Happy Monday, today I want to talk about a face mask that’s been sat in my bathroom the past few months, which is the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask. I found mine by chance in TK Maxx, however I have seen other products by this brand in Boots.
As the name suggests, this is a moisturising face mask, intended for drier skin types but it does claim on the front of the tube to be “suitable for even the most sensitive skin”. If you’re a longer term reader of my blog, you might be a bit confused why I would be drawn to a product like this as I have oily-sensitive skin. I certainly don’t blame you if that did cross your mind, but this is a product I use in conjunction with a clay mask for oily skin, in an attempt to multi-task face masks. I talked about this process in my Multi-Tasking Face Masks: Why I’m Loving It post, if you’re curious about how I put face masks to use.
This product is from the rose hydrate line from Super Facialist which includes other skincare products like cleansers, oils, scrubs and so on. For my skin I can’t see myself being able to comfortably use super hydrating oils or creamy cleansers, but I saw myself being able to use this mask as it’s something I will wash off in the shower.
As for other claims, the product claims to:
“Boost skin moisture levels and radiance with SUPER FACIALIST thirst-quenching Intense Moisture Mask developed for even the most sensitive skins. It expertly blends White Willow extract, known to enhance skin turnover, Vitamin E, and Urea with soothing Marshmallow extract to effectively hydrate, plump and replenish skin. Complexion appears calmer and visibly renewed, glowing with a healthier radiance.”
Let’s begin by talking about what it claims it will do to the skin: it claims to hydrate and renew the skin, making your complexion appear glowing and healthier. These are relatively common claims, so I’m not surprised to read them, but as always I’m a natural skeptic. One claim I don’t feel so skeptical about is that it calms skin, which makes reasonable sense to me since the ingredient list doesn’t scream anything particularly alarming to me upon reading it. There is “Cetearyl alcohol” second on the list, however even with my sensitive skin, I didn’t feel any tingling, tightness or irritation to suggest that it would be an irritating ingredient for most people.
The back of the tube instructs to use once or twice a week, so it’s designed to be an enriching treatment. I use it two to three times a week as part of my pre-showering routine, and didn’t find it clogged my skin to use it more than the instructions suggest.
The formula itself is a cream-clay formula that was very interesting and a bit unexpected compared to what I had imagined. I expected it to be a straight up clay formula like many others, but the creamy nature of it makes it easier to work with. When applied on dry skin it maintains a slightly more clay-like texture, but when smoothed over damp skin – which is how I go about it – the creamier aspect of the formula really shows itself and it applies in a light layer over the skin, and can be built up if you need it. In my case, I prefer to use one light layer which I apply on my cheeks, while my T-zone has a clay mask aimed at combating blemishes, excess sebum, etc.
One of the aspects of masks that makes me commit to only wearing them pre-shower is that hassle of cleaning them off and requiring water in some way to remove them. I haven’t tested washing this off over a sink or with a flannel, but in the shower, this washes off relatively easily. After about five minutes on the skin, the mask leaves a creamy feeling on the skin that takes a few attempts to completely wash off. I suspect it doesn’t really require that much effort, but it leaves the skin feeling so soft, smooth and so I find I compensate just to make sure that the feeling of softness, smoothness, etc isn’t excess mask still on my face when it could just be my skin being that moisturised.
Post-application, my skin feels extremely soft and hydrated. I haven’t found this to irritate my skin, and if this were used outside of a shower routine, I can fairly confidently claim you can skip moisturiser. Because I do use this in the shower, I don’t skip this step but I probably can.
Most of my time using this product has been during the summer and early autumn, and I find this feels most beneficial to me during the colder months. Now the weather is cooling down, my skin is beginning to adjust to be even more dehydrated while still oily. When winter rolls in, I can see myself using this interchangeably with my mud masks. So I’d use this all over my face one day, then the next time I use my mask routine, I’ll use this only on my cheeks with a mud mask. I’m curious how this could work for my skin, but right now my skin isn’t in the right situation to test this out.
Overall, I’m really happy with this face mask even though it surprised me in some ways. I think this is product is particularly good for dry skin types, but if you have oily skin too, I think you could make this work if it’s dehydrated like mine. My cheek still get oily, but I find my skin is happier and less prone to feeling irritated because my skin’s moisture levels are being taken care of.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.