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Over the past few years I have tried a really wide range of products on my skin of all different price ranges. Until last year Clarins really suited my skin and I used a lot of their products but my skin started looking dull and I noticed I was getting a lot more spots than the few I usually get so I decided it was time for a change. My local salon gave me lots of samples of different brands but nothing really suited and my Mum suggested I tried one of the brands she liked, Dr Hauschka . I decided to try trial size versions of the products first as they aren't cheap and picked quite a few different ones up.
I decided to buy from drhauschka.co.uk as the prices were as good as anywhere and they offer a skin care consultation online. For this you cleanse your skin and wait between 15 to 30 minutes then answer a simple set of questions about how your skin feels. After this a set of products are suggested that suit your skin and you're given a code for 15% off which is worth having as the products are pricey. One of the products which was suggested for me was the Dr Hauschka Soothing Mask, for 30ml it currently costs £32.95; the trial size is £5.95.
The mask comes in a tube and is very simply packaged which is a little disappointing considering the high cost of the item. From the packaging the mask looks like something you'd buy from a pharmacist, with its mainly white exterior with an orange stripe. The packaging also bears the Dr Hauschka logo and the product name in both French and English. My main gripe with the packaging is that, because the tube isn't clear you can't see how much is left. When I'd 'finished' my tube I was disappointed that I only used it four times as, although it was a trial I still paid nearly £6 for it. I sliced the tube open with a pair of scissors to find lots of the mask still in the tube, enough for another two applications. Although this is easy to do it is quite messy and I can't help thinking that for the price paid they should be packaging this better so customers get their money's worth.
On opening the tube I was pleased with the smell of the mask, it contains cocoa butter and this smell is noticeable and there's also a hint of coconut to the mask as well. The texture of the mask is good, it's not too thick or too thin and it applies well with a small amount going a long way. Dr Hauschka Soothing Mask is intended to be used once or twice a week after cleansing and it's advised that the mask should be left on for 10 to 20 minutes and then removed with a warm, damp cloth.
After following the instructions and removing the mask my skin did look better, a lot more balanced and just generally a better complexion. After using the mask twice a week for a couple of weeks there was a noticeable difference however I wouldn't say it was a major difference. I also felt my skin was quite tight after using the mask and needed a really good moisturising to get it back to normal.
Overall, Dr Hauschka Soothing Mask has both its good and bad points but I have to say that with the price being so high I have been left a little bit disappointed. The packaging needs rethinking as about a quarter of the mask can't be squeezed out of the tube and it's just a bit basic. The product is quite good and does soothe the skin, its left looking calm a good all over colour. However as I said my skin did feel a little tight afterwards so this isn't something I'll be buying again.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Alcohol, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil0, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricara) Flower Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bentonite, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Leaf Extract, Verbascum Thapsus Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Xanthan Gum, Lysolecithin / Green Beauty Bible Awards Winner / Dr.Hauschka Soothing Mask works to nurture and fortify sensitive skin, reducing inflammation and redness, and leaving skin protected, nourished and radiant / Directions for use: Use Dr.Hauschka Soothing Mask once or twice a week as an intensive skin care treatment / Cleanse your face and apply Facial Toner then apply the Soothing Mask to your face and neck / Leave for about 10-20 minutes then remove any excess with a warm, moist cloth / Hints and tips: Give yourself time to relax properly and give your eyes a treat too: Pop a couple of cotton wool pads soaked in Eye Solace over your eyes while your mask is soaking into your skin /