Helloganic One A Day Sheet Masks
The Helloganic One A Day Sheet Masks are 100% vegan and made from Eucalyptus. Each targets different skin needs including brightening, hydrating, firming and pore refining.
The PORE PURIFYING mask is said to calm irritated, stressed and sensitive skin suffering breakouts and inflammation by balancing oil moisture and controlling sebum with the help of vitamins and enzymes in adlay.
The BRIGHTENING mask uses vitamins and minerals from peaches to brighten and diminish the appearance of dark spots.
The FIRMING mask claims to assist skin to remain youthful by restoring elasticity and resilience with tomato.
The HYDRATING mask uses the proteins and actives in coconut to help hydrate and strengthen the skin moisture barrier.
Below is a summary of the contribution ingredients make to each of the masks. There are a handful of ingredients common to all four. The most prominent is Butylene Glycol, included to increase the effectiveness of other ingredients as well as thin the essence consistency. It also displays humectant properties, helping to draw moisture from the air back into the skin cells, adding support to more prominent humectants such as Glycerin and Betaine. As such, all masks aim to provide some level of hydration in addition to their specific targeted objectives.
THE PORE REFINING MASK
Studies show that the star ingredient in this mask, Adlay Extract is a potent antioxidant and also inhibits melanin production for skin lightening. Licorice Root Extract supports this function as it has a natural skin lightening ability as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Adding further soothing, acne fighting and calming effects are extracts from Magnolia Kobus Bark, Chamomile Flower and Centella Asiatica.
Garlic has been used medicinally for centuries. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic, properties derived from Allicin. Garlic also contains Thiosulfinates which make it antimicrobial, useful for clearing the skin of acne.
This mask is packed with antioxidants. Several botanical extracts provide a solid defense against free radicals including those from Grape Seed, Skullcap, Soybean Sprout, Mung Bean, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit, Green Purslane, Burdock Root, Ginger Root, Gingko Biloba Leaf, White Mulberry Leaf and Diospyros Kaki Leaf.
There are also extracts that are included for hydration. With water retention properties that are supposedly superior to Hyaluronic Acid, Snow Mushroom Extract is a great hydrator.
THE BRIGHTENING MASK
The brightening mask focuses on the power of peaches to deliver its primary benefit. Represented third in the INCI, there is certainly a sufficient concentration to achieve that. Peach Extract is rich in Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant, able to provide defense against free radicals and accelerate skin healing from acne and blemishes. They are also effective at reducing the appearance of dark circles. Flavonoids and essential vitamins and minerals in peaches help to gently exfoliate, hydrate and revitalize the skin. Green Tea (EGCG polyphenols), Acerola Fruit (Vitamin C), Broccoli (sulforaphane), Rosemary (Rosmarinic Acid), Coneflower (Flavonoids, Cichoric and Rosmarinic acids), Skullcap (Flavonoids) and Swiss Apple Extracts also boost antioxidant content.
Employed to brighten is Niacinamide, which has this effect by inhibiting melanin production. Niacinamide can additionally improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness plus strengthen the skin surface. One of the many benefits of Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is brightening as well as being able to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, nourish and revitalise the skin.
Mugwort Extract is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so can help with acne, redness and other skin complaints. Vitamin E content helps to lock in moisture and strengthen the barrier, moisturising effects further enhanced by Seaweed Extract and Snow Mushroom Extract which is touted as having water-retention capabilities superior to hyaluronic acid.
The antibacterial properties of Lime and Grapefruit Extracts make a good defense against acne and blemishes while astringent behaviour also reduces the appearance of pores and better controls sebum production. Their acidic nature delivers an exfoliation effect, sloughing away dead cells. Grapefruit also contributes protective antioxidant benefits.
THE FIRMING MASK
The hero ingredient of the firming mask is Tomato Extract. It contains Lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals. Potassium and Vitamin C content help tomato extract to brighten lackluster skin while astringent properties may help to reduce excess sebum production. Wild Yam Extract includes Diosgenin that inhibits melanogenesis which can improve hyperpigmentation.
Algae Extracts deliver nourishing and detoxifying capabilities via marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins and polysaccharides for deep hydration, antioxidant protection and cell renewal. More specifically, Hizikia also has a whitening effect by suppressing melanin synthesis. Licorice Root Extract also has a natural skin lightening ability, improves blemishes and dark spots. It’s packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it suitable for treating skin conditions.
