Polatam Pure Cream Firming Radiance Mask Review:
Polatam is a brand I’ve frequently seen around and heard about, but due to the price tag, have always been wondering about from afar. Claimed to be created by Park Tam Hee, an acclaimed Korean actress with a keen knowledge of beauty and skincare, the Polatam skincare range definitely caught my eye more due to its chic packaging more than anything.
Overall very clean and classy, with interesting notable ingredients thrown about, I was definitely excited when I was gifted a couple of masks from this range to try out. But the question remains: does the quality/experience reflect its price tag?
+ Polatam focuses on high-quality, non-irritating ingredients for an innovative and minimalist approach to skin products.
+ The Pure Cream Firming Radiance mask from Polatam’s collection is the ideal departure from watery sheet masks.
+ The milky essence instantly imbues skin with the comforting hydration and moisture of a traditional cream, leaving skin feeling moisturized and soothed.
+ Made of soft Cupra fiber (cellulose fibers derived from cotton linter, ultra-fine and silky), these thin masks adhere closely to the skin and hold 10 times the essence of a normal cotton sheet mask.
+ Cupra fibers feel just like silk on the skin, and is soft, thin, breathable and hypoallergenic.
+ Milky essences help to seal needed moisture and firm tired skin.
+ Formulated with brightening Licorice, Dandelion and Milk Protein, the addition of Hydrolyzed Collagen help to lift the skin for a firmed, radiant visage.
+ Free of: Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Mineral Oils.
Water, Quercus Acutissima Sap, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Betaine, Cholesteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Erythritol, Milk Protein Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Adenosine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ceramide 3, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chlorphenesin, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Proline, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Cysteine, Methionine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance.
Quercus Acutissima Sap: Commonly known as Korean Oak Tree Sap. Claimed to contain molecules smaller than water molecules, thus able to absorb more easily and deeper into the skin to offer enhanced hydration.
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.
Milk Protein Extract: A hydrolysate of milk protein derived by acid, enzyme or other methods of hydrolysis. Rich in protein due to its complete amino acid content and is usually non-irritating. Aids in moisturising dry skin, repairing aged skin, soothing sensitive/irritated skin and may also aid in skin whitening.
Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein: A natural peptide derived from conchiolin protein (pearl protein). Helps in regulating signals sent to the melanocyte receptors, which aid in reducing hyperpigmentation and inhibiting melanin production, thus works well as a skin lightening agent. Also may have water-binding properties for the skin.
Adenosine: Beneficial in combating wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and frown lines. Also aids in smoothening out the texture of the skin.
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Ceramide 3: Also known as Ceramide NP. Works as a hydrating agent due to its inherent ability to aid in rebuilding and restoring the skin’s epidermal barrier, as well as strengthening the skin’s appearance and moisture levels.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: Primarily used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to licochalcone, a molecule in licorice root which aids in controlling oil production and soothing acne-prone skin. May also help in brightening skin.
Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract: Also known as ‘Golden Root’ or ‘Arctic Root’, it is a yellow flowering plant native to the arctic regions of Eastern Siberia. In cosmetics, it may aid in combating premature aging due to its high concentration of antioxidants and ability to stimulate cell turnover, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the long run.
Rosa Damascena Flower Extract: Rich in antioxidants and also possesses strong antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. Also helps reduce inflammation, soothes irritation and may aid in preventing premature aging.
Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract: Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, all of which possess powerful antioxidants that protect skin against free radical damage. Also often included in skincare due to its skin refining, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which help calm irritation.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract: Has strong antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Sodium Hyaluronate: A humectant which absorbs moisture 1000 times its weight. Plays an important role of providing sufficient moisture to the skin, and helps bring back elasticity and lustre back to tired and sensitive skin.
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.
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.
Volume: 30ml (1 sheet)
How to use:
1. After cleansing and toning, apply sheet mask onto face and leave on for 10-20 minutes, then remove.
2. Do not rinse.
3. Gently pat and massage any remaining serum into skin for maximum absorption.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Polatam Pure Cream Firming Radiance Mask Review:
With a pink base, white edges and a clean centre block design, the packaging for the Polatam Pure Cream Firming Radiance Mask is very minimalistic, which I do personally enjoy. On the back, there are brief descriptions to illustrate and highlight the benefits/contents of the mask.
Tearing open the plastic packaging, there is a noticeable floral detergent-like scent that wafts out. For me, it instantly reminds me of clean bed sheets, so it’s not a disconcerting scent, but if you’re not a fan of slightly cloying detergent-like scents, this is definitely not for you.
I find the scent to be of a mild to moderate strength. However, I’ve used this mask both refrigerated and not, and I find that if you store it in the fridge beforehand, the scent is milder, so that’s definitely something to note for those with sensitive noses.
The mask did not come with any plastic backing, so it was quite difficult to unfold, especially since the sheet mask was drenched in creamy essence and tended to slip and slide everywhere. Claimed to be made of 100% Cupra fiber, I found it to be of considerable medium thickness which did sit quite heavy and a tad uncomfortable on the skin.
Also, due to the emollient weighty essence, I felt that the mask kept slipping down in places, especially near my eyes, so I ended up having to lie down to keep it in place, which may be a hindrance to some.
I had the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes, and when I was peeling it off, I did notice that the mask was still quite wet, so I ended up wearing the mask on my neck afterwards instead. And to my surprise, unlike most sheet masks, the mask actually clung well to my neck and was not in danger of slipping off at all… which is odd, considering it was the complete opposite when I had it on my face.
Now, you can tell that I didn’t really enjoy the fit/feel of the mask while I had it on, but… I liked the results, surprisingly. While I can’t attest to the anti-aging claims, I did notice that my dehydrated skin felt plumped with moisture and that it did look a tad brighter (although there were no claims on this), especially when I stored the mask in the fridge beforehand.
Patting in the residue, I also noticed that there was little tackiness and that while it didn’t dry down matte and left my skin looking quite dewy, my skin felt very soft to the touch. Prior to this, my skin was quite rough-textured, but with some clay masking and chemical exfoliation, I managed to soften the texture, but suffered a bit from dryness and tightness. So I’m thankful that this mask managed to soothe my skin very well.
Due to its creamy essence and how my skin felt fully moisturized already, I decided to pass on any further moisturizer, and nicely enough, despite sometimes feeling tightness in the forehead area if I didn’t follow up with a moisturizer after sheet masking, I didn’t experience that at all with the mask. Even after a few hours later, my face just felt… very comfortable.
Overall, I’d rate the Polatam Pure Cream Firming Radiance Mask a decent 3.5/5. I would’ve rated it higher if not for the hefty price tag, admittedly, and if I had a more enjoyable time during the masking session – instead of being concerned that the mask would just slip right off of my face the entire time.
I do think this mask would suit those with more mature skin – for the anti-aging demographic, I guess? – and perhaps for those in drier climates where an extra boost of moisture is always needed. Personally, I find that it works perfectly fine for my dehydrated-prone combination skin type and served good soothing results after a much needed exfoliation session.
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