I’m obsessed with hydrating skincare at the moment, as I always think my skin is dehydrated. The Casmara Hydra Algae Peel-Off Mask is a single-use DIY at-home face mask, designed to give a boost of moisture to your skin.
Casmara is a Spanish skincare brand, and with these masks (£9.99 from Boots), they are promising results equivalent to a much more expensive in-salon spa treatment. This Hydra Algae Peel-Off Mask is also designed to provide anti-ageing firming benefits, as well as restoring moisture. It contains Seaweed Extract, Goji and Aloe Vera.
The reason the packaging is so large is that everything comes separately for you to mix the mask formulations together yourself. I was put off somewhat when I saw that this involved making up the mask mixture myself, as usually these things are messy. However, this one wasn’t as you just mix two sachets together into the lid of the packaging with a provided spatula. You also get a cream to apply before and after the mask to optimise its results.
Where this fell down was that it is actually very difficult to combine the two mixtures as smoothly as the photos on the packaging would suggest you should be able to. This is a mask that sets to a rubber texture on your skin, and what the packaging doesn’t tell you is that it starts to set as soon as you start mixing the two sachets. This meant that mine went gloopy very quickly; especially by the time I had paused to take a quick photograph for this post.
When it came to applying it to my face, unlike the smooth-faced photos of the woman on the box, I resembled some kind of creature from the blue lagoon. It was not attractive, nor was it comfortable to wear despite being very cooling, as it was heavy and bits were falling off.
However, when it came to removing the peel-off mask once it had completely set on my face after 20 minutes, it did actually peel off in one swoop! The first ‘peel-off’ mask to actually do what it says on the tin. It also left my skin feeling very soft, nourished and firm.
So, yes, you do get good results from this mask; but I get equally good results from other hydrating and anti-ageing masks that are much cheaper and come already prepared. This is a bit too much hassle for what it’s worth for me I’m afraid.
Have you tried any other Casmara masks?
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