Three - Four weeks have gone by and I believe its about time that I put up my review on the L'oreal Hydra Fresh Mask In lotion. This product has been getting quite a lot of hype within the local blogger-sphere and I'd thought I'd give it a go!
Upon a recent trip that Sam & I took to an SK II counter, we conducted a skin test - and it was brought to my attention that my cheeks were very dry as opposed to the rest of my face, so I did some research and around the same time the L'oreal hydrafresh line had just came out- i also watched the episode of tried and test on click network where they reviewed the product , which sold me on the product. Not to mention, Barbra Palvin is the current face of L'oreal... so why not right ;)?
The L'oreal Hydra Fresh line is "The 1st refreshing hydration range with antioxidant benefits. Enriched with the finest French Grape Seed Extract, rich with antioxidants 50 times more effective than Vitamin E and Double Hylauronic Acid for Intensely hydrated, supple and radiant skin"
The range includes a Refreshing Creamy Foam (Cleanser) , Softening Spa Water (Toner), Mask-In Lotion ( Toner / Essence / Mask) and the Supreme Emulsion (Moisturizer) - However Today I'm going to be focusing on their Mask-In lotion.
This first ever mask-grade hydrating lotion is infused with the finest French Grape Seed Extract, a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals to protect your skin against the dulling and damaging effects of external aggressors. Double Hyaluronic Acid also boosts hydration so skin is quenched, becomes softer and more radiant.
- Toner: Apply after cleansing, gently pat onto skin.
- Essence: Apply after toner and massage gently into skin.
- Mask: For a more intense treatment, apply a thicker layer onto skin to replenish moisture throughout the night as an overnight sleeping mask.
Do keep in mind, this is the suggested ways of going about the product on the website and you can most definitely tweak it slightly to suit your own skin's needs.
* Information and photo credits to L'oreal Singapore
What's so special about French Grape seed extract?
Grape seed extract is a natural substance that has a concentrated source of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC) which help to protect the cells from free radical damage and at the same time boosting healthy circulation. It is also rich in polyphenols which is a compound high in antioxidants which ave been proved to be more powerful that vitamins C & E *. Antioxidants play a big role in our life, it counteracts the damaging effects of oxidation within animal tissues - hence we need antioxidants in our life to help maintain a healthy appearance on our skin.
What I like about this packaging is the little stopper at the mouth, this ensure that not too much product dispenses out and the metallic pink cap gives it the perfect pop of colour to look pretty on our makeup counters as well. Don't lie ;) being girls we are constantly drawn into products with pretty packaging.
The texture is really smooth and sinks into the skin really quickly. Being a lotion, the formulation isn't too runny nor is it thick enough for it to feel like a moisturizer. There's a fresh scent that comes with the product but rest assured you wont smell anything once you apply it onto your skin.
I have implemented the use of this product in my night time routine as an essence for about 2 weeks now and have really been loving the outcome. Initially - when I first tried the product, I pat about 4 drops all over my face after misting on a layer of my Hanadomy Collagen mist - this caused one or two pimples to appear on my forehead because I realized that my forehead did not require the extra hydrating aspect to this product which made my forehead a little too oily.
So now, my routine is as follows.
1) Apply any mist / moisturizer
2) 2 -3 drops of the L'oreal Mask-In lotion and pat it on my cheeks
This targets my dry spots and leaves me with really soft skin in the mornings! So I'd say if you'd like to implement this into your nightly routine on top of what you've already got, use it to target dry areas that you may have on your face. I cannot go a night without using this because it just leaves my skin feeling really nice and plump.
I have grown to love this product over the weeks and as mentioned, a little bit with this product goes a long way. I don't feel that my cheeks are as dry anymore and since then have not experienced any breakouts once my routine has been altered to suit my skin care needs. I'll be honest, I haven't seen a drastic change in the outlook of my skin but I feel that it is not as dull and that my cheeks feel a little bit more hydrated as the day goes by.
I am aware that it can be used as a DIY cotton mask to boosts your skin's hydration but I haven't done it as often to have formulate an opinion about it as of yet. Are there any downsides to this product? Not really, I'd hope to have seen faster results but! Good things take time and it feels comfortable on my skin. I have felt that my hands get a little bit sticky after using the product due to the excess solution after application ,but it's nothing that can't be washed off :)
I've used this product for a month now I feel that the amount left in my bottle looks like its brand new! So for $22.90? It's pretty worth it. Not to mention if implementing it into your nightly routine doesn't work out because your skin doesn't need the extra boost in hydration so often, it can be used weekly through the DIY cotton mask!
Overall rating : 8 / 10
Stockist: Watsons / SaSa / Guardian
(SG$ 22. 90 / HK$120)
Have you tried anything else from the Hydra Fresh line from L'oreal? Do let us know which product is your favorite / your experiences with them in the comments :)
Until next time,