This is a clay mask, but no ordinary clay mask. The clay comes from volcanoes in Jeju Island in Korea, which is a scenic place with funky looking stone people (Google it for yourself. I visited the place almost 20 years ago and I still remember the live octopus that we ate… anyway. Enough of this.), or so I’m told by the packaging of this mask. The tub looks kind of little but actually holds 100mL of product.
Judging from the appearance, it’s quite similar to most of the clay masks I have tried- slightly greyish tone, in a paste, slightly watery looking but undoubtedly will dry to a cracking texture. But alas, I was wrong.
The first thing that struck me when I first put it on was how smooth it is. You’d think that volcanic clay would be slightly gritty, but it isn’t. It feels really smooth and pleasant on. It also doesn’t dry into a cracking mess. I have used it several times, sometimes in a thin layer and sometimes I just slather it on. It does dry up slightly but won’t overly draw water from the face. It’s also easy to wash off. All you need is a wet washcloth to wipe your face, and it comes off easily. Finish off with water, and it doesn’t leave your face tingling and dry. It does, however, draw out minor impurities. I feel that my blackheads come out more easily after using this mask.
And here’s the Korean written on the tub, for those of you who can read Korean (I can’t)! For the price I paid ($110 HKD, which is about $14 USD), I think the mask is good value for the money. Although it is a bit hard to scoop it out from a tub, I don’t mind using a spatula (or fingers… hehe), and I’d purchase it again, in a heartbeat!
Another day, another Korean skincare product I love. If I have to pick my favourite mid-priced paper masks, this brand would be it. When I first tried out Leaders Insolution masks two or three years back, they were about US $2 apiece. For some bizarre reason they are now up to about US $3. Still not very expensive, but the price hike means I usually wait till there is a sale to get them. I got this bunch recently in a Groupon deal, so I got 2 dozens in a row! They come in 4 varieties (although the brand makes about 8 types of paper masks I think), although so far I have only tried the yellow (collagen), lime (teatree) and green (aloe) ones. The pink one is a vitamin mask. My favourite so far is the teatree one, as it is soothing enough to be used for blemished skin, but not drying at all. I think of it as a moisturising mask for blemished or sensitive skin. The aloe and collagen ones are good for everyday moisturisation. If purchasing them separately I would get the collagen (yellow) one since I feel it’s slightly more hydrating without feeling sticky at all. The masks all have a bit of scent but it isn’t too strong or very artificial, and it doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I kind of enjoy it. It makes the experience more spa-like.
What I love most about this mask is how well it adheres to the face. Let me show you my forehead here with the mask. It goes with my face shape really well, which means my skin gets to absorb all the goodness in the mask sheet, and will not waste valuable serum. Unlike some other paper masks, this one is relatively hassle-free, meaning very few places to fold or overlap, which also means less drips (important if you’re doing other things while doing the mask). If you have the time, I recommend you to leave it on for at least 20 minutes. 30 to 45 minutes is even better (the mask is so saturated with serum that it will not dry up), and when you get tired of it, just squeeze the remaining juice into your palms and massage on your face, then rinse with water. This is one of the few masks which I am able to just finish off with water (as opposed to a very mild cleanser) as it doesn’t leave any oily film on my face.
Generally, a nice, all-rounded mask which I like to have a few pieces at home for my every skin need.