Review: Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask Pearl Bright Complexion

Day 4 of the 12 part series covering the 0.2mm Therapy Air line.

Best for: Dry Skin

Data repeated from previous reviews will be in Italics. I’ve been using minimal other skincare while doing these reviews to see if the high alcohol content actually made a difference to my face. Mornings are foam cleanse, moisturizer, sunscreen and evenings are double cleanse, 0.2mm Therapy Air and moisturizer. I just passed out last night with evening skincare at all so maybe that contributed to it but… I thought I was pilling on my nose yesterday but this morning it was noticeable that it was peeling instead (probably from dryness). I think my skin is slowly approaching dehydration again but I’ll continue to ruin my face for science. It also makes me wonder if the humectants in the strawberry mask just weren’t enough to offset the alcohol.

The 0.2 mm refers to the mask thickness. The mask fit is hands down the best thing about this mask, but the thinness might explain the feelings of dryness once the time is up. Or maybe it’s the alcohol.

I have to admit even though there are more irritating ingredients it’s just more comfortable on the face than my other recommended budget sheet mask line Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Mask Sheet.

Across most of the line alcohol is going to be high on the ingredients list and the mask fit is going to be the same. I tend to have a longer forehead for most masks but this one fits me well, the eye holes are a little closer together than most masks.


First Impressions:

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This mask has a runny, clear watery serum that absorbs very quickly and not tacky. It seemed to be thinner than the strawberry serum. The mask smells like alcohol mild herbal notes.

Like with others in the series, the mask starts off moist and then the cooling sensation sets in (probably from the eucalyptus). This mask has a very similar ingredients list to the strawberry mask.


Ingredients:
water, dipropylene glycol, methylpropanediol, niacinamide, alcohol, glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea, biosacchardie gum-1, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, pearl extract (2,500 PPM), arginine, hydroxyethylcellulose, allantoin, acrylates/C-10-30 alkyl acrylate, crossspolymer, glycyrrhza glabra (licorice) root extract, copts japonica root extract, ginger root extract, camella snenss leaf extract, dehydroacetic acid, sodium hyaluronate, disodium EDTA, dipottasium glyceyrrhzate, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, polyglyceryl-10 myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, boswella serata gum, hydrogenated lechitin, betaglucan, geranium maculatum oil, citrus limon fruit extract, rosmarnus officinalis leaf oil, citrus paradsi peel oil, tea tree oil, phytosteryl/octyldodecyl laroyl glutamate, ceramide NP


Complexion Brightening

Like the strawberry mask, the pearl mask contains beneficial skin ingredients Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Urea, and Allantoin . The Niacinamide imparts brightening and anti-acne effects while the Urea and Allantoin are both additional humectants. Check out the Strawberry Air Therapy mask review for more information and references.

Not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting to find any evidence that pearl extract is beneficial to the skin. It turns out I’m only partially wrong. Pearl extract has been shown to promote collagen III, wound healing, and support the extracellular matrix, but take it with a grain of salt. Even though the study has no conflicts of interest the experiments weren’t performed on humans. It’s better than no evidence at all though.

 

Gotta have it now? Cosmetic-love is running a promotion: get the 15-mask set for $8.06 excluding shipping* after an extra 5% off with promocode NEWSETSHOP05. Or get a combo pack for ~$1.00 each on Amazon* usually masksheets.com has good prices but for some reason they carry individual masks in this line above MSRP.

Sources

Li, Yi-Chen, et al. “Pearl Extract Enhances the Migratory Ability of Fibroblasts in a Wound Healing Model.” Pharmaceutical Biology, vol. 51, no. 3, 2012, pp. 289–297., doi:10.3109/13880209.2012.721130.

Dai, Jian-Ping, et al. “Effects of Pearl Powder Extract and Its Fractions on Fibroblast Function Relevant to Wound Repair.” Taylor&Francis Online, Pharmaceutical Biology, 23 May 2008, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/13880200903046211.

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