Let’s put aside the talk about how I’ve been too busy to train our new colleagues at work in order to be able to blog but let’s rather dive right into the main event! (And to answer the frequent question of what I actually do – I’m an admission officer at university so summer is a reallyy busy time for me!) A few weeks ago I was contacted by Wishtrend if I’d be interested in trying out their newly launched Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask (Affiliate link) and hell yes, I did!
– pr sample / advertisement –
The reason I immediately agreed to review this item was because I was very excited when I saw that their new product was a hybrid of a gel moisturizer and a skincare mask that enhances the effects of Vitamin C – as someone who constantly battles hyperpigmentation, this sounded too interesting to me to let it pass. (and y’all know my eternal love for anything gel-like!)
First things first, can we talk about this gorgeous packaging?? I’m honestly not a big fan of jars because I am very hyper about hygiene and carelessly bringing bacteria into my skincare (mostly, because I’m just a huge clutz) but look at this iridescent packaging! My eyes pretty much lit up anime-like when I opened this for the first time.
It’s pretty much impossible to catch with photography, but this thing sparkles like my bathroom never does. #sadtruth Here’s the breakdown of the main ingredients as per Wishtrend’s website:
Main Ingredients: Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine
1) Vitamin E– A major lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin. It is found in most of the skin’s epidermis, dermis and stratum corneum, and protects against peroxide and pro-oxidants (prevents oxidation in cosmetics)– The skin’s protective function will be weakened if Vitamin E levels are insufficient, allowing harmful foreign substances to invade and promote aging of the skin– Prevents cell aging by keeping the cell membrane from lipid peroxidation– Possesses skin softening properties, and soothes inflammation– Protects skin against damage caused by sunlight
2) Niacinamide– Reduces pigmentation by preventing melanin pigment from migrating to the epidermis– Suppresses sebum secretion, and improves acne caused by oily skin– Helps stabilize vitamin C, having enhanced effects when used with vitamin C– Formulated with an adequate concentration of 2%, as it may induce burning when used at high concentration
3) AdenosineActive ingredient prescribed in maximum dose, to serve the function of improving wrinkles– Strengthens fibroblast proliferation in dermal layer, and promotes collagen synthesis– Possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in wound healing and regeneration– Effectively improves acne caused by oily skin Main Functions: (1) Whitens skin, (2) Improves wrinkles, (3) Prevents aging
Sounds pretty good, no? Let’s have a closer look about what is really in it:
Sadly no ingredients list on the product itself, which is always helpful to have
I was happy to see that the „main“ ingredients that are used for advertisement are also very high up on the ingredient’s list – this sadly is not a given in the beauty world. Of course there’s lots of other stuff in there as well, so here’s a complete list of all the ingredients, for all peeps like me who have to keep a close tab on what we put on our skin because our skin has it’s own mental issues. shrugs
I was pleased to see that there aren’t that many worrisome ingredients in there but mainly Water, Glycerin, Vitamin E (which hides behind the fancy name of Tocopheryl Acetate) and Niacinamide, as well as a bunch of plant extracts (double point for Centella Asiatica that my skin just happens to love – someone should make a toner purely out of this stuff, for real.).
In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any fragrance in here because well know that shit is highly comedogenic as well. In a less perfect world, I would wish for the fragrance to be at least at the bottom of the list. Luckily, this didn’t affect me negatively with this product. I must say that I do enjoy the fragrance, which is a light floral-fruity scent without being too overbearing.
Sadly, Butylene Glycol is very high up on the list which can be highly comedogenic for many. It is luckily not the case for me but if you know that you’re sensitive to this ingredient, this mask may not be for you.
In terms of consistency, the mask is a thick gel that glides on smoothly but can also hold it’s own form. I just happen to love gel masks and moisturizers, because I discovered that my skin absorbs gel-type moisturizers and oils a lot better than normal cream types. I’m not entirely sure why that is, but I haven’t used a cream-type moisturizer in two years and my skin has been very happy about it. That being said, a small glob goes a long way with this:
The size of this is enough to cover my entire face – but I’m greedy and like to slather on as much as my skin can take. Live dangerously.
When rubbing the mask into your skin, it becomes a thinner gel that glides on smoothly and that I found very pleasant to put on. I always noticed a slight cooling effect, but that could also be because my bathroom is freaking cold.
My personal experience: While it does contain some problematic ingredients, I luckily had no problems with this mask breaking me out. I even used it in the middle of a stress-related acne break-out and while it didn’t make my acne better, it also didn’t make it worse.
I wish there wasn’t any butylene glycol or fragrance that high up in the list so that I could whole-heartedly recommend this to my acne-ridden sisters but I have to say: Please use at your own „risk“. It worked just fine for me but if you are sensitive, you might want to patch test first as every skin reacts different.
I cannot comment on the claim of „enhancing the effects of Vitamin C“ as I don’t use Vitamin C at the moment and I think it is something that I would have to test a lot longer (at least a month – I have used this item for 10 days straight prior to writing this review.) I did notice though that my skin has been very smooth and supple all the time while using it so I certainly plan on keep using it!
Another plus is that you need so little of the consistency, that this will last you a really long time! I had the feeling that my existing hyperpigmentation did fade a bit faster/was less noticeable, but this is also something that I have to observe a bit longer. If I make any substantial observations on this part, I’ll definitely let you all know! 🙂 I definitely do enjoy this mask and am happy to have found another gel alternative that works for me.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which help to support keeping this blog running. Wishtrend has provided me with this item for review purposes. However, all opinions are my own, as always.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know in the comments! You can also follow me on instagram, where I am a lot more active these days and do lots of mini-reviews 🙂
Hope everyone has a great start into the Friday and a great weekend!
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