Saturday, March 7, 2015

Etude House Play Therapy Moist Up Review

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I purchased this sleeping pack from my first Etude House Official Site Haul because I had never used a sleeping pack before. I've been using it every night for over a month after patch testing it, but I do not feel that this product fits into my routine.


What is it?

"This is a deep moisture sleeping pack that provides abundant moisture with marine mineral and hyaluronic acid for “oasis skin.”

What is marine mineral? This ingredient is from coral of the emerald colored Caribbean Sea, containing sufficient minerals for bright, moist, healthy looking skin."
As a sleeping pack, the Etude House Play Therapy Moist Up is meant to be used as the last skincare step right before bed to impart more moisturization onto my skin.


Ingredients

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TREHALOSE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROLYZED CORAL, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DIMETHICONE, CARBOMER, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, TROMETHAMINE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE
Other than the usual water based ingredients like the humectants glycerin and the advertised sodium hyaluronate, plus the silicones typical of lighter moisturizers, this product also contains hydrolyzed coral. I can't really seem to find what it does topically. I see fragrance as a possible irritant for me.


Packaging



The product is dispensed through a squeeze tube, so you can control how much you product you want to use. There was plastic wrap all over the package when new as a tamper proof method.


Scent


It has a lightish medium floral scent that dissipates in about half an hour after application.


Appearance


This product has a translucent, watery look to it.


Texture


This product leans on a light lotion or gel texture, and it reminds me of the aloe vera gels advertised to be used after sun bathing. It is a touch less watery than aloe vera gel, but still watery nonetheless.


Application





Directions
1. Message gently onto skin as the last step of night skincare and finish off by lightly dabbing onto skin.
2. Wear overnight and wash it off with lukewarm water the next day.


I usually use a cream or oil as my last skincare step for my face. Because this is so watery, I would either stop using my cream or oil and replace it with this sleeping pack as the last step, or use this right before the cream or oil.

I just spread this all over my skin with the amount I would use for a lotion or cream. I avoid the eyes because it tends to sting and irritate them if I get any of the product on or near them.


Performance


I find that this sleeping pack is quite hydrating upon application. It has a wonderful cooling sensation when applied, probably due to the high water content. The effects I get with this overnight are not as good as with my usual routine that is finished off with a cream or an oil. The product might have rubbed off or dissipated during the night, and I feel that my skin is just a touch drier than I would like it to be when I wake up. I have combo oily and dry skin, and I still feel that the hydration does not last throughout the night without a heavier moisturizer over this sleeping pack.

Due to the watery nature of this sleeping pack, I do not feel it should be used as a sleeping pack. Instead, I have switched to using it as a lotion after a lighter moisturizer, and before the heavier moisturizers like creams or oils. I think the sleeping pack can benefit from a better occlusive so that it is less watery, but still maintains its hydrating effects, so that it has more staying power on the skin rather than the product evaporate off or be able to allow my skin to retain more moisture.

An alternative method I use this is just as a moisturizing mask when I am awake rather than an overnight mask. After most of the mask as evaporated off or soaked into my skin, I would just do my regular skincare routine.

I also did not break out after using this product, which is a plus. But, I did get eye irritation, even when I carefully place the product around my eyes and avoid my eyelids. I would not be repurchasing this product due to the scent and the irritation.


Conclusion


Pros:
  • Very moist and hydrating.
  • Cooling sensation upon application.
  • Good price for amount of product.

Cons:
  • Eye irritant.
  • Don't like fragrance.
  • Moisturization does not last as a sleeping pack.

I will not be repurchasing this product because it doesn't work for my skin.


Where to Purchase


Website Price
Rescue Warrior Inc on Amazon $4.01 USD
A-Poly on Amazon $5.66 USD
TesterKorea ₩ 5,400
Korean Depart $7.24 USD
Etude House $8.00 USD
Beautynet Korea $11.49 USD
Prices exclude shipping and handling costs.

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