Thursday, 7 May 2009

美肌一族 (Bihada Ichizoku) Chocolate Sheet Mask


Released on April 15th, Bihada Ichizoku's limited edition Chocolate Sheet Mask is a collaboration between Love Labo and the renown pâtissier, Hironobu Tsuchiguchi. The mask was developed to address dryness, wrinkles, clogged pores, and other skin problems caused by "reactive oxygen." The main ingredient in the mask, cacao polyphenol, supposedly removes the negative effects of reactive oxygen. In addition to cacao extract, the mask also contains hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and strawberry juice.


The Chocolate Sheet Mask is probably the most delicious selling mask that you will ever try. It smells like a chocolate pastry and reminds me of those chocolate-strawberry crêpes sold in little crêpe shops and stands across Japan. Most likely due to the ingredients, it is a little bit difficult to unfold. But what I like about the chocolate mask is that, when you put it on, it is surprisingly light and less sticky than some of Bihada Ichizoku's other masks. Though when you remove the mask and allow the extract to dry, you do feel like a very very thin layer of chocolate is covering your face. The extract also dries a bit sticky. You should definitely not use this mask right before you step outside. The regular Bihada Ichizoku masks can sometimes leave my skin dry and irritated but I think the chocolate in the Chocolate Sheet Mask prevented my cheeks from getting itchy and red and left my skin smooth. Out of all of the Bihada Ichizoku masks, I would say that this is my favourite and I wish Love Labo would consider making it a regular product.

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