Best Pick: JAPAN GALS Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening)

Best Pick JAPAN GALS Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening)

A lovely summery skincare that I’ve been using. These are the kind of sheet masks that you can use daily to give your skin a proper boost without breaking the bank. They come in a large resealable bag rather than individually packaged, and there’s less serum to go around — but they do the job just fine. They’re like the low-cost airlines of sheet masks.

I’m generally not a fan of these large multi-packs mainly because I’ve never been able to use them up before they start to dry out. 25+ sheets aren’t a lot when you’re supposed to use one daily, but realistically, I start to lose interest after a week or so. I also don’t like the idea that I have to commit myself to the same mask everyday for almost a whole month once I open the pack just so the rest won’t go the waste. And here’s where this comes in. JAPAN GALS Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening) comes in two 10-sheet packs! Split the huge pack into two — such a simple solution that it’s mind-boggling why other companies aren’t doing the same.

Best Pick JAPAN GALS Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening) bags

I first tried this a few months ago and it instantly became one of my favourite sheet masks when I have red, irritated spots. I’ve been using one pack each month, 10 consecutive days beginning from the start of my monthly cycle when the skin is the most tender, sensitive, and dry due to changes in hormone levels. It has a very soothing and calming effect, though it doesn’t have the same dramatic brightening impact of the Clear Turn White Mask (Vitamin C) — perhaps a good thing when the skin is already irritated and more sensitive than normal. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that the serum in this is actually really lightweight — non-greasy, non-sticky, and fast-absorbing.

Best Pick JAPAN GALS Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening) inside

The mask contains a blend of Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Placental Protein, aloe vera, and green tea to soothe and hydrate. There’s also Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a very stable vitamin C derivative that is a lot gentler on the skin. So there’s a proper dose of effective yet gentle key ingredients in there and not just some wishy-washy herbal blend that looks more like a salad for the face.

I still prefer individually packaged sheet masks — they’re more sanitary, the cotton sheet itself is better quality, and you get a lot more serum — but that’s like flying on a budget airline then complain about lack of fully reclining seat and complimentary amenity kit. For just a few pennies per use, I’d say these are really very good indeed!

You can find Japan Gals’ Pure 5 Essence Mask (Medicated Whitening) online (HERE) from Rakuten Global Market — it’s ¥823 (approx. US$6.64) for a box of two 10-sheet-packs (330ml of serum in total) which I think is excellent value. It’s also on for US$18.24+ HERE.

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Thanks for the review. I’ve always wondered about these larger multi-packs. I’m sure I’m the weird one here, but I actually don’t mind masks having less serum liquid. I feel it takes so long for the serum to fully soaked into my skin, and even after it does, I still can find some left on the cotton sheet…which I then have to frantically squeeze out because I’m cheap like that. So yah, less serum is okay in my books. This is not entirely related to this specific product, but have you come across any sheet masks that are unusually small?… Read more »


I would love to order these, seeing how I’m running low on my daily use Clearturn masks, but I want to know if it’s safe to order these things right now since it’s so hot…I normally order stuff from Japan when it’s not too hot or too cold, which means the products won’t become ineffective when they reach Canada, but do you think it matters? Do you think it’s OK to order them in this heat? Are the active ingredients going to stay stable?