[REVIEW] Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask (Before and After)
Cosrx is a brand that I absolutely fell in love with when I was living in South Korea for a month. I bought all of their products around 2 years ago, and now that I have this blog, I should probably start reviewing a few of them. Honey always seems like a good idea so let’s start with this mask.
Cruelty-free : yes
Texture: Gooey but not very sticky
What you get: 60ml
Ingredients: Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beeswax, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine
Propolis Extract (87.26%): Antimicrobial + Antiviral + Antifungal + Antioxidant + Antitumor + Anti-inflammatory + Wound healing
Arginine: Antioxidant + Hydrating (acts as a humectant (chemical structure attracts and entraps water molecules)) + Anti-aging (increases collagen production through different pathways)
Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract: Similar structure and effects of Hyaluronic Acid. Combined with Glycerin (like in this formulation), it works to lock in the water and moisture that glycerin attracts.
Sodium Hyaluronate : Hydrating (water binding properties) + Wound healing (promotes micro circulation)
Beeswax: Wound healing + Anti-inflammatory + Antimicrobial
Allantoin: Moisturizing ( Emollient: provides a layer of protection to help prevent water loss)
Adenosine: Anti-aging (collagen stimulation pathway) + Wound healing (collagen stimulation pathway) + Anti-inflammatory (inhibits neutrophils, white blood cells part of the inflammation response)
1) As a sleeping mask
As the last step of the skincare routine, apply an adequate amount to the entire face.
2) As a wash off mask
Apply a generous amount and spread out evenly. After about 15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water or wipe off with toner.
3) As a cream
After the last step of your skin care routine, apply as a cream.
I would not recommend using this as wash off mask, I did and I think it’s a waste of time and kind of counterproductive. The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Mask is designed for being used overnight, washing it off doesn’t make any sense. You could alternatively use this as a cream but do keep in mind that although it does get absorbed, and your skin won’t anywhere near as shiny as mine on the above picture, it will still feel a bit sticky.
Wishtrend (Where I bought the mask from) has this stated as the claim: ‘‘designed to soothe, calm and moisturize the skin overnight. It can be used as an overnight mask, wash-off mask, or even as a cream.’’, However, on COSRX’s website they only state the following: ‘‘this mask provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.’’ So this is what I will be discussing instead.
Intensive Hydration: When I try out overnight masks that claim to be very hydrating or moisturizing I tend to not use any ingredients with them. Which means that when I tried this one out, I only washed my face, and then applied the Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask and went to sleep. I didn’t even really layer it on, I used it as I would use any moisturizer and I woke up with a very plump and hydrated face. Considering I only used one product, and that my skin was originally a bit dry (I’m on my period and my skin gets dried and weird when It’s that time of the month), and my lips were a bit crusty, intensive hydration is a very true claim that this mask achieves.
Refreshing Moisture: This overnight mask has an acidic/herbal smell that I don’t really like, so I wouldn’t qualify it as a refreshing experience, but it has obviously provided moisture. I don’t feel like I would run and apply it if I had a burn, I would rather use the I’m From Honey Mask if I need a refreshing experience.
A big plus with this product is that it did not irritate my small zits in any way, I woke up with them being the same size and color, and although some of the ingredients are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, this isn’t a mask for treating acne, but rather, something you can use if you have acneic skin and you need some hydration and moisture, because it probably won’t trigger more inflammation (in my case, and logically, from the ingredients). But you should always try it out in a small area before you use it all over if you have this particular type of skin.
This is the second honey mask product I review, the first being the I’m From Honey Mask, and I did mention in that one’s review that I wouldn’t recommend it for people with oily skin because it was too much of an intense hydration/moisture and might end up breaking your skin out if you’re oily. However, for the Cosrx mask, I would definitely recommend it for any skin type (again if you have very sensitive skin or acneic skin, try it out on a small area of your skin first), and I’ve read a lot of reviews from people with oily skin and most seem extremely satisfied with it.
A reminder from my last post:
If you have oily skin, it’s because you’re overproducing sebum (which moisturizes your skin, essentially trapping what is inside of it), and usually this is due to an oil imbalance, you might be using harsh products, have broken your skin barrier, or have a hormonal imbalance, either way, usually the consensus is that you should still hydrate/moisturize your skin to help stabilize your skin.
As always, overnight masks are an add-on to an already well established routine, you don’t need this is you feel like youre skin is perfectly well moisturized and hydrated, plus, you would be better off using a serum than a mask if you still want to add an extra layer of moisture/hydration. However, if you have dry skin, or oily skin that you still need to moisturize/hydrate, or if you like being extra and trying out products like me, then yes, I would recommend this.
Provides intensive hydration and moisture
Probably won’t make you break out
Works well without the help of other products
Tube type of mask, so it’s more hygienic because you don’t keep digging your finger into it
Doesn’t leave a film residue (unlike a lot of honey-based masks)
Good price/product ratio
I don’t like its smell
Score: 3.5/5 --- This is a good product and does a great job at what it claims it should be doing. But its smell puts me off and I don’t really have dry skin, and there are overnight masks products that I like more, so this isn’t a holy grail for me.
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