re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs

the claim

The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs claims to soothe irritated, stressed and troubled skin with natural vegan-friendly ingredients that gently peel away trapped impurities and soothe irritations for supple and softer skin.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs
 

the science

Following water in the formula is Kaolin, included because of its detoxifying effect brought on by strong absorption capabilities. Kaolin is able to draw out impurities, excess oil and dirt to achieve clear skin and clean pores, making it ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.

Rich in vitamin E and K, Canola Oil  helps to soothe the skin by easing acne, blemishes and even fine lines. Antioxidants protect from free radical damage for a more youthful appearance. It’s often used as a base in moisturisers and lotions to keep skin supple and glowing.

A whole host of botanical extracts are included for their soothing, calming and protective impacts on the skin. Rosemary Leaf Powder and Lemon Balm Water have antioxidants to protect against environmental stressors while the presence of Vitamins A, B and C in Peppermint Leaf deliver brightening and anti-inflammatory effects.

Rose Hydrosol imparts some antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds with Calendula Water, Roman Chamomile Water and Lichen Extract adding more anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. With 78% of linoleic acid, Safflower Oil acts as a lubricant to prevent water from leaving the skin, locking moisture in for glowing the skin. As a result, it softens dry and rough patches of skin.

Emollients and humectants are well represented in the formulation assuring skin retains moisture while Stearic Acid contributes cleansing capability. Several ingredients at the end of the list are included for preservative function and fragrance.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs texture
 

the ingredients

Water, Kaolin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Canola Oil, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Roman Chamomile) Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol), Triticum Spelta Seed Water, Artemisia Annua Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Free of mineral oil, sorbic acid, animal ingredients, surfactants, parabens, mineral oil and propylene glycol.
 

the packaging

The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs is presented in a plastic jar with screw top lid.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs
 

the analysis

Returning a mild hazard rating, the CosDNA and EWG assessments highlight the sensitivity risks of fragrance and preservatives in the re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs formula.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Cleanse and tone skin then apply a moderate amount of mask over the entire face, avoiding eye and lip area. Gently massage in circular motions with your fingertips. Leave on up to 10 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water. Follow with remaining steps of your skin care routine.
 

the scent

The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs has a fairly strong fragrance of common herbs such as rosemary and peppermint.
 

the cost

A 130ml jar of re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs has a recommended retail price of around AUD$49.00.
 

the availability

The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs is widely available online at Korean skincare boutiques. I picked mine up at Aniqa.
 

the expiry

The re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs is date stamped with the manufacturing date. It must be used within 12 months of opening.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs Expiry
 

the performance

Under the Neogen umbrella, re:p. stands for real elemental practice. The brand is focused on using sustainable practices and natural ingredients which are cruelty free. I love the look of the eco-friendly packaging of this product. The cardboard box it comes in is 100% recycled and on trend. The minimalist design and matte finish of the plastic jar is equally tasteful. There is no spatula with which to dispense the product, however given the brand’s philosophy, perhaps this is a conscious choice to avoid an unnecessary piece of plastic. They are in fact the only leaping bunny certified k-beauty brand.

With finger application encouraged and a twelve month expiry upon opening, there are sufficient preservatives in the jar to prevent bacteria forming. I remove the product with my fingers and massage it into my skin for a couple of minutes before letting it sit. I found if I left it for 5-10 minutes as directed, I observed absolutely no effect, so I leave it on for 30-40 minutes.

Surprisingly, Kaolin is included at the highest concentration after water. However, this doesn’t feel at all like a clay mask. It doesn’t dry, tighten or crack, rather remains quite moist on the face regardless of wear time. This is possibly due to the high amount of canola oil, keeping the product soft and buttery on the face. The other thing the canola oil does is make the product feel like it looks and smells – herb butter! This is probably the only thing I don’t like about this mask. It feels like you’re rubbing softened herb butter into the skin. The greasy texture and food like scent aren’t to my taste however, once the mask is on, it stays in place and the texture and scent become less noticeable. The herb pieces in the product are 100% crushed rosemary and peppermint and are said to gently remove debris and dead skin cells during massage. The brightening effect is also attributed to the overall detoxifying/cleansing action of the mask and enhanced by the vitamin content of peppermint leaf.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs
Removing the mask resembles the removal of butter as well. Cold water won’t cut it, you have to use warm and a wash cloth wouldn’t go astray either. I try to remove it in the shower so I can do so under running water. I give the mask another rub during the dislodging process until it is completely removed. Although a little work has to go into the removal (nothing difficult just more than a splash of water), the after effects are smooth-to-touch skin. The greasiness is completely gone, no residue is left behind.

Regarding the product claims, yes, it certainly delivers an immediate brightening and calming effect as well as improving the texture of the skin with gentle exfoliation. Even though I leave the mask on for longer than recommended, although it has a fair percentage of kaolin in it, there is no drying effect, my skin feels bouncy and hydrated. Additionally, my somewhat oily T-zone feels completely neutralised upon completion.

The brand recommends use for ageing skin. In my 40’s, I decided to give it a try. I think the effects are definitely beneficial to my skin so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it likewise. I also think anyone suffering skin irritations, sensitivity and oily skin types would get some value from this product. The former would appreciate the calming effects, the latter the purification ability.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs
 

the conclusion

This is the first product I have tried from the re:p. line although I am familiar with the sister brand, Neogen. There are so many things to love. The brand is proudly environmentally aware, vegan friendly and in this case, has produced an innovative mask which I think is suitable for all skin types. It is gentle and effective. Although I don’t love the texture or scent, I am very pleased with the product efficacy.
 
re:p Bio Fresh Mask With Real Nutrition Herbs
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Vegan friendly Only available online for Australian consumers
Gentle and suitable for all skin types Not broadly available (even online)
Effectively brightens complexion Includes added fragrance
Calms and soothes irritated, reddened skin Greasy buttery texture
Draws out excess oils with kaolin
Improves texture for smooth and supple skin

 

the references

Neogen website
Amazing Health Benefits Of Canola Oil Maanasi Radhakrishnan
Cetearyl Alcohol Truth In Aging
Rosemary Extract Paula’s Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary
Can You Use Mint for Skin Problems? Melissa King
Lemon Balm: A Super-Herb for Your Skin (and Your Health) AnneMarie Skin Care
The Surprising Benefits of Safflower Oil for Hair And Skin Good Health Academy

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
 


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