I love when I can take a few moments, apply a luxurious spa treatment, and relax. Life can get so hectic, it's nice to just take 15 minutes sometimes. One way I do that is by applying relaxing skin treatments and sitting quietly to read or just close my eyes. At
my age, my skin isn't getting any younger, and those 15 minutes can be rejuvenating if I use the right product.
There are so many things that happen to your skin as you age. Skin can lose elasticity, pores can appear larger, skin can become dry, and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles can appear. It's so tempting to try to buy every anti-aging product out there, whether they contain chemicals or not, just to improve the look of our skin. The good news is that not all of the skincare products out there contain all chemicals.
I've recently been able to try out Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask, which is supposed to boost collagen production, increase skin radiance, reduce fine lines and secure skin moisture. I received the product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine.
The good thing about the Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask is that it contains fewer chemicals than a lot of other facial products out there. It is alcohol and paraben-free. It contains Organic Aloe Vera, Kosher vegetable glycerin, Algae Extract, Japanese Green Tea, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, CoQ10, Organic Jojoba oil, botanical hyaluronic acid, Organic Oat, Organic Gotu Kola, and Wildcrafted Dandelion and Geranium, among other ingredients.
It does contain sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate as preservatives, but I'm happy that the whole mask isn't just a big, chemical cocktail. Even though it does have some preservatives, the fact that it contains a lot of organic and Wildcrafted ingredients makes me feel better. I'm still lowering my overall chemical load by using this mask as opposed to one that contains ALL chemical ingredients. In Valentia's frequently asked questions section on their website, I found this about the Sodium Benzoate:
"It is rated of low concern and safe for human health by EWGs Skin Deep
Database after a review of 1000 studies. In place of Sodium Benzoate
many companies use parabens or alcohols, however we felt due to its high
safety ratings this was the best for our product."
When I first opened the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask, it was not what I expected. It's kind of an orange color and looked like pudding.
It feels like pudding too. When you smooth it on, it goes on clear.
The box warns that it might tingle a little. I don't remember the tingle the first time I used it, but it did tingle all three times since. It's not unpleasant though. It goes on feeling cool and tingly. It's easy to take off with a warm washcloth. I was going to say, "I can't tell if it's plumping my skin", but then I looked in the mirror after I took it off recently and thought, "Huh! Look at that!" I think it is helping to plump my skin around my mouth and chin, which is a huge area of aging on my face.
The mask also makes my skin feel smooth and soft right after I remove it. I think this is another one of those products that the results gradually build on themselves and improve the texture of your skin the more you use it over time. I look forward to seeing what else this little beauty mask can do! And goodness knows I'll be able to use it for a while. If I actually had a grading scale, I'd give it an "A."
You can find Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask on Amazon! And shipping is free if you're a Prime member.
What kind of facial products are your favorite to use? How do you indulge yourself?
DISCLOSURE: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or chemist. The things that I post to this site are usually experiments I do that may or may not work for me (I will always let you know which way) . Nothing I post is meant to treat any condition that you may have. You should always ask your own doctor's opinion on any condition that you may have. If you try anything from my site, you do so at your own risk. I'm an experimenter, always trying to make my own way. That's my thing. I'm happy if you find inspiration here. Life for me is always about creativity.