Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your week has been swell. It’s been busy in this household right now with weddings, graduations (I have a highschooler now!) and packing for our vacation. But in between all of that, I’ve got a #SampleSunday post for you! Today I’ll be delving into the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. This is a fairly classic K-beauty staple and a lot of people have a lot of positive things to say about it. In this review I’ll talk a bit about what it is, what the ingredients are and how I felt the product performed.
So what exactly is the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off? According to SkinFood this mask contains “…organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourish skin for a smooth, clean complexion.” That’s not a whole lot of info, so I went to check out info from other retailers. Most other retailers added some floofy language, but essentially say the same thing. This mask is an exfoliating mask that you layer on dry skin and let sit for 10-15 minutes and gently massage off with water.
With that bit said, let’s take a look at the ingredients and then see if we can see what we have going on. Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, Butylparaben, BHT, Fragrance, Caramel
As you can see, sucrose, or table sugar is the first ingredient listed. This is very apparent in the product itself. The product also contains quite a few emollient and moisturizing ingredients and I’ll delve into that once we talk more about how to use the product. Additionally, shea butter is a great ingredient, not only to moisturize, but it doesn’t clog pores and is a good ingredient for those with skin irritation issues. You can also see this formula contains meadowfoam seed oil, which is a skin softener and can help lock moisture in the skin. Lastly, yes, this product does contain parabens. I’m sure I could dedicate a whole post to parabens in the future, but this is something you must do your research on and make a personal choice.
Let’s talk about the experience of the product now. Below is a close-up of the scrub itself:
As you can see, the color of the scrub is brown in color and similar to that of caramel. Also, the sugar granules are noticeable. The sugar itself feels fairly refined and less coarse than thicker sugar body scrubs. I don’t find the sugar to be too rough for my seasonally sensitive skin, but I would say that if you’re particularly sensitive to physical exfoliants, you may to focus more on the mask part of this and less on the scrub part.
Now let’s talk about my use of the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. I’ve tried a few physical exfoliators in my time and I personally feel this is a rather gentle scrub. I would highly suggest this over any seed-based exfoliators. As far as the mask part, I find that when I use this, my skin feels soft, dry skin, which I get a ton of near my brows, is gone and my skin looks beaming. While the glow only lasts for a couple of days, its still worth it to use before a big day.
As far as cost, let’s break down the cost per ounce. The SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off retails for $10 for 3.5oz of product. That comes down to roughly $2.86 per ounce of product. The only product that I have tried that is similar is the Fresh Sugar Face Polish, which comes in two sizes $25 for a 1oz ($25/oz) and $62 (~$14.10/4.4oz). The Fresh scrub has more ingredients, but performs the same: massage on the face, wait up to 10 minutes and wash off.
My personal thought? I love the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off! My skin is dull and dehydrated skin, so this perks it right up. When I was using this, I was using it once to twice a week. Recently, I caved and bought the full size. I wrote that like it broke my bank, but it certainly didn’t! 😉