Friday, March 2, 2018

Oskia's Renaissance Mask: The Facial In a Jar With The Price Tag To Match

The past few months I've been on a huge skincare shopping spree and one of my favorite things to test out are face masks. I think I probably have 10 face masks (not counting sheet masks) right now. In my defense, some are mini size. Anyway, there are two simple reasons for this. I'm an impatient person and face masks often promise to deliver results in just 15 to 30 minutes. I also don't do a face mask everyday because I tend to forget so I make it a point to do them a few times a week as a little before-bed treat. One of the masks I've really enjoyed using lately is the Oskia Renaissance Mask which I purchased as part of the latest Cult Beauty Caroline Hirons Box.

Oskia is a luxury British skincare brand that I've heard about for years (their Renaissance Cleansing Gel is definitely on my "to try" list) but the Renaissance Mask is my first real foray into the line. You can find their products online at Barneys, Goop and Net A Porter but I highly recommend ordering from Cult Beauty because you don't have to pay sales tax and they subtract the VAT, making it even cheaper. The Renaissance Mask retails for $75 for 50ml (definitely one of my most expensive face masks per ounce) but on Cult Beauty you can get it for £42.50 (~$59) shipped. Still pricey but a little more manageable - every cent counts, right?

Enough about the pricing - let's get onto the mask itself. Oskia bills this as a mask for all skin types which will increase skin brightness and clarity through a combination of AHAs and enzymes. The mask is free from artificial fragrances, colorants, silicones, parabens, sulphates and proplylene glycol. It is made in the United Kingdom. The packaging is a straightforward glass jar with a twist-off plastic lid. Oskia provides a little plastic scoop to keep things sanity but, let's be honest, I just dip my fingers in the pot of goodness and slather the mask on my face.

This balmy pink mask feels heavenly when you apply it. It's thick and emollient but not oily at all. There's a faint rose scent which isn't bothersome to me at all. You're meant to apply a generous layer onto clean, dry skin in a circular massaging motion. When doing so, the mask transforms from a semi-translucent pink to a white color. After leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse away with warm water and you're left with soft, supple and non-irritated skin.

I personally love that this mask is incredibly gentle because I can use it multiple times a week without worrying about possibly aggravating my skin or stripping it. But I can see how some might be disappointed if they're a fan of intense chemical exfoliating masks like the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (burned my skin like crazy within three seconds). I think the Oskia Renaissance Mask is a really luxe skincare treat for those with sensitive skin. I've gotten more drastic results from other acid products which is why I hesitate to say I'd repurchase this mask in a heartbeat. But it's definitely one I'd love to always have on hand because it is such a treat to use, much like the May Lindstrom Honey Mud Mask I waxed on and on about recently. Notice a trend here?

Have you tried Oskia skincare? If you have, I'd love to know your recommendations!

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