PRODUCTS I 🖤 AND BELIEVE IN : Dr. Jart Shake & Shot Shaking Rubber Masks
A long time ago, in a country far, far away, I discovered this intriguing, cult Korean skincare brand. Dr. Jart was my first foray into what's called "K-beauty," something I was turned onto on a trip half-way across the world from NYC...in Seoul, South Korea. Until that trip, I had no idea there were all these established skincare brands I'd never heard of — many with wild ingredients like snake venom and snail mucin. And more than a few of them with pseudo-English product names even wilder than the ingredients inside. I remember walking into one of the dozens of beauty shops in hipster Gangnam and feeling like I was in a dream! (Yes, the same Gangnam from that crazy song!)
I couldn't resist! 🕺🏻
Dr. Jart stood out from the rest, it was different, unlike all the others. It wasn't about all those weird ingredients with no sound scientific backing. Snail slime?! Come on. Yes, Dr. Jart was a brand from another world. But I could relate to it. At the time, it came across to me like a hip science brand with this artistic, quirky personality. It reminded me of Kiehl's. Science done in a humorous, relatable way. So with Dr. Jart, it was love at first sight!
The brand's new Shake & Shot Shaking Rubber Mask is so characteristically Dr. Jart — the perfect combination of science + art + crazy, silly fun. When I got back from that trip to Seoul, I remained intrigued by my dream world discovery of all those seemingly obscure Korean brands that I thought I may never see again. That is, until friends and former Kiehl’s/L’Oreal colleagues created Glow Recipe, an online purveyor of natural Korean skincare brands. I became obsessed with all the new Korean skincare product forms, formulas, and brands — and Glow Recipe de-mystified all of it. It was through Glow Recipe that I first stumbled upon these odd sounding “rubber masks,” at-home versions of a facial treatment popular at spas throughout Seoul. And around that same time, I miraculously came across my K-beauty discovery Dr. Jart at Sephora in NYC! My dream come true.
Why a rubber mask?
There is no actual rubber involved in the formulation of a rubber mask. Though I have to state that Petrolatum, derived from crude oil, is a wonderfully rich emollient that has true benefits for skin — especially dry or very dry skin. And if that sounds insane to you, Petrolatum is one of the main ingredients in La Mer's iconic $170/oz. moisturizing cream, Kiehl's legendary Lip Balm #1 and, of course, Vaseline!
Like all rubber masks, Shake & Shot is a DIY treatment that you have to mix yourself. The concept of a freshly-mixed mask actually makes complete sense! Because the ingredients are freshly mixed, the treatment is more effective — as the components become active upon contact with one another. Think fresh squeezed juice here. 🍎🍊🥕 It's always at peak nutrient performance right out of the juicer. With Shake & Shot, you remove the baby face lid to reveal two packets of ingredients inside. All you do is combine them in the cup, replace the baby, and SHAKE! After about 5-10 seconds, you notice that the liquid mix inside stops slushing around. Hi there babydoll, your rubber mask is ready! In the case of Shake & Shot, the straw is actually the spatula you use to smooth the mixture over your skin. Seriously, pure genius! In a matter of 5 minutes at most, it hardens into a rubbery texture.
Be sure to apply the mask very soon after you've mixed it, or it's going to turn rubbery in the cup and you'll lose all those fresh-mixed benefits! You leave it on for 15-20 minutes, the same as most pre-made facial masks.
Then, as if by magic 🧙♂️🔮 you peel the now solid, rubbery mask away from your face. What's left behind is smooth, supple, baby-soft skin! You can grab your own Shake & Shot at Sephora.