Previously, I wrote about the pros and cons of peel-off face masks. I was intrigued by the Cool Night Peel Off Mask from CHICA Y CHICO so I decided to try it out! This multi-tasking mask claims to cool down skin, remove excess oil and blackheads, tighten pores and evens out the complexion. All these benefits make it ideal for summer!
What Types of Skin Should Use Peel-Off Masks?
If you look at the ingredient list on the product’s YesStyle page, polyvinyl alcohol and alcohol denat are listed as the second and third ingredients in the mix after water. Alcohol denat is denatured alcohol, and apart from being an emollient, preservative, antiseptic and astringent, its main purpose is to quicken the drying process of the mask and cool the skin down.
Alcohol is often present in peel-off masks, and can be irritating or drying. Always follow a peel-off mask with a moisturizing toner, especially if you already have dry skin. Sensitive skin can also suffer from using these masks. Peel-off masks are strong exfoliators and may tug on skin. However, those who suffer from oiliness or enlarged pores will reap the most benefits.
A Coolant for Your Skin
One of the biggest selling points of CHICA Y CHICO Cool Night Peel Off Mask is that it can be used as an after-sun care. I’m not sure if I’ll use it on sunburnt skin (you’ll know why as you read on), but it’s definitely a good way to chill skin and remove pore-cloggers after a hot, sweaty day. The mask contains five different types of mint – peppermint, spearmint, cornmint, false apple mint and balm mint – that provide a refreshing sensation. There’s also added green tea, aloe and centella extracts to soothe the skin. In terms of its color, a couple of colorings and titanium dioxide contribute to the mask’s minty hue. The thick, glue-like texture is due to cellulose and xanthan gum.
Now, let’s try it out!
Gooey like mozzarella cheese!
Looks Cool, Too
I really like the cool packaging, which features a palm leaf print against a metallic ombré depicting a balmy tropical sunset. The product comes in a tube and I think it should include a spatula or brush as the gooey mask dries really quickly and it can be hard to create an even layer with just your hands. It’s always a good practice to keep your spatula or brush from your other purchases to accommodate situations like these!
Dries Fast, Sticks Strong
The mask has a minty smell, very much like toothpaste. It’s quite difficult to spread, with the first dab already drying as soon as you’ve moved on to other areas of your face. Luckily, you don’t need to apply a thick layer since it adheres so well and peels off so thoroughly. I wouldn’t even bother spreading it too evenly because: (1) it may tug on your skin when you try to spread it, and (2) it dries fast and sticks well anyway.
Unlike My Scheming’s Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set, which takes around 45 minutes to dry, this mask usually requires around 10 minutes before I can peel it off. The peeling process is downright satisfying – it comes off as one single patch, leaving barely a scrap. The only drawback is that it adheres so well that it can hurt your skin if you don’t peel it off slowly and gently. That’s why I’ll never use it on sunburnt skin, not to mention any wounds. I usually finish by wiping my face with a cotton pad soaked in my favorite toner, Mentholatum’s Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Moist).
Before (left) and after (right). Skin looks matte after use.
The peeled mask looks like a deflated balloon.
The mask leaves skin sebum free, while also mildly cleansing away blackheads and whiteheads. It also plucks out some facial hair so the complexion can look smoother and brighter. I love how it dries so quickly and peels off so thoroughly – and it’s so cooling! I usually use it after a day of heavy makeup so my skin will feel squeaky clean afterwards.
At US$11.90 per 100ml, I think it’s worth investing in. Since you’ll only need to use it 1-2 times a week, one tube should last you a couple of months or even the whole summer!