*I received this free for testing/reviewing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own*
Unless you are new to the blog, you probably know that facial masks are one of my favorite things in this world. Not only do they do wonderful things to your skin but they just feel so luxurious. I do a mask of some variety at least 5 times a week, and I credit that 100% for why my skin looks so nice. You might find this hard to believe though, I've never done a paper mask or a gel mask. Until I was offered a chance to test out Via Cosmedics's Sea Whip Cucumber Detox Soothing Gel mask.
This bright green jelly is suppose to brighten your skin, soothe and calm it, while firming and providing much needed moisture and healing. A sea whip, if you are like me and had never heard of that before, is a soft coral like sea pens. They are known for their healing properties and actually neutralizes a specific enzyme responsible for all the redness and irritation those with sensitive skin experience. There is also cucumber, oatmeal, chamomile, and marigold in the mask, so this is a powerhouse of good for your skin ingredients. The scent is the only thing I'm not 100% sure of. Sometimes I like it and then I can sniff it again two minutes later and really not like it. I can't even describe it to you, but at least when you apply it to your face it fades quite a bit so it wasn't a big deal in the end.
You can use this as either a standard mask you place on for 10-20 minutes, or you can use this as a sleeping pack and wear it all night. I've only tried it as a mask, sleeping in it seemed way to messy for my tastes. Right off the bat I loved how cooling and soothing it felt. The last week or two has been crazy hot here, so the mask was a welcome break from that. I left mine on for about 20-30 minutes, and it never really dried which I would guess is normal for a gel mask. It did need to be washed off with a wash cloth, but most masks do. My skin felt and looked great afterwards very soft, very hydrated feeling. I don't typically experience face puffiness unless I'm very sick and don't sleep, so I can't comment on the depuffing ability of this mask, but I can see the coolness really helping with that. You can actually place the gel into the fridge before you use it for an added punch of cooling.
I'm really liking this mask, makes me want to explore gel masks more. The company is a new one to me, but after my good experience with this particular product I would for sure try anything else they made. A 2 fluid oz jar retails for $24.95 with free Prime shipping through Amazon, which isn't bad for a gel mask. If you are looking for a soothing sort of mask, this is the one I would recommend. And the one I'll be enjoying at least once a week this blazing hot summer.