This post will be straight to the point, as unfortunately this Japanese Face Mask failed to impress me. Maybe it’s because I got so used to the simplicity of sheetmasks that everything else looks like too much fuss to me. Or because I had really high expectations before buying this product, that I was doomed to be disappointed. I usually avoid posting about skincare that I didn’t like too much, but I will still give it a try for this face mask.
At first the Tofu Moritaya Facial Mask, also called in English the Yogurt Facial Mask, sounded like an original and good idea. First, it is a Japanese skincare product, and we all know I have a weak spot for Japanese goodies. Second, the mask is packed with soy isoflavones that have brightening and moisturising properties and rice bran oil (and I love skincare with rice!). This mask also contains some fermented ingredients and honey which makes a pretty strong ingredients list for a mask. Finally, the packaging is super cute and definitely eye catching.
I brought this mask from my trip in Japan. It wasn’t as present in their shops as the LuluLun sheetmasks (literally everywhere!) but was still still quite easy to spot in many shops. Additionally, I have read about this masks in various articles listing the most emblematic Japanese cosmetics, so of course I had to give it a try.
How to use it? This is a more traditional, rinse off mask. You need to apply a generous amount of this mask on your face, wait around 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. You can help yourself with some wet cotton pads, because honestly it was hard to rinse it off. My usual problem/ dilemma with this type of creamy rinse off masks, is that I never know how ‘well’ should I rinse it off. I am never sure if I should feel my skin super clean and mask-free, or on the contrary leave a bit of it on my face more as a cream. This mask was no exception. As it was hard to take it off with just water, I was constantly freaking out if I should also try removing it with lotion or bah… even soap.
- Ingredients: Water, rice bran oil, glycerin, hydrogenated rapeseed alcohol, pentylene glycol, caprylic/capric trigyceride, stearic acid, polyglyceryl-2 disostearate, dipotassium, glycyrrhizate, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, potssium hydroxide, tocopherol, hydrogenated lecithin, honey, soymilk ferment filtrate, lactoferrin, perilla extract, butylene glycol, soybean seed extract, natto gum, yogurt filtrate, royal jelly extract, titanium dioxide, silica, alumina, squalane, dextrin palitate, carrot root extract, alcohol, fragrance.
First impressions: This Moritaya Tofu mask has a very accurate name, as the consistency really feels like a thick yogurt or Tofu. People easily grossed by applying food stuff on their face stay away! Even the smell of it kind of reminds me of a natural yogurt. I am currently using this mask during winter time, and it is true that this mask gets cold quite easily and applying such a cool mask has relaxing and ‘de-puffing’ effects.
Effects: I honestly didn’t see much effects after applying this mask for a couple of days. I also think that the best skincare is the one you love using, even if it is only because it smells nice or feels great. This mask was not in that enjoyable category and I was mainly using it in the name of science (and because I didn’t pack enough sheetmasks for my trip to Poland!! AAAA).
Would I buy it again? No. But hey, as usual this is subjective and relative to my skin type and personal liking.
Where to get it? You can also find it on Amazon.
Let me know in comments if you had different experiences with this mask.