Tuesday, 12 May 2009

dProgram Mask QQ


Shiseido dProgram's carries a facial sheet mask for dry, sensitive skin. Mask QQ is free of parabens, fragrance, and dyes. It hydrates, moisturizes, and smooths the skin. To keep the mask's contents as clean and fresh as possible, Mask QQ's hydro-essence is kept in a tube, separate from the sheet mask. One Mask QQ box contains four masks.


The instructions are very simple. First, open the package containing the sheet mask and pour the contents of the hydro-essence tube into the package while the cotton whip mask is still inside. Press the package, moving the essence around to ensure that it is evenly distributed on the mask. Next, take out and unfold the mask and put it on. After three minutes, remove the mask and massage any remaining essence into your skin.


The whip cotton sheet mask is quite soft but very large. The anime-like eye holes are the biggest that I have ever seen and you can fit your whole eyebrow and more through the hole. Because the eye and nose holes were especially large, there were several parts on my face that did not touch the mask which was kind of disappointing. But the mask did calm my face which was flushed after exercising. The hydro-essence also moisturized and hydrated my skin without being too sticky unlike most other facial masks. My skin was left somewhat dewy and much less red, and none of the ingredients in the mask irritated my skin. However, I do think Mask QQ should be used as a treatment for dry skin (especially in the winter) rather than as a regular skincare item. One box of four masks costs 2,000 yen without tax which is 500 yen per mask. I don't know if I would purchase this again but those who are having trouble finding a rosacea or sensitive skin-friendly mask may want to consider dProgram's Mask QQ. Now that the weather is warm, it might be a good idea to refrigerate the essence first so that the mask will be especially cool on the face, but refrigerating the hydro-essence might reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients in the mask.

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