Sometimes, sustaining the worst of pains makes relief all the more profitable. An example? When your feet get so tired from walking and standing on them for so long, it feels as if there are rocks down there, there's only one way to relieve such a pain. It often happens during rehearsals, and my ballerina friends and I dash out as soon as our master utters "take five," grab our water bottles and snacks, collapse, and throw our feet in the air, perpendicular to the floor and let that blood drain. It's the simple pleasures, really, that make life fab. Blood rushing aside, sometimes you don't even notice the pain. Earlier in the Polar Vortex, I didn't realize how dehydrated my skin was until I applied this--the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I slapped this on, left it to penetrate for half and hour, and when I splashed my face with water, I had the softest skin I've ever felt. When I say soft, I mean baby soft, or soft like the head of my three month old lab puppy.
Such a soft inducement was the result of hydrating ingredients such as avocado oil, glycerin, carrot oil, and, as per the name, manuka honey. With surrounding hype of it's healing properties, manuka honey acts as a humectant to bring moisture to the skin, but it's also famed for its treatment on blemishes on account of its antibacterial and astringent properties. With the addition of vanilla, this mask smells sweet, although I'll admit that the scent is a little strange, but not in a sickly way. Antioxidants, as well, increase this creamy, white potion's repertoire--suitable for morning or nightly use.
When I heard of this mask, it seemed like the perfect replacement for my clay mask void. But, although cleansing, it's definitely not comparable to your typical decongesting number. I've demonstrated my love for the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and the Antipodes tube has an identical running wire. They're both über hydrating, although this one is a more potent version, whereas the Origins one acts as a moisturizer (as per its "overnight" claim). As I ween towards more natural alternatives, this Antipodes mask is a suitable, and more favorable, on account of its spot diminishing powers, than its counterpart. This offering from Antipodes, in particular, isn't organic, but other New Zealand-made products from the brand live up to the criteria. Nevertheless, look at the brief ingredients list and you'll see that this is nature's simplicity at work.
I may have preference for satisfying relief, but I don't think I'll be willing to leave this mask unused for reward of restraining. A honey and vanilla scent, baby-soft skin, diminished spots, and a juicy complexion? Yeah, I think I'll only have to restrain from using it everyday.