Review (Dr. Morita): Intensive hydrating serum facial mask

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DR. MORITA Intensive hydrating serum facial mask

Dr. Morita Intensive hydrating serum facial mask (28g)

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  • An intense hydrating serum facial mask; using large, medium, and small hyaluronic acid molecules, and natural moisturising ingredients found on the skin (Sodium – PCA), which provides sustained and long moisturasation to the skin.
  • This mask also claims to lock the moisture within the skin, reducing water loss!

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  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin and helps our skin stay soft and 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!
  • Dimethicone: This ingredient is a silicone, and silicones work by forming a protective layer on top of our skin. This barrier limits the amount of water loss from our skin; however, there is a huge debate in the skin care industry about silicones. Does the barrier formed on top of our skin clog our pores? In summary, I personally don’t think so, but if you would like more information about this debate I wrote a tiny summary in another blog post.

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  • Phospholipids:  Are are found naturally within our skin, and helps in forming the barrier of our skin known as the ‘Bilayer’. When this bilayer is impaired, for example, from having dry skin, the result is a weakened skin barrier on our Stratum Corneum (the outer layer of our skin). A weakened barrier means more irritants entering the skin, and our skin not being able to retain as much moisture. As phospholipids are part of the skin’s barrier, they can be added into skincare products to help restore the Stratum Corneum. This helps the skin’s barrier to recover, and reduces waters loss from the skin!
  • Diethyl Carbonate:  An ingredient used to provide a protective ‘film’ over the skin, which binds water to the skin.
  • Sodium PCA: Similar to phospholipids, sodium PCA is another natural component found within our skin. In skincare, sodium PCA provides moisture to the skin and restores the skin’s moisture barrier. Sodium PCA is obtained naturally from plants and fruits.  A more in depth breakdown can be found in a blog post by The Naked Chemist.
  • Trehalose: Obtained from plants, and is used in skincare to provide moisture through binding water to the skin.
  • Niacinamide:  Is a Vitamin B3 derivative, and is a skin restoring and protective ingredient. Niacinamide has significant effects on ‘aging skin’, making it a popular ingredient in the beauty industry.  Niacinamide  can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, smooth the skin’s texture, lighten hyper pigmentation, treat inflammation, and improve the skin’s barrier. (Source A). I wrote another post of the effects Niacinamide on the skin, but I am just going to condense it for you guys. The main effect seen from Niacindamide is that it strengthens and improves the skin’s barrier.  Studies have found Niacinamide to;
  1. Increased the synthesis of Keratin through differentiation of keratinocytes within the skin. (Keratinocytes are one of the building blocks used in maintaining a healthy skin barrier).
  2. Stimulates CermaideCholesterol, & Fatty Acids (These are also building blocks that are needed in maintaining the skin’s barrier).
  3. Caused an increase in collagen synthesis.
  4. As a result from an improved skin barrier, Niacinamide caused less water loss in the skin.

(Only 2% was needed to show these functions).

