“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Hydrates / Product line: Boots No7 „
I received a massive box of No. 7 products from my sister, as a present. I've been working my way through using them, some great, some OK and some I really dislike.
Hydro Quench, is not a moisturiser - as it's described above - it's a face mask, with a kick.
The tube is fairly non-descript, albeit obviously a No. 7 product due to the logo and script. The tube is a creamy-beige colour, with a flip-top lid.
To use the mask, first cleanse & tone or ex-foliate. You want to remove your make-up so the mask has access to your pores. Once you've prepped your skin, shake the tube well. This bit is essential as otherwise the product is watery.
I never like to say how much you should use of a product, as everyone is different, however, this can be spread quite thinly over your face, so you don't need to use too much.
Wet your face, although don't soak it, or you can wet your hands, as the product works properly when in contact with water.
The first thing you will notice as soon as you start applying this to your face, is the heat. The mask radiates a heat, so apply all over your face - avoiding your eyes and then relax for around 2 minutes.
Personally I find the biggest issue with this product is the fact you only have it on for two minutes! It's such a nice feeling, this lovely warm heat on your face. The mask will not harden, it won't crack when you smile at the sheer loveliness of the feeling. It doesn't require peeling off. It simply needs to be rinsed off well.
I find my skin is lovely and soft after using this mask. I don't tend to 'gush' over beauty products generally, but this, I feel is well worth it. Looking around, it costs about £9.75 for 75ml. Personally, I think it's a fairly good price as you won't need to use a lot and probably won't use it more than 1-2 times a week.
If No.7 could just extend the time the mask lasts on your face, I'd be ecstatic!
I've used various face packs over the years, clay based ones that set hard and if someone makes you laugh your face cracks, other types more gel like that set and you peel off. Other more creamy concoctions that you leave for 20 minutes and then wipe off, they all have various results, occasionally my face has been really red and within a few days I have even had a few spots as if the face pack has forced things to erupt! So I decided to try out the Hydro Quench Sauna mask that was in my box of goodies at Christmas, and to have an open mind and not judge it until I had tried it out.
The tube is a shiny white pearly plastic, and sits upright on the flip top which is a pearly colour. The gold No 7 is on the front and the name of the product. It is hypo-allergenic and on the back is Boots name and the website address. The instructions are to shake well before use, and to massage for 1 - 2 minutes onto damp skin avoiding the delicate eye area. Then relax for 2 minutes and rinse away thoroughly.
The tube has the following information that you can give unbalanced skin a helping hand by using the gently exfoliating thermal mask. It heats on contact with water to open pores and polish away impurities. Then as you rinse it tightens pores leaving your skin feeling healthy, refreshed and clean.
Each time I have used the mask has been before a shower as I find it easier to rinse off a mask in the shower and then wash my hair, as I tend to end up with mask in my hair! But you could apply, relax and then rinse as they say and use a band to keep your hair out of the way, especially as I have got a super band in the gift box!
Because I did this in the morning my face had been cleansed the night before so I just had to dampen it, but I would advise cleansing first if you have had make up on. I squeezed out about an inch onto my finger and applied to one side of my face and was amazed that I instantly felt the heat, I squeezed some more for the other side and massaged the mask onto my face paying special attention around my nose and avoiding the eyes as instructed. There was a slight smell of clay that I had noticed on other masks, but it wasn't over powering and certainly not unpleasant. It was surprisingly creamy but had a slight feeling of exfoliating, not too sore just a pleasant feeling. I relaxed a little after the massaging and then showered and removed the mask. The heat didn't last long, but the mask remained soft and creamy, no unpleasant face cracking!
I rinsed it off quite easily using my fingers no cloth or cotton wool was necessary, and was aware my cheeks felt soft and smooth, when I patted my skin dry I was pleased to feel it was soft and moisturised and it did feel and look clean sand healthy. Other face masks have left my face crying out for moisturiser.
Because this was in a box there was no leaflet so I'm not sure how often I should use this, I have used it once a week and have been using another exfoliater on other days. Suitable for normal to combination skin this costs £9.54 for a 75ml tube. I have discovered that it contains pumice particles to sweep away the dirt and everyday impurities and rosehip oil for skin conditioning. It also says on the website that they advise for best results using No 7 Hyro quench Day Sorbet and Overnight sorbet, and other Hydro Quench products. Although I do have a small tub of the day sorbet I am using another No 7 product at the moment and still think the results are OK!
Will I buy another tube? You bet I will! I love the feeling of the heat and the creaminess of the product, plus I'm getting good results. It isn't cheap, but often Boots have special offers and you only need a small amount so the tube will last a long time. I am more likely to use a product I like than one I don't which is why I rarely did the other masks! I found trying to find 20 minutes to relax with a mask on was quite difficult and this was much quicker. Well done Boots another good product.