There’s sheet mask and there are those that you wash off, like a clay mask. There’s also a third kind that you don’t wash off but instead peel off, and it’s commonly known as modelling pack or rubber pack. For the uninitiated, in Japan and Korea, facial masks are referred to as “pack”. I received a sample of this Safetier CO2 Pack, a product from Japan, and this mask is a modelling pack peel-0ff type.
If you have gone for facials before, a modelling or rubber mask wouldn’t be strange for you. Usually the facialist or aesthetician will custom-blend some powders and gels etc. that addresses your particular face condition at the time, creating a goopy mixture that gets put on thickly over the face covering the eyes and lips too. It feels great because this product conforms to every contour of the face and while stealing a nap for twenty minutes or so, this mask congeals into a rubbery piece that gets peeled off in one go. I always find that after using a modelling mask, my skin feels ultra hydrated and soothed. As far as I know, masks of this kind can be found only at professional places so this is the first at-home pack that I get to try.
Safetier CO2 Mask is Japan’s first prescription treatment of a peel-off type carbonate pack. I thought the CO2 name is intriguing and according to the product description this mask has 10 times carbonate absorption ability into the skin, working directly on the inner layer of the skin to bring you a plump and supple skin. I’m not sure what that means exactly. I have only heard of and used oxygenating skincare products before, but carbon dioxide? What does that do to the skin? I guess I’ll only know how my skin looks and feels after using this CO2 mask, so let’s get cracking.
There are two components to this mask, a packet of peach-colored goo and a smaller packet of milky gel. You have to mix the two together and a small plastic bowl and spatula are included in the box for this purpose. I’m pretty much on my own here as all the instructions are in Japanese.
Notice the illustration in Step 2, with the explosive starburst which I take to mean stir vigorously for about a minute and put extra elbow grease into this. I’m no chemist, but I assume this vigorous mixing is supposed to activate the carbonation… kinda like introducing air bubbles into flat water to make it carbonated maybe?
And here’s the goopy mixture after whisking the two components together. I looked at it and sorta wondered if I had done this correctly. I did follow the illustrated steps on the box after all, but I couldn’t leave it in the bowl for too long because I noticed this mixture was starting to congeal fast so it had to be applied on my face asap.
Following the illustration on the box, I applied the product in an upwards motion. This was getting messy but the fruity peach fragrance served as a good distraction. Meanwhile the goop felt tingly and cool on the skin.
I wasn’t able to lay this on thickly and use everything up, because it was getting really clumpy and impossible to spread a thin layer using the spatula (or fingers even). Besides the illustration on the box said apply a thin 1 to 2 mm layer only so I ended up rubbing the leftover on my knees.
Half an hour later, I was expecting to peel everything off my face in one whole sheet but ended up with bits of rubbery pieces. Disappointed… hmm, maybe I didn’t apply the mask thinly enough? Perhaps not enough time had passed? Or could it be that I didn’t mix the two components vigorously enough? I don’t know but none of it mattered anyway because after every bit of the mask was removed, my face felt like a million bucks and my skin had never felt softer! I was truly floored by the results.
Honestly the mixing of this plus that is a tad mahfan (troublesome), compared to just slapping on a sheet mask right out of the packet, but the result of this CO2 mask is truly spectacular. Visibly brightened, my face sported a nice glow and my skin was very hydrated, it lasted that way for the next 24 hours. So yeah, I would totally get this product again – except I don’t know where from; I must dig out the business card of the supplier who gave me this and ask him.
I really loved how my skin felt and looked after using this product. I’d even go as far as saying that this modelling mask has worked a lot better than any sheet mask I’ve used. Please check back, I promise to post where to get this Safetier CO2 Pack from (once I find out).