28 Feb 2017

Review: Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask


Have you ever experienced working until late at night for weeks, finding your eyes area become easily irritated, dry and painful? If you have, then this mask is the right product for you.

Actually this eye mask is kinda like a dark horse for me. I bought it some times ago last year but only using it sparingly because I didn't really need it back then. I only used eye cream as and when needed.

It was not until recently that I started to pay more attention to this product, when no other eye products can do a better job at soothing and calming my eyes area. I wasn't having enough sleep in the past two months due to work-related reasons hence the one inch area around my eyes got super sensitive and dry. The condition was so bad that even my beloved Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream couldn't help. This eye mask then rode in with a dark horse to calm, hydrate and soothe my eyes area. I love it so much that I want to write a full review about it!


The product looks like this, pretty ordinary without any fancy design. Inside, it has a 25ml full mimosa pudica goodies and a bunch of other extracts that is more than enough to last you for 3 months even if you use it everyday.


The Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask is an leave-on mask that can reduce puffiness and dark circles on your eyes, strengthen the resilience around the eyes and calm any form of irritation. Basically, it is a massage cream that you can use on your eyes area.

METHOD OF USING

You are supposed to warm a finger tip size amount by rubbing it between your fingers, and apply it in a circular motion around your eyes. You can also refrigerate it and apply it as a cooling gel when you need it. The "360" in the product label stands for 360 degree of massaging, 3 repetitions of the massaging step, 6 acupuncture points to pressure around your eyes, and in a circular (0) motion. Quite a thoughtful idea!


The mask is an emollient cream with a bouncy and pudding-like texture. Despite its seemingly thick consistency, it doesn't leave the skin sticky or tacky at all. I would even consider it light-weighted! It didnt cause any milia around my eyes.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-hexanediol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Panthenol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-decyletetradeceth-20 Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Tromethamine, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylatecrosspolymer, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Mimosa Pudica Leaf Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Galium Aparine Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Chelidonium Majus Extract, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Exract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


Main ingredients here are emollients and other texture ingredients you need to give this product its bouncy and moisturizing texture. The key ingredient here is neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, which is an emollient with lightweight and velvety texture that you use as an alternative to silicone. It is a great moisturizer that will not clog pores or bring any side effects to the skin. Best emollient you can have on your eyes.

Common anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and emollient herbs such as oat kernel extract, calendula flower extract, catnip extract, raspberry leaf extract, wild indigo extract and chickweed extract are used. These are also the more commonly used herbs in most Belif products. Oat kernel extract, in addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, is also a great skin conditioner and healing ingredient for individuals with eczema, acne, and flakiness. Raspberry leaf extract, on the other hand, works as an astringent to firm and tighten up the skin around the eyes.

Next, we have the mimosa pudica leaf extract, which is our key ingredient here.


Also known as the "shy-plant", this herb is widely available in Asia, Brazil and Africa and has the fame of being a great wound-healing and anti-inflammatory herb. I did not find a lot of research backing its skincare benefits but Belif claims that this works to increase the resilience around the eyes, which I believe is derived from the unique characteristic of its compound leaves that always fold inward when touched.

Some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory are also added to perfect the formula of this mask, namely the mountain yam root extract, eyebright extract, greater celandine extract, white cedar extract, comfrey leaf extract, lemon balm extract and rose flower extract. Some of these herbs like the mountain yam contains brightening effect which makes it great for improving dark circles under the eyes. Eyebright, as its name suggests, is an eye soother that can reduce puffiness and calm the skin under the eyes.White cedar leaf extract, on the other hand, is an astringent that will shrink pores.

In short, the formulation as a whole looks like a great soothing and anti-aging goodies compacted into a bouncy jello. Belif always surprises me with its great ingredients used and now it has surprised me further with its good selection of skin soothing, firming, and moisturizing ingredients to add into this mask.

PERFORMANCE


I have been using this eye mask for almost a year now and is ready to share my thoughts on it. Basically, this is a lightweight product, lighter than both the Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream and the Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream. It blends well on the skin and will soothe and protect it from damages and irritation. Its unique bouncy texture also makes it great as a massaging cream for the eyes. I have used eye mask in the form of gold patches but I still prefer the Belif eye mask. Those gold patches despite its fancy ingredients might be quite irritating for the thin skin around our eyes. There must be a reason why this is priced RM 115 but those eye patches only cost RM 30 right?

In term of its performance, I don't think this eye mask can replace an eye cream. It definitely calms and soothes my eyes area in a great way but it doesn't really improve fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes. I noticed that my fine lines deepened when I stopped using my eye cream and only used the eye mask. As such, you still have to use an eye mask for anti-wrinkles purpose if you have those concern. But if you want something soothing, moisturizing and pampering, then this eye mask will work great for your eyes area.

CONCLUSION

About: eye mask
Properties: soothing, moisturizing, elasticity-improving
Best suited for: dull, dry, sensitive and sore eyes, perfect for those who sit in front of computer for long hours

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★★☆
texture: ★★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★★
performance - soothing: ★★★★★
performance - moisturizing: ★★★★
performance - elasticity-improving: ★★★★
general impression: ★★★★ (really good and will repurchase in the future)


You can get this from: Belif Malaysia | Hermo | Gemfive
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Product is purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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