Once again – it is Dr. Hauschka to my rescue! I actually originally bought Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Mask for my mom about a year and a half ago. Her skin is much drier than mine, and I had heard Dr. Hauschka’s products were great. Well, all she did was rave on and on about it, so of course I had to buy one for myself! I used it throughout last winter (not sure why I didn’t review it), and now that my skin is dry again – I’ll be using it this fall and winter.
The mask is a very thick white cream. The smell reminds me of the moisturizing day cream, it is a sweet herbal smell. The similarities stop there though. This is super moisturizing and very thick. The consistency reminds me of a cross between elmer’s glue and vaseline. Not necessarily a bad thing, just thick and slightly sticky. While a bit sticky, it does sink in after awhile.
The instructions say to leave on for 20 minutes. I have done that, but I have also left on for much longer (an hour or so) and even overnight for my flakey areas. Since it does sink in after while, it’s easy to just leave it on and go about your night/day. I don’t see anything in the ingredients that would cause concern for leaving on – and I swear this is like an overnight re-do for dry skin. I have had red, irritated, dry skin at night and have woken up with soft, even-toned skin. I know why my mom raved about it – it really does work wonders for dry skin!
Now for the ingredients!
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Lanolin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Sucrose Distearate, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Propolis Wax.
Looking at the ingredients, it’s easy to see why this is so moisturizing. It’s a blend of quite the range of moisturizing oils: sunflower, sweet almond, avocado, olive, shea butter and jojoba. All of these are beneficial in their own way, and it’s nice to see multiple oils in there.
It also has quite a few waxes which not only give it its thickness, but help protect the skin: beeswax, rosa flower wax, candelilla wax and propolis wax.
Alcohol is in there as a preservative, but thankfully farther down the list.
Overall, Dr. Hauschka’s Moisturizing Mask is a staple of mine for dry skin. It truly is moisturizing, and while it says it’s a mask – I like to use it as an overnight treatment as well. I highly recommend it for anyone with dry and irritated skin.