My unintentional attempts to destroy my skin
So last weekend, I went to visit in-laws for Eid al-Fitr, and stupidly forgot to bring my cleanser along. As someone who has dry, sensitive skin, I should have known better than that, because my skin needs a certain mixture of ingredients to act normal. So, while I was there, I made the brilliant decision of using our hostess’s cleanser, which was meant for normal-oily skin. Predictably, that cleanser stripped my skin of any natural oils it might have been producing, leaving me with flaky, dry, red, blotchy, painful skin that I kept trying to hide behind full-coverage foundation for the remainder of my time there.
When I returned home, I slapped on whatever hydrating moisturizer and eye creams I had in the hopes of fixing my skin, but nothing really seemed to be doing it for me.
Enter No7 Beautiful Skin Hydrating Mask…
…which I had bought the same weekend, but left at home.
I got this from Ulta, where the description says:
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.
Water, Glycerin, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Isononyl isononanoate, Petrolatum, Butylene glycol, Carbomer, Sodium chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, Hexyl laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Potassium hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Ethylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascorbyl glucoside, Magnesium PCA, Dipropylene glycol, Biosaccharide gum-1, Zinc PCA, Ceramide 3, Potassium hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide 6 II, Xanthan gum, Manganese PCA, Propylparaben, Potassium sorbate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4), Ceramide 1.
How to Use–
After cleansing the skin, sweep the mask generously over the face, avoiding eye area. Relax for 3 minutes, tissue off and rinse away. For an intensive treat, leave for up to 10 minutes or apply a thin layer and leave overnight to wake with hydrated skin.
Now, I don’t really wear masks, other than a few samples I get with purchases every now and then. I especially don’t wear clay masks since I tried wearing one, two years ago, and it gave me a breakout that lasted for 6+ months (well past my wedding, I might add).
So, while I was initially a little skeptical about getting this mask (it is not a clay mask, btw), the glowing reviews sold me, and I purchased it.
Anyway, once I returned from my Eid trip, I applied this according to the instructions, and decided to keep it on for the maximum time stated, i.e. 10 minutes.
Initially, it went on a little tingly, because my skin hadn’t had such a potent drink of moisture in a while. Slowly, it settled into my skin, and 10 minutes had long passed while I continued to enjoy the luxurious feeling of this mask on my skin.
Anyway, I finally wiped off whatever was left on my skin with a tissue, and lightly rinsed off the remainder of it.
My flaky, red, blotchy, painful skin was immediately a thing of the past.
Normally, once I wash my face, I have to apply moisturizer right after, otherwise my skin starts becoming tight and dry, After using this mask, I dawdled around for a long time before realizing I had no moisturizer on. My face felt so hydrated, I had forgotten to apply moisturizer and was puttering around under the impression that I was wearing it.
I had read in the reviews that some people swiped this mask off with a tissue and rubbed the remainder of it into their skin instead of rinsing it off, and I tried it that way also. I don’t think my skin has felt this soft, comfortable, and pampered in a while.
Since I started using this mask, I’ve noticed that my skin has become considerably softer, plumper, and healthier looking without the use of any additional products.
- This mask provides immediate relief to dry and blotchy skin,
- It is incredibly hydrating, and fixes dry patches instantly.
- The smell is subtle but very luxurious, like the kind of clean, fresh-yet-sophisticated scent that wafts around in spas.
- It has no color, (though I don’t really know if this is a yay), it is more of a shiny layer on your face.
- While the time limit is between 3 – 10 minutes, I have worn it for longer than that very comfortably without issues.
- The mask can be tissued off and rinsed off after application for those in a hurry, or it can be left on, and tissued off with the remainder rubbed into the skin. I have tried both and my dry, sensitive skin has had no issues.
- It is hypo-allergenic.
- It is so gentle and intensely moisturizing, that even as someone with sensitive skin, I can get away with using this daily. It isn’t that I have to use it daily, its that I want to.
- $16.99 for 100 ml is beyond affordable for a product that performs so well.
Do I recommend this?
I have tried masks that have a retail price as high as $92, and nothing I have ever used has yet to compare to the No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask. Reviewers on Ulta said that they even left it on overnight, and I really want to try that. This mask is perfect for an at-home spa day, especially for someone with dry or sensitive skin. I am obsessed with it, and I don’t think I’ll replace it any time soon.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Kylie Cosmetics Wet Set will be restocking today! I really hope I am able to snag one this time.
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