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When it comes to face masks, I’m a huge fan – whether they are clay masks, sheet masks, sleeping masks or wash-off masks. Treating myself to pamper sessions and letting my face absorb nourishing ingredients from good products have become integral to my skin care routine. This time, I tried two cica-enriched face masks to help hydrate and exfoliate my skin throughout this dry winter season. I put two products to the test: VT’s Cica Capsule Mask (a clay mask) and MIZON’s Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask (a sheet mask). For this trial, I skipped my usual face masks and only used these two masks for three to four days after my nighttime cleansing.
Continue reading to find out which of the two cica-enriched masks – VT’s Cica Capsule Mask or MIZON’s Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask – delivered better results.
What it is:
The clay mask’s formula is powered by VT’s patented ingredient CICALIO (containing centella asiatica extract and green propolis extract) and green tea powder, which help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells while soothing skin. Additionally, the product is made with kaolin clay to remove toxins and pollutants from skin and reduce pigmentation. Each set comes with six individually packed clay masks.
How to use: Apply it onto the face, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Before I dive into my experience using this clay mask, let’s talk about its great packaging. It’s no secret that packaging design influences one’s first impression of a product, and I wasinstantlyimpressed by the portable and compact design of the Cica Capsule Mask. This kind of packaging makes packing your skin care essentials less of a hassle when you go on trips. I brought some of these convenient masks along to my recent staycation!
Due to the packaging and the clay mask’s texture, this product reminded me of those small butter packets at restaurants. The only issue I encountered with the mask was that I couldn’t finish the product in one go, so instead of wasting it, I divided one pack into two uses or shared it with my sister.
I’ve always thought that clay masks leave skin dry and taut, but this mask proved me wrong! Texture-wise, it felt smooth and soft like butter. The formula has little bits of green pieces that I believe are cica extracts for exfoliating skin. I applied an even layer on my face and left it on for 15 minutes. I noticed a cooling sensation, which I found extra refreshing. To my surprise, the clay mask was easy to wash off with lukewarm water. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t notice immediate changes in my skin, but when I checked again the next morning, my face had a brightening glow and felt clean and baby-soft. Overall, my skin felt much smoother and my pores were less visible.
The capsule mask felt super moisturizing on my skin, and the whole process felt more like a wash-off mask than a clay mask. This experience reminded me of the time I used SOME BY MI’s Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask last year. Though the VT mask is enriched with cica while the SOME BY MI mask is infused with matcha, both delivered similar results – and this capsule mask is much gentler and more moisturizing!
VT’s Cica Capsule Mask is a failsafe option for those with oily and combination skin! After such a great experience, I might try out other capsule masks from VT, like the Progloss Capsule Mask Set and the D-6 Super Hyalon Capsule Mask Set.
What it is:
This ultra-thin sheet mask is made of 100% eco-friendly cellulose. The mask is drenched in a nourishing formula containing Cicaluronic Complex (made of centella asiatica and eight kinds of hyaluronic acid) to provide soothing and healing effects, while supplying long-lasting moisture and hydration to skin.
How to use: Apply the mask on cleansed skin and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
MIZON’s Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask is thinner than the usual sheet masks I use. Its size was just right for my face and adhered nicely like second skin. Unfortunately, I had a hard time putting the sheet mask on my face because of the essence’s slimy texture. After leaving the mask on for about 20 minutes, I took it off and my skin still felt super moist due to the overwhelming amount of essence on the mask. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for my skin to absorb the essence.
I only tried MIZON’s sheet mask two times, so I can’t tell whether it worked wonders on my skin. However, I can attest that the mask felt super soothing and moisturizing, which is something that any skin care enthusiast can appreciate. Since I have combination skin, I don’t see myself using this sheet mask on a regular basis as I find it too hydrating for my skin type. I strongly suggest those with drier skin types to add this sheet mask to their vanity!
So which mask – VT’s Cica Capsule Mask or MIZON’s Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask – delivered better results and earned a place in my bathroom cabinet? Both masks did a great job in keeping my skin plump and healthy, thanks to the cica and other moisture-retaining and skin-soothing ingredients in each product. In terms of texture, skin results and overall experience, I prefer VT’s Cica Capsule Mask over MIZON’s Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask. The Cica Capsule Mask was gentle yet moisturizing for my skin and it left a clean, soft and refreshing finish. I can rely on this clay mask if I need a skin-rejuvenating boost.
Although I didn’t have a pleasant experience with the Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask due to the excess amount of essence on the sheet mask, it still exceeded my expectations in terms of moisturizing effects. This mask actually delivers on its claims about hydrating benefits! Described as an “intense moisturizing” sheet mask, the Cicaluronic Water Fit Mask is soaked in a thick layer of serum, soit’s ideal for those in need of an intense hydration boost.
At the end of the day, clay masks and sheet masks each have their pros and cons, and many factors affect the masking experience, including the season and your skin type and skin concerns. Since I’ve managed to seamlessly integrate this duo into my nighttime routine, I recommend trying both masks if you’re looking to switch up your skin care routine!