The latest NUXE skincare launch is a range of Insta-Masques, appropriately named as they work in only two minutes. The Insta title is also apt for how wonderfully Instagram worthy they make the skin.
I’m a fan of NUXE as a brand and when I heard about this launch I felt almost as though the products had been designed for me. Although I’m strict with my skincare routine, incorporating face masks just isn’t something I’ve ever quite mastered. I use them, sure. In fact, I enjoy popping one on almost every Sunday without fail, but it’s only that, a weekly occurance.
Every Sunday after a face mask, I ask myself why I don’t use them more regularly. The good ones make such a positive difference to my skin that I swear to myself that I’ll make time in the week. That is, until the next Sunday roles around and I’m chastising myself once again. Time is the one thing that stands in the way of my skin and a twice-weekly face mask. By the time I remember, it’s usually bedtime and delaying sleep by 15 minutes seems like too much of a sacrifice. Yes, I’m serious.
Although I was eager to try the range, part of me was sceptical whether a mask could actually work effectively in just two minutes. Well, because of how convenient they are, it’s safe to say that I’ve tried and tested them more than enough times to form a conclusive opinion.
If you’ve read my recent thoughts on the Pixi Glow Tonic range, you’ll know just how much I love glow-getting skincare. I’m always looking for products that will help me avoid dull skin, and this claims to do just that, by adding radiance. A bonus is that the activated charcoal works to remove impurities too.
This goes on like a normal face mask, but doesn’t change in texture until you begin to rinse it away, at which point the thick gel transforms into a lotion. Despite wondering whether two minutes really would be enough time, this one is extremely effective and I’d warn against keeping it on for any longer than that.
Applying face masks in the morning is a luxury I’ve never had the time for before. The detoxifying and glow mask however, leaves my skin feeling so clean and looking so fresh that I’ve incorporated it into my morning skincare a couple of times. Although I’ve found it effective, if you have sensitive skin then I’d recommend opting for either of the other two, more gentle masks over this one.
A rose and clay mask suitable for all skin types, this claims to draw out impurities while leaving skin soft. It aims to mattify and tighten pores and as someone with an oily t-zone and enlarged pores either side of my nose, I’ve been loving using this in targeted areas.
This is quite possibly my favourite mask of the three. It’s gentle yet effective and manages to mattify without drying out the skin. Unlike your normal clay mask, this one doesn’t get the chance to harden on the face, but it does dry very slightly depending on how thin you layer it. This is another mask that I’ve been able to incorporate well into my morning routine. Follow with your usual skincare steps like eye cream and day cream, and it makes for perfectly prepped skin.
This certainly isn’t your typical face mask. The texture is more like a standard exfoliating gel and I even triple checked the instructions to make sure that I was, definitely, supposed to be leaving it on.
The instinct to use exfoliating motions, rubbing this into the skin rather than simply applying it, was difficult to resist. However once I read more into why, it makes total sense. Whilst the product is sitting on your skin, its emollient action will get to work, softening it first. This allows easier removal of dead skin cells. After two minutes, using circular motions to massage it into the face will turn the gel consistency to oil.
By the end of the treatment my skin really was left looking fresh and, in agreement with its claims, luminous.
Overall the range absolutely does what it says on the tin. 2 minutes is all these need to be as effective as their claims and I’m fully on board with the time-saving concept.
The Insta-Masques are great for multi-masking. However, at £19.50 I’d understand a reluctance to invest in them all. I’d personally recommend the exfoliating mask alongside whichever of the others best suits your skin. In my case, that’s the purifying and smoothing mask.
I’d love to know how you feel about masking and whether these time saving ones better suit your lifestyle. They’ve, without a doubt, made the process more convenient, which has encouraged me to mask more. I’m counting that as a win.
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