Lately I can't get enough of masks, particularly overnight hydration masks, or "sleeping masks." With the recent cold snap here, my skin always feels parched and dull. Thank goodness then for masks like the new Paula's Choice Radiance Renewal Mask.
This lightweight, yet deeply hydrating mask is new to Paula's Choice and is specifically designed to combat winter dullness and turn it from a sad, dry, mess to a silky, new, more refined you! This mask can be used by all ages and skin types, and contains no fragrances or irritants.
Paula's Choice is well-known for her vast ingredient encyclopedia, so of course there's lots of handy info on the ingredients in her own products, which I love! The Radiance Renewal Mask primarily contains:
- Butylene glycol - a moisturizer
- Glycerin - a moisturizer
- Dimethicone - a silicone that temporarily plumps skin, fills in lines and provides a moisture-capturing barrier
- Niacinamide - a skin brightener that also helps repair skin damage from environmental stressors
This mask also contains olive fruit oil (moisturizing), arbutin (skin brightener), bearberry fruit extract (antioxidant) and willow bark extract (anti-inflammatory).
Price & Packaging
Unfortunately Paula's Choice products aren't the easiest to get as you can only purchase them in Canada online as far as I know. A 50 ml bottle retails for $36.
Like most Paula's Choice products, the packaging is pretty simple and clean, with a white plastic exterior and a removable cap that reveals a simple metallic pump.
I think the Radiance Renewal Mask is so widely appealing as it has a very light gel texture that spreads easily over skin, covering it in a silky layer. Unlike many heavy creams and sleeping masks, this one feels super light and absorbs readily, provided you use the right amount. If you did a full pump, you'd have enough to cover your whole face and neck with a generous layer.
The coolest thing about this mask is you can use it everyday and on your eye area too! The eyes have the most delicate skin on your face, so it's a special treat to have a mask that isn't too heavy for that area.
As it's so light, I'd say you could probably wear this solo if you have oily to combination skin, but as someone with persistently dehydrated skin, I actually like to pair this with my night cream. Since I want the beneficial ingredients of this mask to hit my skin as close as possible, I usually apply serum, then this mask and then a light layer of my usual night cream, or a facial oil, over top to seal it all in. Now, this is totally a personal preference thing as I really really enjoy a thick moisturizing treatment at night and the air in my bedroom is fairly cool and dry as I sleep in a basement, so this may not be the method for everyone, but I've worn this mask this way and solo, and for me at least, the former definitely has better results.
The effects of this mask are quite subtle, so it's one of those products that you need to use continuously over a long period of time to see results. As it's so gentle, I've been using it a couple times a week, alternating with a thicker sleeping mask. I do notice that my skin feels slightly smoother and softer afterwards, but compared to my recent trial of this Origins sleeping mask, I'm not super "wowed." The biggest thing this mask has going for it, is its featherweight texture, which absorbs quickly and could even be used during the day actually if you have really dry skin.
Buy - As an overnight mask, the Radiance Renewal Mask didn't excite me, but it does work well as a way to step up your nightly moisture routine and it's light gel texture means this one could work just as well during the day as in the evening!
Life Lately: I can't believe Christmas is coming up so soon!! I'm just about finished my shopping, but most of it I bought online this year, so here's hoping Canada Post comes through and I get everything on time! I'm still pondering whether or not to make some DIY stocking stuffers, but I've been pretty lazy, as evidenced by the total lack of posts last week! All I want to do lately is watch holiday cooking shows and snuggle up in a blanket.
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