My long-term (and so far happy) relationship with Korean beauty products began back in 2013, when my guilt-ridden husband started bringing me all sorts of skin care stuff from his monthly trips to Seoul. 26 at the time, and not really concerned with my skin, I did try a few masks here and there, but words like “sebum“, “serum“, “hyaluronic acid” and such had not become part of my vocabulary until much later.
About a year ago I noticed that a drug-store brand cream would not help my flaking skin in the winter, nor would it stop my face from breaking out every month. That’s when I fully committed to a regular skin care routine, rigorous research, and careful on-line shopping. I knew it was time to re-visit my well hidden Stash-from-Seoul, read up on the content of all those cute packages, and start taking care of my obviously unhappy skin.
And so I present you with the Avocado mask by The Face Shop.
The things I find most important when dealing with skin products are scent, texture, effectiveness, and price of course. So my reviews will be built around these categories. However, I believe that one should know the contents of what it is they are consuming. That’s why I will also include a brief content overview. Not to bore you with scientific terminology, each ingredient (except the most obvious ones, like water, for example) is hyperlinked to a more informative online entry about its use and safety (I give fully deserved credit to all those blogs and websites out there that educate us on what goes into our beauty!). Now shall we begin?
The substance the mask is soaked in is not heavily scented, and whatever perfume it contains is fresh and pleasant. It does linger even after the mask is gone, but if you choose to wash the residue off, it will disappear completely. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I personally prefer no or close to no scent at all.
The mask’s texture is white and creamy, and I find that there is a lot of it left in the packaging once the mask is removed. But that is definitely a good thing! Let your neck and décolleté zone indulge in the avocado goodness! It will feel cool on the face, and if your skin needs to cool down on a hot day, I would recommend popping the unopened package in the fridge for a few minutes before placing it on your face. I do not find it greasy or sticky. The substance doesn’t fully absorb while the mask is still on, but once removed I find it doesn’t take it long to get absorbed. Five stars! Great job!
If you haven’t heard yet, avocado is a miracle fruit that can do wonders to your complexion and overall skin health if consumed regularly. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, it is said to protect skin from environmental damage, reduce aging, maintain elasticity, firmness and much needed moisture levels. If you are like me and are not fond of avocado’s texture in food, your best option is to treat your skin on the outside! And if time is tight and there is no fresh avocados at home to cover your face with, look no more! This mask will leave your skin well nourished, smooth, and moisturized! And yes, you will notice results after the first use. However, to keep your skin pampered and firm, I would recommend a nourishing mask at least once a week. Speaking of which, if you are not sure where masks fit in your daily skin routine, don’t miss my next post Unmasking an Effective Skin Routine.
Before we talk prices and where to get this wonder mask packed with avocado goodness, let’s take a closer look at its contents:
Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima(Avocado) FruitExtract, Alcohol Denat, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Betula PlatyphyllaJaponica Bark Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Parfum/Fragrance.
Definite kudos to the makers for using such natural ingredients as avocado fruit, phaseolus radiates, betula platyphylla japonica bark, and rumen crispus root extracts. They all contribute to a better hydrated and nourished skin. However, I would advise to be cautious around butylene glycol and paraben! Especially if you are allergic or just trying to stay away from those chemicals all together.
While the mask does wonders on my skin, I want you folks to be aware of what it is you are putting on your face and consult the hyperlinks before trying out the product! Three stars seem like a fare rating for a product containing paraben.
Where to buy:
The mask is rated a bestseller at the Face Shop website, and you can get it for CAD $3.00 a piece, 5 for CAD $15, or 10 for CAD $20. Also make sure to check Winners, Marshalls, and London drugs since they carry some of the Kbeauty products and you just never know what you can come across!
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Till next week, Beauties….