[REVIEW] Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask (Before and After)
Price (use this link): 25$ (If you use my code: DEWILDE you can get up to 5% off on any YesStyle purchase at checkout)
Texture: Pudding with memory gel function
What you get: 90 ml
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol (Solvent + Humectant), Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan (Viscosity Control), Gellan Gum (Viscosity Control), Betaine (Moisturizer), Algin (Viscosity Control), Mannan (Plant sugar used for viscosity), Ceramide NP, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifying + Surfactant), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Viscosity Control + Emulsion stabilizer), Chlorphenesin (Preservative), Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), Centella Asiatica Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Adenosine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil♦️, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil♦️, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil♦️, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil♦️, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil♦️, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil♦️
Glycerine: Widely used as a quality Hydrator (occurs naturally in skin and its chemical structure attracts water). You can find this ingredient in most good skin-replenishing products.
Tocopheryl Acetate: Most commonly used form of Vitamin E (Most abundant antioxidant found in human skin, works as a photoprotective agent + Anti-inflammatory ). Popular culture suggests that it also helps in wound healing but this it not adequately backed up by research.
Niacinamide: Anti-aging (promotes collagen production and Ceramides synthesis) + Antioxidant (Against UV-induced photocarcinogenesis and photo immunosuppression) + Anti-inflammatory ( Possible reductions in total sebaceous creation of lipids, overproduction being one of the causes of acne)
Sodium Hyaluronate : Hydrating (water-binding properties) + Wound healing (promotes microcirculation)
Ceramide NP : ‘‘This lipid prevents the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin, from losing moisture. When people experience dry skin, it is because of a loss of ceramides in the skin, which can also cause itching, flaking, peeling, and scaling.’’
Arginine: Antioxidant + Hydrating (acts as a humectant (chemical structure attracts and entraps water molecules)) + Anti-aging (increases collagen production through different pathways)
Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract: Anti-Aging (Reduces production of enzymes that break down collagen) + Antioxidant (Scavenges free radicals)
Salicornia Herbacea Extract: Antioxidative + Inhibits tyrosinase (Melanin forming enzyme) so might be a potential skin whitening/brightening agent
Adenosine: Anti-aging (collagen stimulation pathway) + Wound healing (collagen stimulation pathway) + Anti-inflammatory (inhibits neutrophils, white blood cells part of the inflammation response)
♦️These oils are present in a lot of Klairs product, their main function is to make the product smell nice, but if you click on the links embedded in them, you’ll notice that some might have additional skin benefiting functions but their potential to sensitize is big:
Claims taken from Klair’s official website page for the Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask.
Claims on the ingredients:
Vitamin E prevents foreign substances from invading skin, softening properties, soothes inflammation, and even shields skin against sun damage: ‘‘Prevents foreign substances’’ would suggest that this ingredient has antimicrobial properties. These are not properties usually associated with Vitamin E, but a couple of studies suggest this possibility. It is important to note that these studies were both done in vitro (not in the human body), and not on skin cells [Studies: Antibacterial Effects of Vitamin E: in Vitro Study, In vitro comparison between α-tocopheryl acetate and α-tocopheryl phosphate against bacteria responsible of prosthetic and joint infections ]. This claim could be valid but is not well established; further data is needed to confirm it. As for any softening properties, they are usually obtained through exfoliation, Vitamin E is not an exfoliating substance, the only way it could soften your skin is if your skin was irritated and Vitamin E calmed down the irritation, but due to the presence of essential oils in this product, this is doubtful. The inflammation part is correct; as stated above, this ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties. The bit about the sun damage is wrongly phrased, it is almost as if Klairs suggest that Vitamin E has some sunscreen property - it does not. However, again as mentioned in the in-depth ingredient list, this substance acts as a photoprotective agent: due to its role as an antioxidant, it suppresses the free radical damage produced by UV exposure. However, the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask is not a substitute for sunscreen in any way.
Niacinamide great for those with oily, acne-prone skin as it works to suppress sebum secretion for a more balanced complexion, while also stabilizing vitamin C, making the vitamin E mask a superstar when used with vitamin C products: Alas! More extravagant claims. The only current study which associate Niacinamide and oily/acneic skin is this one: The effect of 2% niacinamide on facial sebum production. Moreover, it’s not even a study; it’s a clinical trial. It was made on two different ethnic groups: a Japanese and a USA caucasian one. In one (Japanese) they measured that ‘‘the sebum excretion rate (SER), i.e. the skin surface lipid flow of a previously cleaned area’’ was lower after 6 weeks of cream application. In the other (USA caucasian), the SER was not reduced, but ‘‘the casual level (CL), i.e. the skin surface lipid amount of a nonprotected area neither wiped nor washed’’ was reduced. The results are different, the mechanism which led to this reduction is not known, and the trial was not reproduced, so just like most claims made on Vitamin E above, this one does not have enough data to support it. As for Vitamin C and Niacinamide, this is when it gets really awkward. Most studies concerning the combination of these two ingredients actually worn against combining them, as each one has pretty potent properties and might be too much to handle for your skin. These studies are old (1960’s old) Nowadays, most dermatologists don’t have an issue if you use both ingredients in combination and sometimes even recommend it, but not if you have sensitive skin [Read: Can You Use Vitamin C and Niacinamide Together? or Can Niacinamide and Vitamin C Be Used Together?]. The point is: no, Niacinamide does not stabilize Vitamin C. The only way to claim such a thing is from the fact that Niacinamide is a pretty stable ingredient (It doesn’t oxidize when exposed to air/light unlike a lot of antioxidants such as Vitamin C). So logic could have followed that layering a stable ingredient atop a non-stable one could stabilize it, but again: NO DATA TO PROVE THAT!