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  • Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: Used in skincare to thicken a product’s texture, and to provide moisture to the skin. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene reinforces the skin’s moisture barrier, limiting the loss of water, which provides moisture to the skin.
  • Helianthus Annuus (sun flower) seed oil:   Sun flower oil is used as an emollient to prevent water loss within our skin. Additionally,  this type of oil is filled with fatty acids, and there is a new line of scientific evidence showing that sun flower seed oil has anti – inflammatory properties, and can be used to strengthen the skin’s barrier. (Source A & C)
  • Saccharide Isomerate: This ingredient binds water to our skin, and contains natural moisturising factors found in our skin (carbohydrates). This particular ingredient locks in moisture strongly topically on our skin, which provides long-lasting moisturasation.
  • Ceramides: Naturally occur within the outer layers of our skin, and they give structure to the skin. Additionally, they are also used by our skin to retain water.  Ceramides in skin care are especially great for individuals with dry skin. For example, lets examine our skin in winter. During this time, the temperate drops and along comes the cold and dry weather. The cold and dry air causes the water in our skin to evaporates more quickly, and this leaves our skin dry and possibly flakey. Studies have shown that this ‘dryness’ is actually due to deficits in our skin not being able to hold water. One possible reason of this is due to our impaired Ceramide levels in our stratum corneum (our outer layer of our skin!). Remember how I said Ceramides are important in retaining water? If this is impaired, then our skin will be dry because the barrier of our skin can’t retain any moisture. This is why we add Ceramides into our skincare routine; to replenish/repair the moisture barrier in our skin. Studies are also linking an impaired moisture barrier to the formation of acne, and treatments with Ceramide might be able to help individuals with acne prone skin.
  • Phytosphingosine: Another natural ingredient found within our skin, and binds water to our skin.
  • Cholesterol: Similar to ceramides, cholesterol is a part of the  skin’s barrier. By adding this ingredient in skin care products, this helps restore an impaired moisture barrier, limiting water loss from the skin.
  • Allantoin: This ingredient naturally occurs in our body, and can be extracted from plants, such as, 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.
  • Hydrolzyed Hylauronic Acid (hyaluronic acid)/ Sodium Hylaronate/ Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate: These are the different types hyaluronic acid, with Sodium Hylaronate having smaller molecules than Hydrolzyed Hylauronic Acid.  Due to the smaller molecules,  Sodium Hylaronate penetrates into the skin at a deeper level, than larger molecule hyaluronic acids. In essence, these ingredients can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and works best as a serum to penetrate deep into the skin.
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate: Is extracted from the Liquorice, and  has anti – inflammatory and anti – bacterial properties. This ingredient  stimulates melanin  production (which is essential in treating hyper-pigmentation), and therefore, has been linked to skin-lightening  products. Additionally, liquorice also consists of ‘Flavonoids‘ (this is the plant’s nutrients that make up the plant). Due to this, liquorice extract is filled with numerous amounts of antioxidants, and is perfect for keeping the skin healthy. I pulled this information from a closed journal, meaning the journal is not open to the public, but i have summarised the important bits about Glycyrrhiza Glabra ( Source C & D).

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  • Squalane (olive Squalene; Mildly Comedogenic):  This ingredient is  naturally found within our facial oils, and when applied topically onto our skin, Squalane is able to moisturise our skin, while also being a great source of antioxidants. Squalane is particularly great at these functions because it is able to penetrate deeply into our skin, and currently; these are the only known benefits of applying Squalane topically on our skin. However, research is currently being conducted on Squalane and its ability to  to treat scars, UV damage, and pigmentation (Source A & B).
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Mildly Comedogenic):  Is used in skin care as a cleansing agent.
  • Carbomer (Mildly Comedogenic): Used in skincare (normally in gel formulations) to thicken a product, and helps in turning gels from a solid into a liquid when distributed onto the face.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = There is a chance that this ingredient can clog your pores, but not as likely.

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” A face mask that provides long lasting moisture to the skin  “

Scent (5/5): Dr. Morita’s Intensive hydrating serum facial mask doesn’t have a scent.

Texture of the product(5/5):  The serum on this sheet mask is thick, but not ‘tacky’.

Application(5/5):  The application of Dr. Morita’s intensive hydrating serum facial mask is superb. Due to the thick nature of this mask, it applies on smoothly onto the skin and locks in moisture for long-lasting moisturasation. However, even though the texture of this mask is thick, it still gets absorbed into the skin.

Quality of product (5/5): This is hands down one of the best sheet masks for long-lasting moisturasation. Dr. Morita’s intensive hydrating serum facial mask is formulated with ingredients that forms a moisturising layer on top of the skin, reducing water-loss from the skin and biding water to the skin. Additionally, this sheet mask utilises a lot of ‘natural’ ingredients found within the human skin. Through the use of these ingredients, they restore and maintain the skin’s barrier; again, further reducing water-loss from the skin. Even though this mask uses these ingredients in low concentrations, the way this masks locks in moisture is heavily noticeable. Especially when awaking to wash your face with your morning cleanser, you can almost feel this moisturising layer glide off the skin.  I personally did not break out from using this mask, and I think using a hydrating serum prior the use of this mask is a smart decision. Overall, this mask is amazing for long-lasting moisturasation.

Verdict:

  • Dr. Morita’s intensive hydrating serum facial mask provides amazing long-lasting moisturasation by forming a moisturising layer on top of the skin.
  • This sheet mask locks in moisture to reduce water loss from the skin, and helps maintains the skin’s moisture barrier.

Recommended for:

  • Dry skin individuals will L-O-V-E this sheet mask, but this mask can be used by anyone whose skin needs some added moisture or TLC.

And as always, take care of your skin.

xo

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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.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

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