Having oily skin all trough my youth, i didn’t really bother with any moisture boosting masks or creams – i was all about matifying and pore minimizing. Fast forward a decade later, here i am at 34 gasping for anything that will plump and hydrate my face. I am still quite oily and cant take anything too rich or ill breakout and my skin will shine brighter than the sun, so finding oil free hydrating treatments is key. Cue the new Uriage Water Sleeping Mask and the Clarins Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask to the rescue!
Last month i was sent the Uriage Water Sleeping Mask and the Clarins Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask to try on and review and it couldn’t come in at a better timing. A few weeks ago we went to London for a few days at a family wedding, so what better way to test out hydrating products than after a flight, drinks and a few fights with a stropping toddler. It was the perfect occasion!
Uriage is a french pharmacy brand made for sensitive skin and based on thermal water, similar to La Roche Posay, Vichy and Bioderma. When i was really young i used to get their Hyseac range to fight oiliness and keep blemishes under control, its truly a great line and quite affordable. I initially tried on the Uriage Water Sleeping Mask (€19) straight after my flight and i have to admit, i got slightly addicted to the fresh cooling aqua gel. How can you not? The skin feels regenerated, plump and looks brighter. Its the perfect mask before a big event, being water based is not going to be heavy and i found that my makeup applied beautifully after.
Since the city break i have used the mask instead of a night cream a couple of times a week. Despite being April, we still had the central heating on daily, so that on top of copious amounts of coffee consumed, meant a quite dehydrated, dull complexion. The mask really helped plumping some of my fine lines and restored the skins softness. You can buy Uriage products here.
I doubt Clarins needs any introduction as a brand – their skincare line is worldwide known for its efficacy and quality. To get straight into the review, the Clarins Hydra Essential Reviving Moisturizing Eye Mask (€33) is one of the best under eye products i have ever tried. Again the initial testing was while i was away, i treated my dark circles to a quick 10 minutes boost before i applied my makeup and i was blown away how bright and plump it left my skin. So i figured if this is the result after 10 minutes, imagine what it can do after a full night.
I don’t have major wrinkles yet, but i do have plenty of fine lines around my eyes that seem to get emphasized when im using my full coverage concealers. My dark circles are quite terrible too so i choose between a wrinkly under eye or a brighter, rested looking one. Every time i use the Clarins Eye Mask overnight my under eye is a lot smoother in the morning and i do look a lot fresher and rested – even if im not. The texture is of a balmy gel cream, you can apply the mask as a quick 10 minutes fix before makeup or as a treatment at night. The eye mask is available on counter on 16th of April, in the meantime you can buy Clarins products here.
Thank you for reading! x