The Hydrating Mask // Fresh Rose Face Mask

Here it is, the Fresh Rose Face Mask, my current hydrating mask of choice. Ever since I got this, I have used this mask for almost every single "Hydrating Mask Day" of my face mask schedule (if you haven't read the Face Mask Schedule post yet, check it out here). Occasionally I stray towards some Asian sheet masks or the Origins Drink Up masks (will make a post on those another day), but the Fresh mask really gets things done. 

I was suffering from some seriously dehydrated skin around Christmas time, perhaps due to the cold weather and dry climate of Vancouver, and this mask really came in as a saviour. After using this for about a week, my skin was visibly more plump and the dry patches on my cheeks were gone, so makeup both went on easier and looked better throughout the day. For those who are already keeping skin very hydrated with serums and creams, this mask probably will not have much of a visible effect, but I still think that using a hydrating mask can help with pigmentation and wrinkles in the long run. 

This mask claims to hydrate, brighten, soothe, and calm. I for one don't think that this mask does a whole lot for redness, sensitivity, or pigmentation. It's mostly marketed as a hydrating mask, and when it comes to hydration, this mask really does it well. Sort the other skin problems out on your Treatment Mask Day. As you can see in the photo, the texture of the mask is a bit bizarre, like a very watery gel. It will drip down like a liquid so be careful not to make a mess when applying this mask. There are real rose petals suspended in the gel, which the product claims "literally melt into the skin". I would be a little bit concerned if rose petals started melting on my face (read: they do not melt into your skin). Rose has been a very popular ingredient in skincare products recently, mainly for its hydrating and soothing properties. Now some people may think that paying so much for what seems to be a jar of rose petals in water seems a bit absurd, so let's take a look at the ingredients list: 

Aqua (water), Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene glycol, Peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Rosa centifolia flower, Maris aqua (sea water), Rosa damascena flower water, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Anthemis nobilis flower oil, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Porphyridium cruentum extract, Rosa damascena flower oil, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Aspalathus linearis leaf extract, Faex (yeast extract), Sodium hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium edta, Sodium hydroxide, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (fragrance), Bht, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol.

As expected, the first - and therefore most abundant - ingredient in the product is water, which is typical of skincare products. As we go down the list, sea water and rose flower water are also pretty close to the start of the list, meaning that they are present in considerable quantities as well. Take a look at the at the rose floral water toners available on the market nowadays (for example, Fresh Rose Floral Toner and Lush Eau Roma Toner) and you'll see that they are not exactly cheap, so paying for the Fresh Rose Face Mask feels a little more justified. 

I am trying to post every week on Monday and Thursday. Next post will be my current treatment mask of choice, so please follow me and check back. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Don't forget to give yourself lots of love as well by giving yourself a nice pampering session on the weekend (what I plan on doing anyway).

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