Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Splurge: Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

I’m surprised the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask wasn’t my first Sunday Splurge. At $88.00 a jar and an insanely addictive consistency, this mask  is one of my biggest vices. You’re bound to overuse this product, both in quantity and frequency.  If I won Powerball tomorrow? I would call Fresh and have them ship me vats of this mask so I could take baths in it.

This mask has such a unique consistency that when you first dip your fingers in (which is a luxurious experience in itself), the mask feels like “velvety, whipped” ultra-light, non-sticky icing.  As soon as it’s applied, it has an instant cooling effect, which is followed by a mild tingling.  If you massage it in a little, you can feel the tiny Hyaluronic spheres bursting and the mask takes on a wetter consistency.  Then, stop playing with it (trust me, this is the toughest part).  The jar says leave it on 8-10 minutes.  There’s no science to it, except when you feel it start to dry or ball up, go ahead and rinse it.  (Note: if you leave it on longer than 10-15 minutes, it gets tougher to remove with just a rinse. I usually wet a cotton pad and wipe it off, then splash my face with cool water.)

It leaves my skin visibly smoother, less red, more even, and gives it an airbrushed quality. Unfortunately, this magical visual effect only lasts six hours, but the benefits of the hard-working anti-aging ingredients perpetuate.

See Fresh’s description:

BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK is an intense hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, more supple, and younger-looking skin. This skin perfecting formula was scientifically proven to have a significant moisturizing effect 6 hours after the mask is rinsed from the skin surface*! Additionally, it was tested by a consumer-testing panel under dermatological control and was proven to**:

– firm the complexion

– improve skin elasticity

– leave skin feeling velvety, soft and smooth

– leave skin looking resilient and radiant

– smooth the texture of the skin & decrease skin roughness 

– hydrate, nourish and soothe 

– improve skin tone

*in vivo test 
**in vivo test, 32 women tested for 4 weeks and applied 3 times per week

Key Ingredients:

 – Black tea refines the skin’s texture, enhancing radiance and smoothness. 

– Lychee seed extract stimulates collagen production. 

– Firming polysaccharides give an immediate lifting effect and work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time.  

 – Sake: Detoxifies and softens the skin and is rich in proteins, amino acids, and trace minerals.

– Hyaluronic spheres: Increase skin firmness, suppleness, and hydration

I like to put the mask on cleansed skin before I get in the shower so it works with the steam and protects my skin from drying out.  I’ll also use it after a cold day here in Manhattan, when my skin had to battle cold wind, dry indoor heat, pollution, and possibly rain or snow.  Actually when I think about it, I realize I don’t need a shower or cold day to provoke me to dip my fingers into this magical jar of cloud fluff.   I’ll use it any chance I get!

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