23.5N Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Gel Mask

Review: 23.5N Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Gel Mask ★★★★★

23.5N Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Gel Mask

About the brand:
Beauty is extracted from nature at 23.5°N. Bottle the pure beauty all sourced from natural farming in Taiwan.

Dedicated to natural ingredients, simple formula, and light textures, 23.5°N offers an irritation free, comfortable, and sensorial experience like none other. No heavy textures so users will enjoy the perfect balance of oil and water-based ingredients and a refreshing feeling in an everyday ritual. 23.5°N’s gentle formulations help nurture the skin, no matter the skin type.

No SLS, SLES, artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. No animal ingredients. Cruelty free.


23.5N Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Gel Mask is a multi-use treatment meant to deeply hydrate and moisturize dry and dehydrated skin. It is also suitable for all skin types and has the added ability to strengthen the skin barrier. 

Key ingredients and benefits:

  • Bamboo Shoot Extract: Naturally farmed from Zhushan Township in Nantou County, Taiwan, this extract contains 70% natural silica, an organic compound that is essential for the body and works to keep  skin looking healthy, supple and radiant. It is also rich in many essential compounds, like amino acids and flavonoids, which are packed with antioxidants that protect skin from oxidative stress.
  • Cucumber Extract: A super food for skin, cucumber juice is composed largely of proteins, lipids, Vitamin C, and a variety of minerals, and possesses moisturizing and emollient properties. It also has an astringent effect, and can soothe and relieve puffy skin.
  • Royal Jelly: It contains natural vitamins and minerals that may support wound healing and other inflammatory skin conditions. It’s known to have an antibacterial effect, which can keep wounds clean and free from infection.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Enhances moisture content of skin, helping outer layers of skin look more hydrated and radiant. It is able to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. Hyaluronic acid penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells, infusing all layers of the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture.

Phyllostachis Bambusoides Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate

$29 at Glowieco | Use code MASKEPEDIA for 10% off site wide.

I always appreciate when jar products come with a freshness seal.

Upon removing the seal, I detected a faint cucumber scent. The jar was packed to the brim with product. It was so satisfying to scrape product off the seal with the included spatula. Product felt like a true gel. The closest likeness would probably be Annie’s Way Jelly Masks. It was easy to spread and yet not too gloopy that application becomes messy.

How to use:

  • Wash-off mask
  • In-shower mask (my favorite)
  • Sleeping mask
23.5N Bamboo Ultra Hydrating Gel Mask
During masking

I’ve used it all 3 ways and my favorite is using it in the shower. Part of it was due to laziness and wanting to save time but the results from this method was also the most obvious. I’ll cleanse my face first, apply the mask, then hop into the shower to continue with my routine. At the end of it, before I towel off, I’ll massage the product into my skin and let the shower water rinse it off. It might be due to the steam from my scalding hot shower playing a part in softening my skin and hence encouraging product penetration. Aside from the intense hydration, this method also makes my skin feel the softest out of the 3, even more so when I double tap and use it as a sleeping mask the same night. 

Aside from my skin feeling super soft, the next most obvious improvement would be the blurring effect this gave me. My pores looked substantially smaller and less obvious. 

I also noticed my skin looking slightly brighter and less red. The cooling sensation during application also felt nice and soothing. 

I think this is suitable for all skin types and climates as everyone can benefit from a gush of hydration without too much hassle. 

Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.

Despite the price point, a little goes a long way and with once a week usage, I foresee this jar lasting through 4-5 months. This gel mask sets a new standard for me that I’m now tempted to rate down gel mask reviews that I’ve given 5 stars in the past. This jar has a permanent home in my shower caddy.

$29 at Glowieco | Use code MASKEPEDIA for 10% off site wide.

Go be beautiful!

Love,
Elaine