Skin Food Black Sesame Hot Mask

May 02, 2012

I want to share with you guys one of my favourite face masks of all time! Skin Food is a Korean company that specializes in making tons of skincare products revolved around food items. The black sesame masks is one of my favourites because it does so many things for me: exfoliates dead skin, brightens the complexion, and gets the circulation flowing in my face.

Any of you guys actually like eating black sesame? My mother LOVES having the black sesame dessert soup - it's essentially ground up black sesame suspended in a sweet soup. Black sesame has many health benefits, such as being a great source of calcium & vit. B1, but Asians love eating black sesame because it's a natural way to get your grey hairs back to black. Crazy, huh?

I myself have never been a fan of black sesame, but I'll take a couple sips of the dessert soup from time to time if I must. This black sesame mask essentially reminds me of the dessert soup, except in a highly concentrated form. The packaging is made of a thick, durable plastic, and the mask is kept clean with a secondary removable lid. The packaging keeps the product clean, and prevents it from drying out so you're able to use it for a long time to come.

As stated, the mask is a thick, gooey paste composed mostly of black sesame seeds and sugar crystals. What makes it unique, is that it heats up when you apply it! The thickness of the mask requires some effort to apply, but it forces you to work at spreading it out evenly, so as to get the circulation going in your face. While this happens, you start to feel a heating sensation where you apply, but don't worry, you won't burn yourself or anything ;)

After giving yourself a mini spa experience, allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before washing it off, and utilizing the sugar and sesame pieces to exfoliate your skin! This mask is such a nice all in one product! But here comes the bad: I can imagine some people being turned off by the smell. Unlike the dessert soup, this does not smell as sweet. It comes to me as a mix of sesame, peanut butter, and dirt.. not always the most appetizing, but the smell quickly dissipates after application.

Although thick and aesthetically unappealing, this mask gives me glowing bright skin after use! Not to mention my skin is baby soft because it acts as an exfoliant as well. This mask gets a thumbs up from me, and I use it about once a week :) The product can be purchased through SaSa, YesStyle, and eBay (but beware of fakes!).

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  1. I love black sesame soup! I'm definitely intrigued by this mask since I feel like I need to do masks more frequently now that I'm getting older. And I never knew that black sesame has the properties to help make grey hair turn back to black - I'm eating some tonight!

  2. I have never heard of this brand before but this looks really cool!

  3. Hey hun great blog you got ! Just found it from canadian beauty reviews would love it u came by my blog sometime as well

  4. Thanks for great review. I haven't tried this product, but I've just ordered BB cream from Skinfood ;) I don't like sesame, but this mask is really tempting ;D


    PS. Take a look at my new outfit ;)

  5. Nice review, looks like a really interesting product :)

  6. Great review need to try this x

  7. hmm I'm really trying hard to remember if I've already got this product or not...I had something from Skinfood and it looked just like this, it was black and gravelly and meant to exfoliate my face. I don't really remember it doing much for my skin except being quite harsh on it though haha. I'm so glad it works well for you though! you shouldn't have to worry too much about the smell unless you literally go right out after applying it! :P

    1. I love this mask! And yes, good thing I don't go out right after using it ;)

  8. I have been thinking of purchasing some Skinfood masks to try out but couldn't decide on which one because there's so many varieties. Your post has helped me to decide!!!


  9. I love eating black sesame dessert <3
    I have bought these instant black
    sesame ones where you only need pour
    water in it. Taste good, but of
    course not as good as the real thing.

    Anyway, I haven't tried any Skin Food
    products before... I like their
    lipbalm collection, such a cute
    wrapping c:


  10. omg...this sounds yummy! lol...i've actually not tried their products before! and i just spent HK$12500 on the Korean brand Laneige!!! lol i posted my goodies on my post last night if ya wanna see what i got,lol

    Hope you're still enjoying your Asia vacay!!!:D


  11. i'm not a huge fan of black seasame either but i'm amazed it can turn your grey hairs back to black.. perhaps i need to start to incorporate some into my diet!!

    thanks for the tip on the skin food.. i've been on a made skin care kick lately and REALLY into masks i'll see if i can find this brand online :)


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