Anyway on to my Christmas Saviour. My skin usually plays hell after a few late nights, crap food and general lack of sleep but this year I had a secret weapon up my sleeve and I actually think it helped hugely.
I have been using the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque since summer as my skin was very dehydrated and a little irritated after holidays - the sun, sea and pool play havoc with my pale Irish skin. The Hydraphase Masque is a hydrating facemask that leaves skin calmed and beautifully soft - the perfect product for when the saltwater, chlorine & alcohol have stripped all the moisture from your skin or your skin is looking a little dull or dehydrated.
But for the party season I decided to use it a little differently:
- After cleansing at night I applied a thin layer all over my face (including around my eyes and on my neck) and just go to sleep in it.
- or if I wasn't going anywhere the following morning I would apply a thickish layer and leave it on my skin for a few hours. As the day wore on I would simply massage any remaining product into my skin.
The mask itself has a beautiful cooling gel-cream formula that feels instantly soothing on the skin and as with all products from the Hydraphase range it's aim is to pump moisture into your skin. It contains Shea Butter, Hyaluronic acid and of course the famous soothing La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water. All these ingredients left my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Oh and a little tip I picked up recently was to use a flat foundation style brush to apply face masks to the skin (If you don't have one lying around you will pick one up cheap enough in a pharmacy) . This way you get more control, even coverage and less waste of product. It works a treat!!!!
One word of warning though: it does contain mineral oil so if this is a problem ingredient for you or you have acne prone skin would stay clear.
It is available in pharmacies nationwide for about €22.
What are your favourite facemasks? Let me know in the comments below.