Skinfood Rice Wash Off Mask

I’m sure most of you have heard about this product in one way or another. Most probably it has something to do with whitening, if not, it’s because Skinfood is generally positively reviewed. Either way, this is going to be an honest review of the product (like always), so NO MORE MISCONCEPTIONS! \o/

I was going to do something fancy with the photo, but I figured there wasn’t actually going to be any other images associated with this, so it’ll be kept relatively (butt-ugly) simple. An express review, if you wish.

I bought this mask off SOMEPLACE I WILL NOT NAME WITH THEIR DOOMED SERVICE WHEN IT LAGS IT LAGS BAD about a year or two ago. As you can tell in the photo (it was taken recently, actually), I haven’t used a lot of it. A few reasons include the following:

  • It’s 100g. That is, there’s a hell of a lot of it.
  • You don’t need much each time.
  • The packaging is quite bulky, and I keep this in my room, hence it never sees the light of bathroom lightbulb unless I suddenly remember to use it.

I bought this for about $15ish (around $13USD would be a decent price), however they do sell these in Sydney. I’m not going to write the name of the place since it’s free advertising for them, but they sell this for $40AUD. If you ask me, eBay it if you’re desperate. It will seriously be cheaper than getting it here >_>

I also bought this mask for obvious reasons – Rice is known for whitening and anti-ageing properties as well as helping to clear skin. Another reason was because that place I got it from didn’t have the black sesame mask that I wanted, and had this in stock instead (FYI I have the black sesame mask in my stash of skincare which will last me the next 2-3 years, but I refuse to touch it until I finish this tub first…). The last contributing factor was that I spotted an article in a local Chinese magazine recommending this product and I generally thought “hmm. This might not be too bad.”

The mask itself has a faint fresh smell to it, but if you smell deeper it actually kinda smells like musty rice that has gone powdery >_> The colour of the mask is simply white, and there are some softish yet solid grains within the mask that can be used to help scrub and exfoliate your skin. There aren’t many of these grains, so don’t expect this to be like sandpaper on your skin. The overall consistency of this mask is like Clag glue.

The instructions for this is to simply massage (use it like an exfoliator) and then rinse off. Pretty simple and easy. Sometimes I use a scrubbing utensil (made of rubber) to rub this stuff in and make sure that it’s actually doing something. You don’t have to though.

After using this I noticed my skin is soft and slightly brighter. The next day when you wake up you shouldn’t be too surprised if you see a few pimples (small) pop up here and there – this is normal for pretty much all exfoliation in my case anyway.

My overall verdict is that this product is good. It’s nothing fantastic and it doesn’t make me wet my pants. There aren’t enough grains for it to be a real exfoliator, so it’s really in between a massage cream (but you need to do this to exfoliate the very few dead skin cells it does remove) and a mask, though I wouldn’t keep this on my face too long (wait maybe 3 minutes max and wash it off).

I haven’t used this enough to notice any special whitening effects – but it’s a fact that rice does soften the skin to a great extent.

I personally wouldn’t buy it again because there’s nothing particularly special about it – but I guess it’s fairly gentle and it’s good once in a while to use. Until next blog!

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