Today I'm gonna talk about the Origins Drink Up-Intensive overnight mask. It claims to quench your skin's thirst and I definitely agree on that one!
Let's have a look at what the back of the packaging says:
Before I start discussing what's inside this mask, I will mention what it is formulated without. There are no Parabens (you can find a complete blogpost about Parabens here), no Phtalates, no Propylene Glycol, no Mineral Oils, no PABA, no Petrolatum, no Paraffin, no DEA, no synhetic color, no synthetic fragrance and no Animal Ingredients in this mask ;).
Plant glycerin is made out of vegetable oils. An oil contains three fatty acids to one glycerol/glycerin molecule. Glycerin is believed to be one of the most effective ingredients available to decrease the transepidermal water loss from the stratum corneum hydration. So if you are suffering from dehydrated skin, look for this ingredient ;).
The skin contains about 50 procent of all the hyaluronic acid (HA) in your body. HA can be found (there are other names as well) on the ingredient list of this product as Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a salt of HA. It has a big advantage over HA and that is that it can penetrate more deeply in to the skin than HA can.
HA is an ingredient that everyone knows by name but why? When we age, the HA in our skin decreases, so our skin loses the ability to retain water. That's why we get more wrinkly and our skin just doesn't look very plump. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that can contain up to a 1000 times its own weight in water. Wait what?! Just say no more, I need this in my everyday beauty routine.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil contains approximately 58-66% oleic acid, 29% linoleic acid, 4-6% palmitic acid and 0.5-1% linolenic acid. It is an oil that works great for combination to dry skin types. Since Apricot Kernel Oil contains so much oleic acid, it can seal in moisture really effectively. If you have more acne prone skin, you should try a facial oil that's high in linoleic acid because this acid can be deficient in acne prone skin. Oils with oleic acid on the other hand are
suitable for very dry skin, because they can lock in moisture like no other.
Avocado oil contains sterolin which softens the skin. It's also high in vitamins such as vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant (read all about vitamin E here). It is also very high in oleic acid (see above).
Mango butter contains a lot of vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin C helps promote collagen production in your skin so it will help firm your skin. Vitamin A, which is necessary for overall beautiful looking skin (more of that on a later blogpost). Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and helps prevent sundamage. Mango butter also contains Mangiferin, wich is used widely in cosmetics, due to antioxidant and UV-protecting properties.
How to use
I use this once or twice a week (on the packaging it says to use it twice a week) and I absolutely love this product. It smells amazing and the day after using this you can really notice a difference in the plumpness of your skin. Since I have combination skin, I was really worried about breaking out on my T-zone. My cheeks are more dry and that's where I put the majority of the product. I start rubbing it in on my cheeks first and spread the rest of the product on my T-zone. I do this before I go to bed (mostly when I jump out of the shower) because it is quite thick and I don't want that sticky feeling when I go to bed. So when you apply it an hour or so before you go to bed, it already has penetrated your skin and you skin will feel baby smooth.
Since it contains a lot of oils, it is better to use this product if you are a dry skin kinda girl. However, if you use a little amount of this, I think oily skin types can get away with this as well. Remember that you produce oils because your skin is lacking oils, so using a products with a lot of oils in them, might just work out for oily skintypes (how many times can you use the word 'oil' in one sentence).
You only need a little amount for your whole face so this tube will last you a lifetime (well, not really, but you know what I mean ;) ). It will set you back €25 but I think it is worth every penny.
Little sidenote: It also contains aloe barbadensis leaf extract, to check out the 5 benefis of Aloe Vera, check it out here.
Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments ;).
Lots of love,