No matter how much time you spend on your skincare, it seems your pores still need a little one-on-one time sometimes. That's how my skin is, anyway. My pores just rebel after a while and need a little deep cleaning to be whipped back into shape for a while. I'm a big fan of carbonated masks, and was excited to try this new one from Tosowoong.
The Tosowoong Aqua TokTok CO2 Fresh Mask is a two-piece, carbonated mask that comes in two pieces - well, maybe three? The gel essence is separated from the mask pieces themselves. With this particular mask, you apply the gel - infused with glacial water, niacinamide, and propolis - then apply the mask pieces.
Ingredients: Step 1: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Alginate, Beta-glucan, Propolis Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Glacier Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Lippia Citriodora Flower Extract, Carbonated Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Step 2: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cellulose Gum, Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Onsen-Sui, Water.
Starting out, you'll open the bottom portion of the mask packet, and squeeze out the gel.
The gel is clear in color, with a sweet herbal scent.
It's slightly cooling, but has no real feeling on it's own - that's where the mask pieces come in.
For the second step you'll open the main portion of the mask and remove two pieces of mask - one small forehead piece and one larger piece to cover the lower portion of your face. The mask has a plastic coating on one side, and a special infused paper on the other to allow it to react with the gel. Make sure you look over the pieces thoroughly to ensure you are placing the "paper" against the gel.
When you apply the mask pieces correctly, you'll instantly feel the gel bubbling against your skin - this may cause a stinging sensation, and may be painful for those with sensitive skin. This bubbling action is what deep cleans your pores, as well as brightening and firming your skin with the mixture of ingredients included in the gel.
This mask, however, has a terrible fit - and the paper does not sit against the skin, because the plastic backing makes it too stiff. In order for this mask to bubble at all, I had to hold it against my skin with my hands, and I have less hand than face, so it didn't work very well.
Unfortunately this mask didn't work out for me, at all. The mask pieces didn't stay put, and were very uncomfortable to wear. In the short amount of time the mask was on my skin I did experience a nice brightening effect, but this mask is not comfortable or effective enough to be worth the hassle.
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