When the new For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Biocellulose Masks – $82.00 (3pcs) (try say that super quick HA) arrived on my doorstep I was super excited. But then like most new products that land in my life, I left them on our kitchen bench taking up all the room and making a mess.
Naturally, my Martha Stewart-esque clean freak husboz is never impressed with this and always seems to comment on whatever has arrived. From a male’s point of view though, I always find his commentary on beauty super funny (and ignore around 90% of it). However, when he looked at the word ‘whitening’ he said to me. “Babe why do you want to whiten your face?”
And I was like “BABE. Don’t try to tell me that Michael Jackson isn’t #Skingoals!” (But I was joking.)
Anyway his annoying comment did make me think that the word ‘whitening’ in beauty products can be very confusing no? So before I review these face masks I thought I’d break it down real quick in case you’re all confused about it too.
You see, if you’re a big fan of K beauty you’re probably all well versed in the whole ‘whitening beauty products thing’ and have probably seen a gazillion and one products on the market that are designed to ‘whiten’ the skin.
BUT in East Asian countries this term doesn’t really have anything to do with the colour of the skin. It’s actually related to the overall health and texture of your skin. It’s all about the glow! Or as it’s more commonly referred to the: Chok. Chok.
(LOL. Love that word!)
SO that’s what these whitening products aim to do – they’re designed to give you a glow! Not to bleach your face leaving you to look a la Michael Jackson-esque. And we all could do with a bit of a glow right?
‘Whitening’ products are designed to treat hyperpigmentation, fix up all the mess that we’ve let sun exposure do to our face, and even assist with freckles, sun spots and acne scars.
There is no bleach in any of these products and in fact many will use natural ingredients such as Vitamin C to break down melanin clusters via exfoliation and help you fade dark spots, even out skin tone and even get rid of gross dead old skin cells to make way for new ones. They can also do this by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase which controls melanin production and causes hyperpigmentation in areas of the skin that have been damaged.
SO TO CUT THINGS SHORT: IT’S JUST A LOST IN TRANSLATION MEANING YOU GUYS!
Anyway, now that we have that covered lemme tell you about the For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Biocellulose Masks masks. Which have been produced using the derivative of Vitamin C that controls the formation of melanin at the source – which basically means it reverses the oxidation of melanin – so after you use them you CHOK CHOK (aka. glow).
So a little about them first…
You see they were made for those of us who are prone to pigmentation. The gals and guys that after spending a little time in the sun can easily stimulate melanin production in their skin. You know who you are!
Soooo if addressing skin pigmentation is one of your concerns or you just want to brighten your dull skin, these masks could be for you.
They contain patented brightening formulas called Melaclear2 and Technowhite which are designed to control the formation of melanin at the source and DermalRxSRC which is an exfoliating technology that removes dark and old cells in the stratum corneum to improve the absorption of nutrients.
Melaclear is actually known as the ‘spot eraser’ and contains protease to help remove the spots with deeply saturated melanin, while the Technowhite patent controls skin inflammation caused by UV rays.
And, if you have sensitive skin you could totally be down to try these too. Because they’ve also been formulated with three anti-allergy patents to stabilise the ingredients to keep the intensity brightening process gentle enough for sensitive skin as well.
So basically they control the excessive production of melanin, reduce the skin’s inflammatory response and allows for a speedy removal of surface pigments on old stratum corneum.
Anyway, I don’t want to get too technical and science-y here because yawwwwwn. However, if you’re a little unsure as to what Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is, I thought I’d quickly mention that it’s a more stable and higher purity version of Vitamin C (which we should all be using!), but with a smaller molecular structure that penetrates well and has a better rate of absorption!
SO to cut a long story short I am a big fan of this range and yes, my skin was mega bright after using these sheet masks. They delivered and did everything they said they were going to do. But like all ‘anti-pigmentation’ products they must continually be used to see results. Your pigmentation will not just disappear overnight.
In fact, all that these products will do is control it. Plus, you have to stay out of the evil sun! Like forever! Soz. Or book in for some laser, because unfortunately, there are no skincare products on the market that can make it disappear. You just have to put in the hard yards to tame it – trust me I’m trying!
Anyway, For Beloved One have other products in this range using the patented technologies so if you’re interested it might be worth checking them out too. You can grab them online at Sephora Aus.
And that’s it! Love always and Forever XO
This post has been produced in collaboration with For Beloved One. This mask is on sale and named the Melasleep Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Biocellulose Mask in Australia. As always all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Tell me babez, what brightening (or whitening) products do you love?