Wow, what a name, right? And try as I might, I could hardly find any information about the company. I.Skin? I.Skin Focus? As far as I can tell, it appears to originate from Hong Kong, and has both Japanese and Chinese languages on the package. Where did I even get this? I don’t remember. I think it came as a sample from somewhere. But I digress.
Lately I’ve been breaking out like mad on my forehead and chin. This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, it’s a sure sign that ~Ultimate Lovely Girl Time of Hormone Adventures~ is drawing near. Yay. Anyway, I desperately need something to help knock down these blemishes, and some oil control to boot? Don’t mind if I do.
Since I can’t find shit about I.Skin, I did a little research on Ascorbic Acid.
Ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin required by the body that we do not synthesize ourselves, unlike most mammals. Our source of Vitamin C is plants, particularly fruits.
Topical ascorbic acid is beneficial for skin because it is a crucial step in the biosynthesis of collagen, which gives the skin its firmness.
Topical vitamin C performs three different functions in skin metabolism: as an antioxidant, as an inhibitor of melanin, and as a stimulator of collagen synthesis. As an antioxidant, vitamin C prevents or suppresses the development of skin cancer caused by UVA and UVB exposure. As a melanin inhibitor, vitamin C helps to lighten the skin. And by stimulating collagen synthesis, vitamin C accelerates skin firming and helps to prevent fine lines.
Applied topically, l-ascorbic acid:
Improves the appearance of skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles and protects and lessens the effects of sunburns. It also protects the skin from free-radical attack, and prevents skin cell damage due to ultraviolet radiation Once L-Ascorbic acid penetrates the skin, it stays there for up to 72 hours. This means that a properly formulated topical vitamin-C product can have a long lasting effect in the skin.
Fast acting, results can be seen in just a few days or weeks of use. Improvement in skin texture and skin tone is easily noticeable after several days of use. Depressed scars may take several months to be normalized.
This mask has an interesting scent. Not offensive, not pleasant. Just an in-betweener. Slightly medicinal, slightly organic. I don’t even know. You only need to wear this for 20-30 minutes. I left it on for about 40 minutes, or at least until it felt pretty dry or I woke up… word of advice, don’t wear these masks in bed at night when you’re very sleepy. They are soothing, cooling, and relaxing. You will sleep.
This mask fit in a mediocre fashion. The nose part of these NEVER fits properly which makes me sad. I also wish it had more undereye coverage. Width-wise, it was too large for my face and started going into my hair.
Did it get the job done? Not really. My blemishes were still there the next morning, and my face was even a bit oilier than usual. I mean, I wasn’t expecting a miracle by using this one time. But come on, I.Skin. Come on. I guess I kind of find all of these masks to be the same, result-wise. Moisturizing but not much else. That doesn’t stop me from trying them all out, though…
Pros: Really awesome if you want to take a nap.
Cons: Didn’t have much effect.
Final Verdict: Would I buy again? Probably not, because it didn’t do much for me. Also because I don’t know anything about the company and that pisses me off. You can find this for $100/3 pieces (what???) on eBay, but I recommend you don’t do that. Try BonjourHK, where you can find the same quantity for ~$4 USD and roughly $10 shipping to the States (varies by country).
Remember to check back next week for a review and giveaway sponsored by Léonie Skincare!