L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

Between the Clear and Brilliant Laser Treatments and the odd reactions I've had to nasty ingredients, my skin is tired and dry. While the laser is making my skin glow to an almost ludicrous degree (I know. It's such a terrible problem to have.), it does cause my skin to go through a slightly dry phase. Coupled with my normal dryness and this nastily humid-then-over-air-conditioned weather, my skin needed a drink of something delicious.

 (You'll have to trust me this is the product. The label wouldn't show up
no matter what I did, so I went with the rainbow lens flare.)

I decided to pull out a mask I received a bit ago but hadn't used from L'Occitane, The Angelica Instant Hydration Mask. You apply this mask to clean skin and leave a thin layer on your face for three minutes. Afterwards, you remove the excess and go about your day. According to the company, three minutes is all it takes for the hydrating formula to do its work.

What makes this mask different is its combination of hyaluronic acid, Pure Water (?) and Angelica Water. Hyaluronic acid I understand. It's fantastic for the skin. I aim for most of the products I use on a day-to-day basis to have decent amounts of hyaluronic acid. It's one of those ingredients that just works as it should. Angelica Water? What? Is it saintly? Is it blessed? And Pure Water? Huh? But let's investigate.

Angelica Water, it turns out, has its roots in Provence, France, where it has been used for centuries to do quite a few things. On one hand, it's said to ward off evil and bad luck. On the other, side, it's said to make candy, pastries and other assorted dishes more delicious. More importantly to us, its essential oil and water is said to plump the skin, hydrating it in a way that adds moisture and radiance. Alright, so it's sweet, evil-warding-off water that makes your skin look more radiant. Who knew?

As for the Pure Water, I'll assume that means it's untouched, unmessed with, non-tap water. I suppose that can't be a bad thing. So does it work?

I've used this mask several times, at different stages of dryness. And I've gotten some mixed results. At times when my skin was dry in an unholy way, this did little to banish the dryness. However, to be fair, not much else did either. On a normal day of having dry skin, this definitely plumped my skin, made my normal, tight feeling disappear and gave my skin a bit of radiance. It's a great mask to keep in your arsenal for days when your skin needs a little pick-me-up.

Check it out for $35.00.

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  1. Revival Labs makes a hyaluroniuc acid serum that is excellent; Whole Foods carries it.  I either layer it or mix it with a mask/moisturizer.

    Also, I thought I'd throw in the products that saved me (I've got dryness from IPL as well as treatments like Retin-A and hydroquinone to banish my melasma): Atopalm MLE cream from Dermstore or Amazon - cheaper on Amazon is an amazing moisturizer that isn't greasy.  Also, Mandom Barrier Repair Serum from adambeauty.  That stuff literally saved my skin this winter.

    Good luck!

  2. I've heard great things about this mask, I'll have to have a look the next time I'm in L'occitane xx

  3. I haven't tried that!! If I had the brains on how it needs to be blended and maintained to be stable, I'd be all over it! I know some companies offer "boosters", like YBF Skincare, but I haven't tried just ordering my own hyaluronic. I wonder if there is anything special you would need to do with it....

  4. Have you ever tried  Hyaluronic acid that you buy on amazon for $15.00 or so, and you can add or use with other products you already have.  Not that I wouldn't try these products if I could afford ALL them. 


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