Saturday, March 22, 2014

DrGL Restore Gel Mask Review

DrGL is a skincare line by the famous aesthetic doctor and socialite, Dr Georgia Lee. I spotted the Restore Gel Mask on Luxola (S$68 for 240ml) and decided to give it a try. (I bought it during a Luxola sale.) It is a soothing, light-blue gel that can be used as either a mask or a moisturizer. It feels a lot lighter than Laneige's sleeping pack. I like the dual-purpose nature of the Restore Gel Mask. To use it as a mask, apply a thick layer over the face, leave for half an hour, and wipe off excess. To use as a gel moisturizer, apply a thin layer all over face.

It's a light blue gel with a calming scent and feels very cooling and soothing on my skin. While it is a little sticky, it feels very light and is perfect for acne-prone, oily skin. I imagine it would feel like heaven on sunburnt skin or after a scrub. It feels especially lovely and calming when I use it on overseas work trips, when my skin is imbalanced due to climate differences or dry cabin air. If your skin is inflamed or imbalanced, give this a try! 
When I use a light layer of this as a day moisturizer, it feels hydrating enough for Singapore's hot and humid weather. It definitely won't be enough for dry winter climates. I think this is a pretty budget-friendly, dual-purpose product. Why budget-friendly? Laneige's sleeping pack costs about S$45 for 80ml (1.77ml per S$) while DrGL's Restore Gel Mask costs S$68 for 240ml (3.53ml per S$). Of course, Laneige is more moisturizing and luxurious, but the Restore Gel Mask is a great, multi-tasking alternative, especially for younger oily/combination skintypes that don't need too much moisture.

Ingredients: water, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, paeonia suffruticosa root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, butylene glycol, glycerin, carbomer, coceth-7, ppg-1-peg-8 lauryl glycol ether, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, rutin, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, disodium edta, centella asatica extract, gardenia florida fruit extract, beta-glucan, guaiazulene, arginine, aloe vera. 

I was bored and did a google of the ingredients because I haven't come across some of the flower root extracts before, and came up with the following:
  • Scutellaria baicalensis - used in Chinese medicine and has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-allergenic properties
  • Paeonia suffruticosa - used in Chinese medicine and helps to heal skin
  • Glycyrrhiza glabba (licorice) root - used in Chinese medicine and helps with skin cell regeneration; anti-inflammatory and hydrating
  • Centella asatica - also known as Gotu Kola (which is used in Yuli Skincare's Cell Perfecto PM!), it is supposed to boost collagen production, reduce fine lines and heal scars 
  • Gardenia florida fruit - contains the anti-oxidant ferulic acid (which we all know is good for skin!), helps to firm skin and enhances moisture retention
  • Guaiazulene - a colour-additive that provided the blue colour and fragrance in the gel, has a score of 0-4 in EWG's database (low hazard)
And the common ones that I always see:
  • Glycerin - humectant, score of 0 in EWG (low hazard)
  • Carbomer - increases viscosity with a score of 0 in EWG (low hazard)
  • Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract - we all know chamomile is soothing and healing!
  • Beta-glucan - promotes wound-healing and reduction in scarring
  • Aloe vera - heals wounds and soothes skin
The other chemical stuff, I got the following information from EWG's database:
  • Butylene glycol: solvent with a score of 0-1 (low hazard)
  • Ppg-1-peg-8 lauryl glycol ether: surfactant/emulsifying agent with a score of 3 (low hazard)
  • Coceth-7: surfactant/emulsifying agent with a score of 1 (low hazard)
  • Rutin: skin-conditioning agent with a score of 0 (low hazard)
  • Disodium edta: chelating agent for viscosity with a score of 0 (low hazard)
  • Arginine: naturally-occurring amino acid used for skin-conditioning, with a score of 0 (low hazard
In conclusion - I think the ingredients list looks really good, I'm impressed! I do think people with sensitive, reactive skin would enjoy it. Recommend! :)

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