So what's the big deal with Skinfood's Black Sugar Honey Mask?

I've been hearing raves about the Skin Food Black Sugar Mask for years. I didn't really pay much attention to it, but then I noticed that every single time I stalk Althea, it's out of stock. Seriously, how good can it be? I was so curious that I decided to settle for a newer variant, the Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask Washoff (P380 at Althea).

"Settling" isn't the right word though. This mask was worth the impulse add-to-cart because my skin feels sooo nice after just 15 minutes with it! It moisturizes my skin while exfoliating flakes with non-abrasive sugar granules. But how? According to the ingredients list (below), it has a variety of brightening fruit and plant seed extracts, some rice ferment filtrate, and even malic acid. Together with a conditioning silicone and oils, the formula becomes a hydrating mask that can be rubbed in then washed off without a filmy feeling.

The product separates - the sugar settles in the bottom while a sort of brown runny, slightly oily liquid sits on top. I shake it vigorously first then just pick up what's left on the cap with my masking brush. Yes, I recommend using a brush. It's much too goopy and runny to easily use with just fingers! Brush the mask onto your face to minimize the hassle.

After 10-15 minutes, you can massage the sugar granules all over your face, focusing on more problematic parts. Me I like to massage my chin and nose area as I am prone to flakes there. After scrubbing, you can then rinse the mask off with water and towel your skin dry.

Expect smooth, glowing skin after the treatment. Personally I don't even feel the need to apply moisturizer afterwards! I really like how it doesn't leave a residue on the skin. You can actually follow with makeup and it won't be off-putting at all. 

A note on the scent: I know some people love the sugary honey fragrance, but I personally find it too much. It's not my fave scent out there and it bothers me enough that I don't use this mask more often JUST because of it. Otherwise, the Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask Washoff is an excellent K-Beauty find that's affordable and effective. 

Have you tried this or the original mask before? How was it?

Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dipropylene glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cyclohexasiloxane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isopentyldiol, Black Sugar Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Sucrose, Trehalose, Butylene glycol, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Malic Acid, Fragrance.