There is no denying that most of us women, if not all, own more cosmetics than needed. However, I believe that there are a couple of reasons for this and it’s not just greed. Sure, sometimes we can’t resist our favourite brand’s new launch or two, but a lot of the cosmetics we accumulate come from buying products that turn out to be less good than we expected, especially skincare products. How many times have you been disappointed by skincare products or abandoned one for a better one, forgetting the old in the back of a drawer?
What if there was a way to enhance those products, use them up, save money and generate less cosmetic waste?
Well, Hydrapuff is here to help. Hydrapuff is an ultra-thin, versatile and multi-functional skincare sheet by the K-Beauty brand, Jinmee. Think of it as an advanced cotton pad that absorbs liquid and turns into a gel-like sheet. Instead of trapping the liquid like a sponge or a cotton pad would do, it is able to release and re-distribute the liquid, resulting in less product wastage (both liquid product and Hydrapuff as it is reusable) therefore, getting the most out of your skincare. Additionally, you can also use Hydrapuff to create face masks of your choice!
This way you can reduce the amount of cosmetic waste not only by utilising your cosmetics more efficiently but also by reviving and enhancing all those products that weren’t exactly what you were looking for.
To find out all the details and further claims, including how much more product Hydrapuff releases vs a standard cotton pad, check out: Enhance your Skincare with Korean Beauty Secrets – Jinmee Hydrapuff Super Absorbent Skincare Sheets
For now, join me and Jinmee in a #LESSWASTE challenge and use your creativity to enhance your skincare products. I am dedicating this challenge entirely on reviving and utilising all those cosmetics that we have (and will buy) but yet are lacking that extra wow factor.
Here’s what you need:
- A small container, jar or bowl, with or without a lid. Tiger and IKEA are very good places for such things.
- A toner, tonic or simply just water.
- A couple of skincare addons, serums of your choice, see my recommendations below.
- The skincare product to enhance.
- A couple of sheets of Hydrapuff.
Here’s my example:
Despite the hype and the fact that the Pixi Tonics are much better than a lot of toners or tonics out there, they are still not what I would call skincare gold (for a full review click here). So for my example, I chose to enhance the Pixi Retinol Tonic with ingredients that it is lacking such as: vitamin E, peptides (it contains 1 peptide) and ceramides, all of which are essential for healthy and youthful skin.
Firstly, I added 20mL of the Pixi Retinol Tonic as my bulk base. I chose this one because it contains hyaluronic acid and retinol (very little though) but at the same time lacks other skincare basics and goodies.
As a result, I then added 2 drops of the Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster.
I then added two drops of the Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster which contains 10% vitamin C with vitamin E and ferulic acid.
And finally, I added 1 Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsule.
I then gave the mixture a quick swirl and placed 3 pairs of Hydrapuff inside to absorb the mixture.
You can close this up with a lid and store your ready-made mask for later, however, I would not recommend storing it for longer than a couple of hours. The cocktail you will have created will likely not be very stable for long. Plus, if you had time to make it, you have 10-20 minutes to enjoy it!
After that I placed the 6 pieces (3 pairs) of Hydrapuff all over my face and enjoyed a little me time for 10 minutes, with a cup of coffee. Perfection!
It didn’t just feel nice and relaxing, but it was also super exciting, and I couldn’t stop thinking of what I would make next! I highly recommend trying this out. It also makes you very aware of the ingredients that your cosmetics contain or are lacking!
The mask I created has boosted the Pixi Retinol Tonic to contain ingredients that it otherwise didn’t and hence enhancing it to give me better skincare results. This way instead of throwing it away or forgetting about it, I will not only use it up but also enjoy some relaxing me time, while getting some skincare ingredients in. In fact, I’ve even been thinking of buying it again so I can create masks of my own…
But it doesn’t stop there. Hydrapuff is also reusable. You can sterilise the sheets with boiling water and then leave them to dry. I did this by placing Hydrapuff in a small bowl immersed in boiling water and letting it cool down on it’s own. I repeated this a couple of times on the same Hydrapuff sheets without a problem. Although bear in mind that Hydrapuff is biodegradable (vegan and cruelty free) and very cheap so you don’t need to do that at all. One box of 60 pairs of Hydrapuffs (=120 individual Hydrapuff pieces) retails for £6.50 at the brand’s website. This brings each Hydrapuff down to £0.05.
Please bear in mind that I did not test the above formulation for safety or efficiency. However, I did use the mask and it felt pretty nice! Don’t take the amounts of products used as a set goal, experiment and see which concentrations suit your skin best. For example, if you have sensitive skin add more toner or water and less other ingredients and perhaps use your custom-made mask on the back of your hand first.
The sky is the limit and you can create absolutely anything, not only ingredient-wise but also concentration-wise. It’s a fun and self-loving activity to do on your own, with friends or family. Not only can you save money and reduce your cosmetic waste but you can also create some nourishing masks because let’s be honest, most of the ones you can buy are missing many skincare goodies too. So, what are you waiting for?
Here’s some recommendations to start:
The rule of thumb: a good, all rounded skincare product should contain vitamins C, E, A, B3, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, anti-oxidants and more. Click on the links to find out why. Check what ingredients the products you have contain, or how your skin is looking and feeling, and add the missing ones accordingly.
Step 1, for the bulk of the mask: you can use water, the Pixi Toners (there’s 5 different ones), the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (which is very watery and not jelly at all) or my favourite, very nutritious toner the Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner.
Step 2, for the skincare addons: I highly recommend the Paula’s Choice boosters (peptide, C15 10% Vitamin C with E and ferulic acid, 10% niacinamide with vitamin B3 and B5, Hyaluronic Acid etc), the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum, the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules, the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil and the Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Anti-Oxidant Concentrate Serum and the Skin Kissed Vitamin C Serum.
The product to enhance could be absolutely anything, from a cream to a toner or a serum. Give them a little boost!
Easy right? Show us your creativity and ultimate skincare mask recipes using Hydrapuff and #10DAYHYDRAPUFFCHALLENGE in your social media posts. I’d love to see what you come up with!
To buy Hydrapuff from the brand’s website, click here.
I’d like to thank Jinmee for sending me a PR package for free.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences. Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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