The other night my skin was feeling and looking especially dry, so I thought it was an ideal time for an at-home mini facial. I washed, cleansed, gently exfoliated, and then I applied my new Prescriptives Intensive Rebuilding Deep Hydrating Mask ($28). Since the mask is a little unusual, I'd like to share my experience with you.

The directions say to leave it on for 15 minutes, and in this time it never hardens. The mask smells clean, and its gel-like texture makes applying it very simple.

It doesn't tingle, feel cool, or heat up, so it's a good choice if your skin is sensitive. When it came time for removal, I noticed that it hadn't all absorbed and that there was a sticky, filmy layer left over. The box said to tissue off the mask, but I needed to wash my face with water and a light soap to remove all of the residue.

The immediate result was smoother and softer skin, and the next day I noticed that my skin tone was more even. Additionally, the dryness was gone (but I can't give the mask full credit, since I did also exfoliate).

I would confidently recommend this to someone who doesn't use a night cream, a facial oil, or anything extra to quench thirsty skin. It is so gentle that I can't imagine it would block pores if used only twice a week. Plus, the fact that you don't have to endure any of that awkward typical mask stiffness makes this a great choice.

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