- What is it
- A pack of 10 hydrating sheet masks made with rice-based ingredients
- How I use it
- Apply it to my face after cleansing and toning, wait 30 minutes, remove and massage the remainder essence in, and continue with the rest of my routine
- Best suited for
- All skin types, especially dry/dehydrated skin
- Size & Price
- Where to buy
water, glycerin, propylene glycol, alcohol, styrene/VP copolymer, rice ferment filtrate, rice bran oil, hydrolyzed rice bran extract, rice bran sphingoglycolipid, glucosyl ceramide, alpha-glucan, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, polysorbate 80, citric acid, sodium citrate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben
God bless CosDNA, because I can’t understand a damn thing on the label. As you can see, the mask is full of rice-derived ingredients that will help hydrate and nourish your skin. Sphinogoglycolipids is a patented ingredient that contains both α-glucosamine and β-glucosamine and provides hydrating + anti-oxidant properties (source). It also contains my favorite ceramide to help protect and repair your skin barrier, crucial for dehydrated skin types.
And as with 99.9% of Japanese skincare products, the Keana Nadeshiko Rice Mask does contain alcohol. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but probably no bueno for sensitive or irritated skins. Paraben is also listed, and as much hate has it gets, I’d take that over bacteria/fungal growth any day. Just saying.
First time trying Japanese masks
I know, 28 and still a Japanese sheet mask virgin…until 2 months ago that is. I do like the eco-friendly packaging of these mask packs, especially if you’re sheet-masking daily. Not so good if you sheet mask infrequently, as you run the risk of ingredient oxidization and the essence drying out. It comes in a nice resealable bag, though it was hard to get the first sheet out as they’re all mushed together.
The sheet mask itself is on the thicker side, and you can tell the material is cheap because it rips very easily, so be careful when applying it. It does feel very soft on the skin, and the fit isn’t bad either.
There’s a lot of essence in each pack, and each mask can carry quite a bit, probably due to the thicker material. Instructions say to leave it on for 5 minutes, but I’ve pushed 40 minutes and the sheet mask was still moist when I removed it!
Dehydrated skin savior?
I prefaced this post saying this was a mask for dehydrated skin, because that’s essentially what the mask itself is claiming. As we know, dehydrated skin is a condition, not a type. It happens when the skin lacks water, but still continues producing oil, and it’s common among combination/oily skin types. One of the main issues the Keana Nadeshiko Rice Mask addresses is the large, visible pores on combo/oily skins and providing the hydration to rebalance the skin and thus minimize the appearance of these pores.
Sounds perfect right? Except eh, the effects were average at best. It’s still a hydrating mask no doubt, but it also left a slightly sticky finish that I didn’t particularly care for. My pores also looked the same afterwards, and even after using the mask 8 days in a row, I did not notice any particular improvements in pore visibility. As a matter of fact, I did’t notice any significant improvements in my skin other than the standard increase in hydration. But every sheet mask does that, so what else is new?
Keana Nadeshiko Rice Mask
As with most firsts, few are actually enjoyable or memorable. While I love rice-based ingredients, this mask failed to live up to its claim and I really didn't like the stickiness afterwards. The price is reasonable, but only if you're in Japan. There are so many better sheets masks out there for dehydrated skin that are more affordable and accessible, so this is definitely a no-thanks-bye product for me.