Monday, March 04, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

One of my favorite moisturizers right now is the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask by the Body Shop. I bought it in November 2012 as part of the 3 for $30 sale they had going throughout the holiday season. It normally retails for $22 and you can purchase it online or at their physical stores.  The first time I tried the product, I used it as intended. I applied a slightly thick layer all over my face for about 20 minutes and then rinsed it off. It worked perfectly fine, but I honestly wasn't that impressed. Since it had soothed my skin while it was on, I decided later that week to try it as a moisturizer. That night onward, I have used it pretty much every single night. It really helps balance out my skin's oils and it feels so light and refreshing. 

At night, I wash my face in warm water with St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I pat my face dry and apply a pea sized amount of Tretinoin Cream all over my face. Tretinoin is the generic version of Retin-A. I originally purchased the cream on Amazon, where it is no longer available, but I found the same brand on The Swiss Pharmacy. If you have oily or acne prone skin, I recommend you add a Retin-A cream to your routine. 

I let that sit on my face for a few minutes before gently patting on a very thin layer of the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. Before I started using this as a moisturizer, my face never felt quite right. I was using the Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer With White Tea, and it never penetrated as deep as the Aloe mask. I definitely recommend you try it, and just remember to use it conservatively. As a moisturizer, a little bit goes a long way and the tub should last several months. Recently, I've been alternating between this moisturizer and the Intense Face Cream by Live Love Dew (review coming soon!), depending on my mood. 

What are your favorite Night creams and products? Share them below!


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