is a multi purpose ingredient, it helps keep the product from drying out, and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form. Numerous studies have been conducted on this ingredient, and have deemed it appropriate to be used in cosmetics/skincare.
PEG-32: This ingredient act as an emulsifier, and stops ingredients in the products from separating. PEG – 32 is a safe product, but is an irritant to open wounds.
Dimethicone: Is an ingredient that forms a barrier over your skin. This product has hydrating properties and is supposed to smooth out lines and wrinkles on your face. Thereby, it provides the skin with a protective layer, which helps prevent moisture loss and moisturise the skin. It is of a silicon formulation, so imagine this as almost like a hydrating primer (without the clogging of pores). When applied, this should leave the skin smooth and silky. This product is further enhanced by the addition of Cyclopentasiloxane (the fifth ingredient).
Cetearyl Alcohol: Is a fatty alcohol known for its various uses. This ingredient conditions the hair/skin, softening the skin with additional uses. Cetearyl Alcohol will give the product the ability to spread on the skin’s surface, while keeping the product from separating apart. This ingredient is non-irritating to the skin, but dermatologists suggest that sensitive skin individuals should avoid it.
Albumen Extract (egg white): This ingredient works by leaving a film over the skin. In doing so, it will tighten the skin to extract dead skin cells and sebum. However, this constriction can also cause irritation.
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 Hyaluronate: If you ever see this ingredient in a product, it’s just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid (can treat burns, bed sores, wounds, and skin ulcers when applied topically). This ingredient can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep in your skin! Always keep this in mind.
Niacinamide: A derivative of Vitamin B, and helps in the reducing melanin production in the skin. Melanin causes age spots & hyperpigmentation, which is further enhanced from being in the sun. Niacinamide can also help with reducing fine lines, improving elasticity, prevent water loss in the skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties (good for acne minimisation).
Egg Yolk Extract: This ingredient binds water to our skin. It is made majorly from water and fatty lipids, making it an excellent emollient (having the power to make soft or supple).
See what I mean? It’s super informative and helps me understand better what I’m putting onto and into my skin for the best results! As for me, I really enjoyed this mask. It was completely soaked in serum that felt almost entirely like egg yolk, so it was very moisturizing. The sheet fit my face almost perfectly which is a big pro in my book because I hate it when a mask slides around on my face too much. I do think the eye holes were a little small, and had they been any smaller, the serum could have gotten into my eyes which would not have been very good. I left it on for about an hour, and it was adequately dried out so I didn’t feel like I was wasting any product. The price point wasn’t my favorite. At $6, that’s too much when I could get the Tony Moly They’re Real masks for under $4 at Ulta. Maybe if I bought it in the 5-pack I could save some money and grab a couple, but unless I have a gift card, I probably won’t go out of my way to get any more. Unless you guys wanna get me a gift? 😉
You all should TOTALLY go check out Justin’s blog and subscribe! He’ll give you serious insight into Asian Beauty products in a way that’s easy to understand and if you’re afraid to make the leap into AB he’ll reassure you if the product you’re eyeing is good for you! Until next time!
-Dymond M. <3