It’s time for Skincare Sunday again! I like to post these on the weekend because for me, that’s my time to pamper and take care of myself, so I hope you all get the chance to do that every weekend as well.
This mask from Neutrogena has really been rescuing my face lately. My skin gets so incredibly dry and dehydrated once it gets colder outside and I have to turn on the heater. I always end up with dry, sometimes even flaky areas on my cheeks, forehead, and nose. This mask has pretty much gotten rid of that, but I have to use it on a regular basis to keep those dry areas away, and I always try to use it on the days I want to wear makeup.
You can get the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Hydrating Gel Mask pretty much anywhere that sells drugstore-level skincare. Most stores seem to have this on sale or they do a BOGO deal quite often (either buy one/get one 50% off or buy two/get one free). It ranges in price from $2.24 from the Neutrogena website, to $3.99 from Ulta and CVS. It’s a little cheaper at places like Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, with those three retailers selling it in the $2.50 range. It contains 0.3 oz / 10 ml of product, which is actually WAY too much for one application, so to me, this mask is a steal and is absolutely worth every penny.
The ingredients in this mask are mostly hydrating, of course, but it is unfortunately one of those products that’s not very natural. I hate that but I also expect it with drugstore cosmetics. Glycerin being the first ingredient means that this is going to be very hydrating because Glycerin is an emollient that adds loads of moisture to your skin, making is soft and supple. Hyaluronic Acid is also in this mask, and although it’s an acid, it’s not drying or anything! Hyaluronic Acid is actually a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to it so when it soaks into your skin, it will actually attract and bind water molecules to itself, meaning that your skin will be more plump, glowing and packed with a little extra moisture.
This mask also contains Vitamin B3, which brightens your complexion and soothes the skin. It also contains Seaweed extract, which is soothing and will help to reduce any redness. There are ingredients in it that are good for oily skin too, with kaolin and bentonite clays detoxifying your skin, remove impurities, and helping to control excess oil. Because this mask has such a wide range of ingredients and covers so many skin issues, I feel like this would be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
The Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask is a gel formula (duh) and is the perfect consistency. It’s quite thick until you begin applying it and it warms up on the skin. Once you start putting it on, it does thin out but it does not get so thin that it becomes runny, unless you apply too much.
Speaking of applying too much, let me just warn you that if you use this entire pod of moisturizing goo on your face, you will be dripping slime and look like something out of a sci-fi film. One of these pods gives me 3 to 4 applications and that’s not even using it sparingly! To keep it fresh and prevent it from drying out after you’ve opened it, just pop it in a ziplock bag, squeeze the excess air out and you’ll be ready to use it a few more times.
Another thing that that I don’t agree with is that Neutrogena suggests you apply this before bed and leave in on overnight. While it’s totally fine to leave this mask on that long, you probably won’t want to wear this to bed unless you sleep on your back, perfectly still, never turning your head and resting a cheek on your pillow. The first night I tried this mask, I put it on after my other skincare and before I got in bed. Halfway through the night, I woke up and touched my ear only to find these disgusting little “boogers” all over in my hair around my face… That’s because once this mask starts to dry down, it becomes sticky and tacky and pills if it’s touched. If you rub your face with your fingertip, it will just ball up and literally look like something that may have come out of your nose… Now do you REALLY want that all over your pillow and in your hair? Probably not!
What I like to do is apply this mask when I wake up, then leave it on for at least an hour before I rinse it off in the shower when I get ready. I find that technique to be helpful too because I’m giving my skin a big boost of hydration right before I put on my makeup. It seems to make my skin look more radiant all day and creates a very smooth surface so my foundation goes on easily and doesn’t stick to any dry patches. Also, since I get 3 or 4 applications out of one pod, I like to pop it in the fridge in a ziplock bag so it stays fresh and gets nice and cold before I apply it the next time. It feels like a spa experience when it’s chilled, and one bonus to that is that chilling this mask before applying it in the morning will also help depuff your face!
I suppose that sums up everything about this mask! I hope you all like these little Skincare Saturday/Sunday features on the weekends lately. If you try out this mask, let me know how it worked for you in the comments!
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