SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Review

 Can we take a moment to appreciate how tasty these chocolates look. I ate them not longer after this photo was taken.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how tasty these chocolates look. I ate them not longer after this photo was taken.


Hiya! My name is Shaleen- I am a 22 year old from the bottom of the world with a skincare obsession. 

Everybody needs a good exfoliator because, well, everybody needs to exfoliate. When you exfoliate your main goals are to scrub and exfoliate your skin while leaving it nourished and hydrated- not stripped and irritated. This scrub does that for me. So without further ado, I introduce this very popular manual exfoliator.


  • Super affordable!
  • Smells tasty (like cola and lemon).
  • The beads can be quite harsh on sensitive skin.
  • Super duper moisturisng.
  • Will last fo'ever.

The product:

The SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is a sugar scrub that works as an exfoliator. It has quite the following mainly due to the fact that it is effective and super affordable. I've never been massively into physical exfoliators (I prefer more soothing masks) but I knew this was one product I had to get my hands on and try for myself.

According to the SKINFOOD website, the Black Sugar Mask is "a mask wash off featuring organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourish skin for a smooth, clean complexion." It is apart of the 'black sugar' range which is "an exfoliating and moisturising cleansing line with organic black sugar that is enriched with vitamins and minerals to hydrate and nourish skin." In other words, it is supposed to exfoliate your skin without leaving it feeling tight or stripped afterwards. 

The mask comes in a 100g tub that is more or less filled to the brim with a dark brown scrub. The scrub contains little fine grains which are the key to the physical exfoliation properties of this product. The grains are small but they are quite rough. Despite being gritty, the mask is very easily applied onto your skin. The packaging is fairly minimalist for SKINFOOD but that is likely because sugar probably doesn't lend itself very creatively to product design.

  • I would recommend this scrub mainly to those with oily skin and dry skin. It is not drying but rather super duper moisturising- making it ideal for the dry type. It can be quite harsh, even when heavily diluted with water so I would not recommend this for my readers with sensitive skin.


  • After cleansing, do not dry your face- keep the water on there (this is to help make the scrub less harsh).
  • Gently massage a generous amount of the scrub onto your skin.
    • Remember this can be used anywhere!
  • Massage for a minute or so, avoiding the eyes and lips.
  • Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gently wash mask off with warm water, using circular motions.
  • Viola! Nice and smooth.

the review:

I have pretty sensitive skin so I tend to stay away from manual exfoliation such as scrubs. Manual exfoliation is the opposite of chemical exfoliation. Instead of using acids to deeply penetrate your pores to remove all the nasties, manual exfoliators use things like grains and sugars to physically remove dead skin. This means they are 10x more likely to irritate and hurt your skin. This is why manual exfoliation is not usually recommended to those with sensitive skin or even those who suffer with active acne. This is because the scrub might accidentally open up an active pimple and spread the germs around your face thus resulting in more pimples (not the buzz). Despite my sensitivity, I had heard so much about SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask- it was toted as 'the only manual exfoliator you will ever need.' So your girl bought it anyway.

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I'll be honest, I don't use this mask very often. I have definitely used it enough to form an opinion on it and do often recommend it as a cheap exfoliator to my friends when asked. But at the end of the day I don't really like manual exfoliators and that hasn't changed. In saying that, as far as scrubs go this one is pretty good. So if you like scrubs then you should probably check this one out! Its main selling point are the little grains which scrub off any dead skin cells (although be careful not too scrub too hard!) Whenever I wash off this mask, my skin feels as smooth as a baby's bottom. Another bonus with this product is that it can be used as an all over scrub- I like to use it on my back and chest also for the same super soft effect. However I think that the most important thing about this scrub and why it is so popular is that it leaves your skin feeling super moisturised and nourished after. Surprisingly so. When you wash this mask off, it almost gives the same feeling as having used a moisturising product rather than an exfoliant. This is so important because usually scrubs can leave your skin feeling stripped which just adds to the irritation. Despite being grainy, the texture is actually quite smooth and very easy to apply. The mask is surprisingly thick and feels a little oily. This oil is the good kind though as it helps to retain the moisture in your skin.

I'm pretty indifferent to this scrub but I will give credit where credit is due: it does its job well and for a very cheap price. So if you're in the market for a scrub, then this one will exfoliate your skin while leaving it super nice and hydrated.


The SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash Off Mask is so cheap that it is genuinely worth just giving it a go. It costs around 13NZD, 10USD making it one of the most affordable and effective manual exfoliators. Even though I'm not big on these kind of scrubs, it is so cheap that I have no qualms with it whatsoever. 


The fine sugar grains are the main player in this scrub- you can actually see them in the photo to the right. It is these little grains (or sucrose) that are rough enough to exfoliate the dead skin cells off of your skin which can clog your pores and make your complexion look dull. Like I said earlier, these grains can be a little irritating on your skin, so be careful to dilute it with water (on your face, not in the tub) and not to scrub too hard.

I actually think that one of the most important ingredients things about this scrub and what sets it apart from others is its moisturising abilities. Because of this, I believe that the star ingredient is its shea butter base- the ideal ingredient for hydration. It is the shea butter and lanolin which account for much of the masks nourishment. Lanolin is also create for locking in moisture however most people have their own opinions on whether they want to use products with lanolin in it. 

As always, here is the COSDNA link for a rating system breakdown on all the ingredients.


New Zealand:

Nashi Lab-


Style Korean-


1/5: Negative, nada, no.

2/5: Didn't do anything for me.

3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better for my skin type. Ya'll know I am super honest- I don't really like manual exfoliators but I will give credit where credit is due: this scrub is very moisturising.

4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective. 




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