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Suiskin Herbalium Deep Peel and Herbalium Antioxidant Mask Review January 29, 2011


The Suiskin Herbalium Antioxidant Dual Masks are their best seller.

It is a 4 week home treatment program and each treatment consists of 2 masks.

  • Herbalium Deep Peel Mask

Specific Treatment

Epidermal and dermal cellular renewal

Smoothness, intense, radiance, anti aging

Herbalium Deep Peel exerts potent influence against skin aging. This peel mask helps to maintain the cellular energy and prevents DNA damage. Both are important factors in counteracting the process of accelerated aging, often induced by UV light.

  • Herbalium Antioxydant Mask

Skin Aging is a physiological phenomenon which, according to the most recent research into the matter, begins and is accelerated by the presence of free radicals such as Superoxide O2; Hydroxide HO . These free radicals are extremely harmful for biological tissues. This process is further enhanced by the external environment such as lack of rest, tobacco smoke, pollution, stress and etc.

Suiskin has created a Herbalium Antioxidant mask which has anti oxidant functions to give a natural healthy complexion that is usually lost as time goes by.




Like i mentioned above, each treatment consists of 2 masks.


1. Start off with the Herbalium Deep Peel and leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes.

2. Rinse off and continue with the Herbalium Antioxidant mask for 15 – 20 minutes.

3. Rinse then wash off. Recommended to use Suiskin Creme Therapie as follow up treatment.



The treatment comes in a box and consists of 4 treatments (2 masks each). There is a slit on both ends of the packet.

I did have a problem with the quality of the masks itself though. They were very vunerable and tore quite easily, therefore those of you who are going to try this should be extra careful when ‘opening’ up the masks.


  • Deep Peel Mask

The deep peel mask has a thicker texture than the antioxidant mask. Also there will be lots of leftovers with this mask, so make sure you use the sap until the last drop and apply them on parts which have skin trouble.

  • Antioxidant Mask


The antioxidant mask is more watery and diluted and there will not be much sap leftover.


  • Deep Peel Mask

As this is a peeling mask, there will of course be AHAs and BHAs.

1. Glycolic Acid

The concentration here is quite high since it is number 4 on the list. Glycolic acid (or hydroxyacetic acid) is the smallest α-hydroxy acid (AHA). This colorless, odorless, and hygroscopic crystalline solid is highly soluble in water.Due to its excellent capability to penetrate skin, glycolic acid finds applications in skin care products, most often as a chemical peel performed by a dermatologist in concentrations of 20 to 70% or at-home kits in lower concentrations between 10 and 20%.

In addition to concentration, pH also plays a large part in determining the potency of glycolic acid in solution. Physician-strength peels can have a pH as low as 0.6 (strong enough to completely keratolyze the epidermis), while acidities for home peels can be as high as 2.5.Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis.

Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells.

However, there are certain dermatologists that are against the use of Glycolic Acid. If you have sensitive skin or Rosacea, please avoid this.

2. Salicylic Acid

A beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid penetrates the skin’s pores, breaking up oils and dead cells and unclogging the pores. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that helps tone down redness or inflammation from pimples.

Because salicylic acid is more soluble in oil, and glycolic acid is more soluble in water, salicylic acid tends to be a better ingredient for tackling the oils of acne-prone skin. However worry not because in this mask, you have the best of both AHAs and BHAs.

3. Soy Isoflavones

Isoflavones are plant hormones that have a similar structure to human oestrogens.

Around a thousand different plant isoflavones have been identified, but only five with oestrogenic activity are found in the diet in significant amounts. Genistein, daidzein and glycitein are mainly derived from soyand Japanese arrowroot (kudzu), while formononetin and biochanin A (which are metabolised to form daidzein and genistein) are mostly obtained from chickpeas, lentils and mung beans.

To read more on the benefits of Isoflavones on the skin, read this.

  • Herbalium Antioxidant Mask

I accidentally deleted the photos of the ingredient list, so for those of you who have it, please take a photo and share it with readers.

I do know that right on top of the list after Water and Propylene Glycol is Macadamia Seed Oil.

This is roughly the list, and is missing a few ingredients here and there :

Water, Propylene Glycol, Macadamia Seed Oil, Panthenol, Tocopherol Acetate ( Vitamin E ), Chammomila Flower Extract, Phospholipids, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Pottasium Hydroxide, etc..

1. Macadamia Seed Oil

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil is the fixed oil obtained from the nuts of the macadamia tree, Macadamia ternifolia, Proteaceae.

It consists primarily of the glycerides of the fatty acids.
An excellent moisturizer and protector for hair and skin.
High in essential fatty acids, its natural affinity to human sebum makes it an excellent skin care ingredient.

Macadamia oil is prized for containing approximately 22% of the Omega-7 palmitoleic acid, which makes it a botanical alternative to mink oil, which contains approximately 17%. This relatively high content of ‘cushiony’ palmitoleic acid plus macadamia’s high oxidative stability make it a desirable ingredient in cosmetics, especially skincare.

2. Squalane

Squalane is a stable form of squalene, which can have undesirable reactions to some compounds. Both oils can be extracted from shark liver oil or vegetable sources such as olive oil. Squalane is used in many skin creams and cosmetics as well as in vaccines. Squalane’s ability to be used as a co-oil with other ingredients makes it useful in a variety of skin care products for cleansing and nutrient delivery of other beneficial ingredients.

