#21DayMaskChallenge: Quality 1st Deep Moist Eye Mask

#21DayMaskChallenge: Quality 1st Deep Moist Eye Mask

          Hi, everyone!

          This month, we’re launching the new #21DayMaskChallenge series, which both Elaine and I are extremely excited to debut! Many of you have asked which sheet masks are good and how to select them, since nowadays, there are so many options to choose from. We thought long and hard about how to share our experience and the results with you. And then (eureka moment!) – we came up with this plan: to use a particular sheet mask every single day for 3 continuous weeks. Yes, that means we purchase the same product in bulk, and use it for at least 21 days.

          My first challenge features the Deep Moist Eye Mask by Quality 1st, a skincare brand from Japan. I decided to give this under-eye sheet mask a try because the skin around my eyes has gotten extra dry since I got back to New York from Taiwan. The skin is dry mainly because of the change in environment and temperature, and the dryness (okay, and because of age) is causing fine lines (let’s not use the “w” word…) to appear, and some creases are becoming more and more apparent.

The Process

          I started the 21-day project on a Monday (because that’s what people do, they start things on Mondays), from March 13 to April 2. During this time, I maintained a very simple and consistent beauty routine, which only involves makeup remover, face wash, and moisturizer, to ensure nothing interferes with the eye masks.

Photos taken during the 3-week period.  

Photos taken during the 3-week period.  

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          The eye masks were always applied right after my face is washed and dried. Each time, I would leave them on for about 10 to 15 minutes, and afterward, gently massage in a press-and-hold motion (going from under the eyes outward towards the temples). I would then finish it off with a moisturizer (read about our top picks for combination skin here).

          I tried to stick to using the eye masks mainly before bedtime, with 2-3 exceptions when I did it in the morning.

The Experience 

          The eye masks come in a compact packaging that is different from the individual packets we usually see. A set of 30 crescent-shaped soft sheets made of 100% cotton is packed in a container and soaked in a clear moisturizing serum.

           The serum doesn’t have much of a smell and is slightly oily, but fortunately not sticky. The cooling texture of the gel-like serum is comfortable on the skin, although some may find it too cold for the winter. It worked well for me because rooms are heated throughout the season in New York, so it was actually fairly soothing.

          When I remove the eye masks after 10 to 15 minutes, the sheets always still feel damp and I would find serum on my face. To me, those are good signs because it means the sheets don’t dry up fast and they are able to soak up sufficient serum.     

The under-eye sheet masks are made of pure cotton.

The under-eye sheet masks are made of pure cotton.

About the Product

          Quality 1st designed this eye mask with three goals in mind: to moisturize, boost elasticity and brighten. They believe by using sheets that stay on your skin for a period of time help deliver the ingredients more efficiently.

          One of the main brightening ingredients they refer to as “Nano White” is developed for the delicate eye areas and works to combat dark circles and pigmentation. Other ingredients in the serum include collagen, which helps restore firmness, aloe vera leaf extract, which calms irritated skin, and hyaluronic acid, which secures skin moisture. The formula is also preservative-free.

The Result

          Should you give this a go? I say: yep, absolutely!

          For me, the most drastic change, or the most pleasant surprise, was to actually notice the fine lines around my eye areas diminishing, becoming less apparent one week after another. I believe bringing up the moisture levels helped tremendously. It’s really hard to show the before and after because I realized I don’t have selfies of myself with the exact same expression (sorry, I’ll remember next time!) but I’ve tried my best to find photos that show the difference side by side for your reference. 

          I also think the skin around my eyes is brighter. What do you think?

Photos taken in February, prior to starting the mask challenge. Fine lines are visible in both photos.

Photos taken in February, prior to starting the mask challenge. Fine lines are visible in both photos.

Photos taken on March 29 (above) and April 3 (below), towards the end of the mask challenge. Creases seem less apparent.

Photos taken on March 29 (above) and April 3 (below), towards the end of the mask challenge. Creases seem less apparent.

Other Thoughts

         Whether a product is free of preservatives or not may seem to only make a minimal difference, but I have realized that when I use products with preservatives, it often causes mild inflammation on my skin (i.e. it becomes more flushed quickly). A recent visit to the dermatologist also suggests that I’m slightly allergic to certain preservatives, so I love that Quality 1st left preservatives our of their formula.

          If the skin around your eyes is dull and dry, you can end up looking more fatigued and maybe even appear older than your true age. So I think taking good care of that area is definitely worth the time and effort!

          Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our first #21DayMaskChallenge post! If you have a particular brand and type of sheet mask you’d like us to try, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know. Thank you for reading!

 

P.S. Key To Radiance is not affiliated with Quality 1st in any way.

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