THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask *

December 24, 2016 No comments

First of all, let me start by saying, Merry Christmas, friends! As I'm typing this, there's only a few minutes left before Christmas eve over on this side of the world. I'm guessing by now most of you are having your fancy Christmas eve dinners! Me, I'll be spending tonight at home, with Aian and the seven babycats, working on blog backlog. The way I say it sounds kind of sad LOL, but to be honest I quite appreciate that I'm having a very ~chill~ Christmas eve this year! Besides, I'll be spending Christmas Day and the days leading up to New Year's with family, so it's all good :)

And so, because I want to be pretty for all our upcoming holiday get-togethers, I've been relying on sheet masks to give my skin some extra TLC. My skin was pretty okay while we were in KL, but on the last day of our trip, my skin just gave up – I got little bumps on my eyebrow, on the sides of my chin, and on my lower lip. The horror ;___; I've been using sheet masks every day since we got back, and my skin has been looking much better! I actually have a sheet mask on right now, and it's the product I'll be reviewing today – the Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask* from THELAVICOS, sent to me by BNTNews International.

THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask
30g x 5ea


Thelavicos claims: "Contains swiftlet nest extract which strengthens skin's barrier, making your skin healthy and shiny. Dual functionality hydrogel mask for whitening and anti-wrinkle. Keeps your skin tone bright by multiple action of adenosine and niacinamide."


Swiftlet Nest Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide
  • Swiftlet Nest Extract – LOL @ "extract". If you're not aware, this basically means "swiftlet saliva", as a swiftlet's nest is made from mostly that. Claims to strengthen the skin's barrier, but I'm not entirely sure if it's true.
  • Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract – Protease inhibitors fade and prevent UV discoloration. Isoflavones (genistein and daidzein) may inhibit collagen breakdown, promote collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis, and act as antioxidants. Good for: fine lines, uneven/dull skin, sunspots.
  • Adenosine – extracted from yeast. anti-inflammatory properties, used as a building block in ATP to provide energy, upregulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Good for: wrinkles
  • Niacinamide – "Gold standard" ingredient. Promotes collagen, protein, and ceramide synthesis to treat wrinkles and improve skin elasticity and moisture levels, fades discoloration, mitigates sun damage, controls sebum production. Good for: wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, PIE/PIH, sunspots, mild melasma. (Also: my favorite ingredient ever, as it's helped so much with my skin throughout my AB skincare journey. Whenever I see niacinamide in the ingredients, my eyes just light up instantly lol.)
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide – a synthetic peptide used in beauty products and cosmetics to suppress the production of excess interleukins, the chemical messengers which trigger the body's acute inflammatory response. Boosts the growth of the connective tissues and naturally increasing the production of collagen in the skin.
Most of the info above was taken from Truth in Aging and r/AsianBeauty. Full ingredients list and COSDNA analysis here.


  1. After cleansing & toner, apply the sheet on your face. (The side with the transparent film should be used.)
  2. Remove after 20-30 minutes and gently tap with your fingers to help absorb the remaining serum on your face.
  3. Use it two to three times a week.
This was my first time using a hydrogel mask, so the feeling of using something so.. jelly-like was so weird for me. I think I took about 2-3 minutes just trying to figure out to put the mask on my face, because everything was smooshed together when I opened the packet. Instructions say to remove the transparent film and white film, then place the side that had the transparent film on your face. Like I said, because the mask was so jelly-like I had a hard time putting it on. I had to keep adjusting it afterwards, because the mask comes in two parts – one part for the forehead up to the nose and cheeks, and the other part for the chin area. The latter kept slipping down, so in the end I had to lie down while waiting for the 20-30 minutes to be over.


I actually couldn't remember the scent, which is a good thing! Usually I only ever remember the scent if it smells bad or smells too strongly of perfume, so in this case me not remembering the scent means that it was okay and not bothersome at all.


Right after taking the mask off, my skin looks visibly brighter and more even-toned. My face also feels more hydrated.


At ₩33,500 for a box of 5, that gives you ₩6,700 for one sheet mask. Almost P280, which is a bit over my budget for sheet masks. Considering all the great ingredients in this product though, I'd say it's worth buying.

Thelavicos is not locally available in the Philippines, but you can maybe search for it on Gmarket.


Although the immediate effects of this mask were above average (much better than my usual masks, at least), they weren't particularly amazing. I wouldn't recommend it as a pre-event mask, as its immediate effects didn't really wow me or anything. Though I think that with consistent use, I'd be able to see a more noticeable change in my skin, especially with all the good ingredients in this mask. Overall it's a pretty good mask – definitely one of the better masks I've tried so far!

DISCLOSURE: This product was sent to me by BNTNews for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

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