My Korean skincare journey started because I was an avid fan of BTS.
Mediheal announced their collaboration with the South Korean septet BTS last December. After Watsons Philippines revealed they are bringing in the boxed set locally, me and my fellow ARMYs (the group’s fandom), waited until April 1 to finally buy them at selected Watsons stores.
BTS members were seen using it during their VLive (an interactive Youtube-like application) sessions or wearing it in their posted selfies on Twitter.
Two reasons prompted me to try a box: 1) To finally get my hands on a tangible collection featuring my favorite group, and 2) I was curious with the hype of using face masks. Before purchasing, I had to search first which skin type I had, how to use sheet masks, and which set contains the best photo card set—much to my fangirling.
All sets contained the Tea Tree masks, and each has one of the other four featured pieces, depending on which skin type need is being targeted. Each box contained 10 pieces: five for the Tea Tree and another five for the featured. All sets also included an envelope with 14 postcard-sized photo cards of the members together in a group, by pair or individual.
After a thorough deliberation, I decided on the Moisturizing set which contains the Tea Tree Care Solution and D:NA Proatin masks. It was said to be good for a “combination” type of skin—those with an oily T-zone area but also experiences dryness—such as mine. I tried using them alternatively for a month as prescribed in the package.
The first mask that I tried was the Tea Tree one. Having an acne-prone skin, this mask is definitely a go-to quick fix whenever my face tends to break out. True to its name, the essence has a noticeable tea tree oil scent that I found too strong for my liking. Nonetheless, it “calmed” my face—with the tiny bumps settled down and drying up—after use.
The essence, despite being an oil-based solution, was neither heavy nor sticky to the skin. I considered this as a winning factor because what prevents me from using face masks before was the humid climate in the country, which makes putting on skin solutions uncomfortable.
The D:NA Proatin was my favorite. The essence has a milky texture, unlike the usual clear face mask essences, but has a light scent. The mask shape also surprised me, as it has an extra flap meant for the lips as well. After use, it made my face feeling soft, much like the sensation after putting on a light and hydrating lotion. Even my lips are treated well; the chapping lessened.
The packet, however, contains so much essence for a face mask that I decided to slather the excess on my hands and arms too. I will definitely purchase this again because I love the balm-like effect on my skin, since I also experience dryness and chapping.
Let me also say that the photo cards were definitely an added bonus. I really revelled at the fact I got the set featuring RM, Jin, Suga, JHope, Jimin, V and Jungkook individually in a dreamy look against a white background. Other sets feature them in a “boyfriend” look against a bricked background.
The other sets include Mediheal’s crowd favorite, the N.M.F. (Natural Moisturizing Factor) Aquaring Ampoule mask found in the Hydrating set; the W.H.P White Hydrating Black mask, which contains active carbon from black charcoal, in the Brightening set; and the P.D.F A.C Dressing Ampoule mask inside the Soothing set.
Boxes are sold P1,250 each, or in their regular single packets at P99 a piece.