Find Your Best Sleeping Pack This Summer !

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Sometimes I really feel like Korean products are like wines.↖(^▽^)↗ There are many prestigious brand and famous products but at the same time, there are so many “cult-wine” like products in the realm of K-beauty. I mean, there are many unknown, economically priced brands with excellent quality and it is such a great fun to find those products and share with others. So Blog #M did a little experiment on these less appreciated sleeping masks. (*¯︶¯*) We picked up 3 sleeping masks and 2 sleeping mask substitutes. So here are our experiment subjects.

  1. LLang Redgin Magic Sleeping Pack $31.50
  2. BOTANIC FARM Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack $24.50
  3. Code 9 black volume cream $35.00
  4. Code 9 Super Seed Oil Mask $33.00
  5. Skinfood Lettuce Cucumber Watery Soothing Pack ?

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Texture Test

For you, we have prepared tiny texture dishes below. Llang & Botanic Farm has jelly like texture but Llang has more watery, honey-like texture than Botanic Farm. Code 9’s Black volume has thickest texture among them. Code 9’s Super Seed Oil Mask has the butter like texture, and skinfood has the most watery texture, with only slight viscosity.

 

Spotting Test / Oil Chromatography

We prepared commonly used oil blotting paper and run the chromatography. (I know, it is not a real chromatography, but since we use the hydrophobic affinity of blotting paper, we can somehow consider it as chromatography process.) Anyway, if the oil circle spread winder from the spotting, it means that it contains more oil in it. By the way, I am not trying to say that oily sleeping packs are bad (But I personally prefer less oily sleeping masks for the summer.) rather, you can use this as a reference when you buy your next sleeping mask.

(Original)

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As you can see, Code 9’s Super seed oil and Botanic Farm Soy bean mask have high oil contents. Llang’s Redgin has the least oil, and the texture maintained even after 2 hours.

 (After 40minits)

oil test after 40m

Skin-gun Test

(before skin test number)

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  1. After the cleansing my inner arm thoroughly, I ran the skin gun test. The oil index is 18%, and water index is 40.01%.
  2. I run the skin gun test, and see the chart below. Oil/Water change indicates the change from my initial skin condition. Redgin showed highest increase both in oil & water index.

after 5minits

Oil Water Oil % increase Water % increase
Redgin 23.60% 52.50% 67.38% 67.20%
Soy bean 22.60% 50.30% 60.28% 60.19%
Black Volume 22.10% 49.30% 56.74% 57.01%
Super Seed 18.80% 41.90% 33.33% 33.44%
Lettuce Cucumber 20.60% 45.80% 43.26% 46.18%

 

after hour

I run the skin test again after one hour. Oil/Water change indicates the change from the run 2. Still, Redgin showed the highest Water/Oil index in skin. Interestingly, Super Seed showed increase in number, both for oil& water index. (I guess it is due to Super Seed’s Oily texture because it absorbs really slowly.╮(╯3╰)╭)

 

Oil Water Oil % change Water % change
Redgin 21.90% 48.70% -7.20% -7.24%
Soy bean 20.70% 46.00% -8.41% -8.55%
Black Volume 20.80% 46.40% -5.88% -5.88%
Super Seed 20.50% 45.60% 9.04% 8.83%
Lettuce Cucumber 20.20% 45.10% 0.00% -1.74%

 

Winner of the First Lab 0^◇^0)/

So, the winner of Blog #M’s first experiment goes to……………

☆ミ ☆彡LLang Redgin Magic Sleeping Pack !!!!!!! ☆ミ ☆彡

From both test, I could assure Llang’s sleeping pack is nicely formulated, giving fresh texture for hot & sticky summer but maintain oil and moisture index in my skin pretty well. If you have really oily skin, Skinfood’s Lettuce-Cucumber Watery Soothing Pack may be a really good choice as well because it effectively controls the oil in your skin, and maintain the moisture level nicely.

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Top 5 ! Must Buy Skincare Items before Summer

Hello Friends. The weather is getting warmer and warmer. And soon, summer will be here with us. The good news is that our skins won’t be dried up as before but our pores will be filled up with sebum and impurities in a much faster phase than ever before. So we should diligently clarify pores, protect our skins from the sun and soothe/hydrate nicely. So, we has carefully selected 5 best K-beauty items for your flawlessly glowing skin.

1.     Oxygen Aha bubble peeling mask

AHA/BHA complex gently removes dead skin layer and plentiful bubbles clarify sebum accumulation in pores. Cocamidopropyl Betaine was used as a surfactant instead of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, so it can be used on sensitive skin as well. Bubbles are formed when you wear the mask, and you should wash your face with warm water after your mask sheet session is done.

