Monday, 14 March 2016

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Skin 18  is an online shopping store which sells Korean natural skincare products like masks, serums, lotions, moisturizing creams, BB and CC creams, mists and much more. Their warehouses in Hong Kong, China and US help in providing fast delivery of skincare products to women across the globe to help their skin look perfect all the time! Skin 18 provides free shipping over orders of US $ 40 to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Norway, New Zealand, Russian Federation, South Korea, Singapore, United States and Vietnam while over US $ 60 to rest of the countries including India. They also provide free samples of sheet masks wherein one only needs to pay shipping fee without making any purchase, while purchase of products more than US 40 $ qualifies buyers to get more number of freebies. In short, the more you buy, the more freebies you get! Click here to see what all freebies you can get and here to know the rules for getting the freebies. One can also take part in giveaways and quiz/games to win freebies or be a part of their reward program and gather points to get discount coupons for shopping at Skin 18.
   A few months ago, I received a skincare package consisting of six sheet masks and three sample size pouches each of face creams and serums from Skin 18. Today I will be reviewing the Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask, my first ever sheet mask below. Do read up to find how this Korean sheet mask fared on my skin and if it stayed true to claims made by its parent company.

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Product Claims: This Whitening functional mask sheet contains essence derived from natural Aloe that soothes irritated skin and provides abundant moisture to create radiating and smooth skin.
   Aloe prevents freckles, over-pigmentation, and age spots while increasing collagen in the thick skin.  It also moisturizes dry skin and deters secretion in oily skin while contracting pores. In complex skin, aloe also balances sebum secretion in skin to maintain a good level of pH. In addition, aloe absorbs better than water, which adds to its ability to relax the skin.

   Price: US $1.60
   Volume: 23 ml.
   Shelf Life: Not mentioned.
- Apply the mask over cleansed and toned face.
- Leave on for 15-30 minutes, then remove gently.
- No need to rinse, and massage remaining essence onto skin.
- Discard the mask after single use.
   Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Triphenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Viginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.
Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask
   The Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask comes packaged in form of a thin white colored packet which is compact, travel friendly and made attractive to look at with an illustration of the Aloe Vera plant. The name of the product and its brand name is mentioned on its front side while the product claims, directions for use, ingredients, caution instructions and manufacturing details are provided on its backside. All the product related details have been printed in English and in Korean for easy interpretation.
   Before the use of the mask, my facial skin appeared dry, especially around the mouth with quite a few tiny bumps of acne on one of my cheek and a few scattered over the other cheek and the forehead.
   On opening the packet, one can see the mask neatly folded in it, drenched in a lot of excessive serum, which can be used to cover other areas of the body and is very mildly scented to smell like aloe vera. The mask is circular in shape with apertures cut out for eyes and mouth and a flap to accommodate the nose. It has a few cuts in its periphery which helps the mask to mould itself according to the contours of the face. It covered my entire face well apart from a tiny portion between my nose and cheeks, and is easy to apply and stays stuck to my face due to the serum making me go about my daily chores as usual without any hindrances. On applying the mask, I experienced an instant cooling sensation and also a slight itching on my face, but it soon settled and I ended up keeping the mask on my face for about half an hour. On removing the mask, my skin looked a bit sticky due to the residual serum, but brighter and more radiant than before, though it didn't have much of a whitening effect as claimed. It took care of my facial dryness, making my skin look and feel more hydrated and moisturized. The acne on my face looked far less prominent resulting in an overall smoother and more supple skin! It made my skin stay oil free for a longer duration but didn't help noticeably tighten my pores. The airtight packaging and the fact that these masks are meant for one time use only take care of the hygiene issues. Also, the fact that Four Seasons products are dermatologically tested gives additional assurance of safety of these sheet masks.
   The price of these masks though is US $1.60, but huge discounts on Skin 18 cuts the cost to almost half of the original price, making for an affordable buy. Four Seasons masks are available to the overseas buyer almost exclusively through Skin 18. I couldn't find these on any other online portal and the chance of getting these in local stores is almost nil.  

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

- Simple, compact and travel friendly packaging.
- Mildly scented.
- The pouch contains mask drenched in the serum, which can be used to cover skin over neck and hands as well.
- The mask is easy to apply.
- The mask covers the entire face well, remaining well stuck to it due to the provided serum.
- No cumbersome procedures involved.
- Provides instant cooling sensation.
- Skin feels bright and radiant after use.
- Moisturizes and hydrates the skin to make it supple.
- Evens out the texture of the skin by making bumps and acne reduce in size.
- Helps to reduce oiliness of skin.
- Hygiene issues are taken care of due to air tight packaging and one time use.
- Dermatologically tested.
- Budget friendly price.

- The serum provided is a bit on the stickier side.
- Did not result in a visible whitening effect.
- No noticeable tightening of pores.
- Caused minimal itching on my face, though without any other side effect.
- Availability outside Skin 18 is an issue.
Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Verdict: 4.25/5. This Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask is perfect to treat dry, dehydrated and tired skin. It acts as a no fuss facial at home giving the skin a well moisturized, bright and radiant look.

1 comment:

  1. Fitted on your face better than it fit on mine...