I wrote this on behalf of Joseibi as one of the guest writers whom she invited, since I have access to more stuff over here in Asia than most European and North American readers and users of skincare made in Korea and Japan. Just to give you an idea of my skin type, I am 34, have combination oily skin, and currently reside in Singapore for the time being.
I got this Olive mask from Skinfood some time back, and have been using it once daily on top of my daily skincare routine. What I normally do is to put a thin layer of this mask with the help of a serving spoon(given free of charge by the store assistant at Skinfood) onto my face, and then wait for it to be absorbed or to sit in into the skin’s upper layers, after the cleansing of skin is done. This mask claims to be “A mask pack that is applied thinly and keeps moisture onto the skin to relieve severe dryness, flakiness, and puffiness with Spanish olive oil.” The ingredients include caprylic/capric triglyceride, kaolin, hydrogenated coconut oil, sucrose, butyrospermum parkii(shea butter), euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, sorbitan laurate, octyldodeceth-25, decyltetradeceth-25, beeswax, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, water, perfume, butylparaben, persea gratissima (avocado) oil macadamia integrifolia seed oil, CI 15985, CI 42090.
The mask felt like a rather oily greasy mask at the beginning, but I can attribute it to the few ingredients of macadamia seed oil, beeswax, spanish olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and the two waxes of beeswax and candelilla wax, and hence, it felt very emollient on the skin. But beyond being an emollient mask, it had fine little granules inside it. After 5 minutes were up, I scrubbed the face using this layer of mask, adding a little bit of water throughout and concentrating on the areas where there was keratin or dead skin cells. After washing, the skin felt cleaner and moisturized, without being stripped of moisture. Although technically, I did not have any perceivable dry areas, owing to my skin’s nature, I felt that this mask had helped to act as an exfoliant without causing any sensitive reactions, owing to the emollient oils within, and personally, I loved the texture of the skin which was really feeling quite soft after the mask was washed off. Of course, one might get a similar effect if one mixes the various oils, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, and shea butter together to get a similar consistency to this mask, but that would require a degree of knowledge about chemistry to get it right.