Okay, I cheated... in a few aspects but firstly here is the proper name of the mask: Bidanpo Hwa-Chim TCA Mediental Clinic Mask and the one I have here is the deep emarald one that has Soothing and 'pore caring' qualites.
Though it has a funky long name, this mask is a product of Leaders Clinic, a leading and renown clinical brand that hails from South Korea.
The next thing that I 'cheated' about is that I did not manage to mask last week, no quick 5-minute mask or sleeping pack.... nothing at all!
The reason being, I wanted to indulge in the masking session. Think: whipping out a hydrating sheet mask and just lay there but apparently I couldn't find time and that didn't happen. Again, I don't know why I find it so hard to draw 15-30 minutes out just for a masking session but... that happened.
This week around, perhaps to make up for it instead of settling for a typical hydrating sheet mask, I thought to try this 2-Step Mask I had lying around.
Formulated with 'Jeong-hwa Fermentation Solution' acquired from matured bamboo, this product applies the principal of oriental medicinal aesthetics. The 2 step process by including an ampoule is to boost absorption of the mask and provide better results
(Paraphrased from the back of the mask sheet)
The first step is slathering on the ampoule solution. The purpose of this is to, as mentioned in the description, help boost the mask's effectiveness and also allow for better absorption of the product.
The ampoule comes out a slightly thick but clear substance with a yellow tinge. It's runny and the consistency reminds me slightly of cleansing oils though it's not oily in any sense.
With the satchet emptied, this is about the amount of product that is inside. While it doesn't look like much, it is definitely enough to slather on a generous coat over the face.
What I like to do is also to massage this in before I proceed to layering the sheet mask over it. I don't believe it was recommended or mentioned but I have a habit of massaging my face a little whenever laying anything enriching over.
After the ampoule comes step 2 which is the one that is common to us, laying the sheet mask on!
The mask is soaked in a gel-like solution which seems pretty close to the ampoule's consistency. I want to think that the ampoule is somewhat the pure form, perhaps a tinsey bit more concentrated, of the substance the mask is coated in but I can't be sure!
The mask's sheet material is extremely thin, you can see the vague outlines of my fingers even though the mask is still folded up. Due to that, it feels light on the skin and is not as if you have this sheet plastered on your face.
Scent-wise, despite it's whole oriental approach and the brown-ish herbal medicine insinuating vibe, this mask do not smell herby or medicinal at all. It has a very light and pleasant fragrance that is hardly evident when you have it on.
As always, here's me sharing my post-mask experiences which, again, are not anything to go by long-term:
- Ampoule felt very thick and present on after removing the sheet mask. Instructions say to pat it out but that will be nearly impossible. I rinsed it off after.
- Skin felt extremely supple and hydrated.
- The skin had this whole "QQ" thing going on, think Hada Labo's Lotion advert where skin is smooth YET not powder smooth. It feels like the ampoules/serums have really been absorbed.
- Pores seem a little subdued (for a while....)
So... that would be my sharing on this whole 2-Step Mask thing. If you ask me, I don't personally notice anything different with an additional step but it could be something you have to dedicate commitment to to see results (e.g. masking this twice a week, every week)
Nonetheless it is a very hydrating one to use, great to perk up the skin!
These are available at Sephora ION and MBS.
Have you tried these 2-Step Masks? What do you think of them?
Product mentioned had been provided to me for consideration.