The Perfect Summer Face Mask?
If you’re anything like me then winter is pretty much the time to go heavy on face masks. Both for the (definitely necessary) added hydration, as well as for the general level of comfy cosiness they offer (is there anything better on gloomy evenings?).
But in summer those snuggly nights in normally get traded for mojitos somewhere sunny. While anyone who’s ever tried to use a face mask in the heat will know the attempt mostly ends up in some sort of undignified puddle (when will I ever learn…?).
So while I’m not normally a big masker in the summer, there is one type that does work well for me in hotter weather (leaving me less sweaty mess, more glowy mess); a gel mask.
And one of my absolute favourites has to be Fresh’s Rose Face Mask (from £21 for 30 ml, Cult Beauty).
I’ve been a big fan of the gentle formulas and natural ingredient-heavy products from Fresh Beauty since first trying the brand last year.
And some, like their Soy Face Cleanser (from £11.50 for 50 ml, Cult Beauty),have definitely made their way onto my permanent rebuy list.
Created in Boston in 1991 by Russians Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, Fresh’s brand ethos is natural luxury; which anyone whose ever seen the real rose petals in some of the products would probably agree they’ve nailed pretty well.
They’re also into effective formulas and are generally kind to sensitive skin. And I’m already a big fan of a few of the brand’s face products, including the Deep Hydration Facial Toner (from £21 for 100 ml, Cult Beauty).
But for cooling, post-sun hydration it’s got to be their Rose Face Mask.
Fresh Rose Face Mask
Infused with real rose petals and the same dreamy scent as the Rose Deep Hydration Floral Toner, this mask is one of my current skin-soothing favourites.
Containing glycerin to soften, rosa damascena flower water to soothe, and cucumber fruit and aloe leaf extract to hydrate, this light gel mask also boasts green tea and vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
Finally, Porphyridium cruentum- a type of algae- helps hydrate further while also soothing stressed skin.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
On the Skin
A thin gel texture, this rosy smelling mask is instantly cooling on skin, and absorbs very quickly- making it an ideal travel mask for hot weather destinations.
It’s actually so wearable that I often leave it on for longer than the normal 10 minutes, and even keep it on overnight if my skin really needs a lot of hydration.
Meanwhile, the aloe leaf and cucumber fruit extracts here really do soothe- especially helpful on sunburnt or even retinol-irritated skin- while the glycerin leave skin gorgeously soft.
To be completely honest, I actually like this so much (especially if my skin is stressed) that I even sometimes use it as a serum under my moisturiser- and it’s really helping to hydrate.
As well as hydrating, I like that this is both gentle and soothing- making it a rare face mask that even the most sensitive types can enjoy.
And while I might be the only person who actually uses it like this, I’m also a fan of how this works as a light summer moisturiser for holidays etc (just be careful to avoid the actual chunks of rose petals otherwise people might stare).
I honestly love this mask- and I think the results are great if what you want is gentle hydration and some skin soothing action.
I’m not such a fan of the price though, which at £52 for the full size 100 ml version is pretty steep.
The smaller 30 ml (£21) version does last me a good few months though so it’s overall value isn’t bad.
Having said that, for a similar price I also really enjoy Sand & Sky’s Emu Apple Super Bounce Face Mask* (£54.90 for 100 g), which is both impressively brightening, and filled with lots of lovely antioxidants (great for city dwellers and sun worshippers).
But for real versatility as well as sensitive, dehydrated types who react easily to slightly stronger active ingredients, Fresh’s mask really is a winner.
And I also think this has a place for anyone who enjoys a slight spa feel to their products, which the real rose petals here definitely help with.
Great for: Quick hydration. Soothing sensitive types. Floral scent fans. Also for the high number of natural ingredients. And I love that this is available in a small size (30ml) as well as 100ml so you can try put before investing fully
Not-so-great for: The price, which is pretty steep for a gel mask, plus I actually use quite a lot of this each time because of its watery texture.
*Denotes PR sample
The full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Rosa Damascena Extract, 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), Tocopherol, Ca