It’s been a while since I’ve used a jelly mask. I like them a lot – they give a sensational cooling effect without being too oily – which I feel most cream-based masks are. They’re just perfect for the summer. My only concern is that the package is often too large, so I never get to finish the whole thing before it expires.
The fact that Annie’s Way’s Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is a bestseller on YesStyle reignited my interest in jelly masks. The brand has a great reputation for its deliciously natural ingredients, including aloe, lavender, honey, caviar, grape seed, seaweed, marigold, green tea and red wine – even snail secretion(!).
Hyaluronic acid and arbutin may not sound as natural as most of the above ingredients, but the truth is that hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, while arbutin is extracted from bearberry plants. Both are renowned for their moisturizing and whitening effects, making this jelly mask ideal for my extremely sensitive, dry and acne-riddled skin.
I applied the mask after washing my face and applying toner. I used the Annie’s Way spatula to apply the mask. The package mentions that the spatula has to be purchased independently, but right now YesStyle includes a free spatula as part of a promotion. I applied one tablespoon of the colorless and odorless jelly with the spatula, which was enough to cover my entire face. The suggested thickness is 3mm to 5mm. I was a bit more generous with the portion, since the 250ml jar will last for at least ten applications and the price is reasonable at US$21.90.
The jelly was non-sticky and very soothing. It also absorbed quickly into my skin. In 30 minutes most of the jelly had already dried out, forming a thin layer of colorless coating on my face. Instead of using the spatula to scrape off the jelly, I decided that it might be even more effective to rub it off with my fingers. As I pressed my fingers on my face, I could already feel my skin getting smoother.
After washing away all the jelly, I could see white little spots around my chin – these were, in fact, the whiteheads that I’d always wanted to get rid of. Thanks to the jelly mask, they were now so soft that it was easy to expel them.
Not only did my skin look and feel smoother, it was less sensitive as well. In fact, when I did my makeup the next day I realized my foundation actually blended in a lot better! The whitening effect was there though it wasn’t very obvious after the first trial. Rome wasn’t built in one day, and I’m looking forward to seeing the long-term results from continued use of this jelly mask.
The only drawback is that my face became a bit dry after I used the mask a few more times, so I’d recommend applying a paper mask after the jelly mask if possible. There’s a wide range of sumptuous paper masks available from Annie’s Way. Now I can’t wait to put them all into my shopping bag!