Skincare Review ‡1 : Skin79 Seoul Girl’s Beauty Secret Mask

Yesterday I tried out Skin79’s Seoul Girl’s Beauty Secret Mask, which promised soothing care. Feeling gross and all kinds of icky with a bad cold, I was definitely excited to get my face suitably soothed. Skin79 isn’t a brand that i’ve used before so I was a little bit skeptical as to how well it would work for my moderately sensitive, combination skin type.

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The packaging is so pretty I just want to hug it. Pretty and pink with simply sweet illustrations – what more could you want? (please excuse the gross sticky patch that has been left behind after removing the price label!)

Before I get started, I’d like to share a little bit about the company itself! So the brand name Skin79 was intended to mimic the Korean pronunciation of the number, which sounds like ‘friends’, demonstrating the fact that their skin products would be like a friend to your skin – pretty cool! They have a predominant focus on women’s skin and take pride in developing “products with no additives”which is what I LOVE to hear! Their UK website is currently undergoing some form of construction, but I’ve posted the link below in case any of you fancy a look!

http://www.skin79.co.uk

I picked this sheet mask up from TK Maxx at a bargain price of £1.99, but it can be found on Ebay from £2.50 at the time of writing.

Below I have posted the before, during and after photos of my skin and the sheet mask. I didn’t notice much, if any, change in my skin visually during the process but to be honest I don’t expect to when I use a sheet mask just once. I decided to leave the mask on for a full 15 minutes, in the hopes of rehydrating my sad and problematic skin (which always gets ten times worse with a cold…why?!).

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My skin before using the face mask.

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Looking extremely worse for wear but this was not my finest hour health-wise, so i’ll own it! This is my skin after using the sheet mask.

After using the sheet mask, my skin felt soft and smooth but a little tight! This could be down to the fact that I was dehydrated from my cold and so I probably needed a little extra moisturising on top of this.

The power of ingredients

Never underestimate the importance of the ingredients that are in any cosmetic products. These ingredients can be food or poison for your skin, which is also dependent on what type of skin you have! I’m going to give you a breakdown of the ingredients in this product.

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On the back of the packaging, it promises to soothe and calm irritated skin, along with offering instructions on how to use the product. Time to put the claims to the test and look at the ingredients!

Starting off on a positive note, this product is 97% ‘good’ for your skin (perhaps more accurately described as consisting of 97% low risk ingredients). It is paraben free (this is very important considering that parabens are absorbed through your skin and have properties that are similar to estrogen. There is a moderate concern that parabens are linked to certain types of cancer e.g. Breast cancer), sulfate free (sulfates are widely considered an irritant), silicone free (not necessarily a concern as the molecules are too big to penetrate the skin) and EU allergen free!

  • Cucumber Extract: Helps to increase the moisture content of the skin (AKA awesome for dry skin!)
  • Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin: Extremely moisturising ingredients.
  • Morus Alba Bark extract (AKA white mulberry): Brightening and anti inflammatory
  • Alcohol: VERY drying and not a favourable component in a moisturising product. However, I’m not too concerned considering that the quantity of moisturising ingredients already present in this product (although this could explain the tight feeling after use, however this is easily remedied with my all-time skincare crush The Creme shop’s rose oil overnight gel mask)
  • Calendula Officinalis extract (AKA marigold!): antiseptic and anti-inflammatory!
  • Camellia sinensis (an evergreen shrub!); great for soothing and protecting skin.
  • Allantoin (a synthetic compound that identically mimics its natural counterpart making it very safe!): Also soothes and protects skin!
  • Witch Hazel extract: Helps to remove excess oils from the skin and soothes. Often used to help treat acne.
  • Aloe Vera leaf extract: Helps to alleviate sensitive reactions, moisturising and soothing.
  • FRAGRANCE: Fuck. Generally speaking, fragrances aren’t good news with varying levels of risk. However, a very large quantity of products include fragrances, and considering this was the last on the list in the ingredients (meaning the smallest quantity) I’m alright with it (though I’ll keep an eye on my skin incase I have any reactions).

 

Overall, I have to say I’m extremely impressed with this product and would love to try out more Skin79 products in the future (preferably when my bank account looks a little happier) *Violent flashback to how much I’ve spent on skincare in the last two weeks*. Although i’m no expert, I would recommend this product for anyone with low to moderately sensitive and combination skin. The fact that 97% of the ingredients are low risk and inherently positive is amazing, (100% is OBVIOUSLY the dream but also very rare), the packaging is gorgeous and it performed pretty much exactly as promised, waheyyy!!

‘Til next time!

xxx

 

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