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