Hanacure All-in-One Facial
Social media feeds everywhere have been inundated with Hanacure's All-in-One Facial (colloquially referred to as "the grandma mask"), and as such, we've received a ton of requests from the Beautypedia Community to review this South Korean-inspired face mask. This two-in-one rinse-off product for all skin types has some strong points, but one significant formulary drawback keeps us from jumping on the pro-Hanacure bandwagon.
There are two options for purchasing this mask at the time of this review: the single-use mask for $29.99 or a set of four single-use masks for $110. Both arrive beautifully packaged in a high-quality carboard box with cut-outs for each piece. You get the Gelling Solution, the Lifting Serum, and a small, well-made applicator brush with silky-smooth nylon bristles.
The concept behind this mask's "all-in-one" claim is largely that all of our skin concerns are due to impurities and pollutants becoming trapped in our pores. When you mix the Gelling Solution and Lifting Serum (which is just a small glass vial of water-based liquid) together and brush the combination on skin, it's said to create a "purifying compound to absorb impurities, toxins, and other contaminants in pores."
Reality check: Breakouts, bumps, uneven skin tone, brown spots, post-acne marks, loss of firmness, and wrinkles are not caused by any sort of impurity or toxin. While it's true that airborne pollutants can wreak havoc on skin and within the pores, the result is free-radical damage—it's not the same path that leads to breakouts or clogged pores; those are due to other factors within skin that have nothing to do with impurities.
The claims go on to state that Hanacure's CO2 Octolift™ causes the gel mask to resolidify on skin, a process that "creates a strong binding force" which leads to a lifting and tightening effect. The tightening effect is this mask's major strike—more on that in a moment, and zero lifting happens—Hanacure isn't the cure for sagging skin, not to mention skin doesn't sag due to the weight of built-up impurities.
After you break the metal seal on the Lifting Serum (which isn't easy, plus there's a real risk of cutting yourself in the process because the metal is so sharp) you pour the contents into the Gelling Solution, which is housed in small plastic tray with a peel-off foil wrap. You're directed to peel back the wrap just enough to pour the liquid, then cover the plastic container and shake to mix the two products. Next you remove the foil wrapper and use the included brush to apply the mask to your face, neck, and chest.
The brush makes application easy, and within a few minutes the clear, glossy-looking mask begins to dry. This causes a tightening sensation that feels progressively more constricting, as if your skin is being strangled. Weird, huh? You're supposed to leave the mask on for a half hour, but we couldn't bear it past 20 minutes. On the upside, the mask washed off easily with warm water and minimal pressure—and, surprisingly, skin wasn't left feeling as tight and drawn as it did with the mask on. Granted, skin didn't feel wonderful, but we did see smoother texture and smaller pores (both temporary).
So, what's in this stuff? The ingredient responsible for the intense tightening sensation is a high amount of carbomer, a gelling ingredient typically used in low, non-drying amounts to create, enhance, or help stabilize product textures. Low amounts are typically between 0.25%-1%, but the Gelling Solution in the Hanacure All-in-One-Facial lists carbomer as the second ingredient! We suspect that Hanacure is using carbomer at least five times the normal amount, given how quickly this mask begins to feel tighter (and tighter).
It's unfortunate, because the Gelling Solution in particular is loaded with beneficial ingredients, from the called-out lotus flower to niacinamide, a form of vitamin C, green tea, ginkgo, and peptides. Ideally, you'd want to leave these ingredients on skin overnight, but as we said, this mask becomes incredibly uncomfortable in less than half an hour.
The Lifting Serum is a more basic formula that contains two antioxidant plant extracts proven to benefit skin and a more unusual plant (Benincasa cerifera) with zero research pertaining to skin, but a lot of interesting info on what happens when it's consumed orally.
For certain, none of the ingredients (alone or combined) in the Gelling and Lifting products that comprise this Hanacure mask can deliver flawless skin. This mask isn't as "all-in-one" as it claims and doesn't serve as a replacement for other skincare products; for example, it doesn't exfoliate or provide sun protection—both essentials for achieving great skin. And of course, this mask doesn't replace your moisturizer; if anything, you'll be reaching for it as soon as you rinse this mask.
- Easy to apply with provided high-quality brush.
- Rinses with minimal effort.
- Contains an impressive mix of antioxidants, niacinamide, vitamin C, and peptides (although these would work better if left on skin for longer).
- Makes skin feel smoother and pores look smaller (temporarily).
- Fragrance free.
- Makes skin feel extremely uncomfortable within minutes.
- Cannot and does not lead to flawless skin (as claimed in the insert that accompanies the product).
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