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Astara is a natural skin care line that combines quality raw organic plants, floral essences, sea extracts and protective antioxidants to help with health, harmony and balance. They also claim to take special care to ensure each product performs at its maximum level and maintains the nourishing benefits of each ingredient in each formula, which I love. Astara's regenerative formulas help protect the skin from internal and external factors that speed the aging process while helping the skin's natural repair process.
With all that being said, I couldn't wait to try the adorable Astara Mask Madness Kit ($66), which contains three different 1.3 oz-sized masks, a brush and a clear plastic pouch to neatly hold it all together.
Just for reference, I'm in my late-40s. I started with the Blue Flame Purification Mask ($42/2 oz. in the shop), which deeply extracts and purifies pores while nourishing and strengthening the skin. I immediately felt it working. It went on very smoothly and smelled beautiful — I could smell the tea tree oil. This mask is meant for oily, acne-prone skin and skin that has been exposed to harsh environment pollution. I found it to be perfect for spot treatments for any kind of blemishes. Before bed, I applied just a dot on my blemishes, let it dry, and by morning, they were gone, This mask deeply cleaned my skin and unclogged my pores. I feel that this mask would only be good for skin that is oily or problematic. It did purify my skin while moisturizing, so I didn't feel dry but rather healthy and glowing. I really loved this mask, and even though my skin isn't oily, I still had amazing results.
I then tried the Golden Flame Hydration Mask ($46/2 oz. in the shop), which diminishes the appearance of fine lines.. This mask is completely different from the other two. It's light, doesn't smell and absorbs into the skin immediately. This mask diminished my fine lines and left my skin hydrated with a dewy complexion. It added the needed moisture to my dry and weather damaged skin. I put on the mask before bed and left it on the whole night like a moisturizer. There was a big difference in the morning – my eyes were less puffy and my laugh lines and crow’s feet were reduced. My skin felt much firmer, brighter and so soft. This mask was my favorite. The aloe, cucumber and vitamin E really make it wonderful. It restored the smoothness and youthful plumpness to my face while decreasing my fine lines and wrinkles. It even reduced my skin flair ups while calming my skin leaving it soft and hydrated.
The last mask in the kit is the Green Papaya Nutrient Mask ($42/2 o.z.), which is made up of exotic fruits, herbs and antioxidative vitamins. It seems to smooth and polish my skin, which the other two masks didn't do. This mask exfoliates dead skin while cleaning pores. It's almost like a skin conditioner that hydrates and evens out skin tones. The mask smells amazing — you can detect a mixture of sandalwood and ylang ylang. The Green Papaya Nutrient Mask is pure luxury and left my skin glowing, smooth and radiant, though it was a little messy and would sometimes separate in the jar. It was also not easy to get off; I needed to use a wash cloth to get the remaining green pieces of clay off my skin. If I put it to close to my eyes, it made them tear.
The Green Papaya Nutrient Mask was my least favorite but still wonderful, and I feel I needed to use it with the other two masks. Overall, my only real complaint is with the brush that came with the kit, which was very stiff and rough and almost scratched my face.