It’s been oppressively hot this week.
To help soothe my hot and bothered skin, I used this deliciously cooling Rice Paper Mask.
And it was exactly what my skin needed to be happy!
The mask is by Tony Moly, a South Korean cosmetics which recently just opened a store in Japantown, San Francisco.
I’m not all that crazy about asian beauty brands but I am a big fan of paper masks.
This was the first time I’ve used a mask made of rice paper.
Have you ever made Vietnamese fresh spring rolls before?
Well imagine that instead of using the rice paper to make spring rolls, you cut out holes for the eyes and the mouth, pour some milky goop on top and put it all over your face.
That’s essentially what you do with this mask.
The Rice Paper Mask Sheet “Nutrient” pack comes with the rice paper mask (upper and lower).
And a sachet of rice paper essence “nutrition.”
The essence is the milky goop that you pour onto the mask.
Once I put on the mask, it became this smooth, milky, gelatinous film that clung onto my skin.
Which felt quite bizarre and novel to me.
Really, you should try this mask just for its texture!
However, the scent was a bit off-putting. It smelled like… pantene shampoo?
It was all a bit messy, so some of the essence / goop got in my mouth.
And it tasted exactly how you would imagine pantene shampoo to taste like. Blech!
When looking at the ingredients list, a couple of things caught my eye:
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, and is used in skincare to improve the skin’s elasticity. It has been shown to “increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis (source).”
Sodium Hyaluronate is a common ingredient in skincare products. It is a natural humectant used for its water-binding properties, meaning that it helps the skin to absorb and retain moisture. The intense moisturization helps give the skin a plumper appearance and reinforce its capacity to defend against environmental assaults, though the improvement is only temporary (source).
Rice (Oriza Sativa) Extract is obviously the featured ingredient of this mask. Along with the other blend of grains (Rye, Barley, Buckwheat), the rice is supposed to be the “nutrient” ingredient in the milky essence. I’m not sure what “nutrient” means in this case. I don’t think my skin is “hungry.” But I do know that rice extract is soothing and moisturizing, and very good for sensitive skin.
In the end, it really boils down to how your skin looks and feels after using a mask, doesn’t it?
Well in this case, my skin looked super plump, dewy and glowy! It felt smooth and cool to the touch.
My skin looked remarkably healthy and radiant, even well onto the following day.
But more than anything else, I just loved the cooling and soothing sensation it left on my skin.
This was my skin’s perfect antidote for a hot blistering day.
I purchased this mask for $7.
And I would definitely be willing to purchase and try this mask again!