Etude House Honey Cera Wrapping Mask Review:
I’ve faithfully been using the Cosrx honey sleeping mask for a long time, when one day I saw that Etude House had one in their Honey Cera line. I became curious to see how I would like the Etude House mask, since I’ve been a fan of the Cosrx one for a long time. I wasn’t expecting them to be similar at all, but the honey and ceramides drew me to try the Etude House.
I had not heard anything about this mask, so I wanted to try it just because it comes in a larger size and I needed a change from the usual sleeping pack that I use. What I failed to realize until I had ordered it – was that this mask was actually a wash off mask and not a sleeping pack, unlike the Cosrx one. So can it be used as a sleeping pack or is it purely only a wash off mask, read on to see…
Etude House Honey Cera Wrapping Mask makes skin feel smooth and elastic by effectively delivering nourishment and elasticity to dry, flaky skin as if having applied honey on the face
Honey Extract, Glycerin, Water, Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Propanediol, Trehalose, Polyglycerin-3, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Ceramide 3, Royal Jelly, Helichrysum Italicum Extract ,Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Polyacrylate-13, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dextrin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
How to use:
After washing the face, apply an appropriate amount in a gentle massaging motion. After 10-15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water.
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
Etude House Honey Cera Wrapping Mask Review:
Etude House Honey Cera wrapping mask was an impulse buy for me, I didn’t read reviews or have any ideas of what it was like. So, I had no expectations or ideas of what it would actually be like, I simply wanted to try a new sleeping mask, and so initially I bought a sample pack of the mask to see what I thought of it.
I used a sample as a sleeping pack the first night, and found out that this sleeping pack/mask is very very sticky. At first I thought, “wow this feels exactly like applying honey to your face” and well maybe it does, but since I’ve never actually done that I can’t say for sure. But after a few uses I feel like it reminds me more of sugar, like a very syrupy sticky sugar water or sugar wax.
For me the sticky texture was love at first touch, but I can imagine that for some people it would be an instant dislike. So maybe try to get a sample or two of this sleeping pack before you buy the full-sized item – because it is very sticky.
Some people complain about the Scinic Honey AIO being sticky, well this mask is a thousand times stickier than that. Personally, I like the sticky feel of it on my face, but not everyone will and so it is something to consider. Disappointingly it doesn’t smell like honey either, it has a light mild floral scent which is okay, but I expected it to smell like honey.
The jar itself comes in a box with a spatula that has a scoop on one end and a flat (almost knife-like) end on the other side. So, if you really detest the texture on your hands you can use the flatter side to spread it on your face.
The ingredients of Etude House Honey Cera Wrapping Mask are typical of the Honey cera line – it contains honey which is the first ingredient in the mask, as well as ceramide 3, royal jelly and cocoa extract. Because honey is anti-bacterial it is good for people with acne, it also has a lot of antioxidants in it, which are good for anti-aging and it should also be soothing and moisturising. What’s not to love about a honey mask for your face, right?
Ceramide 3 is naturally found in our skin, and it seems that ceramides in skin care should help improve our moisture barrier, so it’s good that this contains ceramide 3 but it’s a shame it only contains one type of ceramide. It also contains royal jelly, which comes from honey (and honestly sounds so luxurious to me heh) and is used medically for many things (such as asthma, hay fever, skin disorders etc) and also for anti-aging and as a health tonic.
Usually I’m not a fan of wash off masks because I feel like they aren’t easy to wash off and they leave a film on my face. So, I end up having to use face wash and scrub my face harshly to get the mask off, and in the end my skin feels more dehydrated, dry and irritated that before I used the mask.
Generally, I use wash off masks as sleeping packs instead, because I figure instead of getting fifteen minutes of goodness why not get a whole night of goodness from the mask? That said, I still decided to try this mask out as a wash off pack since that was what it was designed for, and not a sleeping pack.
My skin isn’t very fond of water (it makes my skin go red and get dehydrated) so I tested this as a wash off mask in my morning shower. I applied a thick layer of it, even though I worried that it wouldn’t wash off easily since it is so sticky.
When I was about to get out of the shower, I wet my face and found that the wrapping mask washed off quite easily, and that my skin wasn’t irritated or dehydrated. My skin actually looked hydrated and plump after my shower, which is a first for me, so it works very well as a wash off mask.
The other way I’ve used this is as a sleeping pack or else as a mask under my cream which may seem odd but works for me anyway. What I find is that it’s hard for me to find any cream that works well enough as an occlusive, usually my skin is very dehydrated no matter what I apply at night.
I mean Vaseline is meant to be the best at preventing evaporation, but even with that I wake up with dehydrated skin. So, it’s hardly surprising that this doesn’t prevent my skin from being dehydrated, but it helps a little. I think it actually works better under a cream, then as a sleeping pack or at least it does for me. Because it is a wash off mask it doesn’t have occlusive properties, but under a cream it helps to prevent water loss or at least it seemed to in my case.
In the morning when I shower, I don’t wet my face until I’m about to get out of the shower, and what I notice is that this mask (or cream) is still on my face. The shower steam softens it, so it’s almost like I applied a thin layer of it in the morning, and this helps my skin from being dried out in the shower. I think because it is so sticky it doesn’t brush off onto my pillow, but rather sticks to my skin well (unlike Vaseline which seems to be gone in the morning).
I’ve been using Etude House Honey Cera Wrapping Mask for around a month, every night either as sleeping pack or under a cream. I don’t think it is the most effective sleeping pack, but it is decent and lasts around 6~7 hours on my skin. However, because it isn’t actually a sleeping pack I don’t expect it to work that well as one, so it actually works okay as one even if it isn’t actually a sleeping mask.
As a wash off mask, it works brilliantly and so I plan to use it this way a lot, because it works great in the morning to hydrate my skin and it lives up to its claims of making my skin smooth. As for how elastic it makes my skin, I think it’s hard to tell that. But the fact that it washes off easily makes it good for people with sensitive and easily irritated skin.
Most likely I would repurchase this, because it works really well as a wash off mask. It’s also a big jar and I think it’s economical and will last a long time. I plan to repurchase it – unless my skin drastically changes and no longer needs it. I think it would works best for normal, dehydrated and dry skin types, but probably is too heavy for oily skinned people, although try it and see?
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