We all know it is important to keep our skins hydrated during the winter but making sure our skins are moisturized is equally important during the summer. Often non-sticky (preferred) sunscreens contain alcohol, which will dry out our skins causing them to be irritated, red, itchy, dull, and more susceptible to breakouts.
The last thing we want to do in the hot weather is applying a thick and creamy moisturizer that sits on top of our skin and feels sticky. However, a light moisturizer that automatically gets absorbed into our skins is often not moisturizing enough. That’s when masks come to the rescue! More specifically, lighter and faster absorbing, more summer “friendly”, and hydrating masks. Here are the three masks I am personally using for my summer skincare routine. Depending on your skin type and skin condition that day, one of these masks can be more appropriate for you.
Fresh Rose Face Mask
This is practically a cult favorite mask that I’m sure you are familiar with. The Rose Face Mask from Fresh is infused with real rose petals to “hydrate and tone the complexion”.
The best part about this mask is how light it is and the gel mask will absorbed into your skin immediately! You can either apply the mask to cleansed skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse off or use it as an overnight mask. On lazy days when I don’t want to put on my toner, serum and moisturizer, I just put on a layer of this mask and go to sleep. Then in the morning when I wash the mask off, my skin feels soft and moisturized.
There are two downsides to this mask. One, the hydration this mask provides is very “light”. If you have dry skin, this mask will probably not provide enough hydration. Two, because this mask provides light hydration, the higher price tag makes this mask the least value friendly option. However, if you have oily and acne-prone skin, this mask will be the perfect fit. If you have combination skin like me then you will also like this mask.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
Peter Thomas Roth’s (PTR) neon green Cucumber Gel Mask refreshes, cools, and moisturizes your skin. This is very similar to PTR’s pink Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask; however, I prefer the cucumber mask during the summer, especially if my skin is slightly irritated from the sun.
The cucumber gel mask has a list of fresh ingredients but for some reason the mask doesn’t smell like refreshing cucumbers any of its other ingredients. The mask just has a very light scent so I am skeptical of what percentage of the mask those ingredients constitute. Personally I think most of it is just a jello material; however, this mask does work and delivers hydration to my skin!
Compared to the Fresh Rose Mask, PTR’s Cucumber Gel Mask is thicker and more hydrating. Once you apply the mask on, the product will sit on your skin for 20-30 seconds before absorbing but once it absorbed you won’t feel the stickiness. The instruction says to apply the mask for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Again I like to apply this mask overnight and rinse off in the morning.
If you have combination to slightly drier skin then this mask should be the best fit out of the three!
Lush Don’t Look at Me Mask
My old favorite mask from Lush was Love Lettuce; however, ever since Lush came out with this bright blue, Don’t Look at Me mask, I have stopped buying Love Lettuce.
Both Love Lettuce and Don’t Look at Me are exfoliating and moisturizing masks however there are two reasons Don’t Look at Me wins hands down. One, the ground white rice (used to exfoliate the skin) in Don’t Look at Me is smaller and much more gentle than ground almonds in the Love Lettuce mask. Two, after I rinse off the Love Lettuce mask, my skin is moisturized but there is an “oil coating” on my face, likely from the almond oil. On the other hand, after I rinse off the Don’t Look at Me, my skin is smooth, plump and moisturized with no residues on my skin.
Then the two cons are: Don’t Look at Me is $3 (~38%) more expensive than Love Lettuce and Don’t Look at Me has a very strong tofu scent that is not the most desirable. Nonetheless, the mask works really well, I apply a layer on my skin, let it dry and then rinse it off using circular motion to exfoliate my skin. Then I proceed with my regular toner, serum, and moisturizer.
If you have acne-prone skin, this might not be the best mask for you; however, if you have combination, dry or oily skin then you should give this mask a try!
Price Comparison on the Three Masks
Out of the three masks, the Fresh Rose Mask is the most expensive at $0.62 per ml, then the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask costs $0.35 per ml and the most budget friendly option is Lush’s Don’t Look at Me at $0.13 per ml. Costs aside, out of the three, my favorite is the Lush mask. However, I don’t always need or want to exfoliate my skin, then I tend to lean towards either the Fresh Rose Mask or the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask depending on how dry my skin is. Overall, in the order of my preference would be: Lush mask, Peter Thomas Roth mask, and then the Fresh mask.
Please note, Sephora carries both Fresh and Peter Thomas Roth so if you are interested in trying out these masks, you will be able to get 20% off during Sephora’s F&F sale in November. Then for Lush, for every 5 mask pots you save and bring back to the store, you can get 1 mask for free!
As always thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any great mask suggestions I should try in the comments below!