I must admit that I don’t have that many wash-off masks, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t like to wash my face more than once (or twice if I’m double cleansing). The I’m From Honey Mask may have just changed my worldview on wash-off masks though, and I may be picking up a few more if I find more that deliver such impressive instant results.
I’m From Honey Mask
Although I’ve occasionally thought about buying the I’m From Honey Mask (it gets so many rave reviews), the price made me hesitate. At around $30, it was a little more than what I usually spend on masks. While I’m willing to spend the big(ger) bucks on serums and creams, which I think have a significant impact on my skin, I always thought of wash-off masks as just simply moisturizing, not particularly impressive, and not worth spending more than $10-15 on.
I was sold on the I’m From Honey Mask, however, when I saw Gothamista’s video about it in which she luxuriously spread it over her face. It just looked so caramelly and delicious, I just had to have it. Luckily I had a little credit over at Memebox, which made it more affordable, and a couple days later, this glass jar of honey goodness arrived on my doorstep.
I had heard that the I’m From Honey Mask smelled like delicious sweet honey, which sounded wonderful. I have to say then, that I was disappointed at the smell. Yes the predominant note was honey, but there was an undertone of something else…that smelled sweet and overripe. Almost like fermented herbs somehow. Maybe it’s the clove oil I’m smelling, or maybe it’s the combination of all the ingredients together that rubs me the wrong way.
I’ve heard that some people smell the same thing, so I’m quite sure my jar hadn’t gone bad. I seem to have a nose for unpleasant undertones, unfortunately. It has prevented me from completely loving a few other products that most people have no problem with.
I wasn’t about to give up on something that I’d paid $30 for, of course, so I put my game face on and slathered it over my face.
The texture of the I’m From Honey Mask did NOT disappoint. True to pictures, it has a deliciously soft and goopy texture that reminds me of butterscotch or caramel sauce. It spread delightfully over my face in a moderately thick layer.
(via Memebox) Honey, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Water, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propolis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Bee Venom, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin
The first ingredient is honey followed by a lot of great moisturizers and oils. This also includes snail secretion filtrate (a great soothing and healing ingredient), and propolis (a resin-like substance that bees use to build their hives, which is antibacterial and healing). There’s even bee venom, which is supposed to have a gentle Botox-like effect in smoothing out fine lines (but beware if you’re allergic to bee stings; you really shouldn’t use this product).
You can tell right away that this mask has a lot of oils in it. Instead of feeling cooling as a water-based mask does as it sits on your skin, the I’m From Honey Mask feels warm and gooey. It’s not a warming mask, per se, but it has a warm feeling as you wear it. It’s extremely pleasant and soothing to the skin, and even if you wear the mask for an hour, it never hardens or dries. It does take a bit of effort to rinse off because of how oily it is, and a good amount of residue stays on your skin. You don’t want to wash off the residue, though, because it’s protective and moisturizing.
This last week I had a pretty bad cold — I wasn’t bedridden, but I was just incredibly sniffly and stuffed up — and my nose and upper lip had gotten chapped and raw. The I’m From Honey Mask was a lifesaver as it didn’t sting or irritate the raw skin, and instead soothed the redness and tenderness.
Although the I’m From Honey Mask is thick and full of oils, it didn’t clog my pores one bit, and after using it my skin looked plumper and very moisturized. I was able to do almost my entire hydrating skincare routine after using the I’m From Honey Mask without having any problems getting my products to absorb.
The best thing is, the day after I use the mask, my face looks noticeably bright. This was especially apparent the first time I used it, when I was stunned by how blindingly bright my skin looked the morning after. I’m not sure what ingredient contributed the most to this effect, since brightening doesn’t seem to be a claim of the I’m From Honey Mask. Maybe it was just all that moisture locked in my skin that helped it look clear, bright, and even-toned.
I definitely get instant results after using the I’m From Honey Mask. It doesn’t have any active ingredients in it that would promise long-term results, but in my experience, keeping your skin well-hydrated and moisturized allows it to heal faster and better in the long run.
If you have dry skin, you need this mask. It instantly soothes and deeply moisturizes skin that is lacking in oil. I even think people with normal or combination skin would really love this, because so many of us suffer from dehydration, and the I’m From Honey Mask just delivers such a potent dose of moisture. It’s a great staple for the winter when many of us are suffering from chapped and flaky skin.
The only drawbacks are 1) the smell if you are sensitive to such things (most people seem to think it smells delicious, just like honey), and 2) if you dislike an oily feeling on your skin, even temporarily (though once I’ve rinsed it off and dried my skin, the oily feeling disappears).
Buy It At
Memebox for $29. This includes the soft silicone spatula, which is perfectly contoured for your face and is completely worth the $3 to buy it separately if you need to. UPDATE: This is now sold out and Memebox is completely changing their business model…AGAIN.
Amazon (sold by Wishtrend, fulfilled by Amazon) for about $36. (Affiliate link)
I’ve you tried a honey mask before? What’s your favorite honey skincare product?
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