As a skincare enthusiast, I’m quite fond of face masks especially the ones that show instant results. The reason being that I seldom get time to sit back and relax with a face mask and enjoy an ideal time with my favorite herbal tea or a book. Most of my masking sessions happen either before or while taking a shower. But having said that, I do try to indulge in self-care sesh once in a while and enjoy a good self-care routine. Those sessions, however, are not as often as I would like them to be. Today, I’m reviewing my current set of face masks that include some really hydrating, moisturizing, healing, and nourishing ones.
Flower & Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator
Before I begin to talk about Instant Glow mask/exfoliator, let me give you a brief about the brand. Flower & Spice is a new green artisan skincare brand based in Netherlands. What I personally like about this skincare line is how each product exemplifies uniqueness, innovation, and novelty. Karmen Novak, the lovely founder, experimented with different botanical ingredients to develop truly natural products that would not only transport the senses through scent and texture but powerfully nourish and care the skin.
Have you heard about a flash mask? Instant Glow Calming exfoliator is a rich, creamy, and grainy formula that gently exfoliates the skin in just one minute. The creamy texture provides instant moisturization while the fruit acids and bamboo buds enzymatically exfoliate dead cells, leaving a smooth and a radiant complexion. The marvelous infusion of Lavender and Fennel seeds (an ingredient I haven’t seen much in other green beauty products) increase blood circulation; and AHA fruit acids help in attaining a smooth and a glowy skin. I call it a “flash mask” because you just need about couple of minutes to use this exfoliator – one minute to physically exfoliate the mask in circular motion and then wait for another minute before you rinse it off. Voila! I get an instant glow! And it smells heavenly – a beautiful aroma of lavender, and fennel. I have recommended this mask/exfoliator to so many friends and it has become a must-have for them too!
OY-L Manuka Exfoliating Mask
I absolutely love honey-based masks because they are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and offer such moisturizing and nourishing effect to the skin. OY-L Manuka Exfoliating Mask is such a unique face mask that contains a blend of manuka honey, oils and exfoliants with a gorgeous rejuvenating aroma!
Why is this mask unique? The Manuka Honey used in this mask is medical-grade Manuka 20+ honey that is sourced from New Zealand. Blueberry and cranberry seed and ground-up lavender buds and rose petal are the natural gentle exfoliators used in the mask. The ritual to apply this mask is quite different from the other masks I’ve used so far. You need to first emulsify it with warm water; apply it in circular motion for exfoliation; and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Result: An instant glow and a clean, brighter skin! This mask checks all boxes for me – offers exfoliation, nourishment, and a healthy glow!
Dafna Revival Bio-Active Beauty Mask
REVIVAL is again a unique facial mask! (Read my detailed review of this mask here). Formulated with a unique combination of bio-active ingredients such as Capsulated Charcoal, Hyaluronic Acid, Ginseng and Reishi, this mask transforms the skin, bringing back its vitality. REVIVAL has a very soft touch and feel to it and glides on the skin just like butter. The mask, interestingly, looks like mashed dragon fruit to me! The ritual to apply this mask includes two steps: application includes carefully tap masking it on the dry skin, without crushing the black colored charcoal capsules. In the second phase, with damp fingers, you need to massage the mask for about a minute, until all the charcoal capsules are merged to the mask and it changes the color to grey. This is the first charcoal mask that does not dry or irritate my skin one bit! I am always in awe of how soft, clearer and brighter my skin looks after I use this mask.
MOSS Beurre Celesté Honey Antioxidant Infusion Recovery Mask in Cleansing Baume
Beurre Celesté offers the benefits of an oil cleanser, cleansing balm, raw honey cleanser and hydrating mask all in one! I love everything about this multi-tasking mask/cleansing balm! I have used it as a cleanser as well as a mask! It removes makeup, grime, and impurities effortlessly and thoroughly. It rinses clean and doesn’t leave any oily or waxy residue. Every time I open the jar, I love sniffing off the sweet aroma of honey that reminds me of a chocolate I used to relish as a kid.
I prefer using Beurre Celesté as a mask because it contains such an amazing and highly-effective set of key ingredients like raw nebraska honey, sunflower oil, macademia oil, kokum butter, and seabuckthorn CO2 extract. It’s targeted to offer gentle exfoliation, smoothing and brightening effect to the skin. Beurre Celesté has a marvelous texture for lymphatic drainage; feels like melted butter on the skin. It provides mild exfoliation, and makes my skin so soft and smooth after each use and it has also helped in improving my skin texture tremendously.
Live Botanicals Luna Glowing Mask
This mask truly lives up to its name! Inspired by ancient beauty traditions of honey infusions and powdered herb massage. A deeply hydrating and repairing cleansing mask made with whole herbs, botanical extracts and fruit enzymes blended with raw honey.
Luna is a sticky honey-based mask that contains a nourishing blend of whole organic flowers of rose, calendula and dandelion roots with organic papaya enzymes, organic aspen, and organic chia seeds. I apply a thin layer of the mask on my damp skin; leave it on for about 15-30 minutes; and rinse it off with lukewarm water while massaging the herbal grains to exfoliate my skin. Simply love how this mask makes my skin look brighter, glowy and dewy! This mask can also be used as a cleanser.
Leahlani Mermaid Mask
Leahlani skincare products are reminiscent of Hawaiian beaches and tropical islands. I really love their elegant packaging and tropical names of their products. The Mermaid mask, a deep emerald mermaid magic is designed to act as a super-food green smoothie for the skin. And indeed it is! It’s made with Hawaiian spirulina and raw honey, premium chlorella and circulation-boosting essential oils that help to nourish, clarify, purify, soften and renew the complexion. The emerald color of the mask is achieved from two powerhouse superfood ingredients, organic chlorella and organic spirulina. I simply love Mermaid mask because it’s such an indulgent mask that feels nourishing and moisturizing. Its aroma is simply delectable and irresistible. Since it is made of honey, it doesn’t dry out entirely and washes off very easily, leaving a clean, healthy, and a glowy skin.
Have you tried any or all of these face masks?