Review (Welcos Kwailnara): JeJu Natural Green Tea Mask

The Skin Care

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Welcos Kwailnara: JeJu Natural Green Tea Mask (20ml)

Claims

  • Uses Green Tea extracts to provide deep moisture to the skin.

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The Formulation

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Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG – 60 Hydrogenate Caster Oil, Carbomer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2 – Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Camellia Siensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Onsen – Sui, Opuntia Ficus – Indica Stem Extract, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

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The ‘Irritants’/ Comedogenic

  • Carbomer (Mildly Comedogenic): Used in skincare (normally in gel formulations) to thicken a product, and can help in turning gels from a solid into a liquid when distributed onto the face.
  • Triethanolamine (Mildly Comedogenic): This ingredient aims to be a PH adjuster for your skin. However, studies have shown that Triethanolamine can cause allergic reactions, and as such this ingredient is normally flagged in a lot of skin care databases. Additionally, this ingredient has been linked as a toxin towards the human skin/immune system & respiratory system. Fret not, as this is only for high dosages (concentration of more than 5%), but in order for skincare products to have this ingredient, the concentration is limited to 0.5%.  This ingredient is normally (but not always) found in discontinuous (brief) use products like face masks.
  • Butylene Glycol (Mildly Comedogenic):  This ingredient stops the product from drying out,  and enhances skin penetration to other ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a possible acne trigger if applied in its pure form. Numerous studies have been conducted on this ingredient, and have deemed it appropriate to be used in cosmetics/skincare.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.

rose-1093513_960_720 Highly Comedogenic = A strong chance that this ingredient will clog your pores.

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The ‘Stars

  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated
  • Allantoin: This ingredient naturally occurs in our body, and can be extracted from plants, e.g. Chamomile. In skincare it is used for its ability to soothe and moisturise the skin. Additionally,  Allantoin can help in healing acne scares without causing irritation. Since Allantoin is found naturally within our body, it poses a lessor risk of skin irritation than other ingredients.
  • Camellia Japonica Flower Extract: This flower extract has similar results to that of the Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract. The extracts from this type of leaf is used in skin care for it’s strong antioxidant properties.  Additionally, a recent study has suggested anti-aging properties from the Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract. The study explains that under extreme oxidative stress from the environment (from UV Rays, smoke, heat exposure) our body over produces Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).  ROS is a natural byproduct produced by our body and they have an important role in cell communication, but too much of it can be damaging to the cell structures. Results from this study showed that Camellia Japonica Leaf extract can reduce the oxidative stress experienced in our body’s, and thus limits the over production of ROS. As a result, with the reduction of ROS ‘floating’ in our body’s, they are no longer able to damage our cell structures.  Additionally, another study also found that Camellia Japonica Flower Extract has strong antioxidants properties by increasing the scavenging actives of ROS, and contains numerous amounts of antioxidant enzymes. If you are still unclear of what I mean look at this image. This image shows that the Camellia Japonica Flower Extract has antioxidant enzymes (SOD + CAT + GPx), and these antioxidant enzyme increases the scavenging ( to remove) activity ROS in our body. Since this enzymes are ‘removing’ the ROS in our body, then we have less of these floating around in our body (Remember too much of ROS can be damaging to our cell structure?).  This overall produces a strong antioxidant effect from the Camellia Japonica Flower Extract. 
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: This ingredient refers to the leafs of green tea, and is one of the most researched antioxidants in skincare, however,  keep in mind that green tea does not have the most potent antioxidant activity. Nonetheless, the most prominent consensus from applying Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract on your skin are it’s  anti – inflammatory and  water binding  properties. A study showed an increase in moisture on the skin after prolonged use of green tea extracts applied topically on the skin (6% green tea extract used). While  other studies have reported anti – aging effects, anti – bacterial, and anti- acne effects (reduces sebum production with only 3% green tea extract used).  Moreover, a recent study on animals found the topical application of green tea extract on an open wound showed an increase in collagen cells,  a decrease in inflammatory cells, and a reduction in scar tissue. Even though this study is not tested on humans just yet, this study is possibly lighting the way into a new use of green tea extracts for humans. Can this ingredient be used for wound healing/lesions on our skin? Other uses for this ingredient is noted here.
  • Opuntia Ficus – Indica Stem Extract: An extract obtained from the ‘Prickly Pear’ plant, and is used in skincare for it’s suggested function of promoting Ceramide synthesis, and for it’s antioxidant properties.

