20 March, 2015 Face Mask Friday #16
After my post a few weeks ago on my favourite types of face masks, I was really in the mood to try something new. I had a peruse on Bloglovin’ (follow Making It Up here if you don’t already) and saw a bunch of reviews on the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask – an all-natural treatment featuring a blend of organic honey, vanilla, aloe vera, mango and avocado oils. It’s often called a cult classic, and it’s one of those products that beauty bloggers and vloggers rave about for it’s ability to transform irritated, sensitive and dehydrated skin.
Although I often cave when it comes to blogger-enabled products, I’m usually a little sceptical as well, as some writers can be a little shady about sponsorship and endorsements. Honey in a mask isn’t much of a revelation, and avocado, aloe vera and mango are obvious choices for a quick moisture boost, so I didn’t initially see what was so brilliant and unique.
After trying this mask, I’m eating my words.
It has a lightweight, almost air-whipped consistency that absorbs immediately into the skin, and dries down completely matte – something I really appreciate as typically my skin is grease-ball central. It smells beautiful (very floral and sugary) but not too cloying or sickly sweet. Because the creamy texture absorbs so quickly, I’m happy to leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour, and I normally tissue off the excess after about 10 minutes.
The result is hydrated, baby-soft skin with a noticeable lack of redness, and my blemishes normally have reduced in size and calmed down so they aren’t angry and sore. I’ve used this mask five times since it arrived in the post and am always happy with my skin’s appearance afterwards – it feels balanced, comforted and above all, looks hydrated and radiant.
Antipodes’ Manuka Honey Mask is suitable for all skin-types, and on my oily skin this works seriously well – hydrating but not greasy, it helps to drive moisture to the skin’s surface whilst drawing out impurities (honey is anti-bacterial) to create a clearer, healthier complexion.
Although it sounds like your typical all-in-one mask, it doesn’t contain ANY preservatives, and only utilises ingredients that can be traced to the source, so it’s unlikely your skin will suffer from a negative reaction. I love this as part of a pampering evening in and also like to use it overnight after exfoliating with a chemical toner if my skin is feeling particularly imbalanced.
It’s one to add to the face mask wishlist if you’re as obsessed with skincare as I am, and it would also work well if you’re in the market for a product that does a little bit of everything – it’s a one-size fits all wonder!
You can buy the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask here for £17.78 (currently on promotion at Beauty Bay).
Have a wonderful weekend!