Placenta as a skincare ingredient has been wildly discussed among beauty enthusiasts, and would draw extreme reactions from “yay” to “eww”. A temporary gland that forms during pregnancy, placenta is responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the foetus, and is said to be packed with nourishment. Dermatologists and scientists are in two camps when it comes to advocating placenta as a skincare ingredient. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop some celebrities from swearing by placenta – from placenta facial to placenta pills – as their skincare secret.
Korean brand Gobdigoun is one of the advocates for placenta as a skincare ingredient. In fact, their top two best-selling products in the China, Taiwan and Japan markets are their 24K Golden Cream of Placenta Power, a placenta moisturiser, and the Placenta Cellulose Gel Mask.
Since we can’t get any firm answers from scientists on whether placenta really works to revive our skin, we thought we’d round up a few women (of different age brackets) to try out the Gobdigoun Placenta Cellulose Gel Mask to see what they thought about it. The Gobdigoun Placenta Cellulose Gel Mask uses sheep placenta extract as its key ingredient (don’t worry, it’s not human placenta!) and comes in two separate pieces to ensure better fit. Here’s how the mask looks like:
It definitely hydrated my skin, and I found that it made makeup application smoother than usual.
24-year-old Tiara tried the mask in the morning before she put on her makeup. She says, “I felt a bit uncomfortable when I found out it was a placenta mask, but for in the spirit of trying everything once – I did it anyway! I like that the mask came in two parts, making it easier to apply as compared to a one-piece mask. I also liked that the mask was a gel sheet mask instead of a paper because it meant that I won’t have to deal with the serum from the mask dripping everywhere.
I left it on for 15 minutes before removing the mask and massaged the leftover product onto my skin. I noticed that the leftover residue of the mask was super hydrating and thick. Because I had to get ready for work, I couldn’t let the product sink into my skin like I would if I had used it before bed. All I did was blot off the excess product on my skin using a tissue paper and applied my makeup.
It definitely hydrated my skin, and I found that it made makeup application smoother than usual. So I guess from now on I shouldn’t be freaked out by ‘placenta’ masks because a) They really do work in hydrating and making my skin look radiant, b) It does NOT smell like… placenta. At all. (Not that i know or want to know how it should smell like.)”
I felt more ‘bounce’ to my skin and it looked more radiant! Since I used it at night, it acted like my ‘sleeping mask’ and kept my skin hydrated throughout the night.
Grace, 21, who is the youngest among the reviewers, put what she described as “daunting” to the test and says this, “Putting a mask soaked in the placenta extract of a sheep is daunting for me – I mean, it’s an organ that nourishes an unborn mammal! But the promised results were worth a shot.
I found the two-part design functional as it allows the mask to adhere better to my face shape, and indeed it has a much better fit compared to the standard cookie cut one sheet facial mask. While the instruction says that I can move around while leaving the mask on for about 15 to 20 minutes, I don’t recommend that because the mask does not adhere to your face well enough to make moving around easy.
After using the mask, I felt more ‘bounce’ to my skin and it looked more radiant! Since I used it at night, I simply patted the rest of the solution into my skin, hence it acted like a sleeping mask and kept my skin hydrated throughout the night.”
While I did not notice a complete transformation of my dehydrated skin after use, my skin did feel less ‘tight’ from dryness and looked more soothed.
31-year-old Yiling tried the product just as her skin was feeling parched. She reviews, “It was just as well that I’ve been having a week of dryness and ‘tight’ feeling on my skin, so I was glad to try the Placenta Cellulose Gel Mask from Gobdigoun.
I was at first a little worried about the ‘sheep placenta’ ingredient – would it smell funny? It did not, and it smells just like any other mask with their light and slightly powdery scent. I like the jelly-like texture of the bio cellulose material the mask is made of; it sat securely and fitted nicely over the facial contours so once I smoothed it out, I didn’t get those annoying little air bubbles.
While I did not notice a complete transformation of my dehydrated skin (it was after all only one application), my skin felt less ‘tight’ from dryness and looked more soothed.”
Kristen Juliet, 31
The next morning, my skin felt very bouncy and firm, and the usual dryness that I wake up with around my lips looked less prominent.
I had to give this novelty ingredient a try and decided to volunteer myself as one of the reviewers too. Like the others, I was apprehensive about the idea of applying placenta on my face and wondered whether it will have a weird smell or a weird texture.
The first thing I noticed about the product was that it felt a lot heavier than regular sheet mask. When I retrieved it from the packaging, I understood why it was heavier – the sheet was thick and it was soaked with a lot of (placenta) serum. The serum was also of a slightly thicker consistency compared to conventional mask’s serum. Be very careful when you’re handling it for the first time – it is very slippery.
I was glad that the product smelt like normal mask, and it fitted well around my facial contours. I had it rest on my skin for about 20 minutes, then removed it and patted the serum into my facial skin and neck. I noticed that my skin looked more hydrated and radiant than before. I then applied a thin layer of moisturiser and went to bed. The next morning, my skin felt very bouncy and firm, and the usual dryness that I wake up with around my lips looked less prominent.
Is placenta really a miracle ingredient? I don’t think any of the reviewers would attest to that. However, it looks like all four of us agreed on a few things the placenta mask was able to help us with: it’s great at hydration, helps skin look more radiant instantly, and makes skin feel more bouncy.
Gobdigoun products, including the Placenta Cellulose Gel Mask, is available in Myeong-Dong, Seoul, South Korea, in the LG Brand Skin Care Product Store. Connect with them via Facebook and remember to check it out the next time you visit Seoul.