Do Summer Fridays Make the Best Face Masks Ever?
Sometimes a brand comes along which is so niche that you have to kind of have to take notice.
Enter Summer Fridays, a company which (apart from the recent additions of a serum, cleanser and lip balm) is mostly known for its three primary colour-shaded masks: Jet Lag, R+R, and Overtime.
And while all three promise hydration, softer skin, and a dewy glow, it’s the added manual exfoliants in R+R and Overtime which really bring them into their own.
Summer Fridays R+R (£46 for 64 g, Cult Beauty)
Summer Fridays’ rose-scented mask R+R is in fact something of a three-in-one.
While the gel itself offers an instant hit of hydration, the addition of rose flower powder provides gentle physical exfoliation, and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (a relatively stable and water-soluble form of vitamin C) offers a light chemical exfoliation.
Designed to be gently massaged over freshly-cleansed skin (most definitely avoiding the eye area), before leaving for 10 minutes, R+R also boasts Bulgarian Rose Oil for hydration and dreamy fragrance.
Meanwhile powerful antioxidants in the safflower oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, and grape seed oil (all of which contain high levels of Vitamin E) help to undo and ward off free radical damage.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients of this (and Overtime) at the bottom of this post.
The result for me is a lovely glow and skin that is thoroughly hydrated.
Perhaps more importantly though, the spa-like scent of R+R also delivers 10 minutes of relaxation which most people would appreciate at the end of a long week.
Great for: Softening and brightening (as well as just for the fun of rubbing rose petals all over your face).
Not-so-great for: The price: for the money this isn’t a skin-changing mask for me, more of a lovely treat, and I’m not sure I’ll be re-buying.
Summer Fridays Overtime (£39 for 64 g, Cult Beauty)
Just as yummy-smelling but slightly more on the moisturising side for skin that’s really dry, Overtime also offers physical exfoliation, but this time in a creamy base.
Literally the scent of Autumn in a tube, Overtime combines gritty apricot seed powder with a host of nourishing goodies, and nutmeg, pumpkin and clove oils.
Slightly self-heating once on the skin, Overtime also packs a punch in terms of ingredients, which include vitamins A, C, K and E for antioxidant protection- great for weather and pollution-exposed skin too.
In addition, sweet almond, safflower and pumpkin seed oils moisturise, while oat kernel protein soothes and hydrates.
The results are comfortable, hydrated skin which can happily wait before moisturising (as well as a healthy glow and a very relaxed me).
More sensitive or rosacea types might find this a little too gritty, though, while the essential oils here might irritate.
The slightly lower price tag means I’m more likely to repurchase this one, and I am genuinely impressed with how many uses I can get out of this tube.
Great for: A gentle physical exfoliation, moistursing and a relaxing treat.
Not-so-great for: Sensitive skin types as this is slightly rough on the skin.
The full list of ingredients:
R+R: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sucrose, Silica, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Rosa Damascene (Bulgarian Rose) Flower Oil, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Powder, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, All Natural Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Overtime: Water/Aqua/Eau, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alchol, Ceteareth-20, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Beta-Carotene, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg ) Kernel Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cinnamic Aldehyde, Eugenol