Yay! Time for the weekly question by Ms. Nosy Parker :D
What skincare mask did you use most recently?
Mine is the new MultiAction Mask by IDI Italy 1858 (RM186/50ml) which is part of their Lab 0.31 line and currently available at IDI Italy 1858 counters in Guardian pharmacies and other leading pharmacies.
I used this the day I returned from an all day driving trip under the hot hot sun. Even with high SPF sunscreen on, my skin felt a little warm in the evening. So, I decided to slap this one on.
The MultiAction Mask is formulated for sensitive skin, so I figured skin that was warmed up by the sun wouldn’t suffer. And I was right. It has a nice slightly cooling effect on contact with the skin. Not cold or anything, but gently cools it. I liked that especially when there is no fragrance. The cream mask comes in a tub and its pure white. It also feels like thick cream. If you cook, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I sometimes feel like I’m spreading cooking cream on my face LOL… It doesn’t dry hard on the skin and I usually leave it on about 1/2 an hour. Since it contains no fragrance there is nothing to bug my nose.
The mask is supposed to help cleanse skin of sebum, be anti-aging, moisturizing and brightening. Its a very tall order for a jar of cream mask!
I cannot attest to the first or second but I can attest to the fact that it is non drying. After washing off the mask (it takes a while. I like to wet it and gently “scrub” it off before rinsing thoroughly. It does stick to the skin a little, so be thorough) the skin does not feel tight so there is some hydration. But it does not feel “wet” and “plump” like how some other hydrating masks feel.
I can also attest to there being some brightening of the skin immediately after use. However, since the product contains glycolic acid, I’m not quite surprised. Glycolic acid acts as a gentle peel on the skin to remove the dead cells on the surface.
One caveat when using products with glycolic acid is to make sure you use a high SPF sunscreen because your skin can be more sensitive to the sun. Unlike other products I’ve used with glycolic acid, there was no burning sensation nor did my skin turn red.
So upshot of it all after blathering to and fro is “Do I like this?”
Answer: I don’t know! I like the fact that it soothes and cools my skin down and that it keeps my skin feeling supple even after washing off. I’m however ambivalent to its multitasking qualities as I can’t quite get my head around products that can perform a variety of functions and perform them well. Also, the masses might find it a little pricey although if you are used to department store products then you could be immune to its price.
I would however like to know how people with sensitive skins feel about this if you have tried it, because really, it was formulated for you! :) So that’s me. How about you?
What was the skincare mask you most recently used and how did you like it or hate it?