A few months ago, I didn’t have a clue what sleeping masks are. Now, I’m obsessed with them! I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to skincare products, and I’ve been searching for THE ONE for a few months and sadly, with limited success. This is the very first sleeping mask I tried.
What is a Sleeping Mask / Pack
A sleeping mask is the (optional) final step to a Korean (and Japanese) skincare routine. It is not an actual mask, but instead is a cream (or sometimes gel) that you apply to your face before bed and (usually) rinse off the next morning. Different sleeping masks/packs will purport to do different things, but to me, a good sleeping pack serves the following functions:
- Seals in Moisture
- Forms barrier between my skincare and the outside world, aka central heating and bedsheets
I guess those two functions are pretty similar. Regardless, my expectations from a sleeping pack is that I wake up in the morning with moist and soft skin.
About the Imselene Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask Pack
I’ve had this mask for close to two months but I’ve only used it handful of times. I love the effects but hate the inconvenience involved in using this mask.
Let’s start with the good! When I put this on at night, I am guaranteed to wake up the next morning with plump, softer than baby soft skin. I really wish it were socially acceptable to just go up to strangers and ask for them to just touch my face because I wanted everyone to know how soft my face was!
I thought I was in love, but after the first week or so, I just kind of stopped using this. In fact, the only nights I would use this is when I would catch a glimpse of this huge jar in my stash and feel guilty about neglecting it. The problem with this mask is that it is a huge burden to use. The consistency is not only ridiculously viscous, but it is also insanely stringy and sticky. It’s like homemade silly putty that also sticks to everything.
In addition, this sleeping pack is really difficult to apply. It is difficult to extract the proper amount of product from the jar. It is difficult to spread the product across my face, and it is damn near impossible to achieve an even layer. UGH I’m getting worked up just thinking about it! I guess the lesson I learned here is I want baby soft skin but apparently I’m not willing to put up with very much to achieve it.
Memebox does not have the full ingredients listed on their site so I took the liberty of translating the ingredients on the box.
정제수, 에탄올, 부틸렌글라이콜, 사이클로펜타실록산 / 디메치콘 / 비닐디메치콘크로스폴리머, 글리세린, 피이지-240/에이치디아이코폴리머비스-데실테트라데세스-20에텔, 사이클로펜타실록산 / 사이클로헥사실록산, 나이아신 아마이드, 잇꽃씨오일, 카프릴릭/ 카프릭트리글리세라이드, 당나귀유, 소듐폴리아크릴레이트, 피이지-60하이드로제네이티드캐스터오일, 향료, 카보 머, 트리에탄올아민, 페녹시 에탄올, 알란토인, 알로에 베라 잎 주가루, 메틸 파라벤, 토코 페릴 아세테이트, 디소듐이디티에이
Purified water, Ethanol, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane / Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Cross Polymer, Glycerin, PEG-240 / HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ester, Cyclopentasiloxane / Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Safflower Seed Oil, Capric / Caprylic Triglycerides, Donkey Milk, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Carbomer, TEA:Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) and triethanolamine (2) as acne triggers and carbomer (1) as an irritant.
There are two things that frustrate me about these ingredients. First of all, the second ingredient is alcohol. I am actually fairly tolerant of alcohol in skincare and in certain products (sunscreen) I actually prefer the inclusion of sunscreen. However, this mask definitely treads the line between tingling and burning. I don’t know if this is due to the alcohol, but I imagine the alcohol is not making things better. My skin is exceptionally sensitive right now due to the colder November temperatures and the tretinoin I’m using to combat my acne, and I’m scared to even test this on my face.
The second beef I have with this product is that donkey milk, the heavily advertised star ingredient, doesn’t appear on this list until ingredient #10. At that concentration, is the donkey milk even doing anything? Also, the historical use of donkey milk is with fermented donkey milk, because fermentation produces lactic acid, which is a alpha hydroxy acid and exfoliant with proven hydrating and skin renewing properties. Regular old donkey milk is a lot less special.
Even though I loved how soft my skin felt after using this mask, I couldn’t put up with the excessive stringiness or stickiness of this mask.
The hunt for a sleeping pack continues!
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