Name: Bird’s Nest Mask
Brand: My Beauty Diary
Size: box of 10
From the packaging:
Normal skin types. Especially recommended for dry, rough, dark skin to enhance skin radiance. Nourishing, brightening, firming, and moisturizing.
What I liked:
– very moisturizing, makes skin soft and plumper
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t brighten skin
– mask is too big, which can make application difficult
– could irritate sensitive skin
If anyone had told me that, one day, I would put a bird’s nest on my face, I would have laughed at them. How crazy! Yet, that’s exactly what I did last week. No, I didn’t climb up a tree, grab a nest perched on its branches, and stick that on my forehead. I simply gave my skin a pampering treat with My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Mask.
Its main ingredient (the one highlighted my marketing, not the active one) is Swiftlet Nest Extract. Built by male swiftlet over a period of 35 days, the nests are made of interwoven strands of salivary laminae cement and feature high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, which are supposed to have all sorts of benefits, such as aiding digestion and raising libido, when ingested (apparently, they are very popular in China, for their exquisite flavour).
But, according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, the extract from swiftlet’s nest doesn’t do much for skin, apart from moisturizing it, and making it soft and smooth. But you don’t need to use an extract fron a bird’s nest for that. Lots of ingredients do the same thing. But they just don’t make such a cool story.
Like other masks from My Beauty Diary, the real hydrating properties come from the humectants glycerin and sodium hyaluronate. They work by attracting water from the environment into the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate is particularly effective because it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water, and works well both in high and low humidity conditions. As a result, after use skin is super softer and plumper.
Although My Beauty Diary Bird Nest’s Mask delivers its promised nourishing and moisturizing benefits, it falls short in another department: skin brightening. The mask features Licorice Extract, which has been shown to inhibit melanin production and lighten dark spots. Sadly, there is just not enough in here to provide any visible benefits.
If you have dry skin that needs a pick me up, this mask will do the job well. But don’t expect anything more than that. Oh, and if your skin is sensitive, avoid it. The citrus extracts in it may irritate it. My combination skin, on the other hand, can tolerate them well in small amounts.
The mask is also a bit of a pain to apply. It is huge and the holes for the eyes are very close together so you’ll need to spend a few minutes to adjust it. You need to keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes so you want to be comfortable. Once removed, some of the solution may still be left on your skin. Just massage it in. There is no need to rinse it off. No residue is left behind.
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Kappaphycus Alavrezii Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer PEG-15 Hydroxystearate, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate
Available at: Walmart
My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Mask is a great pick me up for dry, rough, and dull skin. It hydrates it, makes it soft and plumper. But it doesn’t brighten skin and, if it is sensitive, it could irritate it.