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Product Review

” A heavily perfumed sheet mask, that uses flower extracts to nourish the skin” 

Scent (2/5):  When opened from the packaging this face mask has a heavy perfume scent. Once applied to the face the scent of the sheet mask lingers, but not as strong.

Texture of the product(4/5):  The texture of the serum in this sheet mask is on the same consistency as a thick ampule. You do get a substantial amount of product in the sheet mask, and after application the sheet mask does not leave a noticeable sticky/tacky residue (there is some residue left over, but it does not disturb your skin care routine. Gently tap the excess serum into the face).

Application(3/5):  This sheet mask is quite large in size, and I found it to fit on my face perfectly. This face mask can also last a solid 30 minutes on your face, before the face mask becomes damp (but not dry). There is a slight tingling sensation when this mask is on your face, but nothing too strong.

Quality of product (4/5): I first want to address that if you haven’t tried any of the ‘famous’ My Beauty Diary Masks (MBD), then the Welcos Kwailnara JeJu (WKJ) Natural Mask collection is a few steps down (not in a bad way). In my personal opinion from trying both types of sheet masks, the MDB diary uses a a heavy mixture of fruit and flower extracts to nourish the skin, while the WKJ sheet masks emphasises the use of flower extracts.  Keep in mind the use of the flower extracts for the WKJ sheet masks are low on the ingredients list, which I personally don’t mind given the low price point of the sheet mask.

Since the price point is low, having a mixture of glycerin and flower extract is a bonus for the WKJ sheet mask. Anyone who has used the MBD masks know that they can easily stay on your face for a good hour (and still have serum dripping off), while the WKJ can stay comfortably on your face for around 30 minutes. Furthermore, the WKJ masks claims to apply deep moisture into the skin. From examining the ingredients and my personal experience with this sheet mask, I am not sure if this sheet mask applies ‘deep’ moisture, but it certainly does leave the face moisturised.

If anyone is looking for a good affordable sheet masks, this series of sheet masks is defiantly a strong contender. Just as a side note, I want to say that this sheet mask is not a ‘dupe’ for the MDB sheet masks, but maybe consider it being their younger sheet mask sibling.

Overall Performance/ Effects:

  • Moisturised my skin
  • Contains a decent amount of flower extracts for the low price point
  • The residue left over after application is not noticeably sticky/tacky (there is some residue left over, but it does not disturb your skin care routine. Gently tap the excess serum into the face).
  • The mask can last around 30 minutes on your face before it becomes damp (not dry)
  • Has a strong perfume scent, which still lingers during application
  • This sheet mask  (even with the strong fragrance) did not irritate my skin, or my acne
  • There is a slight tingling sensation when I put the mask on my face
  • Based on the ingredients and my performance of this sheet mask, it is a lower end version of the My Beauty Diary series. (Note: This mask is not a dupe for MDB,  but maybe their younger sheet mask sibling).
  • An overall solid sheet mask for the extremely low price point

Duration of wear: 2/1/2017 – 9/1/2017

Repurchase: Yes, I defiantly want to try more of the sheet masks in this series !

Overall rating: 3.25/5

Price:  $6 AUS ( pack of 6), coming to $1 per sheet mask.

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Disclaimer:

All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products, nor do i have affiliate links. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

Cosmetic ingredients information was accessed from public domains (unless referenced in-text). More detailed information can be found on:TruthInAgingPaula’s Choice

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