Review: Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask Snail Smoothing & Firming

Day 5 of the 12 part series covering the 0.2mm Therapy Air line.

Best for: Dry and Acne-prone Skin

Data repeated from previous reviews will be in Italics.  This is the first mask in the series I’ve encountered that doesn’t contain drying alcohols.

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 thin, milky serum that absorbs very quickly and leaves the skin feeling moisturized when it’s dry. The mask has a light herbal scent common to the other masks. This is my favorite mask so far.

Like with others in the series, the mask starts off moist and then the cooling sensation sets in (probably from the eucalyptus).


Ingredients:
water, dipropylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, methyl propanediol, sorbitan stearate, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, snail secretion filtrate (2,500 PPM), sorbitan sesquiolate, arginine, acrylate/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, hydroxyethylcellulose, sucrose cocoate, coptis japonica root extract, ginger root extract, camella snensis leaf extract, licorice root extract, adenosine, dehydroacetic acid, dipottasium glycyrrhzate, disodium EDTa, boswella serrata gum, sodium hyaluronate, hydrogenated lechitin, phytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, eucalyptus oil, ceramide NP, centella asiatica extract, citrus noblis (Mandarin) orange oil, lavender oil, pnus pallustirs oil, junperus mexcana oil, lemon fruit extract


Smoothening and Firming

What? CosDNA, caprylic/capric triglyceride isn’t a fragrance. Paula’s Choice sums it up very well “Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener, but its chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin.”

But on to the main ingredient, snail! Snail is a cult favorite Korean skincare ingredient that’s commonly recommended for acne-prone skin. A quick search found more studies about the texture and fine line-reduction benefits of snail which is in line with the mask’s flavor text.

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

Liu, Lucy. “Snails and Skin Care-An Uncovered Combination.” JAMA Dermatology, American Medical Association, 1 July 2017, jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2642949?redirect.

Fabi, S G, et al. “The Effects of Filtrate of the Secretion of the Cryptomphalus Aspersa on Photoaged Skin.” Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : JDD., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2013, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23652894.

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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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Review: Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask Strawberry Brightening and Revitalizing

Day 3 of the 15 part series covering the 0.2mm Air Therapy line.

Best for: Dry Skin

Data repeated from previous reviews will be in Italics. Today I realized that 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:

EtudeHouse0.2Strawberry

This mask has a runny, clear gel serum that absorbs very quickly and not tacky. My first impression of the smell was “strawberry daiquiri” IMO it would be pleasant if the scent were not very faint. There is still a lingering medicinal / eucalyptus scent.

Like with others in the series, the mask starts off moist and then the cooling sensation sets in (probably from the eucalyptus). This mask seemed to retain moisture better than the Camellia mask reviewed yesterday, I think it’s because it has more humectants.


Ingredients:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, MethylPropanediol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Butylene Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Fragara Choloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pinus Palustris Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ceramide Np

 


Brightening and Revitalizing

The additional Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Urea, and Allantoin sets this mask apart from the series so far. The Niacinamide imparts brightening and anti-acne effects while the Urea and Allantoin are both additional humectants.

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) has been shown to have a slew of skin benefits including anti-acne, dark spots, and anti-aging. It’s a very common ingredient in skincare because of all the benefits, but I see a lot of people in skincare groups who can’t use it at all so spot test with another niacinamide product if you suspect you may have this issue.

Urea is a humectant and apparently hydroxyethyl urea is a moisturizing ingredient commonly used in oil-free moisturizers.

Allantoin is another common skincare ingredient that is “listed in the FDA over-the-counter monograph as a safe and effective skin protectant.”

 

Gotta have it now? Get them for ~$1.60 each on Amazon* usually masksheets.com has good prices but for some reason couldn’t find that in stock there today.

Sources

Bissett, Donald L., et al. “Niacinamide: A B Vitamin That Improves Aging Facial Skin Appearance.” Dermatologic Surgery, vol. 31, 2006, pp. 860–866., doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31732.

Shalita, A R, et al. “Topical Nicotinamide Compared with Clindamycin Gel in the Treatment of Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris.” International Journal of Dermatology., U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 1995, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7657446.

Navarrete-Solís, Josefina, et al. Dermatology Research and Practice, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2011, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3142702/.

TANG, W., and B. BHUSHAN. “Friction, Adhesion and Durability and Influence of Humidity on Adhesion and Surface Charging of Skin and Various Skin Creams Using Atomic Force Microscopy.” Journal of Microscopy, Wiley/Blackwell (10.1111), 19 Jan. 2010, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2009.03362.x.

Thornfeldt, Carl. “Cosmeceuticals Containing Herbs: Fact, Fiction, and Future.”Dermatologic Surgery, Wiley/Blackwell (10.1111), 21 Mar. 2006, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31734.

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Deal Alert: Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Mask Sheet 26 Combo Packs + Sheet Mask Tips for Beginners

My favorite budget sheet mask series, Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Mask Sheet*, has hit an all-time record low on Amazon at $0.50 per mask for the 26 Red and Green Combo pack (totaling $12.95 USD). Amazon has different combo pack sizes, but I’ve found that the 26-pack is the most economical.

