My fellow Beauty Lab guinea pig Maureen tried the Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid Jelly Mask from Annie’s Way a year ago based on its popularity and great customer feedback. Buoyed by her review, I decided it was time I experienced this bestselling Taiwanese beauty brand for myself, and picked the Q10 Anti-Aging Jelly Mask because one is never too young (or too old) to think about anti-aging.
One of the best things about the Annie’s Way Jelly Mask collection is that it comes in a very generous 250ml container. You don’t have to scrimp on application because the jelly itself is viscous so you don’t need to use copious amounts, making the jar last at least a month or two. And speaking of generosity, a minimum purchase of US$39 (or its equivalent in your currency) from Annie’s Way only this November gets you a full-sized jar – that’s 250 ml of jelly goodness, folks! – of the brand’s Snail Jelly Mask.
Dude Crush and Offspring approve of Jelly Man and Jellies
From Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”
CoQ10: Cue Smoother, Younger-Looking Skin
Q10 is also known as CoEnzyme Q10 (Q stands for quinone), and is an oil-soluble, vitamin-like substance. The levels of Q10 in our body decrease as we age. This results in the body producing less collagen and elastin, which are respectively responsible for skin firming and elasticity.
Aside from the all-important CoQ10, the Anti-Aging Jelly Mask also includes hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E (a known anti-oxidant), plus peony root extracts and lecithin. I’m pleased about the hyaluronic acid inclusion because its moisture-boosting ability will prevent my skin from sebum production overdrive as the weather gets cooler.
Looks good enough for dessert!
Give Me the Jellies!
There’s plenty of customer feedback attesting to just how good the gelatinous texture of the mask feels on the skin, and I have to agree. I stored mine in the fridge for a few days and when I finally applied it on my skin, I could swear my pores audibly sighed in contentment.
The tub comes with a free spatula and I highly recommend using it to spread the mask on your face in order to use every precious glob. Putting the jelly on my freshly cleansed and toned face made me want to lick it because it actually smelled like a real, citrus-flavored gelatin dessert.
The texture also boosts the staying power of the mask on the skin. There were no annoying runny flows or drips on my clothes for the entire 30 minutes that the jelly was on my face. In fact, save for the cool sensation and smell, I totally forgot that I was wearing the mask and probably would have scared the kids who were trick-or-treating outside my door.
The Great (E)Scrape
While the instructions say the mask should be scraped off using the spatula, I was actually quite hesitant to do this. Scraping means I have to apply some force to remove the jelly from my face. I used the spatula on my chin to see how much strength was needed to remove the mask and this resulted in some red marks on my skin. There were no visible wounds or scratches, but who knows? As a precaution, I decided to simply rinse off the rest with warm water, making sure to do some extra but still gentle rubbing along the hairline.
Results were immediately visible: My skin was brighter, pores were smaller and the apples of my cheeks actually looked firm and smooth. I couldn’t stop smiling stupidly in the mirror just so I could admire the difference.
My hand prior to the mask application (top right). Skin looks less dry and brighter (lower right). Photos have not been retouched at all.
The next morning, even after washing, toning and completing the rest of my skincare regimen the night before, my face still looked fresh and less shiny, and my skin remained smooth. I’ve used the jelly mask three more times (twice a week is the recommended application) and I have to say it gets even better the more I use it. Hello, new skin BFF!
The Annie’s Way Q10 Anti-Aging Jelly Mask currently retails for US$18.62 for a 250ml tub.