As the site editor at Influenster, I see a lot of products each and every day. And because I'm an Influenster just like you all, I'm itching to try the newest and coolest products around. Just this week, a new face mask from indie brand Soapwalla, in particular, caught my eye for one key ingredient: chlorophyll.
Now I hadn't thought about chlorophyll since my AP bio days, but I soon learned that it was actually high in antioxidants and helped promote red blood cell production and reduce inflammation. I figured, hey, if it's what keeps plants resilient and strong, it must be good enough for my face, right? So I put it to the test.
The product: Soapwalla Phosphorescence Facial Mask ($68)
What it does: Created by Brooklyn-based Soapwalla, this new mask is a unique blend of ingredients (mainly greens like algae, sea kelp, grape seed oil, etc.) and is designed to give skin a luminous glow and decrease inflammation post use. When I first learned about this brand, I knew I was on board with their small-batch, ethically-sourced ingredient mentality. Plus, there's no sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, pthalates, petrochemical byproducts, or synthetic ingredients in any of their products. Score.
Our take: My first thought when I looked at the mask was that of confusion. I wasn't used to applying a gooeier substance on my face when it comes to facial masks. The consistency was in between a liquid-based moisturizer and well, jelly. But I applied it on my just-cleansed face post 90-degree run outside and was instantly met with a cooling sensation. The mask seemed to deliver a big gulp of water to my face on cue.
For the next 15 minutes (the directions suggest leaving it on for 10 to 20 minutes), I felt a bit of tingling and cooling, but never once did it feel tight or uncomfortable. In fact, the exact opposite—my skin felt plump and refreshed with each minute. After 15 minutes, the mask dried down to a barely-there finish. Now, I'll admit I was a little nervous when I read on the packaging that a little redness might occur during wear. I am quite fair and can breakout pretty easily, but this was nothing to worry about at all.
I rinsed with cool water and pat my face dry. The end result was something I didn't expect: My skin was a different kind of clean. As opposed to that squeaky clean, almost taught feeling I get after I use my favorite clay mask, my face was refreshed like I had just bathed in green juice. And my skin looked bouncier even!
Bottom line: I was sold after one week of using. Not only was it incredibly easy to use (it wasn't sticky and didn't dry uncomfortably—I could talk on the phone and even eat while wearing it), but it really left my skin feeling detoxed and revived. Now if only my whole body would feel this way!
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