I stumbled upon Manyo Factory over a year ago while I was in loitering on HwaHae, South Korea’s most well known product review app. Not the most glamorous way to discover new skincare products, but realistic. A hop and a box of intense brightening, plumping, pore & redness reducing masks later, I placed Manyo Factory’s Galactomyces 10x Wrap Mask on my most-holy-grail-mask-ever-list. #blessed!! The good news is: this masked has been RESTOCKED!
This is one mask that I did not try before bringing it to the shop. I was chatting with Joan, from Kinseng, and she asked me to bring it when I dropped the news about bringing a selection of Manyo Factory products soon. She was like CAN YOU ALSO GET THE GALACTOMYCES MASK???? So, I was like, sure. Why not?
During this time, the skin on my face was going through its first phase of really bad adult acne coupled with a huge allergic reaction that ended up in eczema. I was swollen, red, dry, oily...on top of that I was sleeping erratically so I had terrible dark eye circles and eye bags. Definitely the worst condition the skin on my face...has faced.
So I admit, I did not try this mask until a couple weeks after it arrived and usually I try EVERYTHING before it shows up on the store. Instead of trying it myself, I passed it around to a couple of my local friends that loved skincare as much as I do. All I heard from them were glowing reviews!
My face was a war zone and I was worried that anything would have set it off. I dived in tentatively, begrudgingly took a before picture, and used the mask.
First, let’s get the specs down. This is a 2-piece hydrogel mask made of 97% Galactomyces. If that doesn’t scream holy grail to you. I don’t know what will.
For those of you unfamiliar, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is a fermented skincare ingredient (widely use in Asian skincare), known for it’s brightening effects. This was discovered in a rice wine (sake) brewing distillery due to the youthful appearance of the sake distiller’s hands.
I was not expecting much because I will be honest...at that point, I hated hydrogels but this is the hydrogel that changed everything for me which means...I give them the time of day now.
Before this hydrogel from Manyo Factory, every single hydrogel I used was annoying, scratchy, harsh on my skin, or adhered in a crappy, inconvenient way. So I did not, could not, wanted not to try another hydrogel ever again.
When I placed this hydrogel on my face, I experienced an extreme cooling sensation that I did not expect since there I did not recall any cooling ingredients in the mask itself (menthol, peppermint, or even eucalyptus, none). This cooling sensation felt immediately soothing and relaxing.
This mask also adhered to my face very well and did not slide — not even a little bit. This is a BIG DEAL. Every single hydrogel mask I tried until that point was too heavy and too slippery so it would slide down my face. Very inconvenient.
The best part of using this mask was definitely the effects that last through a day! Crazy brightening, redness reducing, eye bag de-puffing, pore reducing!
I know, I know, “before and after” pictures are always in suspicion of being Photoshopped. The only thing I did in Photoshop for these “before and after” pictures is crop them. For these pictures, I used the manual setting on my old DSLR, the same lighting, and it was shot within two hours of each other!
My eye bag is definitely less puffy here! Instead of being beet red, you can see my real skin color!
Ah..seriously holy grail. Definitely a great mask to use before a big event! This mask is so good, you will want to double dip...
Well, that will be for another blog post.
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