A kind colleague bought this face mask for me and urged me to give it a try as she had noticed the poor condition of my skin during eczema flare-ups. I was initially hesitant to use it during the worst period of my flare-up, but once my skin had calmed down as much as I could possibly hope for, I decided to give it a go even though I was very nervous.
First off, I’ve not heard of this skincare brand before. A quick Googling told me that the brand apparently is from Japan but made in Taiwan. The packaging looked really good though, natural looking brown paper and simple pictures. Very zen-like indeed. Not like the kawaii-type packaging favored by Japanese or Korean skincare brands.
When I opened the packet, what immediately struck me was how very ‘wet’ the mask was. It was thoroughly soaked in essence and the mask also felt of a thick and good quality, especially for a throwaway mask. So far so good.
If I had a single gripe about this mask it would be the close placement of the cut-outs for the eyes, nose and mouth. Not everyone has a small face with eyes, nose and mouth closely set together. Because of the closeness, it was a stretch to get the mask placed properly and even then I didn’t feel that it fit my nose area properly (yes, I have a rather prominent nose) and I had to drag the eye area down slightly to accommodate my nose.
The mask went on smoothly enough and I loved the icy-cold feeling against my skin that I immediately got. Predictably enough, after about 2 minutes in, my sensitive skin began tingling, but only at the areas where I still had a bit of eczema flareup. The tingling sensation was only mild and I continued to enjoy the mask for about 20 mins (which was longer than the prescribed 10 – 15 mins). Even then, the mask was still wet enough for me to rub the essence all over my neck and decolletage area and even my arms.
My skin definitely looked brighter and refreshed and it had an immediate smoothing effect on pores. I still had redness on the eczema affected areas of my face, but it did look slightly calmer and better hydrated.
All in, I’m quite liking this Lingzhi face mask and would definitely repurchase in the near future.
Kitoko Kalani face masks retail for SGD 3.90 and can be purchased online at www.kitokokalani.com.
Description : Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, also known as ‘Lingzhi’. It has the most active polysaccharides among medicinal plant sources, which is crucial in the body’s ability to heal wounds and produce the ground substances of normal tissues. Lingzhi contains ergosterols, complete proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, helps to regenerate skin, leaving skin nourished & radiant. Lingzhi is a high source of polypeptides, it has the capabilities to penetrate deep into the epidermis to revitalize the skin cells, nourish the skin’s subcutaneous tissues, and promote blood circulation. Added with soothing Aloe Vera Extract, restores skin moisture and alleviates reactive skin. Helps reveal a youthful-looking, nourished, and radiant complexion.
Directions : Remove makeup and cleanse skin thoroughly, smooth mask on face, leave on for 10 to 15 mins. Remove mask and gently massage to enhance better absorption.
Ingredients : Water, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract (&) Propylene Glycol (&) Water, Glycosyl Trehalose/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.