I may have chosen THE wrong time to apply my weekly face mask.
My Saturday morning thought processes went a little something like this: I’ve got one more face mask to trial. It’s ok, I thought. I’ll just pop it on. And should my son’s friend arrive for the planned play date, that will be ok. He won’t even notice, surely? That was until I actually squeezed the tube and started applying it to my face.
What was I THINKING? Seriously. This face mask means business. It was enough to send my own five-year-old running into his room and shutting the door, let alone someone else’s. Thankfully the play date was running late and I got my full 15 minutes of mask benefits before pulling this sucker off.
You’re busting to know what it is, aren’t you?
It’s the Glamoxy Snake Mask ($85 exclusively at Myer) from cult UK skincare company, Rodial. The snake bit? It comes from the product’s key ingredient, Syn-ake (a snake venom-like peptide) that is said to mimic the Temple Viper’s venom and help relax expression lines. But that’s not the mask’s only active ingredient. French clay works to deep cleanse and remove impurities, Cosflor Licquorice brightens skin tone and Pomegranate extract acts as a powerful antioxidant against ageing. It’s a peel-off mask, which I managed to remove pretty easily even though I was panicking a little about being caught out with a mask on. I was pretty impressed that I could see and feel an immediate effect (Glamoxy’s testing over a 30 day period found that skin hydration was increased by 87%; skin was smoothed by 96% and age spots were reduced by 73%).
The Glamoxy isn’t the only mask I’ve been trialling of late.
Also on my radar has been Arbonne FC5 Intense Hydration Mask ($52) and Endota Spa Organic Rosehip & Myrrh Face Mask ($55). Both are wash-off masks (and almost clear on application … note to self) formulated to boost skin hydration and plump the skin.
The Arbonne mask is for normal to dry skin. The mango cell extracts are the key ingredients at work here to provide essential skin antioxidants for a youthful glow. Got to like that. Apply to clean skin and leave for 10 minutes, rinse and you’re good to go. I’m a big fan of the light, creamy consistency of this product.
Now, if you like your skincare on the organic side (and I know a lot do) then you’re going to love the Endota mask. It includes rosehip oil, which is nature’s anti-ageing serum, working its magic to plump, firm and lift the skin. This works hand-in-hand with myrrh to balance hydration and help create a more youthful tone. This is also a 10-minute leave-on then rinse off treatment. The difference is the cream consistency is a little thicker than Arbonne’s. Those who like a heavier mask will love the feel of this on their face.
BTW, if you don’t currently use a mask in your weekly skincare regime (at least once a week; twice is optimal) then hop to it make it a part of your plans this weekend (pardon the Easter Bunny pun).
Like exfoliation we chatted about last week, adding a mask to address your particular skin’s needs is an easy way to feed your skin on a regular basis. It’s an essential booster to your daily cleansing and moisturising and is cost effective way to treat your skin between regular facials.
What? You don’t have regular facials? Don’t worry, just keep this routine up and your skin might be fooled into thinking you have.
Do you use a face mask every week? What’s your mask of choice? And have you found it a successful means of clearing the bathroom of children for 10 minutes?
These three products were sent to me for review consideration as per my disclosure policy