Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Ling Skincare Ginseng Moisture Therapy Mask

This has been one of the more enigmatic masks I have tried from Ling Skincare. I have been using it as part of the Weekly At-Home Facial Kit but I'll talk more about that later. But now I feel confident that I understand it's place in the system and am ready to review the Ling Skincare Gensing Therapy Moisture Mask.

What the Website Says
"State-of-the-Art ingredients meets Asian beauty secrets in this therapeutic moisturizing facial mask formulated with Aloe Vera to soothe, Collagen to firm and Panax Ginseng to revive & tone. Glycogen rejuvenates skin cells by stimulating cellular metabolism and increasing cellular respiration."
What My Big Book Of Ling Skincare Stuff Says
"This unique mask is formulated with Ginseng, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arnica Montana Flower Extract and Hydroliyzed Glycosaminoglycan to immediately bring forth a healthy glow and through time, reduce redness, sensitivity and irritation while improving elasticity and tone.  In addition to re-hydration, cells are oxygenated, calmed, soothed and healed."
Ingredients
AQUA, POLYSORBATE 20, GLYCERIN, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SOLLUBLE COLLAGEN, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS, SORBIC ACID, CARBOMER


Texture
This clear mask feels very strange to the touch. It's almost gelatinous and thick. But it goes on your face completely clear. Here's the strange thing - it is supple. As it hardens, you can still smile, move you facial muscles as normal. But then you can peel it off in little pieces when it's dry. Very strange.


Smell
No real scent to this product. Maybe a little bit like glue, but hardly noticeable.


Cost
This product retails for $36 for 3.0 fl.oz. My 0.5 fl.oz container has been quite enough for well over a month if used once a week. Therefore I think this is a good cost for this mask.


My Experience
Because I was never quite sure what this mask really did I never used it outside of the Weekly At-Home Facial. I was surprised when I found I could peel it off. You can do this or use a damp towel to remove it (though just using tepid water works too). Granted that this product was used after a series of masks, yes my face does look more luminous after use, but I do not think it is due to this mask alone.

This mask is a helper mask. I think it is meant to be used in conjunction with other products. The Ling Skincare representative I had been speaking with said that it was used to seal in the solutions undernieth at the end of the facial at one point. She said the same thing about the Elastin and Collegen. The facial uses Moisture Plenish right before this mask, so put it this way: You put this mask on after Moisture Plenish and you've just sealed in a heck of a dose of moisture to your face for the duration of the mask. That is sort of awesome, when you think about it. Sort of like a moisturizer on steroids.


Bottom Line
I think you get the best out of this product when used with Moisture Plenish once a week. I would suggest you purchase the two together if you are looking for a hydration super-boost.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Ling Skincare not only for my use but for review. I will not be compensated in any other way by Ling Skincare and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Ling Skincare products, nor am I affiliated with Ling Skincare in any way.
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