Spring has finally sprung. As I walk down the streets of London, I am greeted by the cheerful chirping of the birds building their nests on the treetops, the sight of children kicking a football in the parks and the fragrant smell of flowers in their full bloom. The roses, in particular, are beautiful at this time of the year, when the nights are still cool enough to produce large petals and the sun isn’t hot enough to bleach their vivid colours.
The queen of flowers, as the rose is affectionately known, doesn’t just perfumes our gardens and decorates our homes. Roses also have a long history of use in skincare thanks to their antioxidant, soothing and astringent abilities. When the rose has bloomed to the point it’s ready to seed – a stage called rose hip -, a rose has its highest concentration of vitamins A, C and E, all powerful antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles and boost the production of the collagen that keeps skin firm.
On top of it, during this stage, a rose is also laden with fatty acids, little molecules that deeply hydrate and plump up the skin, thus reducing the unsightly appearance of wrinkles. That’s not all: rose extract acts as a gentle antiseptic and astringent, helping to clean the skin and prevent blemishes. Finally, roses are also believed to soothe the skin and reduce discolourations.
One of my favourite ways to incorporate roses into my skincare routine is through a hydrating and brightening sheet mask such as Innisfree It’s A Real Squeeze Mask Rose. In addition to rose extract, the sheet mask also contains Innisfree’s signature Jeju green complex, a cocktail of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves and orchid to brighten and soothe stressed skin.
Once the initial whiff of alcohol my nose detects when tearing open the packaging fades, the delicate and feminine scent of rose comes to the fore, instantly relaxing my hectic mind and soothing my worries away. I gently apply the essence-soaked sheet onto my face and spend the next 20 minutes reading one of my favourite magazines while waiting for the mask to absorb into my skin.
The sheet itself is quite interesting because it is made of three layers to better deliver the essence into the skin, enhancing its moisturizing effects even more. After I take it off, I pat the little that remaines of the non-sticky essence on my skin, finish off with my night time moisturizer and go to bed.
When I wake up in the morning, I instantly notice that my skin looks bright and dewy and, when I touch it, I can feel it has become softer, too. Because my skin is now well-plumped up, my fine lines don’t look so obvious – an effect that lasts well into the early hours of the evening!
Summary: Innisfree It’s A Real Squeeze Mask Rose is deeply hydrating, leaving my skin plumper, softer and radiant for hours.
Claims: A mask containing essential moisture squeezed from fragrant roses to make skin smooth and radiant.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethanol, Betaine, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Juice (200mg), Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, The green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Where to buy: Innisfree