As you're reading this, you're probably tucked up either at home, or at work (don't worry, I won't tell), but you're out of the cold and that's the main thing. I can pretty much guarantee that the heat is on wherever you are which is grand for the hands and tootsies, but isn't so great for the skin. Winter is the time where our skin has a tendency to go doolally as we totally confuse it by going from hot places to cold outside and torture it with all of the dry air due to constant central heating being on.
I've been dying to try the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask for ages and last year Joanne bought an Origins set from the CCO in Belfast that included a little version of it. We promptly lost the set but I found it over Christmas and have been making full use of it to help my little face stay calm and nourished.
Drink Up Intensive contains Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil that helps instantly hydrate the skin and helps keep skin hydrated for longer. Japanese Seaweed repairs the skin's barrier and stops further dehydration. It has a nice light texture for a mask, reminding me of a night cream more than anything else. The scent is gorgeous and brings me back to my first dabble with Origins circa 2000 where I fell in love with A Perfect World Intensely Hydrating Body Cream.
I like to carry out my usual cleansing routine at night which consists of me using Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil and an Emma Hardie face cloth. On nights where I'm using the mask, I apply a layer to clean dry skin before trotting off into bed and letting it sink in a bit before I hit the sack. I don't apply night cream or anything else with this. I do my best not to smack myself in the face with my iPad as I lay on my back and enjoy the aroma of this gorgeous mask. The directions say to tissue off the excess but as I'm the ultimate rebel (and ultimately lazy, sure why would I get back out of bed to remove it?) I leave it on overnight.
The next morning, I wake up to super soft skin and do one of those moves from the ads where the girl gets up and strokes her face with the back of her hand as her skin is so soft. You don't need a huge amount of product to do the job so this tube will get me through the winter months. The regular tube is 100ml and costs €30.50, so on the spendy side but completely and totally worth it in my opinion. I'll be repurchasing it when I run out and am convinced that my skin is in fantastic shape this winter because of it. And all the other Origins products I've been using!
What's your favourite mask at the moment?
Origins is available in Arnotts Dublin and Boots Liffey Valley.