As we all got to adjust our life & expectations in the face of worldwide pandemic, working from home became our “new reality”. Many of us have to combine it with homeschooling the kids, as well as looking after our elder relatives “virtually”. All of this is taking a toll on our bodies, minds & skin. Without trivialising the difficulties faced by people around the world, I also think that the temporary isolation has forced us into actually looking after ourselves, instead of just talking about it. Because if you don’t look after yourself, you can’t properly care for others. So the launch of Votary Super Glow Mask turned out to be serendipitous in more ways than one.
Super Glow Mask was developed to help improve skin’s appearance in terms of glow, brightness & smoothness – and it is suitable for all skin types. Many masks nowadays come is either powder or cream form – this one, not surprisingly for Votary, is an oil one. Oils have an innately larger molecular structure, so they are prized for their ability to penetrate well into the skin. Thus they help soften it, deliver naturally-derived ingredients deeper into skin layers & create a barrier to help lock in moisture.
A Serious Glow Giver: infused with lightweight Watermelon Seed Oil & Passionfruit Oil, you can expect to notice an improvement in your skin’s nourishment & radiance after a single use. It is recommended that you use this mask weekly, so leave it for the weekend… or for the end of a particularly “testing” day. I apply it & either read a book, while luxuriating in a warm bath, clean the dishes after dinner or just dance around the kitchen to my heart’s content, without the fear of scaring my family away – as I don’t look like a mad hatter in disguise. More like a well-oiled beach babe, minus the model-fit body.
As the weather warms up, we start applying sunscreen, before venturing outside to do grocery shopping or taking the kids to the park… or our tired bodies for a run once a day. Our skin might not be ravaged by the air conditioning, as we are working from home, but city pollution, as well as more time spent inside, rather than outside, means our complexions appear paler, duller & more congested. Sounds familiar? Well, Votary’s mask exfoliates, deep cleans and nourishes skin! Summer is still looming ahead & that means time for “naked faces” and minimal makeup – all we need is a healthy glow.
With deeply nourishing Avocado and Peach oils in this mask you will be a gardener, tending to your skin’s turf. While natural BHA salicylic acid will exfoliate the top layer of the skin and help resurface it, while simultaniously shifting dead skin & revealing a fresher, better conditioned complexion underneath. All this delivered in a gentle way, with no redness or discomfort.
Scented with uplifting Neroli oil, this mask will also boost your mood – something that we all can do with right now! Simply smooth one or two pumps of the Super Glow Mask all over your face & neck (you can extend it to your decolette too) after cleansing and leave to work for 5-10 minutes. Then use the accompanying soft cotton face cloth to steam and ‘accelerate’ the active ingredients by putting it as a warm compress on your face & neck. Leave it on for a few seconds, pressing gently into the contours of your face & soft tissues, as you take deeper breaths, and then wipe away the mask in gentle, circular motion. Follow it up with your favourite night-time face serum or face oil ( I combine it with Votary’s Super Seed facial oil or Neroli & Myrrh face oil– a perfect product pairing duo that acts as a ‘skin whisperer’ for my complexion from evening till the morning light).
It’s not uncommon for face oils to be vilified, but in my experience a good quality face oil, knowledgeably crafted, sourced from certified plant growers & manufacturers, where production from beginning to end is driven by nature & seasonality, is something that is worth having on your bathroom shelves. Of course compatibility depends equally on your skin type & needs, but please don’t let scaremongering put you off using face & body oils – they heal, nourish, nurture and help your skin look more luminous.
Not many masks feel like a combination of oil & serum & produce such abundant results. There is a sensual element to its application and the visible result, once it’s washed off. A clearer skin, a more naturally glowing complexion, with visible difference in both skin’s moisture levels & smoothness. A wonderfully thoughful addition to the range that ‘slotted’ easily into my existing skincare routine, adding an element of pampering that often gets forgotten in our daily busy-ness.
List of Ingredients: Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis
(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Corylus
Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Flower) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil,
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Votary Super Glow Mask, 30ml, £45
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