2.     Leaders Pore-scaling Black Aqua

This black sheet mask contains volcanic ashes and Quercus phillyraeoides and they effectively cleanse excessive oil and other impurities. Portulaca Oleracea Extract was used as a soothing agent and active ingredients such as adenosine and niacinamide brighten your skin while delaying skin aging process.

3.     Botanic Farm – Dot Art Collection CC Cushion

Botanic Farm Dot Art Collection CC cushion is a very good sun screen (SPF 50+, PA+++) and very lightly, watery textured CC cream. It gives your skin natural and dewy glow while not making your make up thick. Even though it does not cover pigmentations on your skin, it provides nicely correct your skin tone for different skin type. (Pink for pale skin / green for acne skin and purple for tired skin.) They have BB cushion version of this pact as well for better covering function with same texture and SPF.

4.     Llang Natural Foaming Cleanser

This red-ginseng based foaming cleanser gently and perfectly removes make up, dirt and other skin impurities without leaving oily texture on your skin. It feels really soft because of the creamy bubbles and it will make your skin soft and refreshed after you wash your face. Since Llang is a cosmetic brand made by Korean Ginseng Corporation, it contains red ginseng extract, red ginseng oil and saponin.

5.     NEOGEN Code 9 UV defense

Code 9 UV defense is a non-sticky, water-based sun screen. This sun screen is colorless/light weighted so it is good to use under the make-up and capsulated moisturizers soothe your skin before the foundation or BB cream.

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About, Antioxidants

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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are the well-known enemy for your youthful skin. ╮(╯▽╰)╭ They are overly reactive molecules with oxygen in them, and they are made as byproducts of normal metabolism. ROS are considered as one of the primary cause of accelerated aging, and it is known that exposures to UV, pollution and stress increase the production of ROS. So we need to protect ourselves from ROS with antioxidants for a healthier life and agelessly glowing skin.

Actually, our body has plenty of defense mechanism against ROS such as SOD(superoxide dismutase),  CAT (catalase), and GPX (glutathione peroxidase). SOD removes superoxide that made through usual metabolism; CAT gets rid of peroxides and GPX deals with hydroxyl radicals. (I know, it’s a lot of chemistry, but don’t worry. I will reveal the beauty secret from the science of ROS, soon(^^).)

If they (SOD, CAT, GPX) were able to free us from the ROS, it would be graceful, but as we age, the secretion of those enzymes decreases. The bad news is ongoing UV, stress and pollution intensify the aging of our cells. But always good news comes after the bad news (Karma, huh?) We, human beings have identified many supplemental antioxidants, and they are widely available on the market. So masksheets.com prepares a list of products that contains excellent antioxidants for your dewy and radiant skin.

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1.Glutathione 
Glutathione is a well-known antioxidant, and it prevents cellular damage from free radicals and other ROSs. If it is used as a topical cosmetic, it also inhibits melanosynthesis (it means they block the creation of pigmentations on your skin) and promotes the skin brightening.
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Surmedic Bright-Glutathione Mask Sheet: Relatively new to the market. Glutathione and other antioxidants brighten your skin and help prevent other skin impurities.
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2.Vitamin C

Probably, everyone knows about Vitamin C’s antioxidant function. Vitamin C is relatively inexpensive (both orally taken tablets or cosmetics) but it is one of the most studied, proven and potent antioxidants.

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Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Hydro Nude Gel Mask: This hydrogel mask from the most popular sheet mask brand (Mediheal) in Korea contain Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin c derivative) makes your skin visibly radiant and moisturized in 20 min
3. Panax Ginseng Extract
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Red ginseng is a Korean specialty from long times ago. Recently, many researchers have proved red ginseng’s ability to reduce oxidative stress in the skin cells. If you are a k-beauty fan, it is worth to try cosmetics with ginseng extract in it.

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This cream used Panax ginseng water as base (meaning, they replaced water with ginseng water.) It contains a decent amount of moisturizing agent and niacinamide for brightening function.
Reference

 Matsuki, M; Watanabe, T; Ogasawara, A; Mikami, T; Matsumoto, T (2008). “Inhibitory mechanism of melanin synthesis by glutathione”. Yakugaku zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan 128 (8): 1203–7. doi:10.1248/yakushi.128.1203.

Prasad, Sahdeo; Srivastava, Smita; Singh, Madhulika; Shukla, Yogeshwer (2009). “Clastogenic Effects of Glyphosate in Bone Marrow Cells of Swiss Albino Mice”. Journal of Toxicology 2009: 1–6.

Ramesh T1, Kim SW, Hwang SY, Sohn SH, Yoo SK, Kim SK.(2012) “Panax ginseng reduces oxidative stress and restores antioxidant capacity in aged rats” Nutritional Res. 2012 Sep; 32(9):718-26. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.08.005.