Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque Review | Like a spa in a jar!

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Life is stressful. If I could, I'd go get a facial and a massage treatment every week, but I'm not a Kardashian, so I have to resort to more affordable alternatives. Lately masking has become an important part of my skincare routine, particularly moisturizing masks. Age, weather and dry indoor heating has left my skin feeling less than stellar and it's only been with copious amounts of oils, serums and masques that I've gotten back to almost normal.

The newest masque in my arsenal is the Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque. I picked up this beauty at the recent opening of the new Skinceuticals by Project Skin boutique in Richmond Center and I'm finally ready to share my thoughts on it today.
Since the 90's, Skinceuticals has been creating carefully formulated, medical-grade, cosmeceutical products. Available only through select boutiques and treatment centers, Skinceuticals isn't your average skincare brand. Each product is developed through years of scientific trials and are often targeted for use by those recovering from plastic surgeries, so they're chock full of actives. I'd heard of Skinceuticals only via other bloggers, but all reviews were quite positive so I was really excited to try out the Phyto Corrective Masque to see if lived up to its claims!

Phyto Corrective Masque
Price: $55 for 60 ml
Claims: An intensively hydrating and soothing treatment designed for use after laser, pulse-light therapy or after environmental stressors, such as sunburn or extreme wind.
Star ingredients: cucumber, thyme and olive extracts soothe, while dipeptides cool skin and hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture
  • Cooling and deeply hydrating
  • Leaves my skin feeling smooth, supple and renewed
  • You need to use very little to see results
  • Works better as an overnight masque than a 10-15 treatment as claimed
  • Takes a while to absorb into skin
Final Verdict: Buy

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With such big claims of the effectiveness of its formula, of course the first thing I took a look at is the ingredients! At first read, the Phyto Corrective Masque doesn't really contain anything mind-blowing. The main ingredients are moisturizers (glycerin) and dipropylene glycol, which helps give the masque its light, jelly texture. Then there's dimethicone, which is a silicone that creates a smoothing layer over top of skin, but doesn't really improve it in any lasting way. Another no-no on my list is that the second ingredient in this masque is denatured alcohol, which can be drying, but helps other ingredients penetrate the skin. 

The more exciting components of this masque come mid-way in the ingredients: hyaluronic acid, soothing cucumber fruit extract to reduce redness and irritation, and some natural antioxidants (olive leaf, thyme leaf and grapefruit). Overall though, it's not the most exciting ingredients list, but also not the least.

Texture and Wear
Somehow though, put all these ingredients together and Skinceuticals pulls together something unique. The Phyto Corrective Masque is a vibrant green in its heavy glass jar, but when you apply it to the skin, it is translucent and has a really cool, jelly texture that slides over the skin. Immediately my skin feels cooled and soothed, as if I'd just spread aloe vera all over.

Alongside the masque, Skinceuticals also gifted me with their masque applying brush, which looks like a mini fan brush and is really handy at applying this masque. If I had just used my fingers, I'd probably over-apply, but this brush just gently sweeps the masque over my skin evenly and thoroughly so I only need to brush the masque's surface to get enough product to apply.

skinceuticals phyto corrective mask reviews

An overnight wonder
I've been wearing this masque a couple times a week, usually overnight. Skinceuticals instructs that you could wear the Phyto Corrective Masque for 10-15 minutes before wiping off, or overnight for even better results and I have to recommend the latter. After 15 minutes, I didn't really notice much difference after rinsing, but if I wore this masque overnight, my skin felt significantly softer, plumper and just generally more hydrated! Be forewarned though that this masque takes forever to dry down, so don't go to sleep right after applying!

Definitely worth a try
If you're looking for a masque that excels at just hydration, then the Phyto Corrective Masque is the one for you. After using this masque 2-3 times a week for a month, I've noticed that my skin has less flaking and my fine lines are practically non-existent. It's too bad that I can't use this around the eyes as I could still use some work there!

*This post contains PR samples

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