Today, I have my first face mask from Dr. Morita to review. Dr. Morita is another very well known Taiwanese skincare brand with extremely popular products throughout Asia. I picked up a box of the Hyaluronic Acid & Sake Yeast Essence Moisturizing Facial Mask at Watson’s for TWD 299. It comes in boxes of 8. I haven’t seen very many boxes of 10, even My Beauty Diary boxes only contain 8 masks. I wonder if this is a new trend?
I’ve never tried Dr. Morita before and I hadn’t read many reviews, so I tried this without really knowing what to expect (other than hopefully glowing skin afterwards!)
Checking out the ingredients list, there’s a lot of good stuff packed into this mask:
Water/Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, PPG-28-Buleth-35, Niacinamide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Diglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum Panthenol, Sodium Carbomer, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oryza Sativa(Rice)Lees Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Algae Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
I actually completely missed that there was squalane in this, so I’m happy to have tried my first squalane product (albeit unwittingly). It actually took me a little while to figure out that the ingredient described as Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract was the Sake Extract. I had to do a bit of research on what “lees” are, and apparently, it is the residual deposits of yeasts left behind after the fermentation of wine. Sake lees are specifically known as “sakekasu/sake-kasu” in Japan, and there’s a lot of info out there on the benefits of sakekasu consumption as well as its use on skin (SK-II Pitera, anyone?). It’s apparently possible to source your own sakekasu (it comes in solid bricks) and make your own masks out of it, but I much prefer the convenience of the Dr. Morita sheetmasks!
I’m glad to see one of my skincare favourites, niacinamide right at the top (if you’ve followed me for a while then you KNOW I’m obsessed with this stuff!). Here is a good rundown of why I think niacinamide is such a star ingredient. This is a very fuss-free, straightforward ingredients list IMO, and I’m excited to see what it can do for my face. My only issue is that methylparaben seems to be pretty high on the list – I prefer my preservatives to be a bit lower on the list, probably about where citric acid is. However, I’m not a cosmetic chemist and I don’t know much about ingredients lists other than that they are listed from greatest percentage to lowest percentage.
The mask had a pleasant, mild smell – not fermented or alcoholic at all. The fit wasn’t the best, but it adhered well to my face for the 30 minutes that I wore it for. The essence was clear, and there was a bit of excess in the packet – just enough to pat on top of the mask to make the most of the essence. I actually don’t know how to tell what kind of material this mask is – I think it’s just a thin, fibre mask? I had no issues with the mask being too thick, but I had some issues with it around my nose bridge (as usual though).
So the results of the mask? I freaking loved it. My skin was soothed and moisturised, and best of all, the mask had reduced the appearance of the pores beside my nose. Where did they go, and can they stay there?! The pore-minimizing effect lasted about an hour or so after removing the mask, but I’m still so pleased it can actually do something about them. I also found that the essence was not sticky to pat in after using the mask.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this mask and can’t wait to try more from Dr. Morita! This mask gets a 5/5 from me.
I hope this review is helpful to you! Have you heard of Dr. Morita before?