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In my never ending quest to find products to help with my Rosacea I have lost count of the different brands and products I have used over the years. There are only certain ones that actually help and others while they might not always aggravate the Rosacea they don't do much to help with the actual condition.
The Dermalogica ultra calming masque is a face mask that is actually recommended by Dermalogica for sensitive and Rosacea skin.
The mask is supposed to immediately relieve skin sensitivity and help calm it back down. With my Rosacea I can be fine for weeks at a time and then all of a sudden it will flare up. For anyone who is unfamiliar with what happens when you have a Rosacea flare-up I will explain. It usually starts with my skin being itchy and sensitive feeling which quickly progresses to stinging sensation and my facial skin becomes red and it actually looks like I have sunburn. This can happen at any time which means it is important that I have products on hand that I know are going to cool my skin down and take away some of the redness and stinging.
I love the Dermalogica ultra calming range and find that it works really well with my skin. This mask was a real disappointment for me. I found it to be a lovely mask for a weekly treat but it didn't do anything to calm my skin down when I was having a flare-up which is really disappointing as this is what it is primarily designed to do.
The mask contains loads of natural ingredients which in combination with each other promise to soothe the skin. The main ingredient is oatmeal which is something that is in a lot of masks for sensitive skin due to its soothing and healing properties.
To use the mask you just need to apply it all over your face once or twice a week and then leave it for at least ten minutes before rinsing off. Because the mask is so gentle you can use it on areas such as the eyes and lips where other masks recommend that you don't.
There is only a slight smell to the mask and when I first apply it to my face it feels really nice, almost like a thick cream. I do find it to be incredibly moisturising and it doesn't sting or irritate me in the slightest. When it is washed off I find that my skin is really soft almost as though I have spent the night with my face slathered in cocoa butter but of course without the greasiness and heaviness of using a rich cream. My skin is also left looking really clean and my pores look like they have had a good clean out.
Moisturiser goes on lovely after using the mask and it also leaves my skin in great condition for applying make-up to it. Because my skin is so soft and free from grease and shine my make-up lasts for much longer before needing to be touched up.
So as a weekly mask I think this is lovely. My problem stems from the fact that it does not calm my skin when I am having a flare-up. I tried applying the mask as soon as I felt the itchiness and stinging coming on and it did nothing to prevent the flare-up happening. I have also tried it when my flare-up was at its worst and my skin was red raw hoping that it would take some of the heat out of my skin or at least reduce the redness slightly but other than making my skin lovely and soft it did nothing to help and as this was the main reason for buying the mask it really does make me question whether it is worth the money or not.
Being from Dermalogica the mask isn't cheap and will set you back around £35 a tube which should last you about 3 months using it twice a week.
I'm only awarding this mask 3 stars as even though it leaves my skin lovely and soft and I do still buy it on occasion purely for this fact it doesn't do its main purpose which is to stop my skin from being itchy, red and stinging.
I've recently bought a product from Dermalogica as my skin isn't really behaving its self just now so i've got a few more free samples which I like to get. The assistant that I bought the full sized product asked different questions and tailored the samples to things that would more suit my skin.
When I read that this was Ultra calming I thought it was to help with spots but it is more to help with dry skin. My cheeks are that bit dry and they seem to be a little drier than normal probably due to the cold weather that we have had recently.
This was just a little sample so it gave me 2 applications. You don't spread the mask on thick but this just done 2 goes of this and even then the 2nd application was a little bit sparse.
This normally comes in a 75ml tube and I looked online for the price of it and see that this sells for aroun £26-£30. Pretty expensive for a Mask but this is a designer brand so the price is quite normal for such a brand.
Just apply this onto a clean dry face. The Mask is a medium thickness Cream which feels a little greasy at first, but settles onto your skin easy enough and dries a little. There isn't much scent to this, just a rich Creamy kind of scent. Rinse off after 10 minutes and pat your face dry. After I took this off my skin felt nice and smooth and my Cheeks didn't seem to be quite as tight feeling as they were before. I have combination skin so my cheeks don't really have a red tinge to them with dryness but they do feel different to the rest of my face.
This seemed to work well on my face and my face definitely felt softer but I wouldn't be tempted to spend all that money on a Mask. Perhaps if you have really dry skin then it may be worth it as i'm sure you would notice a big difference with this Mask.
