Even as someone born and raised in New York City, I’ve never grown immune to the cold. Every year when winter rolls around, I get grumpy about wearing a down coat or dealing with my flaky skin, and each blast of wind that slaps my face makes me wonder: How many days until spring? Unfortunately, until someone builds a time machine that allows us to fast-forward from December to March, I’m stuck with the awful weather. My one respite: Summer Fridays’ latest mask. The floral scent and spa-like experience keeps seasonal blues at bay — even if the weather outside is below 10 degrees.
The new R + R mask is a 2-in-1 that exfoliates the skin and finishes as a facial oil. It’s supposed to be a glow-inducing concoction with ingredients like rose flower powder, argan oil, avocado oil, and Bulgarian rose. After a super positive experience with Summer Fridays’ first two masks, I had high expectations for their third launch but with a small dose of skepticism — multipurpose products are great when it comes to makeup, but with skin-care, I need to see the results to believe it. Luckily, I had a chance to try out the product ahead of the launch date.
Following the instructions on the packaging, I washed my face and let it dry before layering on this mask. I took a quarter-size amount of the clear jelly and gently massaged it over my face without water. The gentle exfoliation from the rose flower powder and the delicate rose scent made for a pleasant spa-like experience. It felt like I was being whisked away from my bathroom and standing somewhere in a garden for those few seconds — no exaggeration. Coming back to reality, I left the formula on for the recommended 10 minutes while I scrolled through Instagram to pass the time. Finally, I removed the product with a damp washcloth. As promised, what remained was a layer of oil that left my skin dewy, brighter, and soft.
Jet Lag Mask or moisturizer on top of R+R to really seal the deal. I took that into account the second time around, and it did the trick. My glow lasted for hours and my skin looked even healthier with my go-to moisturizer on top. I’m curious to see its magic in the summer when my skin isn’t begging for hydration. For now, the below-freezing temperatures in New York City have nothing on my plump, glowy skin… I’ll just be here shamelessly faking a glow until springtime hits.
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