As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best ones we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
I have to admit, I like a routine that is quick, streamlined and effective. Of course I love using beauty products but like many, on the whole, I'm time-poor. So the idea of adding yet another product into my already straining routine seems counterintuitive, but I'm making an exception for Origins' new Maskimizer (£19), a pre-treatment mist. A skincare primer, if you will. I'm a big mask fan, I have a small army of them in my bathroom to tackle different problems from a dull complexion and dehydration to blemishes and pores. But what they all have in common is that you apply to dry skin. This new mist is encouraging me and you to break that rule.
The thinking is that in a facial the aesthetician will steam the skin to open up pores before applying a mask, and Maskimizer mimics those effects in the pump of a bottle. Marine algae hydrates and softens the skin so it more effectively soaks up the mask to optimise the effects. It works with any mask and also aids in the spread and removal of clay-based face packs, which can be stubborn so and so's.
So how do you use it? You hold the bottle in front of your face and mist, gently patting it into the skin with your hands before applying your chosen mask. I used it with my usual Murad mask and I have to say my skin did look perkier, brighter and calmer than usual. Not convinced? Not only is this mist hydrating, but it contains polysaccharides, which in their naturally harsh South American habitat protect the main algae ingredient from strong UV rays, heat and dehydration. Back in the UK that means this makes a great face mist to keep on your desk when your skin starts to get all tight and shiny (damn you, AC system). A multitasking Maskimizer, we like the sound of that.
Click through the gallery below to see our edit of the best face masks.
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