I’m currently working a 12 day mask review series of another budget line, Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air. To be honest, even though Etude House has a higher MSRP it’s pretty close to call. Purchasing from Amazon is also much more convenient considering you don’t need to wait for a 60% off flash sale, wait 2+ weeks for shipping, and then meet a $60 USD minimum to get free shipping.

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Quick Review:

Reputable, mid-quality budget sheet mask, suitable for daily use. Each mask has 0.2% hydrolyzed collagen and a certain percentage of the featured ingredient. I highly recommend this set for people new to sheet masking, see review for the different “flavors” / combo packs below. Cautions: Negative reviews from others complain that the sheet mask is less saturated / wet than other brands, and I also agree that they tend to fit short on the forehead.

Testimonial: These were the first sheet masks I used when I started my skincare journey. Within 2 weeks of daily use I was able to eliminate my crows feet at 30 years old, with emphasis on daily use. The masks honestly aren’t particularly special it was the practice of using them daily that made the difference, but they’re affordable and hydrating. One common complaint from people who don’t use sheet masks often is that the effects are temporary, but from my experiences once your results are obtained you can keep them for at least up to a week or two.

How To Use (for sheet mask beginners): On a clean face after toner apply the sheet mask and leave on for 20-30 mins. To apply the sheet mask, lay flat and tap the bag to make sure that all the sheet mask has absorbed all the essence. Squeeze out any extra essence from the bag and apply to the body (I recommend the neck and chest). After the 20-30 mins are up squeeze out excess serum from the mask and use on the body (I do arms and legs this time). It is not recommended to leave the mask on longer than 30 mins because the cotton begins to absorb moisture from your skin. Some skincare enthusiasts like to save the essence but I strongly do not recommend. Sheet mask essence is not formulated to last after it’s open. If you absolutely insist on this method store the extra essence in the fridge and use within 24 hours.

Ingredients Overview:

water, glycerin, butylene glycol, hydrolized collagen, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, portulaca oleracea extract, beta-glucan, panthenol, tocopherylacetate, polysorbate 80, disodium edta, xanthan gum, perfume, methylparaben. .23 G / sheet contain more essence. Hydrolyzed collagen 0.2 %.

Check each package for its exact ingredient list, but this is a good overview of the ingredients. The mask contains several humectants: glycerin, butylene glycol, hydrolized collagen, and aloe juice. Humectants work by pulling water from the air into your skin.

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Red & Green Combo Pack – Skin Elasticity, Soothing*
This is my favorite combo pack of the three, because I think this pack has the best featured ingredient lineup. Most of the featured ingredients are antioxidant and plant based, with the exception of Q10, Collagen, and sodium hyaluronate (alleged to be anti-aging) and red sea cucumber and bird’s nest (exotic Asian medicinal ingredients).

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Green & Yellow Combo Pack – Skin Soothing, Nourishing*
This combo pack is fun but some people really have a problem with the horse oil sheet mask (yes, it is what you think unfortunately). Otherwise Platinum and Gold really aren’t proven to have any benefits to the skin.

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Yellow & Red Combo Pack – Skin Nourishing, Elasticity*
Same as the Green and Yellow combo pack, I’m just not a fan of the gold and platinum sheet masks. This pack also contains the horse oil sheet mask that people are adverse to.

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Review: Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy Camellia Lifting & Skin Radiance

Day 2 of the 15 part series covering the 0.2mm Air Therapy line.

Best for: Aging skin

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:

0.2Camellia

The mask has a good amount of thick, gel serum similar to the kind found in hydrogel masks. The fragrance is very faint, slightly floral but with a stronger ginger / eucalyptus scent. The mask starts off moist and then the cooling sensation sets in (probably from the eucalyptus). And finally, if you leave it on too long you’ll know. I didn’t time myself today and I started getting that “moisture is being sucked away from my skin” feeling. Most other sheet masks you can tell they’re getting “not as moist” but this is my first experience with a mask that has felt drying when left on for less 45 mins. (I assume I left it on around 30, I don’t time myself strictly but I almost always do 20-30 mins)


Ingredients:
Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Xylitol, Alcohol, 1,2-hexanediol, Carbomer, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Sucrose Palmitate, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ethylexylglycerin, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Edta, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (100ppm), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Pinus Palustris Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavander) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil

While tracking down the cosdna link for this mask I came across another review (it’s always nice to have a second opinion, right?). Unlike that reviewer I felt the serum absorbs well and wasn’t particularly tacky when dry.


Lifting and Radiance

Camellia Japonica (Tsubaki) Oil has been shown to prevent Trans-epidermal Water Loss and to promote collagen production. Compared to the previously reviewed Argan mask, this mask also contains Adenosine, an anti-aging ingredient.

Licorice Root Extract has been shown to have a brightening effect on the skin, but it appears to be a common ingredient across this mask series. I didn’t see anything that stood out in regards to radiance in this mask flavor.

Jung, E., Lee, J., Baek, J., Jung, K., Lee, J., Huh, S., Kim, S., Koh, J., Park, D., 2007. Effect of
Camellia japonica oil on human type I procollagen production and skin barrier
function. J. Ethnopharmacol. 112, 127–131.