Today I have a mask from a brand called Dr. Jou. A small side note, Dr. Jou and Dr. Morita seem to be related brands, as far as I can tell. I’m not sure in what capacity they actually become separate brands though, as there are distinctions between the sheet masks, but my Dr. Morita face wash has Dr. Jou on the back of it. The Dr. Morita Brand is named after Morita Department Store, which opened in Taiwan in 1935. The Dr. Jou brand appears to be named after Dr. Jou, the founder and head skincare developer at Dr. Morita Brand.
The particular mask I’ll be reviewing today is the Dr. Jou Smooth Skin mask. It comes in boxes of five with other variations in this particular line. I can’t seem to find images of them online, but I remember seeing them in store (as I was debating with myself which one I should try!).
The mask is completely soaked in essence – if I wanted to, I probably could have put a dry mask into the remaining essence and done a second sheet masking session with it. It contains a whopping 32mls of essence. It was more than enough for my arms and neck! It had a mild smell that faded quickly. I couldn’t really put my finger on what it smelled like… Just skincare? I don’t think it was an added smell.
It didn’t fit very well around my nose, but what’s new. The mask material was thicker than the Dr Morita sheet mask and slightly larger in size. I didn’t find this fit me as well as the Dr Morita, and you’ll see that in the photo. I also found that the eye holes were a bit small for my face.
The first time I used this mask, the essence pilled around my neck. I didn’t have this experience the second time I used it, so I’m not really sure what to attribute this to. I wore this for about 30 minutes, but I definitely could have worn it for longer if I wanted – it had only slightly dried around my forehead by this time.
Water/Aqua, Polyglycerin-3, Dipropylene Glycol, Diglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, PPG-28-Buteth-35, Pentylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Hedera Helix Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Gigartina Stellata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Carbonner, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Squalane, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Glycine, Alanine, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Cellulose Gum, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Atelocollagen, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Platinum, Silver
When I run the ingredients list through COSDNA, it’s basically chock-full of moisturisers and a slew of botanical extracts, such as Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Porphyra Umbilicalis (Algae/seaweed), Spirulina, and Chamomile to name a few. I like the addition of the algae extract, as this is supposedly one of the key ingredients that make the famous Creme De La Mer so amazing and effective.
My skin looked good, but not amazing right after removing the mask. It definitely soothed redness and hydrated my skin, but didn’t really give me any extraordinary results… At least not yet. I found that this mask had more of a delayed-release effect, if you will. It looked alright immediately after using the mask, but it looked AMAZING the morning after. My skin looked so bright and nourished – I had been suffering from some dry patches due to drying, foaming cleansers and those were completely gone. I know that skin always looks better in the morning, but this was next level!
Overall, I would give this mask a 3.5/5. I took points off for the fit. While this mask did give me really good results, I wouldn’t repurchase. I never feel as if I’m getting the best value when I get less than 8 masks in a box. I think it IS worth trying if you can pick it up for the right price, I feel like this would probably be a great mask to use the day before an important event.
Do you have a ‘special occasion’ product that you like to use in preparation for an event?
1 – Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 – Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 – Average: Performs as expected.
4 – Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 – Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.