Some weeks ago, on March 29th 2021, Axis-y unveiled a new rinse-off face mask in response to their well-received Mugwort Pore Clarifying Wash-Off Pack, which was released around the same time last year. A big factor which contributed to the success of Axis-y’s first wash-off mask, is the fact that it contains several ingredients which help tackle skin irritation and breakouts – two things which many people have been experiencing since having to wear face masks/coverings to protect themselves and others from the virus.
In continuation of the same theme the newer, New Skin Resolution Gel Mask also aims to calm irritated skin. Although in this instance it additionally focuses on helping to brighten dull skin types.
Axis-y’s ‘Meadow Shield’ advance Skincare technology
This gel mask is part of the 6+1+1 Advanced Formula range. 6+1+1 refers to the six key ingredients which they use across most if not all of Axis-y’s products, plus one key ingredient specific to each product and their added advance skin technology. This patented formula consists of natural compounds to reduce skin irritation, control sebum production in oily skin types and improve acneic skin, and the blemishes which typically come with having these skin types.
Climate inspired skincare solutions
Axis-y products are inspired by climate change, and the need such changes bring for skincare which protects our skin from environmental and external factors. Most of their products – this gel mask included – meet the needs of combination, oily and imbalanced or inner dehydrated skin types which are greatly effected by humid weather, and drastic changes in weather conditions and temperature.
I’m currently in the UK, but I can understand why as a Korean brand Axis-y would want to make a skin-soothing gel mask like this as well as other climate inspired skincare products. The humidity levels in Korea are pretty much unbearable especially in July and August. And the fine dust in the air is a great concern during the warmer half of the year. Therefore the Korean beauty industry sees a peak in the demand for skin soothing, calming and lightweight hydrating products to overcome the negative effects that these elements have on skin. For the same reason, Axis-y is very popular in South-East Asian countries which also experience heatwaves with high levels of humidity that can cause excess sebum production, inner dehydrated skin, recurring acne and inflammation of skin.
Luckily, in the UK it doesn’t get as hot as it does in Korea. And the consistent breeze helps to prevent that ‘breathing in hot air feeling’ if you know what I mean. Although the Summer does cause havoc for most people’s skin. One day it can be raining with low temperatures, and the next day the temperature can be soaring to the point where your skin can’t naturally find a water-to-oil balance.
With this said it’s easy to say that this mask, with its blend of botanical extracts and soothing gel texture could really help skin to return to a balanced and comfortable state at the end of a Summer’s day. But does it actually work?
Essentially, this is a multifunctional gel mask that fulfils 3 main functions:
- 피부진정 (skin soothing)
- 브라이트닝 (brightening)
- 보습케어 (pore care)
It’s described as a relief mask with a gelatinous texture to give that home spa experience. It’s core ingredient is eoseongcho/heartleaf extract and is used in various forms including powdered heartleaf. Heartleaf is well-known for its ability to alleviate skin irritation and provide sufficient moisture needed to help repair imbalanced and compromised skin types.
Other plant extracts within this mask are centella asiatica, artemisia, calendula, and chinaberry flower and leaf extracts. Interestingly it also contains Kombu (Algae) found between the seas of Korea, Japan and China. The algae, madecassoside, calendula, allantoin and so on contribute some skin barrier reinforcing benefits. Whereas 2% niacinamide noticeably brightens uneven and dull skin tones.
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Diglycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Artemisia Princeps Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Panthenol, Houttuynia Cordata Powder, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Allantoin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Fructooligosaccharides, Dextrin, Beta-Glucan, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Madecassoside, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil.
Free from parabens
Free from mineral oils
No artificial fragrances
No artificial colours
Does it work?
Short answer first, yes, it works! Several times I’ve used this mask when my skin was either at its most irritated, when I had spots, and when my skin was feeling off-temperature. During all of these occasions this mask soothed my skin and restored balance. Even though the calming effects are apparent from first use/one time use, the brightening effects take a while longer to notice. Also, it’s hard to tell if the brightening effects stem from this product when you’re using other products such a hydroxy acids or other niacinamide products in conjunction to this mask.
Because it’s a gel mask with moisture restoring and retaining ingredients such as hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and nourishing plant oils, this mask puts moisture back into skin after cleansing and before the application of hydrating moisturisers and active ingredients in serum/ampoule form, etc. So for this reason I believe this mask could be beneficial for drier skin types too as the sebum control effects aren’t as prominent as that provided by Axis-y’s Mugwort Pore Clarifying Wash-Off Pack.
I think it’s safe to say that this is a handy mask if you’re looking for a quick sense of relief, and would like to source calming effects from a relaxing face mask rather than from typical soothing serums and those a like. Perhaps if sheet masks aren’t your thing, you could use a rinse-off mask like this as an alternative. I encourage that you place this mask in the fridge to boost the skin calming and cooling effects.
Where to buy
Fortunately, this gel mask and plenty of other Axis-y products are now really easy to find in the UK and Worldwide at Skin Library. You’re welcome to use my discount code ‘SIMPLYEMS10‘ to get 10% off your order at Skin Library*.
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