Even though the weather is starting to warm up, that doesn't mean you can let up on taking care of your skin. Sunshine and dry heat can leave your skin feeling parched, so it's important to keep up a good moisturizing routine. A hydrating mask is one of my favourite ways to replenish my skin and to wind down after a long day. I'll slap on a moisturizing mask a couple times a week and it's done wonders to keep my skin soft and healthy.
Recently, Dermalogica was kind enough to send over one of their staple moisturizing masks for me to try. The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque uses natural botanicals, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to restore skin's natural moisture balance all within the space of 10 minutes! As long-time readers know, there's rarely a Dermalogica product that I don't enjoy and this review is no exception.
The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque is primarily made up of:
- Glycerin - a humectant (moisturizer that draws moisture into skin)
- Butylene glycol - a moisturizer and solvent that helps other ingredients penetrate skin more easily
- Squalane - a moisturizer and antioxidant
- Dimethicone - a lightweight silicone that forms a protective barrier over skin and gives products their silky, spreadable texture
Other interesting ingredients in this masque also include sorbus aucuparia fruit ferment filtrate (moisturizing), epilobium angustifolium flower (moisturizing), sodium hyaluronate aka hyaluronic acid (moisturizing), codium tomentosum extract (an algae with antioxidant properties), tomato seed oil (emollient), cucumber extract (anti-inflammatory), soybean oil (moisturizing), and salicornia herbacea extract (moisturizing).
Price & Packaging
A 75 ml tube costs $58 from Dermalogica (see here to find a location near you). Like all Dermalogica products, the packaging for this mask is straight-forward and comes in an opaque plastic tube.
To use, simply spread this mask all over your face. Inside the packaging there's a paper pamphlet that explains specific areas to concentrate on if you've had your face mapped by a Dermalogica consultant, but I usually just slather this generously all over my face and mask. What's also really neat about the Skin Hydrating Masque is that you can seriously use this everywhere - even on your eye area!
After 10-15 minutes, just rinse the masque off or wipe off with a warm damp cloth, then apply your usual creams over top if you want. Dermalogica recommends using this mask a couple times a week, but if you wanted to use it more I don't think you'd have any problems as it's very gentle. I also tried using this overnight as a sleeping mask and had no issues with breakouts. I actually prefer using it this way to really give the mask time to absorb.
I've heard of other reviews that note that this mask stung and inflamed their skin, which is rather odd as I didn't notice anything inflammatory in the ingredients. This Paula's Choice review did note that it's been reformulated to be gentler than in the past, but just in case, sensitive skin types should patch test first.
The Skin Hydrating Masque is a clear gel-like texture that comes out milky colored from the tube. It doesn't have any special cooling or tingling properties, nor is it scented, so as far as masks goes, this one is very utilitarian. If you want bells and whistles, then splurge on something else as the Skin Hydrating Masque is strictly all business. After using this mask, my skin feels nicely soft and plump. Fine lines look very slightly reduced too.
I wouldn't say the Skin Hydrating Masque is life-changing, but it does give a temporary perk to the skin and over time will help your skin stay luminous and youthful. I think this would be great to use overnight, or as a quick perk-me-up before you get ready for an event. I'm also curious to use it as a red-eye flight mask when travelling!
Buy - pricey, but this straightforward mask does what it claims.
*This post contains PR samples