February 13, 2014

Japan Haul: Skinfood Skincare

Asian skincare has become more and more popular, even the Western brands have taken a few notes. SKINFOOD is a well-known Korean brand that I surprisingly discovered in Lumine EST Shinjuku and was eager to try. 

Facial sheet masks are a great product to use to give yourself a mini spa facial. Each package is a one-time use mask concentrated with ingredients to treat whatever skin concern you have, whether it's to brighten the complexion or if you need hydration. There was a deal going on when you buy two, you get one free. Here are the three that I got:
  • Fresh Apple T-U Zone Balance Mask Sheet: This is a two-piece mask that controls sebum production on the T-zone and hydrates the U-zone while unripe green apple extracts and carbonated water tightens pores.
  • Peach Sake Pure Essence Mask Sheet: A pore mask that contains traditional Japanese rice sake and peach extract to control excess sebum. Hyaluronic acids also help to hold moisture and beta-glucans keep skin resilient.
  • Carrot Collagen Eye Sheet: A mask specifically for under the eyes containing carrot extract that's rich in Vitamin A, marine collagen, and royal jelly to moisturize the dry, sensitive area.
I haven't used all of them yet but when I need a quick pick-me-up, these are nice to have on hand.  To use, I just leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes or until the sheet starts to dry out, then massage the remaining essence into my face. They're also great to use on the plane because the air is extremely dry and so using any of these masks instantly refresh your skin.

During the holidays, Skinfood was selling a Mini Mask Kit that included 6 masks, 4 wash offs and 2 leave-ins. I haven't tried them all but here are the types of mask that are in the set and how to use it:
    • Black Sugar: A mineral and vitamins wash off mask that exfoliates dead skin cells. It has a sugary paste texture to it but it doesn't feel harsh on the skin. I massage it all over my damp face, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then wash it off.
    • Royal Honey: A royal black honey and royal jelly extracts massage gel mask that replenishes lost moisture. Apply a layer all over the face, massage it in for 3-5 minutes, then leave it on the skin or wash it off.
    • Acai Berry: An Acai berries extract wash off mask to hydrate dry skin. Leave it on damp skin for 5 minutes then rinse off.
    • Rice: A rice extract wash off mask to moisturize and brighten skin. Apply on damp skin, concentrating around the nose, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then wash it off.
    • Gold Caviar: A pure gold, caviar and collagen extracts massage mask to maintain skin's resilience and density while sleeping. Apply the mask after your night skincare routine and leave it on overnight.
    • Ginseng: A white ginseng wash off mask that transforms lackluster, lifeless looking skin into a glowing complexion. Massage into face after washing, leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse off.

I also bought a full-size of the Black Sugar Wash Off Mask because it's the one that I feel like I would use the most. It's gentle enough to use it 2 times a week without my skin getting irritated.

Skinfood also has a makeup line that's infused with healthy, nourishing ingredients.

The only product I bought was the Pomegranate Lip Tox SPF 10, a primer that intensifies the lip color. The pale peachy nude base has a balmy texture that goes  on clear and leaves a subtle sheen on the lips. I apply it before I use any lip pencil, lipstick or gloss and it does help to apply the products a lot more smoothly. The SPF is what actually helps to enhance the lip color and give it natural volume.

I'm definitely a fan of Skinfood after trying these products. You can tell the high quality of ingredients they use because you can feel the difference that your skin feels and looks. I've also bought a few of the nail polishes but I'll write about it on another blog post. What are your favorite Skinfood products?

 Glamour Girl

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