ACWELL Traditional Grain Syrup Mugwort Mask Review:
Having had a pleasant experience with the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner in the past, when I saw a deal on this range of sheet masks from ACWELL, I immediately looked up the ingredients before eagerly deciding to purchase them through a friend.
– Brightening Functional Cosmetic –
Main function/claim: Whitening.
Other functions/claims: Nutrition supply, brightening, exfoliating, moisturizing.
♥ Softly Exfoliates: Soft exfoliation in natural sugar of grain syrup strengthens the absorption of essence which makes skin texture become silky soft.
♥ Fresh Skin Tone-Up Effect: Abundant nutrition of grain syrup and mugwort extract is delivered to skin directly.
♥ Chubby Natural Moisture Layer: Thick jelly type mask which re-enacts real grain syrup and fits skin densely. It also helps keep skin moist for a long time.
Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 80, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hordeum Vulgare Sprout Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyridoxine HCl, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, t-Butyl Alcohol, Artemisia Capillaris Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Cl 42090, Cl 19140, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
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Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract: A species of seaweed, specifically a type of brown seaweed. Provides essential fatty acids which assist in maintaining the skin barrier. Also rich in antioxidants, hydrating and nourishing as it contains high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract: Extract derived from fireweed or willow herb. Known to have soothing and antioxidant benefits.
Portulaca Olearacea Extract: Skin soothing, thus may assist in reducing wounds inflammations. Also may be used as anti-aging and brightening purposes.
Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract: Skin conditioning.
Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract: An extract from the fermentation of soybeans by the microorganism Lactobacillus. Skin conditioning.
Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract: Effective in increasing short term moisture, and long term skin microrelief and brightness.
Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract: A fungus/mold extract obtained by the fermentation of Aspergilus. Helps keep skin moisturised and also assists in brightening and evening out the skin tone by reducing hyper-pigmentation. Is also a natural astringent and is antibacterial.
Artemisia Capillaris Leaf Extract (Mugwort): Helps relieve skin inflammation due to sensitivity issues such as atopic diseases (eg. eczema).
How to use:
1. Before opening, massage the packaging for the sheet mask to be evenly drenched in the essence.
2. Remove mask from the packaging and spread evenly onto facial contours.
3. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove mask and gently massage and/or tap your face in order to absorb the leftover essence.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
ACWELL Traditional Grain Syrup Mugwort Mask Review:
The packaging for this mask line from Acwell is perhaps one of prettiest and nicest to view and hold in my hands so far. With the aesthetically pleasing clean-cut herbal setting to the soothing colour tones, I immediately fell in love. But did the pretty packaging come with pretty results? For me, it definitely did.
Following the instructions, I massaged the packaging of the mask to evenly distribute the essence before opening it to see the mask drenched in thick, brown syrup – which, upon research, is described as a “thick jelly type” and/or “same as real grain syrup; a thick essence”.
Honestly, I felt wary of it because it looked like it was just going to be too sticky for my combination skin, however when I swatched it on my wrist and patted it in, I was pleased to find that it sunk into the skin quite seamlessly! A definite advantage point to Acwell!
The material of the mask itself is described to be made of “40g tencel, high skin-fit fabric” which I can’t particularly disagree with as although it is of medium thickness and untearable, it was relatively easy to adjust on my face and felt like it was “hugging” my skin during the masking session.
Scent-wise, it was reminiscent of sweet syrup with notes of bitterness, which I surprisingly came to enjoy the longer it was left on my face.
Results-wise, I must admit that it could have been more brightening as other Taiwanese masks I’ve tried had better instant results. Nonetheless, as my skin was quite dry and irritated prior to masking, I was pleased to find that the facial redness evened out considerably and that my skin felt very nicely hydrated and soothed. In fact, any dryness I felt prior to masking was gone, and I was left with non-sticky soft skin.
Overall, this definitely gets an amazing 4/5 rating. It may not be HG for me as the brightening effects could be better, but wow was it a very gentle and soothing experience! Also knocking off a mark due to the hefty price tag, but if you feel like splurging, definitely do give this excellent mask a try! You definitely won’t regret it if you deal with sensitive skin like me!
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