Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Kose Seikisho Mask White

Product Information:
  • Peel-off black whitening pack eliminates causes of dull complexion to maintain pure white clarity.
  • Continually delivers active ingredients deep into keratin layer, while simultaneously removing keratotic plugs (comedos), melanin and old keratin that contribute to dark pores.
  • Formulated with black nano-powder that readily disperses on skin, adhering tightly as if bonding with the skin, thanks to excellent film-forming power. Fast-drying too.
  • Enriched with five Japanese and Chinese herbal extracts, including wormwood extract and goldthread extract - the first Seikisho product to incorporate these wholesome natural ingredients.
  • Soothing floral fragrance enhances therapeutic effect. (source: kose website)
I find that this mask is not very effective in removing blackheads (comedones) for me. If I am lucky I see a few being pulled out, but it is usually not more than 5. What I usually see after pulling this mask off it some whitish stuff, which are dead skin flakes, which will also be removed by other scrubs. I also see fine facial hair pulled off, but I do wonder if it is a good thing or not. Do be careful not to apply the mask near your eyes of lips area as the pulling action will induce fine lines/ wrinkles!
I sometimes find it messy to deal with the blackish mask especially if it drips but it is not a big matter. If you are getting this mask to try removing blackheads, I think it does not work well enough. The whitening effects of this mask is minimal and if any, I would attribute it to the exfoliating effect of the mask after it pulls off your surface dead skin. You will get the same results using a normal scrub. You can experiment by using a scrub only on one hand and you will find it fairer than the other. The whitening/brightening effect is minimal and a whitening mask can do a better job.

I very much prefer Kose Sekisho Exfoliating Massage Gel than this Mask White. I like that the Exfoliating Massage Gel has a warming property that would not only open up the pores to aid exfoliation of dirt and sebum, it the heat also promotes blood circulation for a radiant complexion. The gel turns from black to gray to indicate enough scrubbing and this prevents excessive scrubbing of the skin. The gel acts like a cushion so the exfoliating beads does not feel harsh to the skin. There is also no waiting time involved, unlike Mask White where I have to wait at least 15 mins for the mask to dry. 

I would purchase Kose Exfoliating Massage Gel instead of Mask White, but there are many people out there who love the latter. I suggest trying out the two products at the counter and seeing which you prefer.

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