If there is one thing I tend to stock up on a lot of, it’s masks. This ranges from sheet masks, clay masks, to hydrating masks. I’m a sucker for pampering treats, especially ones that aren’t messy. So it’s no surprise my eyes wandered to the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask, while I was taking a walk through my local Superdrug. It retails at £2.59, so it’s a cheap little mask to pick up and not feel guilty for your bank account.
The mask is aimed for normal to dry skin types, which although my skin is more on the oilier end, I wanted to repurpose slightly for my own benefits. On the back of the tube, it claims that:
This Hydrating Moisture Mask combines the nourishing effects of Grapeseed Oil and the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E to hydrate and protect the skin for a soft, supple and younger-looking complexion.
So it claims to be a pretty useful mask for post cleansing or exfoliation, as it says it can protect the skin. I think this is also well-designed for the colder months especially when the dry air leaves the skin feeling tight and sore, and more noticeably dry.
The mask itself is a gel-cream formulation, and is easy to smooth over the face. I highly advise working with little amounts at a time as it quickly feels thick and over-bearing on the skin. But if you start with a small amount, you can get a layer on the skin that’s just right. I’ll be honest, I don’t really have the patience for it, and quickly end up finding my skin feeling suffocated as it is tough to get that balance for my oily-sensitive skin type. On drier skin though, I don’t think this would be as big of a problem.
I’ve tried using this product in two different ways. The first is to strictly follow the instruction:
Gently massage the mask into a cleansed, dry face using your fingertips, avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and allow the mask to quench the skin. Pat remaining residue with a tissue.
With this method, it becomes very clear when the layer is too heavy on the skin: after the 10-15 minute interval, it can feel like the mask has barely absorbed at all if you apply too thick of a layer. When the layer is about right, the mask can be blotted away with a tissue, or you can do what I have tried before: and get a facial massage tool and massage the remaining residue into the skin. I feel like this makes this mask especially pragmatic as it really makes the most of the product, and helps it perform in a similar way you can make use of excess serum from a sheet mask.
My second method, is taking an idea from the Korean skincare trends and using this like an overnight sleeping mask. For me, this flagged up a crucial obstacle: I toss and turn a lot in my sleep. So if I want to make this method work, I need to apply the mask at least 30 minutes before I plan on climbing into bed, otherwise I’m risking getting a lot of the product on my pillows or duvet. Obviously this isn’t a good thing as it’s messy and means it’s not on my face.
Overall, I think this is decent product. It works well as a tradition treatment for dry skin, and can definitely be personalised to suit your individual skincare needs. Would I purchase this again? Honestly, I’m curious to try other sleeping mask packs after making this product work as one, so for now, I won’t be repurchasing this. I do recommend this for extremely dry to normal skin types though as it’s more forgiving than on oilier skin types.
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