Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sulwhasoo Clear Mask (설화수 옥용팩)

So in a recent haul from Sasa, I got my first product from Sulwhasoo - Clear Mask (설화수 옥용팩) for $34.10. Why did I get it? It is a brand under Amore Pacific which makes my current addiction: Laneige.

From the little pamphlet inside the box:

Product Features:
Sulwhasoo Clear Mask is made from finely powdered Polygonatum Officinale, one of nature's most nutritive infredients. Herbal ingredients such as extracts from Portulaca Oleracea, Lonicera Japonica and Honey as well as JaEumDan and JaEumBoWeeDan have been added to give an even, soft and silky texture to the skin. While drawing out deep dwelling impurities, those herbal ingredients penetrate deep into the skin for a smooth, refined and healthy glowing skin.

[Deep JaEum provides extra moisture to the skin.]
Korean Herbal Medicine Theory asserts that women who lack "Yin" energy will have the symptoms of skin dryness. When skin becomes dry, it will lose its clarity and elasticity, which is considered to be the major cause of skin trouble and aging. JaEum, which provides essential cure for skin dryness, is the fundamental element in achieving skin beauty. After continuous years of research, Sulwhasoo, having used JaEumDan as a cure for symptoms of skin dryness, has also developed JaEumBoWeeDan to enhance the effectiveness of JaEumDan. With JaEumDan and JaEumBoWeeDan, symptoms of skin dryness can now be treated at a more fundamental level.

What is JaEumDan?
JaEumDan is a group of five herbal medicine ingredients -Polygonatum Officinale, Nelumbo Nucifera, Paeonia Lactiflora, Rehmannia Glutinosa and Lilium Tigrinum - carefully selected to treat dry skin dryness.

What is JaEumBoWeeDan?
JaEumBoWeeDan is a scientifically proven group of five herbal ingredients - Chrysanthemum Morifolium, Lonicera Japonica, Coix Lacrymajobi, Prunus Armeniaca and Equisetum Arvense - which enhance the effectiveness of JaEumDan.

[Healthier skin with enhanced blood circulation.]
Active circulation in the skin is considered very important in Korean herbal medicine. This is because the effectiveness of herbal medicine depends on how well it can be absorbed into the skin and circulated. With significantly enhanced skin penetration coming from advanced research, and fortified cosmetic methods, Sulwhasoo provides greater brightness and nutrition to the skin.

[Deep skin relaxation provides brightness to the skin.]
Scents strongly affect the state of one's soul. A relaxed mind enhances circulation in the skin. Unique scent of Korean herbal medicine will comfort you and provide relaxation to both body and soul.

Fresh out of the tube! (When the smell is the strongest!!) on the back of my left hand.
Spread out...See all the black specks? Herbal Medicine.
Dried. Ready to peel.
Not cleanly peeled but see the difference? The skin around that test area is kinda dry and shiny... The test patch is now so so soft and smooth.

The smell of the mask is exactly like herbal medicine. I do not like the smell at all but it is bearable because I did drink herbal medicine while growing up. As the mask dried, I no longer noticed the scent. After peeling it off my face, my skin felt soft, smooth, and appeared to be a little brighter. I felt so clean. :D (Yes, the pictures above are of my hand but I also did my face.)

I have only tried 1 other peel off mask before and it is the Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract and that was years ago so I don't even remember how well it worked. So, yes, I would buy this again. I would have to give this item a 4/5 just because of the smell. It is great if you can stand the herbal scent.