Beauty product of the week: Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask
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Korean beauty lovers will adore this gel mask-style moisturiser.
Why we love this product
Korean beauty products aren't so much a passion, more of an obsession. I will try anything I can get my hands on. Why? Because Korean beauty brands have gifted the world of beauty so many innovations that we couldn't live without today. BB cream, sheet masks, micro-needling patches, gel moisturiser and the list goes on.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? Refines pores and makes skin look healthy.
How much is it? $24-27 for 80mL
By far one of my favourite Korean beauty brands is Innisfree. This brand is special because it's all-natural and in fact one of the first all-natural brands out of Korea. A sister brand to the probably more well-known Amore Pacific (which is stocked at MECCA), Innisfree products have an interesting and beautiful story. The brand is made entirely from natural ingredients found on the island of Jeju. This relatively untouched Korean island is home to volcanos, lava tubes, beautiful beaches, clay and a tonne of unique greenery. It is all these things that have become the ingredients for Innisfree.
I've recently had the chance to try the Green Tea Sleeping Mask and I'm loving it. As with many Korean beauty products, the intention of this product is to leave you with ultra hydrated, healthy looking skin with minimal pores. Unlike many Westernised beauty products, this product is not designed to reverse wrinkles or renew collagen, so it may not be for everyone. But if your skin is looking dull and a bit sad, this product could really work for you.
After just a week of using it, one of the first things I noticed was that the bigger pores I have on my cheeks were a lot smaller. It wasn't just me either, a close colleague noticed too. It made my skin look tighter and fresher. The next thing I noticed was that my skin was brighter. Not the same sort of brightness you might get after using a really great peeling product or exfoliant. It was the kind of brightness you only see in your skin after a week of a non-stop vegetable diet. My skin looked really healthy.
One of the last things I noticed, was that my skin was smoother. As someone with oily skin, I'm prone to a lot of congestion. Not pimples per se, just lots of little lumps and bumps where oil gets trapped. Although my Face Halo has cured most of it, after a long week, I still tend to get a lot of congestion around my forehead. But this product helped calm down the congestion. And when I wake up in the morning, my forehead is smoother and looks more like the skin of a 25 year old rather than a 15 year old.
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So how does it do all this? Well, Innisfree puts it down to green tea. In fact the brand has a whole green tea line, having found a variety of green tea which it calls "Beauty Green Tea". It's rich in 16 amino acids – 3.5 times richer than normal green tea in fact! These amino acids are what help achieve a dewy and clear complexion. In addition, this particular mask is infused with a green tea enzyme which helps give your skin that healthy glow.
But there are a few other things that make this moisturiser mask a winner. It's not creamy and heavy like a regular mask, instead it's got a gel consistency that's almost clear. It's very light-weight and therefore doesn't exacerbate the problems faced by those with oily skin like me!
Another cool thing, it's designed to be the last step in your skincare routine. It's not a product that tries to replace others or act as an all-in-one. If you have a targeted serum or toner that you love, you can still use it. This product is designed to work in tandem with what you're already using. Use your existing products and then finish it all off with this sleeping mask to seal everything into your skin.
If you're over big pores and lacklustre skin try giving this one a go.
The Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask runs at about $27 for 80mL which is actually surprisingly affordable. A lot of high performance natural products can get very pricey but this one is under $30.