Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask Madecassoside Review:
The first time I laid eyes on this mask was when I first got into the madecassoside/centella asiatica hype and one of my friends included it in my gift exchange parcel back in April last year.
Safe to say, I liked it enough to order a few more when the official Innisfree website was having a sale, so it’s about time I wrote a proper review on it here to share my views as someone with reactive skin.
+ This mask contains madecassoside, which mainly aids in soothing the skin and strengthening the skin barrier. Hence, this mask is recommended for skin that’s irritated and sensitive due to lack of moisture in hopes of leaving the skin moisturized and healthy.
+ This 100% natural cotton sheet is made from soft cotton hairs around the cotton wool.
+ It is transparent and thin and has good adherence on the skin, which allows for its good substances to be more effective delivered into the skin.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Glycereth-26, Betaine, Arginine, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Madecassoside, Glycerin, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Disodium EDTA.
Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract: Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. Boosts phytonutrients that promote cellular health. Antibacterial.
Betaine: An amino acid which is also known as trimethylglycine or glycine betaine. Functions primarily as a humectant and anti-irritant. Able to temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance.
Madecassoside: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibrolasts that create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract: A plant extract from the satsuma fruit, ie. a seedless mandarin orange. Aimed to tighten pores and brighten skin, however, like most citrus extracts, it may cause skin aggravation.
Orchid Extract: Helps to counteract signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it has reparative and protective properties.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea or White Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract: Also known as Tsubaki in Japanese. Extracts from the plant’s leaves in particular boast strong antioxidant benefits.
Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract: Also known as the extract from the prickly pear fruit. Has strong soothing properties and provides long-lasting hydration to the skin.
How to use:
1. After cleansing, use toner to refine skin texture.
2. Take out mask from package and remove film. Evenly adhere it to entire face, avoiding eye and lip area.
3. Remove the sheet after 10-20 minutes and gently pat to allow the remaining formula to absorb into skin.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask Madecassoside Review:
The packaging gives off a pretty basic minimalist vibe befitting of Innisfree’s branding, so there’s nothing much to complain about here. As the Skin Clinic line is pricier than the My Real counterpart, of course I expected better results, and I must say that I’m quite pleased.
Ripping open the plastic packaging, I was quite surprised at the moderate herbal scent that wafted out almost immediately. Surprised and concerned, I was already wondering if it’d actually soothe my skin as promised. I don’t have good experiences with strongly fragranced products, you see, so the alarm bells definitely didn’t ring for no reason.
However, I set that thought aside and proceeded to unfold the mask from the packaging and was further surprised when it unfolded very easily. The perforated plastic backing really helped here, but what was interesting was how there was no cut for the nose portion on this white plastic – probably the main reason why it was so easy to unfold, actually!
In terms of the actual mask material, I found it quite thin but sturdy, with these cool mesh patterns instead of your usual smooth cotton mask. Nice one, Innisfree.
Fit-wise, it was fine. The mask fit my facial contours well despite some overlaps and being a bit too short for my forehead, so nothing much to complain about here.
The essence also had a clear, light, watery consistency which absorbed into the skin quickly and without any tacky residue. In these swatch pictures, it shows a bit of shine present, but rest assured that once fully absorbed, it leaves a nice, matte finish on the skin.
Prior to masking, I did some clay masking for some gentle exfoliation, which did leave my skin a bit dry, so with its claims, I definitely expected the sheet mask to hydrate my skin well enough.
Other than that, there was a pimple on my left cheek that was a bit itchy which I also hoped the mask would help to soothe.
So, how did it fare?
You can probably guess by my earlier comments, but it performed quite well for me. Despite there being a bit of itchiness near the pimple area while masking, once I peeled off the mask, the spot was less red and less itchy than before.
Moreover, my skin felt nicely hydrated and cool to the touch, which is exactly what it claimed to do, so that’s pretty neat. I did notice some tightness in my forehead area if I didn’t continue on with the rest of my routine immediately, but other than that… I’m quite pleased.
Overall, I highly recommend this mask, especially for those with sensitive and easily irritated skin. If you’re extremely sensitive to essential oils, I probably wouldn’t recommend this as it does contain a couple oils near the end of the ingredients list, but otherwise, do give it a shot! Personally, I’d rate this a 4.5/5 and a definite repurchase if I need more soothing masks.
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