Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
COSRX’s Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is a great, lightweight leave-on mask that can live up to its claims of rejuvenating skin while you sleep.
Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, the lightweight lotion texture feels moisturizing without being heavy, making it suitable for all skin types, and is fragrance free as well. Soothing rice extract is the star ingredient, along with nourishing non-fragrant plant oils. There’s also a high amount of skin-brightening niacinamide, so this mask can make good on its claims of evening out your complexion, assuming you apply it nightly.
We love that this hydrating mask skips a lot of problematic ingredients many other masks contain, though we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that it’d be even better with additional skin-soothing and replenishing ingredients. After all, if you’re going to add another product to your routine, it should be extra special!
- Lotion texture is moisturizing without being overly heavy.
- Contains soothing rice bran extract and nourishing plant oils.
- Including skin-brightening niacinamide.
- Packaged in a container that protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Formulated with 65% rice extract, this sleeping mask intensely hydrates and brightens skin to give you a fresh and even complexion. Packed with niacinamide, a powerhouse brightening ingredient, and hydrating sunflower seed oil, this mask is designed to nourish and moisturize tired skin while you sleep. With the texture of a lightweight cream, it absorbs easily, so it can also be used as a regular daytime or nighttime moisturizer! If you’re looking for a sleeping pack that hydrates and brightens skin without transferring onto your clothes and pillow, this sleeping mask is the one to try.
COSRX is one of a growing number of Korean beauty brands – a category known by many simply as K Beauty – that’s gaining a foothold in the Western cosmetics world. COSRX got its start in 2014, though it’s essentially an offspring of older “sister” brands, including C20 and Gatzmen, which have longer-standing histories in the Korean market. As the story goes, COSRX came about after the parent company compiled a decade’s worth of research based on customer data and beauty consumer research.
The brand name, as you might have guessed, is a mash-up of “cosmetics” and “RX” (for prescription), and illustrates COSRX’s overall philosophy. Whereas some other K-beauty brands are known for whimsical packaging and brightly-colored products, CosRX’s focus is minimalistic packaging and products designed to target specific skin care concerns, each highlighted by active ingredients.
To that end, the brand is largely successful. Most of the packaging is designed to protect light- and air-sensitive ingredients, though there are some jars in the mix. The formulas focus on active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta hydroxy acid (though it should be noted, COSRX uses BHA derivatives, since salicylic acid’s use is restricted in Korea).
Most of the exfoliants are formulated at the optimal pH for exfoliation, which is between 3 and 4, and are fragrance free. Unfortunately there are some formulas that include natural ingredients that can potentially sensitize skin, including pine and cedar extracts, and anise fruit extract – proof once again that natural isn’t always better! Some products also contain drying alcohol, which is interesting since other products are specifically advertised as being “alcohol-free.”
Overall, this line is worth considering, especially if you prefer a more targeted approach to skin care that focuses on science rather than trends. For more information, visit cosrx.kr, the brand’s official Korean site. COSRX is available for purchase at several U.S. and online retailers, including Ulta, Amazon, and SokoGlam.
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