I always suffer from very dry and sensitive skin, particularly on my face and during the winter my cheeks can be very red and feel awful to touch (in my opinion). I do try my best to moisturise constantly but it seems like the combined effects of wind, cold and central heating always make my efforts ultimately futile. I was explaining this to a friend of mine who recommended this masque and as I had a gift voucher to use in a department store from Christmas I bought a 75ml tube for £28 as a treat to myself.
The premise for this product is that it is ideal for people with sensitive skin and can even be used to directly treat rosacea (a particularly intense redness of the face). It contains 'colloidal oatmeal' which is supposed to relieve and soothe any redness and having used the Lush oatmeal mask in the past I was hoping this would very much nourish and help my face.
I have used it a couple of times a week over the last month and I do believe my skin is coping better than it usually does with the harsh weather etc, I am not blown away by this product but it does seem to be helping my face to cope. The tube is white and it has a snap top lid and it comes out very easily when squeezed.
The product itself is like a thin white cream which did not feel how I was expecting it to as a 'mask' - however it goes on very easily and I would guess I use about an 8th of the tube with each application, it feels quite silky to me and although it is not as thick as I was expecting it seems rich because of this silkiness. I tend to leave it on a bit longer than the recommended ten minutes as there is nothing really in it which would cause my skin to react badly. I always apply it after washing my face in the shower and this seems to really help as the skin is warm and the pores are all open from the steam and I can almost feel it sinking in and soothing!
The mask is easy to wash off with warm water which is something I like in a mask and although there is no immediate 'wow' factor to my face it always feels smoother and less irritated by a few hours after use. Having used it quite a lot over the last month I can feel a difference in my skin for sure.
Personally I think I was expecting a little more from a product of this price, but for me it does seem to work, I am just not convinced it works more than a much cheaper mask. I might buy this again for use over winter if it was on offer, it does feel nice to use but is a little pricey for me.
As I have written before in my other reviews of Dermalogica products, I am prone to bouts of rosacea. Dermalogica is the only range that I can use; almost everything else irritates and stings my skin, and makes it red and sore.
This Ultracalming Relief Masque is to be used 2 to 3 times per week, or when needed. It promises to soothe and calm irritated, sensitive skin, or skin with rosacea.
It also claims to promote healthy tissue, helping your skin act as barrier against all the elements which may cause sensitivity or flare-ups. It contains oatmeal, which is supposed to soothe your skin.
It comes in a 75ml tube, and as always the packaging is plain white, with grey writing and a grey plastic flip-top lid so you can squeeze the product out.
After being out for a walk in the wintry weather at the weekend, and then cooking dinner in a hot kitchen, my face got very reddened. I can feel an 'attack' of rosacea coming on as my cheeks feel hot and red, almost inflamed. My skin also starts to itch, and if I scratch or rub it, it can cause little bumps. Rosacea really is a horrible thing to have - I am fairly 'lucky' as I consider mine to be quite mild compared to some people's, but it can be quite debilitating in terms of self-confidence when you know your face is red.
Therefore it was the perfect opportunity to try this masque out as my skin really felt like it needed to be cooled.
The masque is a white cream which isn't particularly thick. You apply it to your cleansed face liberally. Once applied, it didn't go on in a thick white layer, and in fact appeared clear upon my skin. It felt cool when applied to my face, and I didn't feel it stinging. However, I didn't feel an immediate cooling sensation which to be honest I expected.
You leave the masque on for around 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. During the 10 minutes, my face basically felt the same, however when I put my hand to my cheek it did feel cooler than it had previously, and less inflamed. However I honestly can't say whether this was just my skin cooling down naturally, or due to the masque.
After rinsing the product off, my skin felt slightly smoother, especially my cheeks. However my face didn't really look less red. I felt slightly disappointed as I had expected the masque to be very cold and I thought I would actually feel it working.
Dermalogica say you can use this as a spot treatment to calm redness too but I can't confirm or deny that!
I will keep using this a couple of times a week to see if this gives any improvement to my skin. At the moment, I feel underwhelmed. It's a shame as I am a huge fan of Dermalogica, particularly their Skin Smoothing Cream and their Ultra-Calming Cleanser.
Feeling 'meh' about this product wouldn't put me off buying other products in the range; however at around £25-£30 I am not convinced I would buy this again.