Perhaps it’s age, stress or poor drinking (I mean water!) habit, my skin feels dehydrated more frequently lately. I slapped on more creams but that didn’t help much. In fact, I started breaking out, especially when I’m nearing towards the end of my cycle. After much reading up, dehydrated skin needs to replenish water, not oil.
I’m not sure about you. I like peep into people’s shopping basket. Example, when I see a well-dressed lady in a shoe shop, I’ll check out what shoes she is trying on; or a youthful-looking mom at the skincare counter, I’ll peep what’s she buying. Well, that was the case with this sleeping mask. I know I sound like a stalker but really, sometimes it gets you to try new things!
To be frank, Bio-essence never really caught my eyes. That’s because every time I see their commercials or events, it feels like they are targeting mature skin (Sorry, Bio-essence!).
Bio-essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask claims to rehydrate the skin. You can either use it as an overnight mask or light-weight moisturiser. The texture is gel-like with a matte finish. It reminds me of silicone-based makeup primer. Not surprised though, silicone is the 4th on the ingredient list.
Like most products that claims to rehydrate skin, the key ingredients are water and hyaluronic acid. This mask, upon application, what seems like water droplets formed on the surface! I don’t remember other similar products do that. I’m not sure if it’s a gimmicky *chemical reaction that makes you think it’s water and it’s hydrating your skin, or it’s actually water droplets there.
Hyaluronic acid is like a sponge. It absorbs water, hydrates the skin, making it looks plumped up and healthy. Bigger molecules will stay on the top layer of your skin, the smaller ones will penetrates deeper into the skin layers. Well, that’s what I understand. That’s why some of the rehydration products will mention that their products contain hyaluronic acid of different sized molecules in their marketing materials. With the presence of hyaluronic acid, you need water to fulfill its job. When the water in the product is inefficient or evaporated, hyaluronic acid takes water from other sources, example, our surrounding or from the deeper layer of the skin. That’s why some people experience dryness with hyaluronic acid. That, again, my understanding from reading up websites.
That brings me to how I use this product. I only use this either as a moisturiser or sleeping mask at night when I know I’m not going to spend the next few hours in air-conditioned environment. Some websites suggested to use a cream on top of rehydrating products to seal the water in. That, I wouldn’t recommend with this sleeping mask because of the silicone ingredient.
The last time I tried a sleeping mask was probably 10 years ago or more. I disliked the sticky feeling that I had to sleep in with. This Hydra Tri-Action Sleeping Mask feels very light on the skin despite I really do slap and pile it on. It’s not sticky or glossy, hence I can put it on right after bath and walk around the house without looking awkwardly shiny and messy.
I have been using it for a couple of months, twice to three times a week. My cheeks looked sunken in a little when my skin was dehydrated. I do feel the difference after using the first time.
Like: 1. The texture of the mask. It’s not sticky, not shiny and not heavy on the skin. 2. It does its job effectively. 3. Inexpensive. I can get this at around S$23 during sale.
Dislike: 1. It contains too much silicone. I wouldn’t recommend it to people with large pores.
* I did an experiment. I applied the mask on my arms and left it there for couple of hours. The droplets that appeared upon application, were still there in their exact position after hours. Well… If those were really aqua droplets, wouldn’t they evaporated? Or at least, move around? Hmm…