Let’s talk about fermented skincare.
This is a relatively new concept in the Korean beauty industry, and countless brands are now jumping on this bandwagon.
The question is: Is fermented skincare hype or the real thing?
The theory certainly makes sense. Fermentation in general is a process where yeast secretes enzymes that are beneficial to the human body. Whatever you are fermenting will naturally create super benefits such as amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins. That’s what makes kimchi such a super food!
Fermentation also breaks ingredients down into simpler molecules, making them easier for absorption.
Using this theory, Kbeauty products use fermented ingredients that promise to:
- Boost moisture with natural fruit and sugar acids
- Firm skin with amino acids
- Protect skin against UV damage and free radicals with its antioxidant properties
- Even skin tone, and heal hyperpigmentation, and
- Gives anti-ageing benefits by encouraging the production of collagen in your body.
Today we’re gonna talk about a relatively new, still pretty ‘indie’ brand — Whamisa, which harnesses all the power of fermentation in its products.
As a big fan of Whamisa’s Deep Rich Essence Toner, I was incredibly excited to try their sheet masks, and promptly went out to get 1 each of their 3 varieties. Of course, it didn’t help that Fifty Shades of Snail gave the masks such a glowing review (no pun intended) too.
GLOW REVIEW: Whamisa Hydrogel Sheet Masks
Description (taken from Glow Recipe): The Whamisa Hydrogel Sheet Masks are soaked in skin-plumping, 95% organic botanical serum to drench your face in ultra hydration and nutrition for instantly glowing, clear skin.
Note: Whamisa sheet masks (like all their other products) have a no-water formula, and are alcohol, parabens, and silicone-free. They have a firm ‘no fillers’ belief when it comes to skincare, meaning every ingredient is there for a reason — that is to benefit your skin.
I find all 3 varieties to be similar in performance and result, so I’ll review all 3 together. For the record, the 3 varieties/ “flavours” are:
- Organic Seeds & Rice mask: Ingredients include Rice and Soyabean, for lifting, anti-wrinkle, and soothing.
- Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera mask: Ingredients include Camellia, Chrysanthemum, Dandelion extract, for lifting, whitening, and moisturising.
- Organic Fruits & Tomato mask: Ingredients include Tomato, Apple, Licorice and Banana, for lifting, revitalising, and toning.
If you’re getting excited by these ingredients, don’t feel bad. You should be. You should be ecstatic. They sound delicious enough as food, but trust me, they’re even more delicious for your skin.
Glow report: I’m going to keep this simple. The first mask I tried was the Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera one. It feels extremely cooling when first put on, and the amazing thing is that the feeling of coolness lasts throughout your mask being on (which for me, was about 30 mins).
When I took off the mask, I looked at my skin and said ‘wow’! I’ve tried many a sheet mask in my time, but never one that had such a drastic brightening effect. The glow was on.
Best of all, the essence isn’t too rich, so I didn’t break out at all. The next day, I woke up with dewy, bright, clear skin.
Praying hard that it wasn’t a fluke, I tried both the Organic Seeds & Rice and the Organic Fruits & Tomato masks in the following week, and each time was the same. Really bright, hydrated, happy, glowing skin.
I find the effects of all 3 masks very similar. The only difference was absorption rate. I found the Seeds & Rice mask required the most patting for absorption, whereas the Flowers & Aloe Vera required almost no patting at all. The Fruits & Tomato one was somewhere in between. However, relative to other sheet masks, I would say the Seeds & Rice mask still absorbs into skin quickly and easily.
Ingredients: This is the best part. cosDNA did not flag a single ingredient on the Whamisa sheet masks as potential irritants or acne triggers! What? Nothing that could potentially cause me to break out in hives? That’s always a winner in my book.
How to use: After cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, smooth this hydrogel sheet mask on. It comes in 2 parts, as most hydrogels do. Be REALLY careful when handling this one, because the mask is so delicate that you could easily rip holes/ tears into it.
There is a lot of serum in the package, so scoop that stuff out and apply it to your face and neck to prep your skin.
The only letdown of this mask is its fit — it doesn’t quite cover my jaw or forehead completely, coupled with the fact that the hydrogel is so slippery that the mask tends to slides down my face. Suggest you lie down for this one.
This sheet mask is SO COOLING that it makes a perfect ‘second mask’ to counter the sometimes irritating effects of exfoliating (say, with a clay mask or a particularly aggressive acid).
After I peeled the last of the hydrogel off my face, 90% of the serum had already been absorbed into my skin, so I just had to pat my face for a couple of seconds before all the goodness was absorbed fully. Couldn’t ask for more from a sheet mask.
Fragrance: I love how the scent just screams ‘organic’, because instead of perfumy, flowery fragrance, the Whamisa sheet masks smell like freshly cut flowers, with a hint of citrus. Very fresh.
Suitable for: All skin types.
GO4GLOW rating: 4.5/5 (I docked 0.5 points for the less than ideal fit)
1/5: No no no; this product needs to be recalled as it can’t even fulfil its primary claim.
2/5: Caused problems; I wouldn’t even give this away so as not to inflict the pain on someone else.
3/5: OK but nothing amazing; I might give this away to see if it works better for someone else.
4/5: Pretty good! I will continue to repurchase if I don’t find anything better.
5/5: YOU GLOW GIRL! HG status; I will not give this up unless it’s discontinued.
Where to buy: Get your Whamisa sheet masks on qoo10, where I will be fighting you for them. Prices range from $18 – $30 for a set of 3. You can also get them on Glow Recipe, where it costs USD40 for a set of 5.
Thanks for reading! As we all know, you can’t sheet mask without a proper acid game in play, so check out my GO4GLOW Spotlight on acids here.
Keep glowing! Love,