Archives for category: Mask

Key Ingredients:2014-01-03 10.23.28

Chamomile: Naturally calms and soothes your skin.

Gingko Biloba Extract: Energizes your skin for a radiant glow.

Kiwi Fruit Extract: Gently soothes skin.

Vitamin A Palmitate: This vitamin A derivative helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and skin texture.

Vitamin C Derivative: Helps brighten the appearance of skin.

Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition and restore skin.

Shea Butter: An effective emollient and moisturizer.

Glycerin: Provides optimum hydration to replenish and revitalize your skin’s appearance.

Product Description: “Nighttime is the perfect time to give your skin an intense hydration boost. Now you can enjoy a spa-quality hydrating mask at home right before bed when your skin is primed to absorb the maximum benefits. Just leave on this luxuriously intense hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. You’ll love the soothed, smoothed feeling it gives your skin. Use 1-2 times weekly to boost skin’s moisture levels.”

My Experience: Hmm. I’m on the fence about this product. On one hand, I do notice an instant difference in the hydration of my skin when I rinse it off, on the other hand it doesn’t provide me with the spa-at-home feeing I so desire. I like the ingredients, the sleek yet convenient squeeze tube and the quick results. It’s very thick in consistency, like a paste, which was surprising to me because I don’t think of a paste as something that my skin is likely to soak up. Due to the thickness, it can feel a bit dry and difficult to spread across the skin. However, once it’s on, it stays put. I don’t even wash it off 10 minutes later as advised, I usually go straight to bed and leave it on overnight. However, when I wash it off within 10 minutes I do notice a difference. My skin is instantly softer, smoother and brighter. I think my main quibble about this product is that it doesn’t feel as luxurious as I would like. The scent has the earthy, herbal scent of a clay mask and the pasty texture doesn’t feel pampering on my fingers or on my face. It’s effective, no-nonsense and unfussy, which I’m sure some would appreciate. However, I like a moisturizing mask that has a touch of je ne sais quoi to it: an inviting fragrance, a silky texture that enriches the experience and encourages me to spend just a little bit more time massaging the product into my skin.

The Skinny: An effective yet minimalistic mask that transforms dry skin into soft, soothed and brightened skin within 10 minutes. I just wish it had an enticing scent and a less pasty texture.

Cost:

USA: $36 from Elizabeth Arden

UK: £22 from lookfantastic

Rating: 3/5

Ingredients: Glycerin, cocoa butter, ceramides, vitamin E, vitamin C

Skin Type: Dry / Very Dry

Product Description: “This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturize the skin. Ceramides and cholesterol will target the very surface of the skin, adding essential lipids (or oils) and strengthening its surface. Contains Vitamin E and C”.

My Experience: My skin has been paper dry recently. My normal Shiseido and Clarins moisturizers weren’t helping, and I was in serious need of moisture infusion. I was roaming Boots when I came across this mask. It was the packaging that got me at first. It’s really scrumptious. A chubby, transparent little pump tube filled with frothy layers of apricot-colored silky cream. As always, I’m an utter sucker for good marketing. An intensive hydration mask for your face that looks like a whipped dessert? Yes please! Obviously cans of whipped cream aren’t as pretty as this, but they should be (take note, whipped cream manufacturers!). Anyway, I digress. This is a great little product. The instructions advise you to sweep it over the face, avoiding the eye area, and let it soak in for 3 minutes before tissuing and rinsing off. For a more intensive moisture boost, you can leave it on for 10 minutes or even over night. One pump dispenses a perfect little blob of cream that is sufficient for your whole face. My skin soaks this up within minutes and my dry areas become smooth and silky. Most of the time, however, I leave it on over night and wake up to dreamy soft and plump skin. It’s been such a great dry skin remedy and I’m so pleased I found it. I’ve been using it regularly over the past couple weeks and my skin has been thanking me. And it’s reasonably priced. And you get a ton of it. I have a feeling this is going to be my new best friend in the moisture-sapping months of winter. Two thumbs up!

The Skinny: A reasonably priced, thirst-quenching treat for dry, flaky skin. Highly recommended!

Cost:

UK: £12.50 from Boots

USA: $16.99 from Boots

Rating: 5/5