I have dry skin and am in my mid-30s, so I am always keeping an eye out for new or tried-and-true products that promise to hydrate and maintain the moisture barrier on my face. When I heard about the new mask by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare promising to restore moisture on the spot, I was skeptical but equally thrilled to give it a try. Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask ($46) is a two-step treatment that is said to instantly create the appearance of plumper skin and seal in moisture for lasting hydration.
The mask is designed to create an occlusive barrier on the skin and is packed with humectants, including sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, to lock in hydration. It delivers a high concentration of guluronic acid through medical-grade marine algae, Algin, which they say is harvested from arctic Norwegian seas. Magnesium and calcium, both prevalent minerals found in cells, help draw out heat to cool and calm the skin on contact. Oryza sativa (rice) powder and pearl powder boost radiance. It should be noted that while this mask is formulated without parabens, it’s not for purists and has potentially-irritating alcohol and fragrance.
Opening up the package on the first night, I was happy to see that the instructions are very straightforward: Mix Part 1 and Part 2 with the provided spatula in the little plastic bowl that is also provided. Since it was my first time using a rubber mask, I was a little clumsy with the spatula in areas where the spatula felt too clunky and succumbed to using my finger around the upper lip, eyebrows and temples. It was difficult for me to get it to glide on evenly, so I often looked like a botched Smurf.
However, as the gel-like goop started to rubberize, I could feel an intense cooling feeling across my face that lasted the entire 15 minutes and onward even after I had removed the mask. Every application I opted to leave the mask on for the instructed full time recommended (for maximum moisturization) before peeling it off. After each use, my skin felt baby soft, and the effect seemed to last into the night and the morning after. Using this mask weekly for a month, I didn’t notice any cumulative results, but after every use my skin felt cooled, refreshed and soft for hours.
I would recommend this to for anyone who needs a quick hit of hydration or a soothing treatment. I wish this mask would have been around after I had a fractional laser treatment, as I would also recommend this for post-laser use.