Brand Review | 23.5 °N Gel Masks

The best wash off masks are the ones with an interesting texture. 

These masks were provided to me by one of my sponsors, Moonimask. Read my full disclosure here.

About the Brand

Located at 23.5 °N, Tropic of Cancer passes through 16 countries in the world, covering mostly desert and grassland areas. Southern China and Taiwan are exceptions amidst the tropical desert climate, with lush greens, abundant rainfall, and diverse crop production. From there, the name “Magical Green Belt of the Tropics” is born. 

Taiwan’s unique geographical location is the reason why it is rich in all kinds of flowers, fruits, crops, and vegetables. With nutrition in mind, 23.5 °N works with Asian crops and transforms ingredients originally produced for gourmet to nurture the skin.

The Masks

For special care, apply a generous layer to the cleansed face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with water after 2 minutes massage. For basic care, apply a pea-size amount to the face daily without rinsing off.

These are travel sizes!

Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask

Claims: Refining pores and controlling sebum.

Suitable Skin Types: Oily skin / sensitive skin

Ingredients: Aqua, Tea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tremella Fuciformis Extract, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Mantha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Let’s start with the good shall we? This mask smells just like tea. It smells like the sweet tea I had in the US and that made me happy. However, this made my skin uncomfortably dry. It sucked all the moisture from my skin, and so I thought maybe it would be good oil control for the daytime? It is not. I did not enjoy this. Which annoys me a lot because I sacrificed sleep to try this in the AM. 

Then I double checked the ingredient list, and it has niacinamide in it, which my skin is vehemently opposed to! Dryness is not a normal niacinamide reaction for me, but I don’t think the inclusion of the ingredient helped my experience at all.

Rice Soothing Gel Mask

Claims: Soothe, calm and brighten irritated skin.

Suitable Skin Type: All Skin Types, especially sensitive and irritated.

Ingredients: Aqua, Phyllostachys Reticulata (Bamboo) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Unlike the tea mask, the rice mask has no scent that I could detect. If you really stick your nose in and take a really strong whiff, it smells like plastic for a second, but that fades. That being said, it is like night and day with these two masks. It feels really cooling, and absolutely soothing. This is an absolute joy to use, I don’t normally reach for wash off masks because they’re so fiddly, but this really does leave my skin feeling soothed and less irritated so for me it’s worth it. 

I actually really like the smaller sizes because I have so many masks, and knowing that I’ll finish it before it expires because there are six uses, is great. Plus, it’s portable, and small, and cute. Who doesn’t love that?

Want to try for yourself? Purchase the travel sizes at Moonimask here!

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