To this day, I am not quite sure as to whether sleeping masks are just pure marketing scams or legit products. They tend to be much more expensive than a night cream per gram, yet I feel they do exactly the same.
Nonetheless, this sleeping mask by Hojine had me intrigued because it mentions on the front that it contains Hoji tea extract, which, Wikipedia tells me, is roasted Japanese green tea. I love, love, love green tea and roasted green tea in particular – I recommend the one made by O’Sulloc if you’re in Korea – so in the basket it went.
・What it is: ・
It’s a sleeping mask. You cleanse your mug, add toners, serums, etc if you like, then slather this on, let it sink in for a bit and go to bed if you so desire.
It’s nice, actually.
・Price & Availability: ・
I got mine at Olive Young for ₩4,500 while it was on sale, the regular price comes in at ₩5,500 I believe.
Each pack comes with a set of three sleeping masks. I do think you could just use half (see photos below) so you could theoretically stretch this out to 6 masking applications.
Each capsule contains 10g or 0.35 oz. of product.
I cannot find any English ingredients listings anywhere, so here’s the ingredients list in Korean with my own translation below.
If you see a mistake, feel free to correct me! I am not a chemist or formulator and might have unwittingly mistranslated here or there.
Hojine Product Information
Product Name: Hojini [Koreanised version] (Hojine)
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, beeswax, Shea butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Green Tea Extract, Carrageenan extract, Sugar cane extract, Betaine, Penta Acetyl tetra ethyl hexoxide, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-140 Soparapin, Acetylglucosamine, 1,2 Hexanediol, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Cepheide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
I ran this list that I typed up through cosDNA – did you know that you can submit your own lists there, because I just found out?? – and it returned the following analysis:
As you can see, we are basically looking at a bunch of surfactants to help the product penetrate the skin plus some moisturisers and emollient ingredients.
Hojine’s official website states that the product contains 70% roasted green tea (Hoji) extract, which in my opinion is a bit of a stretch. I am thinking that what they mean might be that there is tea extract contained therein, and that 70% of that tea extract is roasted green tea?
Each capsule is a little plastic mound with a foil lid on top, like so:
This type of packaging is light and flexible, and lends itself well for travelling or sports or when you’re generally out and about and are not planning on lugging around a huge bag of toiletries.
・What the company says:・
The official website states that this product is suitable for dry, sensitive skin that needs hydration and soothing. Furthermore, it states that Hoji tea contains Katekin, vitamin C, vitamin E and Theanine. Supposedly, it is oil free, makes skin soft and moisturises, and strengthens skin barrier.
In the capule, this is an opaque white cream that feels much like mascarpone or thick, heavy cream. On the face, it continues to fee heavy. It is very rich and creamy and luxurious, so if you are not used to this or might prefer airy, whipped textures, this might not be the mask for you. However, it is quite similar in texture to other sleeping masks that I have tried.
The scent is light and unobtrusive, I am thinking creamy and perhaps a little soapy.
In the below photos, you might be able to see what I meant by ‘you could get two uses out of 1 capsule’. See how thick this is?
I used this after cleansing, toning and applying an array of essences and ampoules. In place of my creams, moisturisers and oils, I applied the contents of one whole capsule.
First, let’s start with my cleansed and toned face:
Next, I proceeded to slap on the mask, I also applied a generous amount to my neck and decolletage (not pictured):
While the cream was an opaque white at first, it became a more transparent mask over time. The mask felt very heavy the entire time – you never forget you have got a mask on.
The below was taken roughly 30 minutes later:
I just went to bed that night as usual and I am happy to report that the mask did not leave any marks on my bedding or pillow cases.
I washed the mask off the next day, then continued with the rest of my skincare routine.
The next morning, I woke up to smooth, soft skin and the moisturising effect did last me a couple of hours throughout the next. My skin felt plump and smooth and moisturised. Fine lines were plumped up, my complexion looked a lot more rested and breakouts were soothed. This worked well.
I would consider repurchasing this. I think this would be great for really dry, rough, scaly skin to put on and soothe. People with oily or combination skin might not like this as much as it really is very emollient and it might just be a bit rich.
As for myself, I would only get this in the driest winter months but I would not reach for it outside of that just because it felt pretty heavy on the skin.