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One of my first posts on this blog almost one year ago was about Skinfood’s Black Sugar Scrub Foam. Since then I’ve always been curious about Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask, because I loved the scrub foam so much. Finally, I bought it a while ago and I don’t regret it ♥ Skinfood offers quite a wide range of different masks and packs, each addressing a different skin concern and provided in tiny plastic buckets.
Skinfood is one of these brands which are competing with Etude House in terms of design – in my opinion at least. It is a Korean brand with vintage appearing design of their products which occupied my heart very quickly. The products are using the beneficial effects of ingredients, which are familiar to us in terms of “food” like vegetables and fruits. Their motto “Food that is good for your health, is also good for your skin.” reflects this brands’ ideology nicely. The Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask comes in a cute plastic jar with a vintage-like styled label on the lid. It is simple, but I love this kind of design.
The description is written in English and in Korean on the plastic jar. You can see from the ingredients list, that the main ingredient is sugar, but it also contains various fats and oils. Black sugar has several benefits. It is rich in potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals. Brown and black sugar are often used as mechanical skin exfoliator, as in several skincare products (also see the Klairs Gentle Black skincare line). Here they help to remove the dead cells while massaging. Also, molasses contains vitamin B, which is an antioxidant that prevents and reverses signs of photo-aging of the skin. You can check the ingredients list on COSDNA, too. Two ingredients are red flagged, which are PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, a surfactant and BHT (Butylhydroxytoluol), an antioxidant. If you know that you are sensitive to these two ingredients, keep in mind to test the product previously on your arm.
Below the lid you’ll find another separating plastic lid, which prevents the product to lick out. Nevertheless, due to the rather solid consistency, especially in cool areas, it is practically not necessary.
I was really surprised about the solid consistency, somehow I thought it would be more creamy…Anyway, the scent of it is the same citrus-ish scent that I found with the scrub foam. On the ingredients list is written that they used caramel perfume, but I don’t smell any caramel scent to be honest. When I tried the scrub foam back then, I didn’t like the scent too much in the beginning, because normally I like flowery scents more. But I grew fond of it, because it gives you some refreshment in a way.
If you have sensitive skin you should also keep in mind to don’t use this product on dry skin, but to make your skin wet or damp before. The more water you add while massaging, the more do the sugar grains melt and they won’t irritate your skin anymore. Another way of using this would be in combination with a cleansing oil, like I showed in my Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil review. I think this makes the application even more suitable for sensitive skin.
By the way, the jar doesn’t come with a spatula or a spoon, but I would recommend to use one. Not only because it is more hygienic, but also because it makes it easier to take out product from the jar (I don’t know if they give you spoons with it, if you buy it at a store). How did it perform on my skin? You can achieve a nice peeling on your skin while massaging this mask into your skin. While leaving it on the face, you can either enjoy the fresh scent, or observe a slight heating effect of the skin, because your blood circulation was promoted while massaging. After I wash off the mask, the skin has a soft feeling. I don’t have a dry feeling nor is my skin greasy.
If you love using masks and you don’t mind leaving a product on your skin for a couple of minutes, I will recommend this mask to you. If you don’t like waiting so much, you can optionally also go for the Black Sugar Foam Scrub. In principal it has the same effects, only it is a cleansing foam on the same time.
You can buy a jar containing 100 g at:
W2Beauty for US$ 9.50