Review: Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask

Monday, September 02, 2019

Korres Hydra Biome Probiotic Superdose face mask overnight sleeping mask facial skincare beauty natural organic anti-pollution

The natural skincare brand Korres so kindly reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if they could send me a package containing a preview of their newest launch (out this Thursday, September 5th), the Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask, and of course, I said YES! Korres is one of the more high-end natural skincare lines I keep going back to; if you've followed me either on YouTube or on this blog, you'll have seen that I've tried a large number of their products in the past five years and I'm a huge fan of their Yoghurt line due to the inclusion of lactic acid.

(By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Korres, being sponsored or compensated by them in any way. They didn't even ask me to review or feature them or the new mask on any of my accounts.)

The Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose face mask is an interesting mask. It has an incredibly thick texture and reminds of me a thick night cream or maybe even a cold cream. The description states that one can also use it as a sleeping mask by applying a thin layer to the skin overnight. I tried it both ways and filmed it - the video will go up later this week and I'll return to link it below.

Korres Hydra Biome Probiotic Superdose face mask overnight sleeping mask facial skincare beauty natural organic anti-pollution

Since I received this pre-launch, there wasn't an official description for the product on the internet. From what I could gather from the information sent with the package and on the Sephora website, the Hydra-Biome mask is a super-hydrator (with a 48-hour time release of hydration), has anti-pollution capabilities, calms redness, cools after-sun skin, plumps and helps the skin maintain a balanced complexion. Korres states that this mask contains the highest percentage of yogurt that any of their products has ever contained: 7%.

The instructions:
- Slather a super thick, creamy layer to clean, dry skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse and pat dry to relieve and soothe skin while giving it a healthy microbiome-friendly super-dose.
- To use as a sleeping facial, smooth on a thin layer before bedtime to wake up to plump and well-rested skin.

I first time I tried it, I applied the mask to my face which had recently seen a lot of sun and was possibly mildly sunburnt. I had some inexplicable dry patches around my nostrils that I hoped the mask would help banish. It didn't do much to hydrate the dry patches, and I'm not sure I would recommend using this or any lactic acid products on freshly sunburned skin, because the lactic acid in this product as well as the other Korres Yoghurt products tingle. This mask's tingle felt more akin to a mild burn at times.

Which isn't to say I didn't like this product. I appreciate a light tingle to know that the lactic acid is active and probably working. The scent was better than the other Korres Yoghurt products I'd previously tried (which had all smelled like chemical-tinged yogurt). This mask smelled of powdery almond. I felt the mask did leave my skin looking seemingly brighter and slightly plumper, although I wasn't a huge fan of the way it felt as if the mask left some residue on my face (it eventually dried or was absorbed).

I tried the mask again, this time as a leave-on. I didn't leave it on long enough (overnight) to see what the results were like, but I did not like the feel of the mask as a thin layer on my skin in the summer. It pilled and felt heavy and greasy, even for my combo-normal skin. If you sleep with satin pillowcases, I would recommend using another pillowcase if you plan on sleeping with this mask on.

Korres Hydra Biome Probiotic Superdose face mask overnight sleeping mask facial skincare beauty natural organic anti-pollution

Overall, while I have previously loved some of the products in the Korres Yoghurt line, this mask wasn't a huge hit for me. I'm not quite sure what sort of niche this product fills, and the anti-pollution claims are a little confusing/mysterious. My conclusion is that this product would probably be best for someone with dry, sensitive skin who can't handle direct acids or a higher lactic acid content. Otherwise there are better hydrators and better lactic acid products out there - Korres' included - that I think can provide both plumping and hydration at the same time with a better texture.

The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask costs $49 for 3.38 fluid ounces - a lot of mask if you're going to use it as an overnight sleeping mask, as the product has a 6 month life.

Korres also sent along a Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser which I LOVE and look forward to using up: it smells faintly of peaches, is foamy without being stripping in the least and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.

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