The SKINFOOD Rice Wash Off Mask is one of those highly raved about products that you’ll see many humans praise. I got this in the October Bomibox and was really excited to try it, because I was actually contemplating on whether or not to buy it (luckily I didn’t). My review isn’t really on schedule this week (I had a couple things come up so I wasn’t able to put together a review – but it’s up nowww). Anyhoo, here are my two-cents about this product! IS it really worth the hype?
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category – I write reviews for fun, and to help myself remember what I’ve tried. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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For my incredible Canadian friends, I have seen this product at Hudson’s Bay (in stores)!
- Skin feels soft and smooth after use
- The particles are gentle and not too rough, giving skin gentle exfoliation
- Affordable ($10USD for 100g)
- Smells nice!
- 5-10 minute wait-time, as per the instructions (might get time consuming for those who just want a quick skincare routine on a busy day)
- Contains questionable ingredients (may trigger acne, and cause irritation to the skin) (see CosDNA)
- Fragrance may be too strong for some
- Rice is usually known for brightening – doesn’t brighten (don’t expect that it will, because the description doesn’t say that it helps brighten)
Will I buy this again
Given that it is so affordable and does its job, I would likely repurchase this – however, I find it difficult to finish up most of my wash-off /clay mask packs. So it will depend on how long it takes me to finish it.
Claims/ What this product promises to do
This mask is supposed to help make the skin “transform…into a pure and soft texture.”The product label also mentions that this contains rice bran water.
One thing I am curious about is: can this product help flatten bumps? WE SHALL SEE.
Just your typical, mask pack in a cup with plastic packaging. With a plastic cover underneath the lid to protect the product and to prevent it from getting everywhere. I also really like products with a cover, because I can move the product to the bottom of that cover and swipe the product from there instead of dipping my finger into the tub and potentially getting everything contaminated with my germy fingers. #germaphobe
Also I just found out that the protection lid is super fragile, so be careful not to push it down to forcefully as I have with my insanely strong fingers. the edges that hold the lid on top of the product kinda flaked itself off -silently cries-.
The product indicates and lets you know BOTH the manufacturing date and the date when the product will roughly expire. Since it doesn’t come with a protective seal, I would assume that the product can last until the rough expiry date – but it’s probably better to finish using it within 1 year to 1.5 years.
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, Fragrance
Ingredients list from Ulta
CosDNA analysis – I put some notes on the ones that ranked higher than a 3 on CosDNA, and some out of curiosity. If you’re interested in knowing more about them I’ve listed them out so it’s easier to do a quick search!
The boohoo (not-so-okay) ingredients for safety (3 or higher on CosDNA):
- Propylene Glycol
- Polysorbate 80
- PEG-100 Stearate
- Triethanolamine – pH Adjuster; however, noted as a toxicant to the human skin, immune system and respiratory system. Studies have show that in small amounts this ingredient can cause mutation and potentially cause bladder and liver cancer. (all of this was from Truth in aging)
- Sodium Acrylates Copolymer
- Tocopheryl Acetate
- Imidazolidinyl Urea – Preservative; recommended to not be used because of its synthetic properties but apparently isn’t yet proven to be toxic (all of this was from Truth in aging)
It can be argued that because some of them are at the end of the ingredients list, that the amounts within this product aren’t a huge issue. But I’d rather be safe than sorry and it’s better to have a good sense of the safety issues/potential dangers of having such preservatives!
Ingredients that may be potential triggers for acne:
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Stearic Acid
- Peg-100 Stearate
Ingredients that may be cause irritation to the skin:
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Sorbitan Stearate
Oryza Sativa Bran Water (ie. Rice Bran Water) – 8th in the order of the ingredients list. It can be safe to assume that there is a ‘decent’ amount of this ingredient in this product. This ingredient can act as both a soothing agent and anti-oxidant in products.
The texture is grainy – what you would expect from a physical exfoliant, but it’s gentle and when you rub it lightly into your skin it feels like you’re rubbing cooked rice (it’s got this sticky feeling to it).
The particles don’t appear smashable or soft, they’re clear and invisible. It’s the milky essence that makes those products look like “rice.”
I don’t usually make a separate section for a product’s scent anymore, but I had to for this one because the smell is incredibly strong. It smells nice, florally in a way which may be a concern for those with sensitive skin. The floral scent is overpowering, but you get a subtle (incredibly subtle) hint of the scent of rice.
I always used this after the Cleansing step of my routine, because it’s a wash-off pack – so I don’t see any reason to apply toner/essence and anything else if I’m going to ending up washing it off.
With this product, I feel like the more you apply, the easier time you’ll have. I tend to apply an amount that is close to the size of a toonie ($2 coin, but I think I can use more), around 0.5cm in height. Like the size of a Hershey’s kiss? I would then put the product on the 5 points of my face (forehead, nose, cheeks, chin) and lightly rub it in a circle motion. After I’m done (or I feel like I’m done with rubbing), I let the product sit for 5-10ish minutes before washing it off with luke warm water.
Because this mask is mixed with little particles, I noticed that when I rubbed the product lightly on my skin the products will gather, stick together and flatten (giving that sticky rice feeling).
TIP: You want to rub the product until the essence looks almost absorbed and you have these odd looking “rice balls” (like the picture above!). When you let the mask set for 5-10 minutes ish, the essence will go from milky to transparent.
After letting it set for 5-10 minutes and washing it off with water, it feels like you can’t completely wash everything off – there’s a layer of something (essence maybe?) that leaves skin feeling really smooth and soft. This effect lasted for me until the next morning, but I don’t think it’s only isolated to the wash off mask alone – on days that I don’t use a sleeping mask or a good hydrating moisturiser, the effect is not as visible in the morning as opposed to if I did. BUT, at least it does a good job and is able to last long if I put in the work and effort to keep my skin in good shape.
Can’t tell if there are any visible differences, but my hand where I applied the Wash off Mask definitely felt softer in comparison to the one where I didn’t use it. I think it also helped lightly moisturise my hand, which made it feel less dry as well. Rice usually is best known for brightening effects, I didn’t really notice any brightening effects with this mask.
The test on my chin bumps
My verdict is.. NO. It doesn’t help reduce/flatten bumps. It might look like it in the picture, but that’s because my before photo also includes my oily skin. All this is good for is removing surface dead skin cells (in a way), and its essence that helps make skin super soft after washing the mask pack off.
This was just me trying to see if it does anything BEYOND what it said it would do. So if you’re hoping that this helps take away comedomes, bumps and whatnot.. it doesn’t.
TL;DR, it does what it promises to do. I like the fragrance alot, it smells really nice to me – but it is very strong. It is definitely affordable, and doesn’t hurt your wallet while helping your skin gently exfoliate. It doesn’t have any other functions besides making the skin smooth and soft (so I don’t really have much to say about this product :s). I understand why this product is so hyped up – because of the way it makes the skin feel and the price. If you like wash-off packs and can finish them easily, I’d say go for it. But.. if you have sensitive skin, and are sensitive to any of the ingredients that may cause acne/irritation (listed above), I would suggest to not use this just because you never know what will happen..