Adenosine is found in every single one of our cells, to strengthen our skin by promoting collagen synthesis: Yes (Look! a nice straightforward claim that is 100% true, how refreshing). However, Adenosine is present in a pretty low concentration in this formula (It’s the last ingredient before all the perfuming oils), so its effects are debatable.
More general claims:
Powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in wound healing and regeneration, and effectively improves acne caused by oily skin: The main anti-inflammatory ingredients are the Vitamin E and Niacinamide, so I wouldn’t qualify it as ‘powerful’ in any way, the majority of the ingredients in the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream are anti-inflammatory, if you’re looking to combat irritation and inflammation, go with that product instead. For the wound-healing part, as stated above, Vitamin E wound healing properties are not backed up by any solid evidence, now there are some pretty nice antioxidant and wound-healing ingredients, the issue is there are also essential oils in the formula. It’s never a good idea to combine a wound with a perfuming oil - you may not have any adverse reaction, but I would not recommend you trying. As for the ‘acne’ part, this is false. There are no anti-acne ingredients; again, the presence of all the oils might worsen your acne. Check this post out instead:  Anti-Acne products that actually work + A Skincare routine.
Improve wrinkles (prevent signs of aging) skin regeneration: There is a good amount of antioxidants bound to prevent signs of aging in the long run. But for current wrinkles that you may have or any skin regeneration, this cream won’t do much except for perhaps plumping up some fine lines. For more potent anti-aging products check these out: AMPLE: N Peptide Shot Ampoule, or the SKIN&LAB Red Serum.
Locks in moisture for at least 8 hours: Yes, the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask is actually a pretty good moisturizer - if you appreciate the texture and feel of the product. Unless you live in an extremely dry climate, its moisture should be enough for your skin.
An overnight miracle of brighter, firmer, and more hydrated skin: As you might have guessed from all the things I’ve written above, this is not an overnight miracle product. There are a couple of brightening (inhibiting melanin - the skin’s pigment- activity), and hydrating ingredients, so yes, the result won’t be astounding but should be noticeable in the long run. As for firmer skin, try the Primera Wild Seed Firming Water instead, as I mentioned in that review, you need ingredients that target Elastin productions to achieve firmer skin - which this mask/cream does not have.
As you can see from the pictures, my skin reacted badly to this product and developed texture and acne. The acne bump you see in the ‘‘after 1 week picture’ is gone the next week because I tested out a new product on it (Will reveal the name when I finish testing it out). Otherwise it would have probably worsen over time as my skin did get gradually worse.
Now, I enjoyed the texture of this cream, but the product just didn’t work for me. I originally tried it for 2 weeks back in December 2019 (a beautiful year in retrospect), and I got a few pimples here and there. The pimples weren’t immediate and I liked the way my skin looked before I broke out. I wasn’t sure this was due to the product, so I stopped using it. I started using it again in early July, the same thing happened: my skin looked nice for about 2 weeks, and then I started breaking out (I was only using this product, so it’s pretty obvious who the culprit it). The product is either too occlusive for my skin, or the oils triggered my acne-prone skin to break out.
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask is an old product in K-beauty, back when people weren’t as intent on having non-irritating ingredients in their products. Now that the general feeling has changed, perhaps Klairs should look into reformulating this product just like it did with its toner (Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner). I know that everyone’s skin is different, and that a good portion of people that have tried this mask out have loved it. But this is a K-beauty favorite because it was one of the first of its kind and created when the world became obsessed with K-beauty. In our current day and time, with all the options available to us as consumers, I don’t think buying this product would be the smartest choice since it could badly react with your skin. Furthermore, some studies have suggested that you could become sensitized to a handful of ingredients in the long run. Due to your constant exposure to them, I’d recommend reading this blog post [Are Essential Oils in Skin Care? Harmful or Helpful?] by The Klog for more info. Personally I’m not entirely opposed to some essential oils, specially if they are present in very low concentrations, but this one has too many of them, in too ample quantity.
So would I recommend this cream to anyone? No. If you’re intent on trying it out regardless, at least maybe buy the smaller version and test it out before, if you eventually get acne: You’ve been warned. (Particularly: oily/acneic/sensitive skins beware)
Fun memory-gel function
Moisturizing enough for dry skin
Presence of Essential oils (potentially sensitising)
Extremely exaggerated claims
🍨Score: 1.0/5 --- If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you’d know how deep my hatred runs for exaggerated and inaccurate product claims, which is what this mask essentially represents. Which is why it gets such a low score. I usually adore Klairs product, but this one does not tick any box for me.