  • Moisturizer

Squalane absorbs slowly through the skin and, according to the March 1982 issue of the “International Journal of Toxicology,” it is not a skin irritant or sensitizer. It is safe as a cosmetic ingredient. It is a natural component of human sebum and has emollient properties that soften and soothe skin. It adds a layer of oil on the skin that helps to slow water loss and keep skin soft and supple. It is used in a variety of cosmetics including creams designed to help heal dry skin, lipstick, lotions and other cosmetic products.

Squalane has humectant properties that increase the water retention capacity of the skin, according to the Moisturizers help protect sensitive skin, prevent dryness, improve skin tone and texture. Squalane is a natural lubricant and skin barrier that helps protect the skin and prevent moisture loss. It also has a high penetration efficiency that makes it an excellent transport system that helps the skin absorb other ingredients, according to Apostolos Pappas in a study on epidermal surface lipids published in the March–April 2009 issue of “Dermatoendocrinology.”

  • Anti-Aging

Squalane’s hydrating and skin-softening effects on the skin help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, according to the February 2010 issue of the SOFW-Journal. Besides its anti-aging effects, it helps maintain healthy skin. Squalane is rapidly absorbed and spreads easily over the skin surface without leaving an oily or greasy feeling. Squalane is a natural part of human skin and plays an important role in the repair of damaged skin.

  • UV Protection Action

Because of effectiveness of squalane to protect the skin against environmental factors, it is commonly used in sunblock creams and prescription acne creams, such as adapalene, that cause sun sensitivity. A study by K. Ohsawa, et al., published in the May 1984 “Journal of Toxicological Sciences” determined that squalene plays an important role in protection from damage caused by UV irradiation. Since squalene from shark oil can have an odor, it is purified to the squalane form for more stability and usefulness in cosmetics.

There is a slight difference between Squalane and Squalene.

Read more about it here , here


  • Deep Peel Mask

This mask stingssssssss! Those of you who have sensitive skin or Rosacea should avoid this at all cost. It was a pain trying to endure 10 minutes. Your face will definitely feel very itchy during the first few minutes, you’ll just have to endure it. If you can’t stand it, take it off whenever you feel like too.

Since this mask has AHAs and BHAs, it should do wonders for your acne, scars and pores. And it does. However, be careful because your acne will ‘burst’ after the 15 minutes. There was even blood.

They will ‘burst’ and look something like this :

But do not panic, it won’t leave a mark and will usually heal after a few days.

  • Antioxidant Mask

This mask purpose is kind of like a post-treatment after the peeling mask. Therefore after the stingy itchy feeling, you get a mask that will sooth your skin while replenishing moisture and antioxidants to your skin. Your skin will feel moisturized, soft and supple after this treatment.

I like the scent of this mask. To have more of a relaxing soothing effect, put it in your freezer while doing your Peeling Mask.


I get why this is Suiskin’s star product. It really delivers on it’s promise. There was really a difference after 4 weeks, and even after the first usage, you can already see the difference.

I’ve seen some amazing before –after pictures on Korean Blogs, so i’ll share a few here. I am not surprised because we saw some of these improvements ourselves :



And our before – after :


This picture was taken a week after doing the first treatment. It was used in conjunction with Sulwhasoo’s Herblinic Serum, therefore the effect might have been due to both !


Some pointers to remind you if you want to try this mask

1. Please place importance on your SUNSCREEN during the day when you are doing this home treatment. It is very important to protect your skin from the sun when you are doing peeling programs.

2. Do not use this if you have sensitive, rosacea skin.

These masks are rather expensive – however they are just Glycolic and Salicylic Acid masks. Therefore, there might be brands out there that might be cheaper.

However there is a great deal currently which i will explain in detail at the Where To Purchase section below.

Where To Purchase?

Click on photos to access links

1. 4 week program at 55,100 wons.

However there is a great deal now, with just an additional 3,000 wons, you get a Suiskin Panacea Moisturiser ( full retail size! ) – Read up on our review of the Panacea Moisturiser.

2. 4 weeks program with Panacea Moisturizer – 58,000 wons

There is also another Suiskin 4 week treatment mask called the Seaweed Brightening Mask which we have not tried :

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5 Responses to “Suiskin Herbalium Deep Peel and Herbalium Antioxidant Mask Review”

  1. mishmash Says:

    I think it says for sensitive skin 3-5 minutes of the peeling mask is sufficient.

  2. mishmash Says:

    I just noticed something. Mine has a sticker over the packaging with the instructions in korean. But there’s a small difference in the timing. Mine says 10-15 minutes and for sensitive skin 3-5 minutes.

    Just tried this today! Will be taking photos along the way for comparison.

    • The english instructions is under the korean the korean packaging!

      yup it’s 10 – 15, but we usually put it on for a good 20 minutes!

      Did they include any samples? You can use the panacea moisturizer that comes with it after the mask

  3. mishmash Says:

    I have too many moisturizers so I’ve left the panacea unopened hahah

    Nope no samples this time round 😦

  4. yanilea Says:

    Nice review of peel mask products. I think I will try one of these.

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