Skinfood is always one of the first brands to come up in a discussion of wash-off masks. Their sugar scrubs and rice mask are frequently mentioned as favorites for physical exfoliation. After they announced a release of 6 new wash-off masks, I wanted to try some out to see if they lived up to Skinfood’s reputation.
Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.
What is it?
Skinfood’s Freshmade Apple Mask is a wash-off type mask that claims to hydrate the skin. It should be applied and left on for 10-20 minutes, then washed off. It can be used between your first and second cleanser, or after both cleansers. I liked to use it after my pH-dependent actives to ensure nothing stood in the way of their efficacy.
- Size: 90 mL
- Price: $8.39 CAD +shipping
- Texture: A thick gel/puree with an amber color and tiny speck of apple peel
- Scent: A lovely warm/red apple scent, like apple puree
- Packaging: A white jar with a screw lid
- Longevity: ~4 months at 1 use/week
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hizika Fusiforme (Hijiki) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Honey, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Squalene, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Polysorbate 60, Xantham Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Butylene Glycol, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 17200, CI 19140, Fragrance.
CosDNA breakdown. Squalene, butylene glycol, and CI 17200 all score a 1 for comedogenicity, and carbomer scores a 1 for irritation.
Unfortunately, the star ingredient here doesn’t seem to be present in great quantities. Apple extract appears all the way in the 11th spot in the ingredient list, and most of this mask’s hydrating power is going to be coming from the glycerin and hyaluronic acid. This mask also contains pigments, which surprised me. It means the amber color of the mask gel is not naturally occurring from any apple ingredient. Not necessarily a bad thing, just something to point out.
This apple mask is a thick amber colored gel with tiny pieces of apple pulp that are visibly suspended in the product. You can feel the apple pulp if you massage the mask on your face, though I only did that just to help loosen the gel when I was washing it off.
The best thing about this mask by far is the smell. It has a nice, natural apple scent. It’s much more red apple than green apple, and is more like apple juice or apple sauce than apple candy. I did not find the scent to be overpowering at all, and of course the scent fades once the mask is washed off.
I feel pretty ambivalent towards the white plastic packaging. The aesthetic is clean and minimal, but it doesn’t excite me all that much. I think I’d prefer something cuter for this type of product.
The mask gel itself spreads quite well, and it can get extremely drippy if you apply it too thickly. I tried wearing it in the shower, but it doesn’t stick very well with the heat and moisture. It washes away quite easily with water once it’s gotten wet.
Honestly, I haven’t seen much hydrating or moisturizing effect from this mask. In fact, the first time I used it I left it on for at least a half hour, and I found that my skin felt more dehydrated after I washed it off. After that I never left it on for more than 20 minutes, which seemed to remedy the issue. Still, you’d think a nourishing wash-off mask like this would provide better effects the longer you leave it on.
Would I Repurchase?
Unfortunately not. This mask is super cheap, but it doesn’t provide much for me beyond the skincaretainment value of smelling like apples while it’s on. It’s fun, but not something I’m going to be returning to.