Whenever I cannot find Japanese whitening products easily locally (not a big fan of Shiseido’s international release White Lucent), I always opt for Anna Sui because it’s one of the few Japanese brands I can find in Canada. Having used some of Anna Sui’s skin care and cosmetics, I have great faith in its whitening products.
I bought the Whitening Moisture Mask, a cloth essence sheet type mask that contains 18ml of the whitening essence each. Each box contains 10 masks, and for CAD$68.00 (including taxes, at Sophie’s), it is a steal. The whole line uses ascorbic glucoside (a Vitamin C derivative)Â as an active whitening ingredient, which has worked for me in the past from Pola products (Whitissimo and 1/f). I also like the peony and lily extracts in the ingredients, and thank God, no petrolatum (although it is in the Whitening Cream in this line).
So far, I have used 6 masks. The moisturizing effect is great, which is a good selling point since most whitening products contain a lot of alcohol and aren’t hydrating enough for my dry skin. After using the mask, my dehydrated dry skin is plump and supple. However, like many whitening products, I don’t really see any difference on my freckles.
Using one product aloneÂ in a whitening line is probably not very effective, so I am going to try the rest of the line – the toner, emulsion, serum, spot whitening, etc. I still think that this mask is worth getting, even though 18ml isn’t a lot compared to SKII’s generous 25ml per mask, but let me tell you, even on my dehydrated dry skin, after my skin soaked it all up, there is still enough essence to go around many times. Even if you aren’t using it for whitening, it is still a good product to use for hydration.