It wasn’t until after I started Writing Whimsy that I first learned there was such a thing as a hydrating face mask. Originally, I thought they were supposed to be clay things that dried every bead of moisture out of your skin to help minimize breakouts. While there’s definitely an available option, today I’m sharing three gentler choices.
Lately, I’ve been using three very different hydrating masks but today I’m going to share my thoughts on each of them. First, there’s the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask, then there’s the Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask*, and finally, the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask*.
The Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask was first recommended by Gerry, and when I won her iHerb giveaway, I picked up my own container as a part of my iHerb Haul. Andalou Naturals is a more natural brand than I generally use, but I am trying to include more natural products in my skincare routine, so I thought I’d start with this mask. It promises deep hydration as well as anti-aging properties to help revitalize and nourish skin. Given the name, I’d be disappointed if the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask didn’t smell like rose, so luckily it does, but I don’t find the scent overpowering once applied. It has a very creamy consistency to it, so it feels like applying a thick lotion, which you then leave on for ten minutes. I found it cooling and comfortable when applied. After I rinse it off, my skin looks refreshed and feels nice, but it isn’t a product that would allow me to skip a before-bed moisturizer.
As much as I enjoy the scent of the scent of the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask, I think it is a nice option but not one I would repurchase. I would definitely try other products from the same line, as I’m really interested in the serum and oil, which are products you don’t wash off your face afterwards.
The second hydrating face mask option is a brand new launch, the Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask. It is a clear gel with white beads in it, that actually dissolve as you rub the product into your face to apply it–I always find that kind of thing fun. You apply this product before bed, after using your regular night cream, and leave it on overnight. I found it left my skin a bit sticky, but it doesn’t “transfer” while I’m sleeping or make a mess, which is always my biggest concern with overnight masks. The Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask is the only one of these masks that doesn’t require washing off, which is a little strange, but I didn’t feel it on my skin in the morning. The mask contains hyaluronic acid and shea butter and has no obvious scent to me. I definitely felt it was effective as a hydrating mask, as my skin felt softer and more moisturized in the morning–combined with the fact that it doesn’t need to rinsed off, I find this mask is basically like using a really good moisturizer. The Avon Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask is a nice added treatment for the skin, especially during winter months.
The final option of the three hydrating face masks I’ve been using lately definitely has the best name. The NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask is a hydrating gel mask that can be used either as a ten minute treatment, or overnight. After applying a generous layer of the gel to my skin, I did notice some tingling/itchiness on some areas when I used it, although could have been due to the mask drying, rather than any ingredients. It does contain salicylic acid (to help exfoliate) and hyaluronic acid (to maintain moisture), in addition to Dragon’s Blood (to repair and heal the skin).I was both surprised and impressed by my results after using the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask. Even when using the ten minute treatment, which I tested after a fairly drying face mask (Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic) it really helped hydrate my skin and I found my fine lines seemed less visible. However, overnight was what really blew me away. I noticed such a massive difference in the morning that looking at my skin was what made me remember I had a face mask on I needed to wash off–since it was transparent and felt light on the skin.
After using the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask overnight my skin really looked both “plumper” and fresher, and this face mask will definitely be a new regular in my routine. It’s an affordable product I can easily recommend, and I am very interested to try the cleansing pads and serum from the same range.
All three of these hydrating masks recommend use about 3 times a week, and in order to really see a lasting difference in your skin, consistent use is important–although personally, I prefer to rotate between them!
If you’re looking for a hydrating face mask–or maybe you weren’t, but you are after reading this post–let me know which one of the Andalou Naturals, Avon and NIP+FAB options appeal to you the most. Do you have a favourite hydrating face mask? I clearly need more…