Enter Origins and their new Maskimizer Skin Optimising Mask Primer. That's a mouthful but let me explain. This product is designed to make your skin more receptive to the ingredients in your favourite face mask. The Marine Algae Complex helps hydrate, soften and optimize your skin to help your mask work better. Does that sound a bit mad? Well essence lotions are still having a moment in skincare and they're used as a step right before moisturisers for the same reason, so why not have a mask version?
I don't use masks every day and I think if I did, they'd lose the pamper value. But what I've been doing a few times a week is applying a layer of it under my night cream and I wake up with baby soft skin in the morning. And if that wasn't enough, I keep it on my desk at home to use as a facial spritz.
What you're actually supposed to do with it is cleanse your skin and then apply a layer of this over your face. You lightly pat it in and then while your skin is still damp, apply your mask of choice. They advise not to use it with peeling masks.
I can't tell if it's making my masks perform any better to be honest. It's not one of those immediately obvious things, but what I have noticed is the difference in my skin after using a couple of my favourite masks. I'm a massive fan of the Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Mask which clears out pores like nothing else and the Origins Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay which refines the skin's texture while deep cleaning. With both of these masks, I've found that my skin can be a bit red and tight directly after using them and would always need to follow them up with a soothing moisturiser. Since using the Origins Maskimizer, I've not had this problem at all. No redness, no tightness, just really clean, soft, bright skin.
I don't know if there'd be much of a extra boost in the skin if it was used with a moisturising mask, but I'll keep you posted as I usually only use moisturising masks in the winter.
I don't think it's an absolute must have, but then again, I've been using it almost every day for the past few weeks. It's €25, so won't break the bank and if you feel like a bit of extra indulgence in your skincare regime, then it might be worth checking out. I go wild with the masks in the colder months, so this is going to be something I'll be using for the year.
Yes this was a sample, but as a beauty junkie and a lover of trying out new things, I would have definitely bought this myself. As I said before, Origins is one of my favourite skincare brands and they haven't done me wrong yet!
You can buy the Origins Maskimizer in Debenhams, on their website* along with the rest of the Origins range*.
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