Review: Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch 🌹💧👁
I swear it’s just coincidence that the previous post on the blog was also rose themed lol! 💁🏼♀️ I guess it is February after all 😅🌹🎁❤️ Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patches. These gel under eye masks were everywhere on Instagram a few months ago. I’m guessing this is because they are very photogenic – the gel patches have a pink sparkle to them and are arranged in their tub to form a perfect circle. Just like a yin-yang symbol! I picked them up via Nudie Glow (an Australian e-beauty retailer that specialises in K-beauty skincare products) on a whim when purchasing something else. The skin under my eyes is very thin, I struggle with dark under eye circles and so I often look tired. So the more hydration I can get – the better. I love anything rose scented to boot, so if the formula contains Bulgarian rose water (known to be the best in the world) then why not give these eye patches a go!
Heimish is not a brand I know a lot about. I don’t believe they have an English language and facing website, because I can’t find it (it must only exist on Naver, Korea’s Google!). *correction* They DO have an English website and international shop – here! From what I have read on different e-commerce websites, they are into natural understated beauty. The skincare line isn’t huge – there’s somewhere between 10 and 15 products and they are all quite reasonably priced (Australian drugstore prices if you will).
DESCRIPTION The Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch is a multi-functional brightening and anti-wrinkle eye patch that can also be used on your forehead, mouth area and neck. The hydrogel patches tightly adhere to the skin to deliver the essence and active ingredients, while Bulgarian rose water deeply moisturises the skin. These eye patches are 100% eco-friendly and water-soluble. Size: 60 pcs MADE IN KOREA
There’s two things that drew me to try these eye patches (besides them looking pretty and rose water being used in the formula). There are 60 eye patches in this little tub. 60! That’s a whole lot! Enough to make 30 pairs and thus, 30 applications. Secondly, the patches are biodegradable. I believe they are made from carrageenans – a substance extracted from red seaweed. This fact makes me very happy because the majority of sheet masks and makeup wipes for example are not, and being one time use products therefore makes them incredibly wasteful. Not only that, the Hydrogel Eye Patches come in at $27 AUD. That works out to be $0.90 cents per application (per pair). Not bad, not bad at all!
Benefits of Rose Water
So what about the hero ingredient in the eye mask formula? Rose Damascena (or sometimes called the Damask Rose) is one of the most highly prized roses; not only is it beautiful, it’s scent is particularly fragrant & quite strong (perfect for making essential oils and fragrances) yet it doesn’t naturally produce a lot of oil and there aren’t good synthetic substitutes for the scent (oil) therefore whatever oil is produced from the cultivation of the Damask Rose is very expensive.
Added to this, several pharmacological effects have been discovered including; it relaxes the central nervous system, is antimicrobial & astringent (restricts capillaries lessening redness in the skin, reduces the size of pores temporarily & controls oil production), anti-inflammatory (making it great for treating redness, acne and skin ‘disruptions’ such as dermatitis, because we now understand that these skin conditions are linked the skin’s microbiome) and as antioxidant properties.
Not only this, it also helps balance your skins pH (the measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is). The average pH of one’s skin is 4.7. Typical tap water has a pH range of 6.7 to 8.8 (this is why cleansing can be ironically quite ‘disturbing’ for one’s skin). Rose water has a pH of 5.0 which helps to bring your skin’s pH down to a comfortable, balanced level. This is why rose water is so often used as a facial toner after cleansing ☺️🌹🌹💦 You might just notice that in the ingredient list, after the Rose Damascena flower water is listed, so is a measurement or concentration – 1000ppm. If anyone knows what this means or translates to, please let me know!
Other Ingredients; High concentration of glycerin (humectant hydrator), niacinamide (hydrator, brightens dull skin tone, fades pigmentation & strengthens weak skin), coconut fruit water 🥥, sodium hyaluronate (super hydrator! 💦), pine leaf extract, lotus leaf, witch hazel and got kola extract.
The first time I tried the gel eye patches, I noticed they moved around on my skin a lot. The eye patches sit in the skincare solution or ‘serum’, so they are covered in product on both sides of the eye patch. I didn’t have this problem after using my first pair (the eye patches sitting on top of the two ‘stacks’ in the jar) so once you move down to the subsequent lower patches, the serum and product is more evenly distributed. Now when I pop on the eye patches, they don’t move around too much.
The gel texture of the eye patches is very thin and adheres to skin very well. The sparkle of the eye patches isn’t in the serum itself, so you won’t end up with glitter all over you face 😌
What I noticed early on was that I thought that eye patches were quite small. I would have preferred them to be longer in size (diameter). I think they seem small to me because being a Korean skincare brand, they were originally designed for Korean faces. While everyones eyeballs are the same size, the structure of the orbital bone surrounding the eye (so the eye socket) and how much tissue you have in that area is different between ethnicities. I have much deeper and hollow eyes plus less tissue – (this is why most Asian faces look like they have a much smaller ‘under eye area’ – the area looks so plump, as if the cheek starts higher up on the face). The inner corner of my eyes thus have more space and are more of a problem (boooo!👎). If only I could have the under eye area of a Korean/Asian face! What this means is that the eye patches don’t reach into the inner corner of my eye like I’d like them to (where my dark circles are). Not a huge problem, but it’s just a consideration to make.
I leave the eye patches on for a long time (the suggested time for wear is 20-30 minutes). The eye serum makes the skin under my eyes look plump and smooth. Better still, because the serum is so soothing and hydrating, I use retinol around my eye area (after cleansing) and then pop the eye patches on and leave them on overnight 🌔⭐️ In the morning, the eye patches are still on my face and the skin around my eyes looks super hydrated as well as strengthened. Fine lines are gone and there’s no redness or irritation from the retinol.
*note* I have gotten the skin around my eyes used to retinol over a long period of time. I started off using smaller concentrations of retinol and have now moved up to 1%. If you want to try doing this, start with a concentration of 0.5% (or less) and work your way up over time.
Heimisch also mention that the patches are multi-functional. You can use them on any part of your face. That’s a great idea if you get particularly dry on different parts of your face (example; around the nose area when you are sick with a cold!). I have only used the patches under the eye area, but I can see how that would be a great idea.
I think the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Hydrogel Eye Patches are such a bargain and a great skincare product/treat for your eyes! 🎁 I am really impressed with the formula and the fact that the patches are biodegradable. Such a win for the environment and for your wallet because this product won’t break the bank. Another K-beauty product that really does a phenomenal job! Pick up a tub for yourself at Nudie Glow (if you live in Australia or New Zealand), from the Heimish international shop (prices are in USD, but they also offer free shipping on orders over $100) or YesStyle.
Have you tried any products from Heimish? Would you try these eye patches for yourself? Let me know what products you love to use around the delicate eye area 💕💋🌹
Catch ya next time,
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