Innisfree Face Masks

Why Masks? I mentioned yesterday that I ordered a couple of masks from Innisfree. I’ve never tried any beauty product aside from the basic facial wash (if that counts as a beauty product), day cream, baby powder, and lip balm. I became curious about masks when I saw some coworkers list them as one of their Secret Santa wishes.

One sleepless night with Google and a hundred magazine and blog sites later, I had a pending order with BeautyMNL (Good job, by the way!) for these Innisfree masks (One thing you need to know is that it’s very easy to talk me into getting involved in little things like this hahaha!):

They’re Here! The green one is a sleeping massage mask while the brown one is a volcanic cluster clay mask. I don’t know the difference between a massage mask and a clay mask. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the industry that it took me around 15 minutes just figuring out how to arrange all those nouns in the product names.

Packaging The packaging is surprisingly nice. I read some reviews before I ordered these that they were poorly packaged so I expected that too. Apparently that’s not the case anymore. You have the tight-fitting lids plus these protective seals underneath:

And here is what’s inside of each:

Again, this is absolutely the first time I’m trying these things. What I know about what they’re made of, how they work, and how I’m supposed to use them are all from Innisfree (pages for the Green Tea pack and for the Volcanic Cluster pack) and BeautyMNL.

Green Tea Sleeping Mask According to Innisfree, the Green Tea sleeping mask contains fresh Jeju green tea and green tea seeds. These are rich in amino acids, minerals, and oil that hydrate the skin and lock in moisture. The natural ingredients in the capsules are also supposed to brighten the skin tone with their antioxidants. I chose this because my face is a little dry and definitely needs all the extra hydration it can get.

Volcanic Cluster Clay Mask The Volcanic Cluster mask, on the other hand, contains Jeju volcanic clusters according to the website. These are expected to clean out the pores by absorbing excess sebum. I chose this because I have blackheads on my nose.

How Do I Use Them? Tonight I’m trying out the sleeping mask. I already massaged some on my face. I didn’t really know how much to put. I imagined it had to be like other masks, where you sit for a few minutes looking like a badly frosted cake. This one is different, though. I’m not sure if it’s because of the ingredients, the formulation, or the fact that it’s a sleeping mask. The formula is so lightweight and gets absorbed by the skin pretty quickly.

How Often Do I Use Them? As to how often this should be used, Innisfree suggests nightly application. I’m going to do it once a week for now, though, because I’m still testing it out and I want to see what the changes will be, if any. I want to see when the results will start showing and how long they’ll stay that way. I’ll alternate between this and the clay one over the next few weeks and babble here if anything happens.

Motivation and Commitment

Yesterday in our office, there was a talk about motivation and commitment. Because it made sense and because I’m also very easily influenced, I thought it was high time I came up with a little plan of my own as well.

In this post, I’m just going to go over a few changes I am committing myself to. I’m doing this because 1.) I want to be a little better; and 2.) I want to raise a healthy family by being their primary example. Here goes:

Eat fruits. I grew up hating most fruits. I used to just eat the sweet ones (bananas, mangoes, and grapes) and those that are commonly mistaken for vegetables. I didn’t really understand why until just recently. I recall that as a child I had a notoriously picky palate. I never ate anything raw unless it was sweet. Whenever I was fed something unfamiliar, I swore up and down I would never so much as smell another one like it again. So now, I’m a 26-year-old woman who tries to have veggies whenever they’re available (rare!), and eats processed food the rest of the time. Very unhealthy. So now, I vow to reconcile with fruits by eating one fruit per day after lunch at work (where the fast food temptation is greatest). Hopefully, my appetite adjusts right away and I’ll be able to increase my intake pretty soon.

Drink more water. We all grew up hearing that we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It makes me wonder who came up with that calculation or campaign. How does he feel about the fact that the simple statement he made decades ago has now evolved into a mantra that’s being ingrained in children’s minds as soon as their arms are strong enough to hold their own feeding bottles? And how does he feel that today, although everyone is saying it, he’s likely going to have a difficult time finding people who are actually doing it? So today, I vow to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Not only is it going to make me healthier, the frequent bathroom trips should serve as added exercise (albeit a mediocre one for now), which by the way I plan to start working on next year.

Use facial masks. Okay, fine, this is obviously more for aesthetics than for health per se, although in my defense, I want to point out that you DO have to improve your health to improve your appearance. Applying facial masks is one way to do that. I’ve known about them for a long time but I never really paid attention because I thought the regular facial wash was already too much work. But people age. Don’t get me wrong. I know my skin is going to be wrinkly and saggy one day. I just think it’s aging too quickly. So I plan to start a better skin care regimen by applying a facial mask once or twice a week. To get me started, I ordered two kinds of Korean brand Innisfree’s masks. I’m not really sure if they’re the kind you’re supposed to use once a week or if they’re the type Koreans use every night. Anyway, I plan to switch to just making my own all-natural masks after that. I already have the recipe and I already know where to buy the ingredients. I should know all that, because I lost a lot of sleep looking them up last night.

There you go. Those are the three new habits I’m committing to towards being better. Here’s to me!