Ginseng contains antioxidants that accelerate cell regeneration. It also improves blood circulation thus allowing the skin to look brighter. It is effective at fighting wrinkles by boosting skin-firming collagen whilst its detoxifying properties boost our immune response. Additionally, Adenosine has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize the skin’s surface, helping it to look smoother and younger.
Skullcap Extract too provides antioxidant protection against sun damage as well as delivering a potent tyrosinase inhibitor which can down regulate melanin production for a whitening effect. Seaweed Extract has may skin benefits. Firstly, it’s a great moisturiser, acting to deliver deep nourishment while combating dryness and itchiness. In doing so, it helps to make skin soft and smooth. It’s also quite cleansing, helping to diminish discolouration and pigmentation, so can leave the skin with a fresh glow.
A natural source of minerals and vitamins, Horsetail Extract promotes tight and firm skin. Its cleansing properties help to minimize the appearance of large pores and tone the skin. It also contains bioflavonoids for antioxidant protection.
Mugwort Extract is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so can help with acne, redness and other skin complaints. Vitamin E content helps to lock in moisture and strengthen the barrier, moisturising effects further enhanced by Snow Mushroom Extract which is touted as having water-retention capabilities superior to hyaluronic acid. Akebia Quinata Extract and Beta-Glucan boost the anti-inflammatory strength of the essence.
Green Tea (EGCG polyphenols), Acerola Fruit (Vitamin C), Broccoli (sulforaphane), Goji Berry (Carotenoids, Vitamin C), Grape Seed Extract (Flavonoids, Vitamins C and E) and Skullcap (Flavonoids) also boost antioxidant content. Pomegranate Extract is also high in antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C. It can help to accelerate soothing and healing as well as extend the life of Fibroblasts, the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin for an overall firmer and healthier complexion.
THE HYDRATING MASK
Coconut Fruit Extract is the hero ingredient of this mask since it is an excellent humectant able to draw and retain water into the skin. Fatty acids help keep skin supple. It also boasts antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, together with a high nutritional value, it’s able to protect against acne as well as help diminish acne scars. Exhibiting superb water retention properties, Snow Mushroom Extract supports hydration, as too Cucumber which additionally imparts pore refining and anti-inflammatory properties.
A superfood for the skin, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract is able to soothe inflamed skin, provide protection against free radicals, moisturise with lasting water retention plus deeply penetrate for noticeable hydration and increased collagen production. Another all-rounder is Ginseng. High in antioxidants that accelerate cell regeneration, it also improves blood circulation for a brighter complexion as well as boosting skin-firming collagen.
Cabbage Rose Water acts as a moisturiser, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient, able to moisturise and protect the skin as well as tighten pores and reduce redness. With up to 63% Phenylethanol, a compound that provides its antiseptic properties, it’s a great choice for treating skin conditions such as acne. Similarly Mugwort Extract is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so can also help with acne, redness and other skin complaints. Pomegranate Extract is high in antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C, so protects against free radical damage. It can assist to accelerate soothing and healing, as do Beta-Glucan plus Chamomile, Pulsatilla Koreana and Cimicifuga Dahurica Root Extracts.
Rich in antioxidants, the mask also includes Green Tea, He Shou Wu Root, Goji Berry, White Mulberry Seed, Horsetail and Angelica Extracts.
The sheet mask is made of eucalyptus and is packed in an air tight pocket with rip off opening. There is no protective film on the mask.
The CosDNA assessments returned for all four masks are shown below with assosiated EWG links. All masks return safe formulations with the only exception being the presence of fragrance.
THE PORE REFINING MASK
The assessments returned by both the CosDNA and EWG resources rate the Pore Refining mask a moderate hazard, due to the presence of fragrance.
THE BRIGHTENING MASK
The assessments returned by both the CosDNA and EWG resources rate the Brightening mask a moderate hazard, due to the presence of fragrance.
THE FIRMING MASK
The assessments returned by both the CosDNA and EWG references give the firming mask a moderate rating, due to the presence of fragrance.
THE HYDRATING MASK
The assessments returned by both the CosDNA and EWG references give the hydrating mask a moderate rating, due to the presence of fragrance.
Apply after cleansing and toning. Take mask out of the package, fit it to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove and tap to better absorb remaining essence.
Fragrance is added to each mask.
These masks are individually sold for ₩ 2,500 which equates to approximately AUD$3.10.
The masks are available for purchase on the Helloganic website.
The masks have a two year shelf life and must be used one year after opening the pack.
