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Ilike Seven Herb Mask- reader reviewed and recommended
I have been using the ilike Seven Herb Mask ($36) for more than six weeks. I am 47 years old with combination, sensitive skin that is breakout prone, and tends towards rosacea-like redness (sometimes with pesky dry patches around my mouth). I wear makeup nearly every day, so I am careful to cleanse and treat my skin with my great TIA products every morning and night. My routine includes the use of scrubs and masks about twice a week.
The Ilike Seven Herb Mask is a thick, green paste with chunks of what appear to be dark green herbs (looks like spinach). Imagine what that would look like on your face! As it dries, it cakes and tightens your skin. The first time I used the mask, I put it all over my face and below my jawline. I left it on for the recommended 20 to 30 minutes and rinsed it off in the shower. (It takes effort to remove it all, especially the herb chunks.) The first time I used it, I was disappointed; the areas on my face that tend to get dry, really dried up; for a couple of days after I used the mask, my skin in that area was dry and flaky. To combat the dryness, I used my Royal Nectar Face Mask ($59 in the TIA shop), which helped, but even my favorite heavy-duty moisturizer, Tilvee Argan & Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Crème ($35 in the TIA shop), didn’t completely help the dryness and flaking.
I was cautious about re-using the Seven Herb Mask, but I decided to try some side-by-side comparisons with my favorite masks (Royal Nectar & La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the TIA shop). Although the masks felt completely different on the skin, once they rinsed, each one left my skin smooth and soft. I did not have the same dryness with ilike as with the initial use, but I do think the ilike mask is slightly less moisturizing than the others – which is good for the oily T-zone areas. The best thing I noticed is that my breakouts seemed to clear up faster after using the ilike mask.
My recommendation for this product depends on your skin. If you tend to have normal to oily or breakout-prone skin, I would definitely recommend this mask for you; it does a good job of cleansing out the pores and speeding up the breakout healing process. If you have skin with some dryness, like me, I would avoid the dry spots or be prepared for some initial dryness. Personally, I will alternate this mask with my more moisturizing masks, being sure to use the ilike mask when my skin is more oily (in the summer) and breaking out often. For this reason, the ilike mask has carved out a permanent niche in my skincare regimen, and I am glad I had the opportunity to discover it.
(Editor’s note: Also read Marta’s review of the ilike Seven Herb Mask)
Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Mel, Aloe Arborescens, Sempervivum Tectorum, Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Zinc Oxide, Sambucus Nigra, Achilea Millefolium, Tussilago Farfara, Plantago Major, Mentha Pulegium, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Magenesium Silicate, Melissa Officinalis, Silica, Citric Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Cymbopogon Citratus, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral*, Citronellol*, D-limonele*, Geraniol* *components of natural essential oils