Review: Rapha Peri Korean Cactus Natural Moisture Mask ★★★☆☆
Rapha Peri Korean Cactus Natural Moisture Mask contains 97% of Korean cactus (Eastern prickly pear) extract and 3% of mandarin orange fruit extract and lavender extract. It does not contain purified water and chemical additives.
Korean cactus (Eastern prickly pear) extract, the main ingredient of the sheet mask, is cultivated in an environmentally-friendly manner in Cheongyok mountain (at 1,256m above sea level) without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This star ingredient is able to calm fatigued, stressed, dehydrated, and sensitive skin due to its strong vitality. This plant does not die even in cold weather of minus 20 degrees. It is also able to protect, smooth, and moisturize the skin. It has also been used as an alternative to Botox because of its firming qualities as well as has exceptional water-binding characteristics enabling it to retain moisture. The cactus plant is also rich in Vitamins B, A, and C, all essential in anti-aging skin care.
Mandarin orange fruit extract is rich in Vitamin C, which acts like an antioxidant. It helps in protecting our body from the attack of free radicals. It contains nutrients that improve complexion while treating marks, spots and blemishes.
Lavender extract that is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which may aid in alleviating insomnia, anxiety, depression, restlessness, dental anxiety and stress. Due to its wide variety of uses, lavender extract may help with nearly all kinds of ailments, from pain to infections.
I’m blown away by how simple the ingredients list is! This is the first time I’ve come across a sheet mask that contains only 3 ingredients!
Korean Cactus (Opunttia Humifusa) Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract
My skin is feeling slightly dry and very irritated today. I’ve cleansed, toned, and exfoliated my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
The mask sheet material was a 100% pure botanical sheet so I wasn’t surprised that it felt so thick and stiff. Essence was runny so expect drips during unfolding and application. The scent of this was so minimal it could be considered scentless.
Fit was alright. The holes lined up perfectly with my features but due to the stiffness of the sheet, it was hard to make it conform to the curves on my face. Despite the presence of slits, they weren’t deep enough to give a great fit. So I took my scissors to deepen the existing slits and also added some on the sides. This prevented the sheet from just sitting on my face weird.
Adherence was bad, as with most sheets of such thickness. Air bubbles were constantly forming no matter how much I try to smooth them out. The material around my chin was also hanging loose the whole time.
I took the mask off after 25 mins, most of the sheet was already dry.
Whatever little essence left on my skin absorbed with ease, leaving behind a matte, non-tacky finish. My skin felt moderately hydrated. Even in the day, my dehydrated skin type required a moisturizer especially since we’re in the midst of winter. The biggest improvement I saw was the tone of my skin, it lightened by 2 shades! The redness on my cheeks were also greatly diminished, thus leaving my face looking like a blank canvas. I did not see a glow nor a change in my pore size.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
This is a perfect mask for dull and oily skin types and also in the summer due to the moderate hydration level. I’m not particularly impressed with the results since my skin really require hydration now. So perhaps I will like it more during the summer.