I have found a honey mask that is better than high-end. It may be hard to believe because so many less expensive masks just lack the formulation and ingredients of more expensive masks. I played it safe and started with the travel size and then I was hooked. It was smooth and silky. I liked the feel of it being applied to my face. I would say it even goes on like high-end honey masks or better than some. The best part was it left my skin hydrated and smooth. Actually, very hydrated. In fact, this honey mask left my skin looking dewy. It does have a bit of an interesting smell but it is very faint. The smell is probably from the fact that it doesn’t contain fragrance, but it does contain some great ingredients (see below for ingredients and I have the ingredients that I believe are great for the skin in green).
Honey balances bacteria on your skin very effectively without irritation. Honey is also a natural product. It also has great hydration properties and is known to speed up healing on the skin. Honey was used in ancient times to heal wounds and keep a protective barrier around them to help keep dirt out of the wound, much like we use band-aids today. I have found it to be effective in helping with healing my irritated skin (as I am currently using Retin-A, 5 times a week all over my face. I will be posting on this soon as well).
Honey, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Polysorbate 20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Water, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propolis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Bee Venom, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin
-Ingredients for the I’m From Honey Mask
I bet you guessed from above that is the “I’m from Honey Mask”. I think this honey mask is better than the high-end brands and less expensive. Yep, it is another Korean beauty product.
Details on the ingredients that are in green (my good skincare ingredients)
First off, the first ingredient is honey that tells you this product is full of exactly what it says it is and they tell you straight off that there is 37.8% honey in it. They tell you where it is from and no it is not manuka honey. Manuka honey is the gold standard in honey for skincare but that may be because it is the most studied in skincare. That doesn’t mean that other forms of honey aren’t great.
Sunflower Seed Oil – this oil is non-comedogenic and it is good for all skin types, even acne prone.
Shea Butter – Shea butter is simply great hydration through fatty acids. It also provides great nourishment for the skin with vitamins.
Jojoba oil – is the closest oil to the skin own sebum and it is very moisturizing as well.
snail secretion filtrate – is the slime the snail produces while moving after is collected. It is then purified (from what I understand the snail are not hurt). Snail secretion filtrate is naturally rich in are glycosaminoglycans or GAGS. GAGs play a very important role in the structure of collagen in our skin. Their impact on the skin has been studied and evaluated by several sources and one particular well-rounded study entitled,
Study on GAGs and proteoglycans (GAGs are found in snail secretion filtrate)
Reactivating the extracellular matrix synthesis of sulfated glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans to improve the human skin aspect and its mechanical properties
This study is very informative on the subject of GAGS and proteoglycans in aging skin and reversing it. If you don’t want to read the whole study that is okay. There are charts and pictures for you to view as well.
Aloe– which we probably all know helps in healing the skin. It is also just a great product in itself to keep around for skin healing or to “cut down the irritation from using AHA or other irritation exfoliants.
Propolis Extract – this ingredient contains antibacterial properties so it aids in clearing acne. It has anti-bacterial properties which means it aids in the healing of the skin as well, not only for acne but for the healing of redness and irritation in the skin.
Beta-Glucan – has many properties as it can calm the skin to reduce redness. It brings water to the surface of the skin as does hyaluronic acid. But it has also been studied for its ability to aid in increases immunity in the body and on the skin. I will post a whole blog on this soon and go through some of the studies but for now, I will just say that.
Glycerin – is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. If you have overdone it with the exfoliation of your skin you can apply glycerin directly on your skin to help seal in moisture, but it is kind of sticky and you will have tremendous shine on your face
That is quite a list of great ingredients for the $35.00 for 4.23 oz or around $5.00 for the travel size. I know, I can just hear it now that is not a good price. But it really is, honey masks that are high-end are more than that. Take a look at a fan favorite, Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion, it is $35.00 for 1.75 oz. That is more than double the price of I’m from honey and honey isn’t Farmacy Beauty’s Honey Potion’s first ingredient.
Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion
Ingredients in high end mask (Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion)
Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether
Farmacy Beauty website for ingredients for Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion
Details of the ingredients
Glycerin is the first ingredient, while it is still a great ingredient, isn’t an expensive ingredient.
It contains Honey Extract near the top of the ingredients and actual honey near the end of the list. It does contain some other ingredients that are also found in the I’m From Honey mask (all of the same ingredients found in the other mask and this mask are in purple above). The ingredients that I consider promising that aren’t in the other mask are in green above.
Which one would you buy?
Comparison of another high end mask
I think Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion is probably the closest to the I’m From Honey mask that I have tried. Of course, there is the Tata Harper Raw Honey Crystal Mask, which contains just honey or mel (which is Latin for honey) it is $65.00 for 8 oz. , which may seem like a pretty good deal.
But hold up, I have tried this one and I like it but if I am going to put just honey on my face, I would buy Manuka Honey off of Amazon at around $20.00 for 8.8 oz. Not that it might be better honey but some of the Manuka kinds of honey on there tell you exactly where they are sourced from so you know exactly what you are getting and from where. So, for $20.00 that just seems better to me for raw honey to put on my face. You may feel differently.
Texture and feel, high-end honey mask vs. better than high-end honey mask
I wouldn’t say that the I’m From Honey Mask is better than a high end in the texture and spreadability on the skin. It is right up there with them. I didn’t really feel much of a difference in the Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion as compared to this one.
Color-wise, I’m from Honey Mask is more like caramel and the Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion was more like the light honey that is in my teddy bear honey container. They both are great in feel and texture.
Texture from other high end masks honey masks
Far L- Farmacy Beauty Honey Mask image by brand, Middle – Tata Harper Raw honey mask image by brand and R -Manuka honey image by istockphoto
Application of these masks
You can put these masks on with your fingers but that does get messy (that may be why Farmacy Beauty puts flavor in their mask and Tata Harper is just raw honey – they both would taste great on your fingers). But I prefer to apply it with this mask brush that I purchased off of Amazon for around $8.00. It appears that Amazon no longer has a dual-ended brush like this one, but they do have some with just the silicone spatula tip. You can get two of those for under $4.00 on Amazon.
This spatula works so much better than those small plastic ones that come with the products. It is nice that they include them but this just works so much better.
Which one would you choose?
Would you choose a high-end honey mask or one that is not cheap but less expensive? Don’t get I’m From Honey Mask mixed up with the Tony Moly Honey Mask. They are far different. When I looked at that one it didn’t even contain any real honey just honey extract and that was near the bottom. Sure, it is less expensive than all of these but it doesn’t have what you want in a honey mask. So it certainly doesn’t rival high-end.