My new favorite mask guarantees bizarre selfies and plump, hydrated skin.
Ever since I started taking my skincare routine more seriously, I’ve been on a vitamin C kick that I just can’t shake.Its many skincare benefits, from fighting signs of aging to brightening to erasing the look of dark spots, have me totally hooked. But I’ve found that most vitamin C-packed products are serums, and a girl only needs so many of those in her rotation.
While researching more ways to incorporate vitamin C into my regimen, I came across a bizarre-looking treatment: skyn ICELAND Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask with Vitamin C ($30 for 3 masks, dermstore.com).As a lover of face masks, I was instantly intrigued and decided to see what exactly a "rubberizing" mask might feel like.
Each mask—there are three in each set, or $10 per application—arrives in its own small white plastic container, which I later realized would also serve as a mixing tray. Inside the container, I found a mixing stick and two pouches of product, a Gel Base and Treatment Powder. At first, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of steps necessary, since I’m used to just throwing on a sheet mask—but the idea of mixing my own product was also exciting. I poured the clear jelly and the orange powder into the container and began to stir it up.
The concoction almost immediately transformed into an orange, gelatinous mess, and I couldn't wait to slather it on.The application was pretty messy, as my approach was to use the mixing stick to spread product on my face (and the directions advised applying a thick layer). As the mask dried, it dripped in a way that made my skin look a bit like a melting candle, and the texture seemed more like wax than rubber.
After twenty minutes of memorable selfies, it was time to remove the mask. While it still looked like wax, I was able to peel it off easily since it had dried into one solid piece—and it really did feel like rubber! I removed the entire thing in a matter of seconds, which was simultaneously creepy and satisfying.
I normally opt for purifying and detoxifying masks over hydrating ones like this skyn ICELAND one, so I was surprised by how refreshed my skin felt. Plump, smooth, and slightly cold to the touch, I couldn't stop touching it. While the mask was drying, I'd told my roommates that I likely wouldn't use it again due to the mess involved, but as soon as I saw my skin I knew I'd be using the other two applications as soon as possible.