Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask Review

Description: A peel-off mask purifying and clarifying dull, devitalized and problem skin. Formulated with Korean Medicinal Herbs, this peel-off mask purifies and clarifies dull, devitalized and problem skin.  Traditional Korean Medicinal Herbs such as Small Solomonseal Powder, Honey, Japanese Honeysuckle replenish nourishment for improved, brighter skin tone and texture. This unique textured peel-off mask effectively removes impurities and dead skin cells to promote clearer and smoother skin.

Potent Ingredients:

~Japanese Honeysuckle~
Okjuk extracts suppressed the oxidation of biological membranes thicken the skin cells, which improves the skin texture.

~Small Solomonseal Powder~
Antibacterial and cleanses the skin. When applied to the skin it cleanses it from freckles, spots, and blemishes, leaving a fresh and brighter skin.

NMF (natural moisturizing factor) components of honey to moisturize the skin and increases skin moisture, which will lead to smoother skin. Contains the building material that is responsible for the moisture balance of healthy skin. The skin regains its natural ability to absorb moisture and to retain it, thus lending it elasticity and suppleness.

Before I begin my review, I would like to discuss the importance of peel-off masks. Peel-off masks are a very essential step when taking care of your skin – it will help absorb your skin care products, aid in keeping your skin unclogged, clean, clear and fresh. Remember to pick masks that have beneficial ingredients for your skin! The difference with a cream mask is that when it dries, you wash it off with water. However, a peel-off mask requires you to gently* peel off the mask. The Korean SA at Sulwhasoo told me that when using a peel-off mask, make sure to apply a light moisturizer (emulsion) before you apply the mask so it will not be too harsh on your skin when you peel it off.

Review: The Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask is a great peel-off mask I have ever used! I have been using it for years, and just love it!!! You would not expect it, but it also removes some blackheads (however, you do need a blackhead remover for serious removal – although I never recommend those nose strips, its WAY TO HARSH for your nose area). The texture of this peel-off mask is very sticky - almost like a honey feel, but is easily manageable. I apply a really thick layer on my skin, and let it dry for 20-25 minutes. Once dried, you should start peeling from bottom outwards. Remember, never apply it around your eye area – you will cause future damage! Usually for those who have an oily T-zone, you can apply it just to your forehead, nose and chin area, but for those who have troubled skin, I suggest you use it all over the face – all personal preference. After one use, I found my skin looking very bright and fresh. Especially, the texture of my skin was very soft and silky, and stays like that until the next day! The scent is very herbal – and once again, with all the Sulwhasoo scents are so soothing and calming to your mind, you will love using the products. This is a plus since your skin care products will absorb rapidly into the skin!!! Of course, this is no exfoliant (although it does remove dead skin cells, you need an exfoliant to thoroughly remove the impurities on your skin), so don't replace an exfoliant with a peel-off mask! Keep using this product once a week, and find your skin glowing!!!!! I highly recommend it to those with oily or troubled skin. This is definitely my all time favourite masks!!!

*Stay tuned for Sulwhasoo's Extra Refining Water and Extra Refining Emulsion compared to The History of Whoo Jinyul Balancer and Jinyul Lotion review*


  1. I like this one a lot too, and have purchased repeatedly over the years!! I love that it doesn't dry out your skin like most peel off masks do.

    I totally agree with you over those nose strips. They enlarged my pores way back when until the Amore sales people told me they aren't good for me!

  2. Hi Joseibi! :)

    Haha same here! This is one of my stapled products, and I always recommend it to my friends!!! It leaves your skin very soft and supple!!!

    Ugh, nose strips are so damaging to the nose (and even eye area), especially when peeled!!! It stretches your eye area, which may cause pre-mature wrinkles. Yes, it does remove blackheads, but yes it will damage your skin if used consistently.

    Love the Amore SA's they are so helpful!!!


  3. I'm having this on my face now, hope it works! And you're right, nose strips aren't good, it's a pain to use and the pores look so enlarged after use.

  4. Hi Anonymous! :)

    How did you like the Clarifying Mask? I hope you applied a light moisturizer before this because it can be a little hard peeling it. But produces amazing results!!! Yes nose strips are awful for the skin - gets the job down, but causes severe damage if used consistently! :( Hope you love this mask :D


  5. Thank you for your blog, a lot of helpful info.!!
    I am looking into buying the history of whoo hwa hyun products, being 33 yrs old, is it too early to use since one of blog said it was for people 40 and older??
    Second question I want to ask if what exfoliant do you recommend since you recommend to do clarifying mask one a week in addition to exfoliant?

    Thank you very much,

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  7. I cannot live without this mask! I've been using it for 2 years now, and it's a staple in my skincare routine. It's a peel-off mask, but very gentle on the skin. It's the only peel-off mask I have ever used as my skin is easily irritated. My skin is always bright, smooth, plump, and super soft after use. The effects don't last very long (usually only 2 days), but the mask is well worth it as my skin always looks healthy after use. I use it 1-2x weekly. The Clarifying mask is my favourite Sulwhasoo product!

    Here is my full review: