From Benton comes the freshest offering from their well-loved Aloe Line (which includes the Aloe BHA Skin Toner and Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel) : Benton's very own Aloe Mask Soothing Pack!
Benton is one of the fastest-growing, recognizable names in the Korean Skincare Industry. But did you know that behind the name comes an even more inspiring story?
Benton is actually derived from the name Benjamin Button (yes, that famous Brad Pitt movie that was also based on a novel!) And while the story can be quite sad, there is something about it that is probably etched in the minds of those who have seen the movie--and it is the fact that instead of growing older, Benjamin actually grows younger with the passage of time! And, honestly, who does not want to experience that?
Benton believes that restoring the skin's healthy and youthful condition is something that should be done in a safe, nutritive, and permanent manner--and not in a way that's just temporary, and even dangerous! And, with the addition of the Aloe Soothing Mask to the Aloe line, you just know you'll be treated to something good.
But how was it, actually? Well, read on, and find out!
The product claims to hydrate the skin in a non-greasy or tacky manner, which in turn would produce healthy water-oil balance, and provide just the perfect skin pH (5.5).
If you are confused about that, here's a simple explanation: healthy, normal skin should be a bit acidic (at least 5.5) for it to be able to retain moisture, and even fend off infection. These acids naturally come from the mixture of amino and lactic acids in the skin's sebaceous glands. With the help of this sheet mask, that acidic balance could be brought back to the skin!
This sheet mask also does not have any added fragrances, oil, or alcohol--a great feature since so many sheet masks actually have tons of alcohol in them!
Apart from that, the mask is meant to soothe heated or dry skin, and is also suit to be used for all seasons, and by all skin types.
The packaging is a simple, minimalist packaging in the shade of green--which often gives the impression that the mask would be soothing, or rejuvenating.
From the get-go, what made me really excited about this sheet mask is that it contains both aloe vera and green tea water / extracts, and if been following me for a while now, you would know that these are ingredients that I mostly gravitate to. And this is special bec it has both Aloe Vera Water, also known as a liquid elixir or miracle water that has skin healing properties; and Aloe Vera Extracts, which has great antioxidant and anti-bacterial capacities. In addition to that, aloe vera contains polysaccharides that naturally soothe and hydrate the skin. Meanwhile, the presence of Green Tea is important because it is able to rejuvenate the skin, and it give it that cool, fresh feeling. And, another essential ingredient that this product contains is Sodium PCA, which is a humectant (like hyaluronic acid!) that moisturizes and hydrates the skin, and keeps it healthy and glowing.
The mask also contains Beta-Glucan, which is getting popular in the beauty community now as it is also full of polysaccharides that can reduce irritation and redness, and also Cucumber Extract, that has always been known to soothe skin.
The mask had a nice fit, but it was a bit large in some areas, especially the eye area so fit was a bit awkward, too. However, it did stay in place once it was on the face--and it was really cooling, whether it's placed in the fridge prior to masking or not. (I tried this in two consecutive nights--first night, I placed it in the fridge; second night, I didn't) I found that to be soothing, and definitely helpful with the crazy shifting of weather here in the Philippines.
The fabric of the mask felt really light and thin--I was kinda scared I would break it (haha!).
The mask had a good amount of essence, but was not dripping wet--and that was nice, and not messy. The mask somehow hugged the face, too, but I think my currently annoyingly sensitive skin is not liking the fabric of the mask a lot bec there's a bit of that uncomfortable feeling while wearing it. It's not super uncomfortable, but there it is (at least in my experience. Your experience may be different--and that is okay!)
Anyway, I really appreciate that there is no tackiness after application, and the mask actually stayed wet throughout the whole application--so you wouldn't be irritated with the mask drying out so easily.
When you're done using the mask, you would feel as if you have washed your face with a cooling, refreshing kind of water--it truly is really hydrating!
The mask is also able to give your skin that nice, healthy plumpness that would definitely make you feel good, especially the following day! Of course, I used other products in my routine, too, but I do believe that this sheet mask helped--after all, sheet masks are filled with essence, and essence is created to help your skin absorb whatever you're putting on it even better!
I do think, though, that the more you use the mask, the better the effects get to be, and the more your skin will like it--I swear the effect of it now is even better from the first time that I have tried it.
Also, take note that this is not a tea tree mask that you can expect to just heal your pimples or anything of that sort, even though the mask is supposed to be "soothing"--my breakouts haven't really budged, but I didn't also expect that to happen, so that's alright.
All in all, I enjoyed using this sheet mask, and would definitely continue using more of it in the following days.
I do wish it had a bit of that nice, refreshing scent that most aloe / green tea masks have, though, but I also do appreciate that Benton thinks about how some people have scent-sensitivities--so not really a big deal.
(Review also posted on Instagram (@sparklesandnargles), and on my blog: http://www.sparkleandnargles.wordpress.com)
*This was provided to me for free by Benton in exchange for an honest review.