Firstly, the presentation of these masks is clever given the organic marketing. The brown paper bag they come in with the draw string and matte print supports their green brand perfectly. It would be great if this was made of a recycled material but there is no indication that this is the case. There are 8 masks in the pack, two of each variety.
The masks are made of a eucalyptus material ensuring strength and flexibility. They don’t have a protective film that is sometimes used to unravel the mask from the pack, but the sheet is sufficiently strong that even fumbling to open it, it retains its shape without tearing. All delivered a cooling sensation throughout the wear time which should help inflamed skin and redness.
They apply well onto the face although their adherence varies during the 15-20 minute wear time. Sometimes they became loose between the lips and nose or dragged down the chin. All began to slightly tighten once the 15 minute mark was passed, indicating that they were beginning to dry. It wasn’t uncomfortable at any stage but a good sign that it was time to remove the sheet. As I often leave sheet masks on longer than directed, I noticed the tightening increase with 20-30 minute wear time.
At this stage, the mask peels off rather than lifts off. It’s adherence to the skin becomes tacky and again, although this doesn’t cause any discomfort, it’s worth noting. As such, with this particular sheet mask, I would suggest following the brand’s directions and leaving it on for the recommended 15 minute wear time.
The formulation seems to return excellent CosDNA and EWG results, with the exception of added fragrance which unfortunately drives the product into the moderate hazard range. I don’t know whether fragrance is added to enhance the sensation of wearing these sheets or to mask the scent associated with its composition, but whatever the case, the resultant smell is strong. Those sensitive to fragrance should be careful and patch test the essence before using. Each scent is slightly different, varying from a heavy baby powder like scent to floral smells. All were unpleasantly strong and personally, this is my main gripe with these masks. The smell did however become less noticeable as wear time progressed.
The masks are vegan and each comprises 23ml of essence. The essence is slightly viscous, thicker than water and similarly clear. Although the volume is a little less than many other sheet masks, it is still sufficient with plenty of essence left in the pouch each time with which I coat my chest, arms and neck. The only unfortunate thing was that the essence left a noticeable film, causing resistance or drag when running a hand over the skin. It was a little odd and not all that pleasant so I immediately layered a body cream to cover the residue. The feeling on the face was similar and it too was neutralised by subsequent layers provided by the products that followed.
Onto the results…
THE PORE REFINING MASK
This mask is designed to clean pores, balance facial oils and help to calm inflamed and blemished skin. I can only attest to the former claims since I was not suffering any form of inflammation at the time of testing the two grain masks. It certainly helped to give me a fresh face which was balanced and uncongested although didn’t seem to make any impact on the appearance of pores. Blocked (white/blackheads) and large pores remained that way after removing the sheet. It did provide a good amount of hydration and my face certainly felt refreshed and healthy.
THE BRIGHTENING MASK
Said to brighten and diminish the appearance of dark spots, the brightening mask achieved its objectives both times. I was quite pleased with the results, my complexion looking brighter in general. I’m not sure dark spots were diminished but the level of brightness was sufficiently satisfying to call this one successful. It also calmed and hydrated well.
THE FIRMING MASK
The firming mask claims to restore elasticity and resilience. I don’t know that anything can achieve this in two wears. However, upon removal of the sheet mask, my skin instantly felt a little tighter, however, this was due to the residue of the essence and unfortunately not due to any incredible anti-ageing effects! The sensation was a little unpleasant so the first time I wore the mask, I rinsed the residue off after a few minutes and the tightening sensation immediately ceased. The next time, I simply layered other skincare to help eliminate it. So in summary, this one hydrated my skin but I cannot confirm any elasticity improvement after such a short trial.
THE HYDRATING MASK
Probably the most straight forward objective of them all, the hydrating mask is said to obviously hydrate the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. After using this, my skin felt more plump and hydrated so it’s definitely effective. Regarding the reinforcement of the skin barrier, perhaps this may be an outcome of regular use, but I can’t confirm such a benefit after only two wears. However, fragrance is said to reduce barrier strength so it’s a product of contradictions.
These masks are a high quality product that is unfortunately compromised by the inclusion of fragrance. They perform well and are reasonably priced so definitely worth a try if you don’t have any sensitivities to perfume.
|High quality formula||Heavy fragrance|
|Effectively boosts hydration||Essence leaves tacky residue|
|Leaves skin refreshed and balanced||Only available online for Australians|
|Ideal for all skin types|
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Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by Sophie’s Beauty Box for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Sophie’s Beauty Box, Helloganic, Huangjisoo (sister company), product suppliers, representatives or any other third party.