Skincare Journal No. 4

Luxury skincare has always had its draw, but the ingredients never hold a candle to the price. For that reason I often glaze over La Mer, La Prarie, Elizabeth Arden, Sisley, Lancôme, Chanel, etc. That being said, the new Dior Hydra Life collection is a pleasure to use and exists in brilliantly-designed packaging to match.

The nine-part collection of cleansers, masks, and hydrators is suited in Kubrick-inspired white with hints of faded colour and priced below $100. Of the collection I have tried four products. The Hydra Life Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser was so lovely that I have already bought my own bottle; plant saponins remove impurities and it may be used on dry or wet skin. My skin feels soft to the touch with that good ‘tight’ feel. Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser is my evening first cleanse, and it makes quick work of full-coverage foundation while rinsing off rather effortlessly. Hydra Life Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence is a hydration serum that also happens to brighten and tone the skin with natural fruit acids; I find it a treat for the morning after I use retinol as I often develop dehydration lines around my cheeks. Is it more effective than Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum, I doubt it, though the texture is far less tacky. Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème hits the right balance between gel and cream, and its formulation respects skin’s natural flora which, in theory, better balances the skin and prevents hydration loss rather effectively. For the price I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, which has a similar texture and result but comes in at a more approachable price (though you lose the balancing effect on skin flora).

All of this being said, the new Hydra Life collection has impressed me. The ingredients are rather unique, the sensorial experience is legendary, and the science Dior puts into its products is commendable. If you try any new luxe brand this year, I hope you take a look at Dior.

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Type of product?

Calming, soothing and lightly exfoliating gel face mask.

What does it claim?

Cucumber extract and aloe hydrate, calm and de-puff the appearance of skin. Papaya, pineapple, sugar maple and sugarcane extracts soften the appearance of skin. Chamomile extract soothes. Orange and lemon extract tone and minimize the appearance of pores. Bilberry extract protects against free-radical damage.

How should I use it?

Refrigerate to cool. Wash with your regular cleanser. Dry skin. Apply a thick layer. Leave for twenty minutes or longer; may be left on overnight or during the day as a thick moisturizer. Use three times a week.

Verdict:

This mask is a treat and my favourite mask to lightly exfoliate and hydrate skin. I use it twice a week during the morning and leave it on for the entire day; this is my thick moisturizer of choice on cold, blustering days. It acts as a perfect base for the day.

After use my skin looks bright, pores appear minimized, and skin feels hydrated. I find this helps calm any blemishes that I may have at any given moment; an added and unadvertised bonus.

Not only do I find this mask effective, the price is more than fair. For the sticker price you get 5oz., more than double competing masks. Effective and affordable, this mask will be a constant repurchase.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask is available for about $60 at Sephora or BeautyBay.

Watch the accompanying On The Shelf video here, on YouTube.