6 Jan 2017

Review: About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream

This is quite an unique product. In fact, I started using it at about a year ago but still don't really have an informed opinion on it yet. My deep apologize for the long overdue review and let's go the product now!

About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream is a skin purifying and detoxifying wash-off type mask. Information I found on Memebox claims that this will work as a cleansing balm or makeup remover as well, but I personally didn't find it taking off my makeup so I don't think it is effective as a makeup remover.

Information I found on Chinese-speaking website claims that this is a skin detoxifying massage cream made of lemon extract to detoxify and purify the skin. It acts on the theory of "yellow attracts yellow" to "de-yellow" the yellow skin tone of Asian Chinese people. Ok I know that sounds a little bit odd but Chinese especially the ladies are really concerned about "looking yellow", which is pretty much similar to looking dull, tired and unhealthy in Asian concept.

And Asian people drink a lot of tonic. We believe that these tonic, like bird's nest, ginseng and all that can flush out the toxins inside our bodies. So it is not odd for a Korean brand to come out with a massage cream that will "detoxify" and "deyellow" the skin.

The massage cream looks like an emollient-rich creamy paste with lemonic scent. It will form into a transparent oily layer on your skin after you massage it for about 1-2 minutes. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes before continue massaging so that the active ingredients can get absorbed into the skin and play its part. You can either tissue off the remaining or rinse it off with water.

Some people report getting some yellow colour dirts on their cotton pad after tissuing it off. Well, I don't think those are dirts. They are the natural ingredients or components of the lemon extract inside. Sometimes you get more of it, sometimes less. But I do notice that the cleaner your skin the brighter the yellow colour. If your skin is dirty, the colour will appear more brownish or deep-yellow.


Water, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Citrus Limon Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Pumpkin Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Kudzu Root Extract, Licorice Extract , Peony Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Agaricus Bisporus (Mushroom) Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Bamboo Extract, Solluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Fructooligos Accharides, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mannitol, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Bioflavonoids, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrated Ferric Oxide
(translated from Korean)


This product has a long ingredients list. But if you look carefully, most of them are botanical plant extracts with antioxidizing, anti-aging, and skin purifying properties. Mushroom extract, for instance, helps to remove toxins, stimulates cellular production and helps to repair damage caused by UV rays. Kiwi fruit extract and lemon peel oil, on the other hand, are natural exfoliating and brightening ingredients. A lot of the ingredients like cnidium officinale root extract have the ability to repair uv damage, hence making it a great soothing mask at night after sun exposure especially when you are active outdoor. The formulation as a whole looks like a decent blend of botanical extracts with mostly skin purifying, anti-oxidizing and aging repair properties. But it is not so clear from the ingredients list whether or not this will work as a "detoxifying" mask.


It is hard to tell whether or not this has "detoxified" my skin since my skin is not particularly "yellow", "dirty" or unhealthy. But having used this for more than a year, quite sparingly at about 1-2 times a month, I do not notice any major improvements in my skin complexion after using. It appears smoother (due to the emollient content) and slightly clearer but that doesn't equal to detoxifying or purifying. It is also not as effective as my beloved Kiehl's clay mask on pores cleansing. Hence, don't think I would repurchase after I finish this. 

As for whether or not I will recommend it to others, I would say it depends. If you are adventurous and curious about new technology, you can definitely try this one out as it is quite unique and new in the market. However, if you are expecting major skin improvements, then I don't see any after prolonged usage. It is a decent product with decent ingredients and interesting texture that somehow manages to clear your pores and smoothen your skin but may not work amazingly for everyone.

About: wash-off mask, massage mask
Properties: purifying, exfoliating, brightening, damage repairing
Best suited for: normal to dry skin
May not suit: acne-prone and oily skin

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★★★
texture: ★★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★★★ (pretty good, but wouldn't repurchase in the future)

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[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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