My Two Favorite OverNight Masks

And I am talking about two different kind of masks. Although they are both to sleep with.

The first one is a moisturizer mask called Drink Up Intensive by Origins. You can put on your skin a generous amount (I am always very generous with my moisturizers and sunscreens) before going to bed and let it work its magic during the night. No need to rinse. Not even in the morning. At least I don’t (and the reason why is here). It doesn’t have a color and it feels like you put on moisturizer and nothing else. The skin absorbs it all straight up. Having said that, the result lasts way more than a simple moisturizer, even if it is my powerful and beloved Aqua Bomb from Belif.And it does not feel greasy at all. In any moment.

As you can see by the post above, I am an enthusiast of moisturizer. I do think our skin needs a great moisturizer more than any other product. Too bad I only realized that in my 40s… Anyways, since then my main goal is to keep my skin always hydrated, no matter what. I think that is the secret to keep it looking good. And that is why I really like this mask. My skin feels highly hydrated during the night and when I wake up. I even use this mask during the day when I feel my skin need extra dose of moisturizer, like after sun tanning or during the winter days.

What Origins says about it:

  • It is recommended for normal to dry skin types. (My skin is normal to oily and I think it works great for me.)
  • It hydrates thirsty skin (love that and I confess that this was its selling point that made me give it a try).
  • It is enriched with avocado and apricot kernel oils, which effectively prepare skin for next-day environmental aggressors.
  • Japanese seaweed repairs the skin’s barrier function to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.
  • The overnight mask soothes skin whilst you sleep for long-lasting comfort so you can wake up to a revitalized, silky smooth and refreshed complexion.
  • Free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

I think they now have a new improved formula to this mask that I haven’t tried yet, but I am looking forward to. Only hope it is as good as the previous one.

The other mask is an actually sleeping mask. It is called Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask. It is silky and soft and it is for sure the most comfortable sleeping mask I have ever tried. Plus it does black out the light perfectly. Besides that this mask has a rejuvenating element since it is embedded with Copper Dioxide. The idea is to give you a good night of sleep AND minimize the appearance of the wrinkles during the night.

Let’s see what Iluminage says about it:

  • This rejuvenating sleep mask covers your delicate eyes with advanced care, to minimize the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep.
  • Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper, a well-known essential mineral with skin-enhancing properties. This technology is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. Copper is naturally found in your skin and is known to play an important role in skin’s renewal process. It has been used in makeup, face creams and other skincare products for years, and one of its properties is its ability to promote the natural growth of proteins in the skin.
  • How to use: Sleep with your eye mask nightly for younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. One size fits all.
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure strap.
  • Non-irritating.
  • Color and anti-aging technology proven to last beyond100 washes.
  • 100% Cupron® copper oxide polyester.
  • Hand wash, dry flat.

To be honest, I don’t know if this mask is helping me with my wrinkles and all, yet. I have been using it for almost 4 weeks. But it feels really good to sleep in. Because of the copper, it does get stained in the white part all around the mask but it doesn’t bother me at all.

My Favorite Tinted SunScreen

I am talking about the Photoderm M 50+, a Tinted Protective Cream by Bioderma. I have been wearing this as my facial sunscreen and my daily foundation (since it is tinted) for over a year. And ladies, I love this product. And I do because, besides its protection against the sun, it makes my skin looks beautiful, rested, even and glowing. It looks like I am just wearing my natural healthy skin and nothing else. I feel that I don’t need anything extra applied. Not even a blush. Although I do apply a toner and a moisturizer underneath. And when I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I do apply another sunscreen, for extra protection. And a little makeup: like my go-to grey eyeliner from Sephora and a lip stain from Revlon. Cause you never know who you are going to come across…

And this is me, before my early morning walk, almost ready to with no makeup, just the Photoderm M. Since it is water resistant, it stays even when I sweat a lot.

What Bioderma says about Photoderm M 50+:

  • Indications: Skin subject to hyperpigmentation. Suitable for pregnant women.
  • Benefits: Minimizes the risk of pigmentation during sun exposure with an unique filter system that guarantees a very high UVA/UVB protection and reinforced protection against visible radiation. This action is complemented by a genuine internal biological protection: the exclusive Cellular Bioprotection patent which activates the skin’s natural defences, protects cells and combats premature skin ageing.  Reduces the appearance of existent sun marks. Evens complexion and provides natural coverage.
  • Plus: SPF 50+ UVA 38, water resistant, paraben-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, photostable.

As I said, I love this product and highly recommend at least a try to see if it works wonders for you too as it does for me.

You can check Bioderma’s Photoderm M in their website here.

Why I Never Wash My Face In The Morning

I don’t remember exactly when I stoped washing my face in the morning. It was probably 3 or 4 years ago. But I do remember why decided to do so: as I entered the menopause I noticed that my skin went from its usual mix of oily/normal to a not so oily/and sometimes a little dry even skin and because of that I thought it was a good idea to keep only two daily washes in my beauty routine, one in the shower and the other before I go to bed. Those two washes would be enough. That was also when I understood that a good moisturizer will be my bff in this skin routine thing, by the way.

Anyways, I do think this has helped my skin. And no, I don’t feel that my skin needs a little cleanse in the morning at all. It looks super. Plus today I saw a video from a beauty blogger from Brazil telling her reason to actually never wash her face in the morning. And she, who is far away from menopause, does that because she once visited a French Epidermologist name Joelle Ciocco ( you can learn more about her here) who told her that cleaning well (Joelle advises to have a double cleansing) the skin before going to bed allows you to skip the morning wash. On top of that, according to her, not washing in the morning you are able to keep better all the benefits that your own skin produced on its own during its overnight rest. And for me that makes totally sense and validated even more my choice.

If I feel that I need to remove the residues of a sleeping mask or a serum in the morning (actually I hardly feel I need to), I use a toner instead of washing it with water and soap/foam/gel/etc. And I use a let’s call it contemporary toner that is alcohol-free, less astringent and more nutritious to the skin. Here there is a very good talk about toners, something I only incorporate recently to my beauty routine.

And speaking of my beauty routine… in the morning I only skip the washing part. As I wake up I put some moisturize on, add sunscreen and a tinted protective cream (plus a subtle gray eyeliner and a nude lipstick, cause you never know who is gonna cross your path) and I am ready for my morning walk.