Naruko NRK Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask Sheet Review:
Hailing from Taiwan, Naruko has a fairly wide range of products to target specific skin care concerns. With Niu Er spear heading the brand – the so-called “Beauty King” in his home country – it’s no wonder that the brand even has various sub-brands with an even more extensive list of products, with NRK being one of them. Hence, let’s take a look at one of the sub-brand’s sheet masks, shall we?
Controls sebum secretion to maintain skin balance. Recommended for all skin types.
- Oil control and refresh the skin; balancing sebum secretion.
- Reduce shine; maintain oil-to-water stability.
- Clear pores and aging sebum.
- Hydrate repair; keep the skin moist and smooth.
- Improve roughness and dullness.
- Soothe and soften the skin; reduce discomfort.
- Suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin and/or has clogged pores problem.
The material of this facial mask product is thin and fitted, so it is recommended to use with care to avoid tearing the product and affect the result of the product.
Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicylic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Xantan Gum, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Momordica Charanitia, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isopropyl Menthyl Phenol, Sorbic Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Fragrance, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Menthyl Lactate, Polysorbate 80, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Ascorbic Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Isomerized Safflower Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Maltodextrin, Cera Alba, Silica, Palmitic Acid, Clay, Zinc Sulfate, Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Best known to be cooling and soothing, and also helps heal wounds or inflamed skin. Also has antioxidant properties so provides anti-oxidant benefits. Consists of 99.5% water.
- Salicylic Acid: A form of Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). Primarily functions as an exfoliant due to its ability to penetrate into the pore lining to exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, which helps to prevent breakouts from occurring.
- Allantoin: A gentle, non-irritating moisturizing ingredient ideal for sensitive skin. Also known as a keratolytic which means it aids in increasing the water content of cells while also helping in the process of desquamation (ie. to stimulate cell proliferation, encouraging new tissue growth) of the outer layers of the skin.
- 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.
- Momordica Charantia: Known as Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon in layman terms. Topically, it can help alleviate skin diseases like eczema and may also be used to treat wounds as it has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
- Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract: Contains saponins which possess potent anti-inflammatory properties. May also provide other benefits such as wound healing, antioxidant and anti-enzymatic properties.
- Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice: Composed of 95% water, so has great hydrating properties. Naturally cooling which helps soothe sensitive and/or irritated skin.
- Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate: A salt derived from licorice. Especially beneficial for sensitive and/or damaged skin as it helps to soothe and reduce redness associated with acne, psoriasis and rosacea. May also provide brightening and antioxidant effects.
- *SalSphere™ Severe Acne Relief: A combination of isopropyl methyl phenol, lactic acid, zinc sulfate, ascorbic acid, chamomile, and seaweed extract, etc, which are coated into micron-size microcapsules, so all the active ingredients could be effectively preserved. It has great absorption efficacy, so may aid in preventing pimples and bacteria in occurring. Also assists in oil control, soothing and repairing the skin. May help to clear aging sebum, maintain oil-to-water balance, and condition the skin as well.
*Extracted and edited from the Naruko website.
How to use:
After cleansing, apply the mask evenly onto face for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and continue with usual skincare routine.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Naruko NRK Bitter Melon Anti-Shine Purifying Mask Sheet Review:
Opening the green-themed packet, I was immediately hit with an incredibly a strong scent that my knee-jerk reaction was to fling the whole thing into the rubbish bin. Thankfully, the more sane part of my consciousness held steadfast to the fact that it’d be a waste, so I decided to give it a try anyway.
In my opinion, the colourless, watery essence had a very bitter scent with underlying menthol notes. Once worn, the scent does become milder, but as I’m quite sensitive to scents in general, I found the bitter notes to be quite irritating and I did not enjoy it overall.
On the other hand, the material of the mask was nice and relatively thin, and can be torn if desired. It also came with a plastic, perforated backing as all Naruko masks do, if I’m not mistaken. Fit was just ok, with it fitting the contours of my face alright but was too wide at the chin area. I found that it was too narrow at the nose bridge that it interfered a bit with my vision, as well.
During wear, it was cooling, but I also felt that it stung my skin a bit for the first few minutes. I’m not sure why this happened, but it went away soon enough and the rest of the 20 minute session went along fine.
In terms of the after-effects, I was careful in adhering to the recommended time as the mask is targeted for oil control/acne purposes, which means that it could be too strong for my sensitive skin. Unfortunately, peeling off the mask, I found my cheeks to be a bit red despite the precaution.
On the bright side, my face did feel cold, “clean” and fresh after the session however no comment on the sebum secretion claim since my skin has been more on the drier side lately.
Overall, I’d probably rate this a 1/5 with the strong, bitter scent being a huge turn off. The results were also so-so and left me worried due to the slight sting and redness caused despite the pros mentioned. However, YMMV, as it might fare better for those with oilier and less sensitive/reactive skin types.
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