A few weeks ago, SkinCeuticals sent over an interesting press drop, challenging me to get creative and master the art of mixology. I hadn’t tried any of SkinCeuticals products yet, so was excited to dig in and see what the brand had to offer. Included in the kit was the brand’s Phyto Corrective Masque, 3 trial sized serums (Retexturing Activator, Phyto + and Hydrating B5 Gel), and a full-sized Hydrating B5 Gel.
From what I gather, SkinCeuticals likes to encourage the little scientist in all of us, by offering base products, like moisturizers and masques, that you can mix in serums to target your skin concerns. Considering that I have terribly dry skin that is only aggravated by the seasonal shift, it seemed like a no-brainer to put the Hydrating B5 Gel to the test.
The Phyto Corrective Masque forms part of the SkinCeuticals “correct” range and aims to reduce redness and discomfort, making it an ideal masque to help soothe your skin and is especially good for sunburn, hot baths, workouts or post-procedures like laser treatment. The formula is a thick, gel texture that immediately cools the surface of the skin, calming any sensitivity and restoring moisture and smoothness. The masque contains highly concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide and one of my favorite ingredients; hyaluronic acid which helps to lock in moisture while soothing the skin.
Personally, I like using the masque as an overnight treatment, especially during the seasonal shift, at least twice a week, sometimes more. The herbal scent can seem overbearing at first, but I have grown quite fond of it. As expected, after welcoming my son, my skin went into a hormonal overload and I tried being proactive by blitzing it with an aggressive regime. However, my skin became VERY sensitive and red, so I turned to using the Phyto Corrective Masque to help soothe the skin. I loved that the calming dipeptide helped reduce the redness while the hyaluronic acid helped to restore the lost moisture, leaving me with better looking and feeling skin, despite all my post-pregnancy hormones.
Now, what you really want to know about is how I got my mix on, by combining the targeted serums with the Phyto Corrective Masque. When I was feeling creative, especially during the period where my skin was a complete mess, I would mix in both the Hydrating B5 Gel and the Phyto+ Gel as the one targets restoring hydration and the other helps soothe irritation.
Much like the Phyto Corrective Masque, the Phyto+ Gel targets skin discoloration and helps to soothe and hydrate sensitive skin, with the same key ingredients that include hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts, containing cucumber and thyme which work to calm the skin. If you struggle with pigmentation or dark spots, the arbutin and kojic acid promote an even complexion by improving the appearance of discoloration (which I have started suffering with, since my pregnancy – yay for hormones, eh?).
The Hydrating B5 Gel is very easily my favorite product, not only is it a powerful product that targets dry skin but you can have some real mixing fun with it. The oil-free gel can be used as a moisturizer on its own, or added to a masque, tint, daily moisturizer or even your foundation, making it my absolute essential during winter (and all year long, because heck, my skin is DRY!) The gel works to replenish your skin’s nutrients and is formulated with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, to help restore your skin’s moisture.
I’ll be honest, each of these products are great on their own and if you had to ask me, I’d say that you should definitely try the Hydrating B5 Gel and Phyto Corrective Masque, especially if you have severely dry or sensitive skin, like myself. Combining these 3 products and leaving the masque to sit for 15-minutes, before rinsing and doing a full face of glam makeup is the secret to a flawless application and makeup that lasts all day long, without your makeup becoming patchy.
Have you tried your hand at mixology with SkinCeuticals? Which of these products would you be keen to try?