For this week’s Mask Mondays, I thought I’d feature a brand that isn’t common to find and I hadn’t even heard of until recently. It’s not a brand I’ve seen available in Korean drugstores which are notorious for their wide selection of single pack sheet masks.
The sheet mask I’ve chosen is the SuSu Cosmetics Health & Buauty (and no, this is not a typo of the word ‘beauty’) Calamine The Real Purity Facial Mask. SuSu Cosmetics is distributed by Beauty On Tech Corp, in Seoul (S.Korea). They’re several different versions of this mask including egg, hibiscus and charcoal variations for differing functions. The Calamine version which I’m going to discuss is available at Mask Time UK.
Calamine is making a comeback in skincare. Well, to be honest, until last year Calamine was only commonly used in pharmaceutical skincare products for those with particular skin conditions and was once used as an atopic treatment for Chicken Pox. Remember that pink ointment you had to dab on your skin with cotton wool when you had chicken pox as a child? That was Calamine lotion.
Last year, the use of Calamine as a main ingredient in Korean skincare excelled. Brands such as Innisfree, used it to create soothing skincare products which tackle reddened and easily irritable skin types. Some would say Calamine is drying, and in that sense is similar to clay, as essentially Calamine is used to dry-out the affected area and relieve itchiness.
However, when combined with hydrating ingredients such as plant oils, Calamine can first and foremost serve as a soothing ingredient and the hydrating ingredients then counteract the drying aspect that Calamine can bring. As long as it isn’t used too often, Calamine is a beneficial ingredient for quick aid whenever you skin feels irritated.
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Arginine, C12-13 Pareth-9, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Trehalose, Allantoin, Calamine (2.3ppm), Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.
Fit: 8/10. I had no major issues with the fit. It layed nicely against skin without lifting around the edges. The sheet is made of a typical near see through cotton, which is why I didn’t feel the need to take a photograph of it. The edges are perforated to help adjust the fit.
Price point: 7/10. It’s currently not sold separately at Mask Time, it came as part of one of their recent ‘Glow Starter’ 4-piece sheet mask sets. Based on the average price range of the sheet masks on their website, I’d say this mask probably retails for between £3.50-£4 per sheet. They are available on Shopee Malaysia, for RM2.50 (£0.44p).
Impact: 7/10. I found this mask to be more hydrating than I expected as it contained a good amount of essence to replenish moisture. The Calamine and other skin soothing ingredients took effect and relaxed my skin after my evening cleansing routine. It does contain lavender extracts, so be aware of that it your skin negatively reacts to plant extracts like lavender.
Repurchase?: Yes, if it could be sourced easily and affordably.
Overall rating: 7/10.
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