MOTD: Innisfree It’s Real! Squeeze Bija Mask

Heyy y’all! Today’s mask is from Innisfree, a Korean based company. I bought this mask from TesterKorea for 950 won, or about $0.84. This company is known for their natural approach to skincare. They tend to use a lot of what us Westerners would call ‘exotic’ ingredients, primarily from Jeju Island in Korea. 
With that said, I hard a hard time finding anything about Bija. Even Google was like, what the fuck is it? XD After a look on the manufacturer’s site, I found what they were referring to: torreya oil. Interesting.
According to Innisfree:

1. It’s real squeeze mask with torreya oil! The fruits of the torreya tree have been highly appreciated and used as a precious ingredient.
2. Jeju green complex: Jeju green complex that consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, Camellia leaves and orchid keep your skin healthy.

Ooo, gimmie gimme, I thought whilst selecting my mask last night. Sounds like what my skin needs after a muggy, grimy day in NYC!


….but seriously, wtf is torreya oil and why is there a picture of a fucking lime on the package?? I guess a bunch of crushed up leaves just wasn’t appealing enough on its own eh? XD

But I digress.

Let’s take a look at that featured ingredients shall we?

  • Torreya oil is known as Bija in Korean. I could find nothing specific as to why it’s good for “troubled skin” . The only conclusive thing I’ve found about it is that it’s a “skin conditioning emollient”: a regular ass moisturizer. Huh. My Google Foo is no match for this ingredient 😦
  • Green tea is awesome, as we found out in a previous mask review. Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory yumminess, yo.
  • Tangerines are my second favorite citrus fruit (besides clementines ;P). Besides being yummy, they are chock full of all sorts of awesomeness: vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene. They also contain three b vitamins (including niacinamide! Yayyy). Anti-aging, skin brightening, wound healing…. it’s an alll around a great ingredient.
  • Cactus just became the new darling of Elle. Apparently it has more antioxidants and vitamins than argan oil: known and love universally for its many wonderful attributes. 
  • Camellia has been a beauty staple of Japanese geisha for centuries. Apparently it’s been proven to support healthy skin function and promote the making of collagen in the skin. 
  • Orchid extract is known for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, its repairing/protective properties, and as being a humectant that also moisturizes, soothes and conditions skin.
As a side note, apparently Innisfree puts most (if not all) of the ingredients (besides the bija) in all of their It’s Real! Squeeze masks, so good to know. I do plan on reviewing the rest of the masks in the series that I have on hand, so this just saved my future self some work 😛

Anyway, enough veggie talk! On to the review!

Mask details: This mask had a nice clean smell…. not fruity or medicinal as I expected (damn misleading packaging….) It is a cotton mask that was decently soaked with essence, and I only had a little left in the package to do The Yoosh.

Mask Fit: This was the standard not-quite-fitting. I had to rip the eye and mouth holes for it to be comfortable, but it did fit my whole face so yay for that 😀

First Impressions: This mask held up for about 45 minutes before drying out, When I took it off, my face felt moist and plump. It took a few minutes for the essence to pat it, then I finished my routine and went about my business.

Final thought: I didn’t have any major skin issues yesterday (the last of my forehead breakout is all but gone now), so I cannot really attest to its’ advertised anti-trouble properties. Although I will say that my face felt great this morning! I kinda wish I would have saved it for the inevitable bad breakout to test it out. I had a schedule of masks to try and help my breakout, but it got much better by yesterday morning, and I just said fuck it… too much bother agonizing over choosing another mask XD

Would I rebuy it? I sure would! This is the second mask from them I tried (I have a double of the other one, which will be reviewed someday :P) and so far, I’ve enjoyed both masks from them. It’s not a spectacular mask series to me so far by any means, but they’re a decent low cost mask to have in stock for when you tire of more complex masks. The focus on more natural ingredients is a bonus for me, but they do contain alcohol so if your skin is sensitive to it (mine does not seem to be… but then I used to slather on alcoholic astringents and fucking Ponds cold cream on my face at night for my routine XD) you might wanna skip this mask.

Until next time,

xoxox

Deena

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