Today’s the day!! That’s right, #audreys40af and I’m celebrating it with a new At Home Spa Day. I haven’t done a beauty product review in several months, I know. This is all the more reason why my birthday is a great opportunity to do so!
It should come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of K-Beauty products. Between the unique ingredients, the kitchy packaging, what’s not to love? When my girl, Jay of Afrogirl Shenanigans, returned from her recent trip to Korea (check out her blog for a recap), she gifted me some of these masks as a souvenir. An opportunity to try out and review K-Beauty products that came all the way from Korea?!? Hell yeah!
The Ekel Snail Ultra Hydrating Essence Mask is a revitalizing & soothing essence sheet mask. This super nourishing formula is designed to replenish your skin and enhance its elasticity. Before I get started with the review, I think I should get one thing out of the way.
Yes, snails. Snails. The slimy, things that those of you with gardens seek to destroy. Picture Spongebob’s pet, Gary. That’s what I’m talking about. Once you get over the initial “ick” factor of putting something snail-y on your face, the benefits are pretty kick ass!
- Snail Mucin Snail mucin firms and rejuvenates the skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration. This means that acne scars will fade, uneven complexion is smoothed, and hyperpigmentation is significantly reduced.
- Glycerin Excellent for those with dry skin, glycerin is a pro at attracting water. Glycerin not only attracts moisture, it seals in existing moisture. This results in an approved appearance of your skin.
- Collagen Extract An important building block for elasticity, collagen is known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This protein is also essential to firm sagging skin, and can even help even out your skin tone.
To prep my skin for the mask, I washed my face with Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Facial Cleanser. I’ve run out of my oil cleansing items, so I’ve been solely using the cleanser for a few weeks now. While I like this foaming cleanser a great deal, I enjoy it much better combined with a cleansing oil.
After my face was thoroughly cleansed and I ensured that I’ve rinsed all the remaining foam off, I gently pat dried my face with a towel.
Once the excess moisture was gone, I followed up with my go-to toner, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe. Saturating a cotton ball with the toner, I applied it to my face and neck.
Once the toner was thoroughly applied to my face, I eagerly opened up the sheet mask pack. This was my very first time using a sheet mask, and I was psyched to try them on for size.
When I first saw the mask, I had immediate Hannibal Lechter flashbacks. I found the mask to be quite thinner than I expected, and very, very, slimy. Yes, I should have expected a snail mask to be slimy. However, I didn’t.
As I laid the mask on my face, a single thought came in my mind. The sheet mask felt sooo cold to my skin. I imagine that during the summer, this mask would feel like bliss. In my Bed-Stuy apartment with no heat, though? It was a bit jarring. I smoothed the mask to my face and asked Siri to set a timer for 20 minutes. In that time, the furbabies either avoided me (Kai), or kept me under strict surveillance (Kajol). Only Oscar was business as usual, running over to see if the mask was something he could eat and/or destroy.
Twenty minutes came and went quite quickly, and returned to the bathroom to see the results. I don’t know why I was expected the mask to adhere to my face. Despite my trepidation, the mask peeled off quite effortlessly.
Once the mask was completely off, I gently rubbed the residual mask goo (what else would YOU call it) on my face. This ensures my skin gets all the TLC the mask could give it.
I immediately noticed that was skin looked and felt hella clean. Despite starting this procedure by washing my face, it felt like the mask got into places the foaming cleanser failed to go. My skin also was quite soft to the touch and I got quite a few compliments going out after using it. I am very proud of the fact that no one believes that I’m turning 40 today. I attribute this to the care I’ve given to my face. For my forties, I fully intend on being more diligent and consistent about it. This of course means that there will be plenty of At Home Spa Days in the future!
What did you think of my review of the Ekel Snail Ultra Hydrating Mask?!? Will YOU be trying it out during your next At Home Spa Day?!? Drop a comment telling me all about it!!!