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Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Mask- reader reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by TIA Community Member November 7, 2012 1 Comment

Pros

Cleans and calms skin

Cons

Results aren't drastic
A truly relaxing experience

Reviewed by Shirley

I work from home on mornings when I don’t have a meeting. As soon as the kids board the bus, I slather on a mask and sit down at the computer. In my experience, masks don’t deliver miracles, but they always deliver some degree of amelioration. My enlarged pores are clean, my hyperpigmentation is lightened, and my 52-year-old skin is smooth and radiant. So when TIA offered a chance to review the Biao Beauty Rejuvenation Mask ($43), I jumped at the opportunity to add to my mask collection.

The Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Mask had me even before it was opened. The box is made of “100% post-consumer content with an embedded mix of Alyssum, Catchfly, Siberian Wallflower, Black-Eyed Susan, and Baby Blue Eyes.” The textured,  creamy beige box is imprinted with faint pink flowers under dusty rose and taupe fonts. It promises beauty and gentleness.

Every time I apply the mask, I nearly swoon with ecstasy. It’s a thick cream with an elegant rose scent that is on a par with that of Jurlique, which I previously thought was unrivaled in the rose scent department. I am instantly relaxed. I have to fight the urge to lie down and go back to sleep but remember that I’m supposed to be working from home. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 5 to 10 minutes, but I leave it on for about 20 minutes. I splash water on my face to remove any unabsorbed residue, blot with a towel, and admire my fresh, calm face. I tell myself I should really use this mask at bedtime to avail myself of its relaxing benefits, but at night I’m usually too tired to remember I even have masks at all.

My face doesn’t look significantly better after using the mask, so if you’re after dramatic results then this probably isn’t for you. It makes my skin look and feel clean, calm, and moisturized, but not exceptionally so. The product has something touted as EpiCalmin TCM, which is a trio of herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. It strikes me as marketing babble. I am ethnic Chinese and grew up with grandmothers who brewed tonics for sickness and for health, but I’ve never heard of Chinese people putting herbs on their faces.

Nonetheless, effectiveness can be measured in more than one dimension, and in this case the benefits can be felt more by my heart and mind. Biao delivers a reasonably good mask with a gently gorgeous scent that is deeply relaxing. The real test is, once my test bottle is used up, would I buy another one with my own hard-earned money? I would.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Glyceryl Stearate*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Cetearyl Glucoside*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Coconut Milk Powder, Glycine, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Xanthium Sibiricum Fruit Extract (and) Cyperus Rotundus Root Extract (and) Sodium Benzoate, Organic Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tapioca starch, Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Eugenia Caryophylus (Clove) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Moroccan Rose Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Algae, Retinyl Palmitate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Citric acid, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract

*Vegetable-derived

  • November 7, 2012

    by Nicole Baldwin

    Hello Shirley,

    We are so glad you enjoyed using our Beauty Rejuvenating Mask. However, I must follow up on your statement concerning EpiCalmin TCM just being "marketing babble"…Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for 30,000 years and for the past 1,600 years it has been used widely to treat ailments of the skin in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In fact, Chinese Medicinal herbs have been studied in text to treat dermalogical diseases all the way back to the Shang Dynasty (1700-1000BC).

    When selecting EpiCalmin TCM, Biao Skincare was not too caught up in the marketing aspect of the ingredient, but the benefits of incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine into our products for its studied and proven benefits for the skin and quality for beautiful consumers. As consumers first and myself, the founder being deployed to Afghanistan, it was important to select a star ingredient that would provide the ultimate results to treat overly stressed and dehydrated skin that had been damaged by lack of sleep, heavy workloads, environmental pollutants and a scorching sun.

    EpiCalmin TCM is a synergic combination of 3 plants used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each of three plants was selected based on their strong soothing activity long known in TCM. Clinical testing and trial results based on gene array analysis and in vivo testing shows that EpiCalmin TCM effectively reinforces the skin’s self-protection against dehydration, oxidative stress and also degradation of the extra-cellular matrix.

    The three TCM herbs in EpiCalmin TCM were found in Japan and Korea. Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica or Jin Yin Hua, is a twining liana whose flowers are white to yellow tinged with purple. Its flowers eliminate toxins and have anti-inflammatory, anti-infection and antibiotic properties. Infusions of fresh flowers are also used externally to treat skin infections and irritations. Siberian cocklebur fruit, Xanthium sibiricum or Cang Er Zi, has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It spreads the qi and is used to treat sinus and nasal problems, spasms and cramps in the muscles and also rashes and itching skin. It also is able to inhibit the allergic effects of histamine. Purple nutsedge, Cyperus rotundus or Xiang Fu, is perennial sedge distributed throughout India. Its rhizome, which contains antioxidants and inflammation inhibitors, is used to regulate qi and to relieve pain.

    So, the relaxation you feel from using our mask aligns with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Biao ( Beautiful Inside And Out) Skincare quest to help you stay beautiful from the inside on out!

    The mask works well with dry, mature and normal skin type. The Biao Beauty Rejuvenating mask is essential for repairing, revitalizing and rejuvenating the skin against premature skin aging over the lifetime of personal use is is excellent for winter, dry and flaky skin.

    The Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Mask was also a recent winner of the Shecky’s Beauty t It’s Best Awards 2012 http://www.sheckys.com/bestbeauty/2012/biao/beauty-rejuvenating-mask/

    Thank you so much for your review and we wish you a lifetime of amazing and beautiful skin.

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