I come from a long line of sun spot avoiders. In my 20s, I never had a skincare routine that I followed religiously. It wasn’t until I hit my 30s that I really used sunscreen (by the way you definitely should – just like eye cream)! So while my friends were bathing in the sun or seeking that golden glow with self tanners I was looking for brightening miracles. Something that would melt away age.
Aging is a bitch (even more annoying than my noisy next door neighbor). I love a good sheet mask like the girl next door. However not all sheet masks are made equal. Some sheets allow ingredients to penetrate the skin deeper and better and prevents evaporation. Other serum-soaked sheet masks promises dewy skin. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask from the jump! Why it’s taken me this long to write a review, beats me! – secretly I want to keep this secret, well, a secret.
If you haven’t guessed by now, Sulwhasoo is a Korean skincare brand. Their First Care Activating Serum has been ranked No. 1 serum in Korea for 20 consecutive years! So you can imagine the efficacy of Sulwahsoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask. The product design is minimalist. Each box comes with ten individual masks.
Formulation: Each mask is fermented in white ginseng through a 2 week process. It brings immediate brightening results. The advanced bio-cellulose formulation is said to minimize age spots and help improve collagen regeneration. I use it after my nightly skincare routine: after serum. It left my skin plump and hydrated.
Application: Sulwahsoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask has a jelly like texture. It is packaged in between two mesh films. On the back of each mask, there is an easy to follow instructions with illustrations. Carefully unfold the mask and remove one side of the mesh film – if you don’t you’ll probably start to wonder why it feels so funny and coarse on your face! Place the jelly mask on your face. The jelly should hug your face, reassuring you that she’s got you covered! The masks is cool and soothing and stays on firmly. Once the mask is on, you can remove the other side of the mesh film (optional). I leave the mask for 20 to 30 mins. Sometimes for as long as an episode of Game of Thrones or C-drama.
Results: My skin was plump and hydrated after I removed the mask. While my face felt refreshed and softened, the mask itself was not dry unlike other paper sheet masks. There was even excess serum left as I pulled away the mask. I patted the remaining liquid miracle into my skin. Not one drop is to be wasted. After a few uses (followed by a restful, uninterrupted sleep) my skin was glowing – brightened and a bit softer.
A box of Sulwhasoo is expensive. It costs CAD $180 per box. That is $18 per sheet mask. Others average half the price. Dr Jart+ for example costs CAD $9. Although it pricey, I feel the results warrant the sticker price.
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