Review (Innisfree): Real Quinoa Mask

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The Skin Care

Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask Application

Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask (100ml)

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  • Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask is a dense and nutritious wash-off pack that restores elasticity and moisturise the skin

 

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WATER, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) BRAN, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, CELLULOSE, ALCOHOL, BETAINE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, CARBOMER, TROMETHAMINE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SALVIA HISPANICA SEED EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM,PROPANEDIOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, SACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PULLULAN, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS LEAF/NUT/STEM OIL, LITSEA CUBEBA FRUIT OIL, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, CITRUS MEDICA VULGARIS PEEL OIL, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (NUTMEG) KERNEL OIL, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT OIL, THYMUS VULGARIS (THYME) FLOWER/LEAF OIL, MENTHA VIRIDIS (SPEARMINT) LEAF OIL, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL

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  • Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil: This type of oil is derived from olives, and is mainly used in skin care products as an emollient to prevent water loss on the skin and for its antioxidant properties.  Since olive oil seems like such an amazing ingredient, can we slather this common kitchen oil on our face? When applied in its raw form olive oil can be nourishing to our dry areas, however, olive oil takes longer to absorb into our skin. During this time the olive oil that is on your face can attract tiny substances, like dirt. These substances can adhere to the face, and  thus potentially clogging you’re pores. To avoid this risk olive oil is normally mixed in with other ingredients, and from this, you obtain the benefits of olive oil without the potential risk of it clogging your pores. Interestingly, a recent study comparing olive oil & sun flower oil, found that olive oil weakens the skin’s barrier ( Source A ).
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  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran: An amazing ingredient! Avena Sativa helps protect, soothe, reduce flakes, and has anti inflammatory properties.
  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft an 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. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!
  • Betaine: The main functions of Betaine are its anti – irritant and humectant properties. Since Betaine is a humectant, it is able to retain a superior amounts of moisture for the skin, making it more ‘plump’ and temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract: Oddly, I couldn’t find any information on Quinoa being applied topically onto the skin. Most studies and information about Quinoa comes from it being consumed. However, I did read a single sentence (somewhere on the internet) that the Quinao seed extract does help with dehydrated skin…?  Sadly to say, I don’t think the Quinao seed extract being applied topically onto the skin actually does anything. However, Quinoa seed extract does contain a chunk of antioxidants, so I suppose its not completely useless.
  • Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract: In skincare, the chia seed extract (and oil) is used for it’s rich antioxidants, and its ability to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (keeping your skin hydrated). Chia seed extract also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, which has been shown to reduce the signs of photoaging (aging that has occurred from sun rays).
  • Centella Asiatica Extract: This ingredient is derived the Centalla Asiatcia herb, and is jam packed with antioxidants. Preclinical studies  (these are studies that aren’t just ready to be conducted on humans just yet)  and clinical studies (tested on humans) have shown Centella Asiatica Extract to have numerous benefits when applied topically on the skin. This ingredient can stimulate collagen, inhibit the inflammatory process, and increase the proliferation of cells ( create more cells) at open wounds, and thus has implications on open acne wounds. Even at just 5% of this extract, Centella Asiatica Extract can increase the moisture content of the human skin (Source B & C).

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” An underwhelming and heavily scented wash of mask, that provides minimal moisture”

Scent (2/5):  The scent of the Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask is one of the most pungent scents I have ever smelled in a skincare product. Personally, I think the scent smells like a combination of dirt/ spice/ and something fermented. If you’re into earthy scents, then this product might just be up your ally. Also, the scent of this mask did not fade throughout the application.

Texture of the product(3/5):  The texture of the Innisfree Quinoa Mask in the tub packaging is very bouncy & ‘squishy’. When scooped out, tiny little flakes are present in the formulation (these are pieces of the Quinoa), which I think is their to help provide a gentle exfoliation. I am not sure about you guys/girls, but I don’t think I have ever seen flakes to provide any form of exfoliation (they look like tiny pieces of wet flat paper).

Application(2/5):  The application of this Innisfree wash of mask is pretty standard. It goes on smoothly, dries within 30 minutes, and washes off easily.

Quality of product (2/5):   I personally think that the only reason to wear a wash off mask is for the convince it provides. You wear it, and carry out with your daily activities at home, while the mask stays on your face for an additional source of moisture & nourishment. A wash of mask should not dry up on your face within 30 minutes. I have so many leave on masks (Skinfood, Natio, L’occitane), and none of them dried out on my face like this Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask (worn for 30 minutes).

Pushing through the scent and the mask drying out, this is a very underwhelming wash off mask. This mask did not provide enough moisture, nor did I see any effects from trying this mask. Additionally, the scent of this mask is a major deal breaker for me. I have other skin care products that can help soothe my skin, while not having a pungent scent.

Overall Performance/ Effects

  • Has some calming properties to soothe acne
  • The scent is a strong pungent earthy smell
  • Dried up on my face within 30 minutes
  • Little moisturasation
  • No exfoliation observed from the Quinoa flakes ( these flakes remind me of tiny pieces of wet shredded paper)
  • A very underwhelming wash of mask

Repurchase: No

Overall rating:  2.25/5

Price:  $16 AUS

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Disclaimer:

All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products. 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.

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6 thoughts on “Review (Innisfree): Real Quinoa Mask

  1. Are there any products from Innisfree that you would recommend? I have only tried their small mask capsules which I thought were so-so. Recently, another blogger friend told me that Innisfree skincare products have some really strong smells which is also a deal-breaker for me too, but I wouldn’t have thought it’d be for all of them?

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    1. That’s true! A lot of the Innisfree skincare products are really heavily scented, which is also a deal breaker for me. I find I only turn to Innissfree for their clay masks. In the Western market/drug store, I find a lot of the clay masks to be really drying and stripping, but the clay masks offered by Innisfree are pretty gentle and effective.

      Looking back on my skincare from Innisfree, it’s mostly been their clay and sheet masks I have continued to repurchase. I have tried a few serums and creams here and there, but sadly none of them so far seem that captivating )-:

      Btw, loved your ‘The Ordinary’ post!

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      1. Thank you! Have you tried any The Ordinary product? They are really good and I would recommend them so I’m happy that you took interest in my post. 🙂

        Ah I see. I am going to Hong Kong in February and if I come across the Innisfree shop, I will probably get some of their sheet masks and their Volcano Jeju range or Green Tea range. They’re the only ones I’m interested in but provided that they have testers, maybe I can decide if they are a deal breaker or not then!

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      2. I have tried some The Ordinary products! So far I think the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is great if you have oily skin; I found the product to really help with controlling my oils. I also like the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%, but I am tossing up if I should repurchase due to the price and the small size of the product. Lastly, I have also purchased the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. I think this skincare product has a great concept behind it, but the thick consistency just doesn’t agree with my oily skin )-: Have you heard anything about the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution? It’s next on my list to try!

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      3. I agree with what you said on all the products. MAP 10% does make an excellent choice though for travel. I would say it’s in the ‘maybe repurchase’ for me.

        No – I have bought it though but it’s been sitting there for months! (I have about 3 different toners open at the moment and 2 chemical exfoliants.) I have heard it’s a very good dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic though. 🙂 I imagine I won’t be trying it until I’ve used up 2 of my toners (which is soon!).

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