Hey you guys!!!! TGIF!!! Just got done with an eight mile run, and had to wear a short-sleeved shirt instead of a tank top because it’s getting chilly. Arrrrgghhhh…!!! NOT happy about that!
But, I AM happy about a new sleeping mask I’ve been testing! So, if you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may know I’ve tried a few items from Skinfix, and really liked them. The brand was fairly new to me, and when they started sending me PR, I was surprised I hadn’t tried the products before. They’re reasonably priced, and quite effective.
They recently sent me their Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask, which is formulated to reduce redness and increase hydration while you sleep. I was pretty excited about this, as I had just started using a higher strength of tretinoin, which has resulted in redness, irritation, and peeling.
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As mentioned on the Skinfix website, facial redness is a natural response to things such as hot or cold environments, exercise, allergies, fluctuations with hormones, or chronic inflammatory conditions like rosacea (Skinfix, 2016). This seemed to be exactly what my skin needed! Plus, most sleeping masks seem to be formulated to address dry skin, pores, etc., so a mask to combat redness is a welcome change.
The highly concentrated rich cream gel formula is purported to help break the cycle of chronic redness, while at the same time, providing lasting, intense hydration. The mask is formulated with redness reducing peptides, oatmeal, and concentrated green tea along with manuka honey extracts to calm the skin. A blend of ceramides, plant-based cholesterol, and fatty acids help reinforce the skin barrier, while hyaluronic acid helps replenish the skin’s natural moisture levels (Skinfix, 2016).
Skinfix Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask is housed in a sleek jar (it’s my fave color, too!). As you may already know, I’m not a fan of jar packaging- I don’t like the idea of constantly dipping fingers into a jar as it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Exposure to light and air can also cause some ingredients to become unstable, and therefore ineffective. The most susceptible ingredients, though, are antioxidants, and this product doesn’t rely on antioxidants.
If I like a product, I don’t let a jar deter me- I usually just transfer the product into a bottle or tube. Since protection from air and light aren’t as important with this mask, I simply use a cosmetic spatula (like the ones they have at Sephora) to dip a bit out each night, so I avoid using my fingers and contaminating the cream.
Skinfix Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask has a very light, fresh cucumber-like scent. The texture is just as described- a gel cream. It’s easy to spread, and doesn’t feel sticky like some of the other formulas I’ve tried. It had an immediate cooling and soothing sensation as soon as I applied it, which I really liked.
I’ll admit that the mask hasn’t made the redness go away entirely, but that’s because I continue to apply the tretinoin, which is an irritant. This won’t stop until my skin actually adjusts. But, I will say that it has done a fantastic job of relieving the feeling of irritation- it’s been incredibly soothing. It’s also helped with reducing the peeling that goes along with tretinoin. (It’s even better following the brand’s Foaming Oil Cleanser!)
Not only is the Skinfix Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask incredibly soothing, but it’s also reasonably priced. At $65, it may seem a bit steep for a Skinfix product, as that price is in line with some pricier brands of overnight masks. BUT, instead of just one or two ounces, you get a whopping SIX OUNCES- I’m telling you, the jar is huge! So, you don’t have to feel guilty about using it every night…lol. Check it out at Skinfix.com.
Skinfix (2016). Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask. Skinfix. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from www.skinfix.com.