Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The mask to sooth sensitive skin

As any beauty lover would know, it's wise to have a variety of face masks on hand at all times. A basic "mask wardrobe" should at least include an exfoliating, a deep cleansing and a hydrating product (some masks can do more than just one job, in which case, all the better!). But I've recently become convinced you need another sort of mask - that is, one that can calm down your face when it's gone a bit off-kiler. May I suggest Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask?

I've had this mask in my beauty stash for a few months, but it took me a little while to get the most out of it. While it's nicely hydrating to put on when you're skin is trouble-free, it doesn't do a whole lot; it really comes into its own on skin that's red, sore and unhappy. If I want a purifying mask when I'm breaking out, the Aura mask is my first choice. While it is cleansing, it also packs a lot of hydration, so as not to harshly dry out and strip my skin when its already not in a good state. And although I don't suffer from it myself, I'd imagine this would be a good pick if you're dealing with acne.

My mum recently had an allergy that manifested itself angrily on her skin. For days, she tried in vain to pacify the allergic reaction, at which point I suggested she try the Aura mask. The next day, her skin was soothed and almost entirely restored to its pre-allergy state. We wore both very impressed by how well it worked on her, and how quickly it sorted out her skin - so much that she's now laid claim to my tube of the mask.

All in all, I admit that I underestimated this little product. And as well as soothing the skin, it's got a very pleasing texture (a bit like creamed honey), and a delicious scent that is calming for the body and the soul. Two birds, one stone.

Have you tried the Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask? What are your thoughts?

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