Jeju Volcanic Steam Towel

Jeju Volcanic Steam Towel

This looked like fun, a microfiber 3D towel from Innisfree, designed to steam your face and open up the pores before you then apply a face mask. (Preferably a volcanic clay one…)

In case you were wondering what a ‘3D’ towel is, that simply means it has been shaped and sewn into a contoured mask which fits neatly over your nose then curves around your cheeks. Amusing embroidered lids and lashes try to make you look more appealing as you are wearing it. (This is Korean, of course, so all about the cuteness as well as the efficiency of the product.)

The instructions tell you to wet the towel and microwave it for 20 seconds before placing it on your face for 5 minutes. If you have ever been offered a steaming hot hand towel in a restaurant, you will know exactly what that means – you have to toss it swiftly from hand to hand and shake it out a bit before you can use it without scalding your fingers.

Not wanting to burn my face, I may have wafted this about a bit too long, because it then went cold well before the 5 minutes were up.  But it was very refreshing and made my face feel soft and moisturised. I tried this out first thing in the morning, and did not actually use a face mask afterwards, although I probably will do that next time.

As the mask is made of towelling, you can wash it out and re-use it multiple times. Of course you could also achieve the exact same thing with a simple wash cloth, but it would not look half so cute…

Steam Eye Mask

Category : Beauty

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This fascinating product is made by Kao in Japan, and is described as ‘an innovative self-warming steam mask’ which heats up gradually to 40 degrees C and produces steam which ‘relieves and relaxes your hard working eyes’. A hard sachet inside each half of the mask sits over your eyes, and these hold iron powder which starts to oxidise when it comes into contact with the air. The chemical reaction produces heat and so the mask begins to warm up as soon as you remove it from the foil pouch, and this also triggers the release of the aromatherapy scent. There are several varieties including rose and lavender, but I chose the chamomile and ginger aroma for calm, and relief of stress.

The mask itself is made of a soft, stretchy material more like fabric than paper, with a slit to accommodate your nose and loops to slip over your ears to hold it in place. I was afraid that 40 degrees C would be a little too hot for me, but in fact there was no problem and I found the chamomile and ginger scent to be very pleasant and not at all overpowering. I used this mask in the morning whilst still in bed, and it could easily have sent me back to sleep again. I kept it on for about 20 minutes but it stayed warm for at least an hour. The steam isn’t visible but my eyes did become moist, so I am not sure I would like to try this in an office lunch break as suggested, for fear of my mascara running down my face. It might be very nice on an overnight flight, though. At S$6.50 for a box of 5 masks, this is really good value.