I’m always on the lookout to try new masks. For me, the perfect evening in is to have a spa night which obviously includes a mask. The Simply Pure Leave on Water Mask caught my eye because I had never tried out a water mask before. It definitely piqued my curiosity.
A water mask was a whole new concept and it sounded perfect for me and my skin. The masks job is to help the skin retain its water and moisture and thereby, prevent the skin from drying out. It cools and hydrates the skin and it is ideal for dry and sensitive skin. However, it can be used on any skin types, it isn’t oily and everyone can benefit from it.
What is a Water Mask?
A water mask has a gel-like consistency which helps your skin moisturise and hydrate. The recommended way to use a water mask is to apply a generous amount to your skin before you go to bed. Let the mask sit on your face for a good 5-10 minutes and then rub in the excess.
Water masks are ideal for sensitive and dry skin and the Simply Pure Water Mask is even more ideal because it is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. If you have sensitive skin, it is imperative to use fragrance-free products because fragrance can cause reactions. Skincare products don’t need fragrance if you want to smell nice wear perfume!
Many products claim to be fragrance-free but are not actually 100% fragrance-free. The simple way to know the truth is to smell the product. I can verify that the Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask is definitely fragrance-free. It doesn’t smell bad but not good either. However, it’s not a strong smell and it doesn’t bother me.
The water mask is packed with good-for-you ingredients. It is based on glycerine which helps to keep water in the skin and it helps to get rid of dead skin. The mask also has Hyaluronic Acid, Pro-Vitamin B5, Soothex and Allatonin, to name a few. All these ingredients help your skin to feel nourished and hydrated.
The water mask has a lovely watery texture that is rather runny. Keeping the tub upright is a must or the liquid will spill.
The first time I used the Water Mask, I followed the instructions given. I applied it generously and evenly to my face and let it sit for 10 minutes before rubbing the rest in. It felt really hydrating and soothing on my skin and I really enjoyed it.
However, I found that I missed using my moisturiser. While the mask is great and does a really good job, it is not a moisturiser nor is it supposed to be one. I decided to move things around a little and to use the water mask after my shower and instead of using it as a mask, I use it as a cream. Once it has absorbed into my skin I use my moisturiser as normal.
I have found that using the water mask in this way gives me the best of both worlds. I get all the benefits of the water mask and the regular benefits of using the moisturiser after.
If you want a soothing, cooling non-oily solution to dry skin then the Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask is what you need. It hydrates and nourishes the skin without leaving any residue. Whilst it doesn’t quite do the job of a moisturiser, it still does a fab job at restoring water to the skin and deeply hydrating it. For the ridiculously cheap price, it is worth every penny.
Have you ever used a water mask before? How did you like it? Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comment section, and be sure to check out other great skincare products that you can see linked below.
UPDATE Sept 19: Simply Pure Leave On Water Mask has been discontinued. When I chased Superdrug for the reason why I received no proper answer. The good news is that you can still buy the other Simply Pure products from the same collection.
A good alternative to the Simply Pure Water Mask is the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack.