Hey guys! I hope you read my update post yesterday talking about my new partnership with Efacemasks.com (as well as all of my health progress, WOOT~). Because of Efacemasks I’m able to bring you this review today; I’m so glad for this partnership because I can review more masks for you guys!
So my skin’s been a little stupid lately (hormones?) and it’s all gross and broken out. When looking through the sheet masks Efacemask sent me I wanted to try something that might help my acne. Green Tea marketing usually means anti-acne, so I decided to try the MJ Care Green Tea mask first (the packaging also says it’s “clearing”). I had two of them, which means I got to try it out twice, I got to know the mask better, and got to see how it performs over a couple of uses.
The best thing about most sheet masks is their moisturizing capability, but many contain botanicals or ingredients meant to help other skin problems. If you’re new to sheet masks, they’re usually made of thin cotton fiber and they’re soaked with juicy “essence”. Essence is a liquid which is often loaded with glycerin, one of my fave moisturizing ingredients, many contain sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid (very effective at moisturizing skin), and a lot of them have botanical ingredients for specific skin care problems. The idea is to saturate your face with this stuff, forcing your face to accept the goodness. If you were to just put essence on your skin, it would dry in minutes and then you’re done. As for sheet masks, however, you’re able to saturate your skin for 20 minutes (or longer, if you’re me), theoretically giving your skin more benefits. As for me, I love sheet masks, and I think they help my skin stay hydrated and supple.
On the package these are in Korean, but I was able to find the ingredient list on Efacemasks (some corrections added):
Purified water, glycerin, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, green tea extract, carbomer, betaine, triethanolamine, methylparaben, witch hazel water, allantoin (comfrey), sodium pca, polysorbate 80, disodium EDTA, natto gum, sodium chondroitin sulfate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate (licorice), hydroxyethyl cellulose, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, perfume
(info quoted from Truthinaging.com)
Glycerin: “Simply stated, glycerin attracts water to skin and helps skin to feel smoother and softer. However, studies have found that it not only attracts water to the skin, but also helps skin cells mature properly. According to a study done by The Medical College of Georgia, Glycerin works as a signal to help direct skin cells through their four normal stages of maturity. ”
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis): Actually works as a sunscreen, also offers powerful antioxidant benefits (reducing risk of skin cancer), has anti-inflammatory properties (even against Roseacea!), and may help aging skin: “Considering its well documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it no doubt can help slow down the development of some of the visual signs of aging. Yet whether green tea can actually reverse some of the damage done and improve the appearance of aging skin, further research is warranted.”
Betaine: “Primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant in cosmetic products…. It’s able to give superior hydration to the skin, without the residual stickiness often associated with glycerin based emulsions. When used in skin care products, it can temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance….”
Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate: “Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, created from mucopolysaccharides, is thought to be effective in treating wounds and aiding in skin regeneration, because the content of mucopolysaccharides are naturally much higher during the healing process. Mucopolysaccharides are also thought to be responsible for the elasticity, resilience and the strength of the skin”
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice root extract): “This skin conditioning agent works to improve the appearance of dry/damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness, and also functions as an anti-irritant with anti-inflammatory and skin soothing capabilities. In fact, clinical tests point to the ingredient as an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis.
“Furthermore, studies suggest it may also inhibit the skin’s tyrosinase activity and melanin production, making it a potential lightening/brightening agent that prevents hyper-pigmentation. Further studies have shown it to help reduce the redness and irritation commonly associated with various ailments such as Rosacea, Psoriasis and acne”
Sounds good, right? But does it give your skin these benefits or is it a bust?
Now, I have never tried anything by MJ Care (a South Korean brand), in fact, I’ve never heard of them before. No wonder: they’re not sold on Sasa, Imomoko, or Roseroseshop (all my favorite places) but I did find a couple of other MJ Care masks on eBay (for $3 a mask, ouch!) but not Green Tea Essence singles. Obviously efacemasks carries them, for $1.29USD each at the time of this writing.
The mask fit really well, and if you’re a person who finds other mask brands too small you will enjoy more mask real-estate with the MJ Care mask. It’s big enough for a lot of face!
Wearing the mask was pleasant, it has a light, cucumber-y smell, and guys, this mask stays moist FOREVER. You know how some masks dry up after 15-20 minutes. The saddest, right? I kept this on for an hour (my usual) and it was still good to go. I think I could have worn it longer but who has time for that? It sticks to the face well so you don’t have to lie down, you can go about the house and do a lot of normal things while you wear it.
Notice a difference? I think my skin is glowy and moist, slightly less red, but without much else to say.
- Cheap! For about $1.29 you can grab one. I wish you could get them in a 10-pack though.
- Smells clean and inoffensive.
- Mask fits great and stays on the face easily
- Stays moist until the end of time
- Has great skincare ingredients for long-term skincare
- Didn’t break me out at all
- Can be hard to find. Not even sasa has them.
- Besides the superb moisturizing, the benefits are non-dramatic and likely more long-term
- Good masks like this one make you hate your other sheet masks.
- I don’t really thing it did much for my acne but at least it didn’t break me out.
Bottom line:This mask was really good! I like it about as much as the My Beauty Diary Aloe mask. It was hydrating, and I think with regular use it would improve skin because of all of the top ingredients. I’d love to use it once a week as part of a regular skincare routine and I’d buy it again for skincare maintenance. Other masks have more dramatic results right away, though. I really enjoyed the entire experience of this mask a lot, I didn’t have to fight with it and I feel like it did what promised.
What do you think? Would you try it/Have you tried it?
I received this item for free from Efacemasks.com, and was not paid to write this review. Make sure to read my Disclosure.