Only recently have I come across face masks that nourish and protect the skin instead of drying the hell out of it, like usually masks do, which is exactly what I need for my skin. Or for any skin, if you ask me. Drying clay masks do not serve any other purpose than sucking every bit of moisture away from your skin, which is bad for any skin type. I’m not saying ALL clay masks are drying – there are extremely good ones which hydrate and heal the skin whilst deeply cleansing it, such as Purearth’s Mitti Clay Mask, which is like the Rolls Royce of clay masks.
Inlight Beauty’s Superfood Mask is the most nourishing one I have used till date. Made with a base of Sesame oil, Beeswax, Coconut oil and Potato starch, it is a rich thick gloopy consistency, yet is extremely easy to spread across. It is an antioxidant mask, meaning it aims to de-stress, revitalize and nourish skin which has been exposed to pollution and environmental damage. The main antioxidant ingredient in the mask is spirulina powder, which is also present in other products from Inlight Beauty. In this mask, it is used in a higher proportion, and that’s what gives the mask the dark green colour and an almost overpowering scent of greens. It smells like a mix of ground up leaves, courtesy of the spirulina and other herbs used, Frankincense, which is quite strong too, and I swear I can smell the potato starch. It also contains barley leaf powder, which, according to Inlight Beauty’s website, is skin-reparative, cornstarch and baobab fruit powder, which give the mask a grittiness that is the perfect amount of exfoliation. According to the website: “This mask is ideal for skin which is tired, opaque and lacks radiance. The high antioxidant activity tackles blemishes and redness and will leave skin glowing, as if you have just been for a bracing walk along the Cornish cliffs!”
Nice way of putting, because that’s exactly the kind of glow and sense of calm your face gets after using this chlorophyll-rich mask. Unlike a traditional clay mask, you don’t need too much of the product. You only need a small amount which easily spreads across. This is very easy to get inside the beard area as well, and it’s good for your beard! I found the best results if I left it on for about 45 minutes. Since it’s not drying, you can easily leave it on longer than a clay mask. To remove it, you’d have to wipe it off with a warm damp face cloth. I can imagine some people disliking the leafy frankincense scent as it’s pretty strong- it even lingers after wiping off. I don’t mind it at all.
I don’t know how it does it, but it just reveals the most pampered, nourished and cleansed skin. It’s perfect to use after a tiring day, or before going to an event. Your glow will reign supreme throughout the evening.
The only downside is its size – you can maybe get upto six or seven uses out of the 25 ml pot, even though you need a small amount of the product per use, which is very less compared to other brands. In my opinion, Inlight should make the size at least 50 mls.
Ingredients: Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, solanum tuberosum (potato) starch, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, hordeum vulgare (barley) leaf powder, zea mays (corn) starch, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, rosa rubiginosa (rose) seed oil, adansonia digitata (baobab) fruit powder, spirulina maxima (spirulina) powder, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) leaf/twig oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, boswellia spp (frankincense) oil, spirulina maxima (spirulina) extract. Linalool*, limonene*, geraniol*, citral*. *Natural constituent of essential oils.