Oskia is a luxurious skincare brand which I had wanted to explore for a while but apart from the Renaissance Cleansing Gel which I got last year, and really enjoyed using, I didn't get the chance to try anything else, purely because their products are not exactly wallet friendly. So when I saw that You Beauty box was having a deluxe sample of the Oskia Renaissance Mask in their February box I re-subscribed immediately not to miss the chance of trying the super hyped up face mask for a mere £6 (the cost of the monthly subscription box). Luckily, Latest in Beauty box is also having currently this mask in their offer (check my post) so I stocked up on it.
My dear blogging friend Siobhan (Beautylymin) adores this face mask so I was even more excited to try it and to see if I will love it.
The full size mask comes in a glass jar, contains 50 ml and costs £49.50. My sample has 12 ml and I got 6 applications out of it, it could be probably 7 or 8 if I didn't apply too much the first two times, a little goes a long way.
The texture of the mask is of a pale pink gooey gel which transforms into white cream once massaged into the skin. It has a beautiful delicate smell of roses with a hint of fruity notes and it feels very luxurious on the skin.
Designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and packed with OSKIA’s trademark blend of beauty-boosting nutrients, this luxuriously-textured exfoliating mask leaves the complexion smoother, more refined and illuminated.
Key ingredients (source: Oskia's website):
Natural Fruit Acids (AHA’s), including passion fruit, lemon, grape and pineapple fruit acids exfoliate by gently unbinding cells in the top layer of the skin to activate renewal. Enzymes from papaya remove excess and tired skin, cleansing thoroughly and clearing congested pores.
Lactic Acid (AHA, chemical exfoliant), reduces the appearance of fine lines by increasing cell turnover while softening skin.
Ribose increases cell respiration and reloads the skin with new energy by stimulating ATP (cell energy) levels to revitalise and illuminate. The natural anti-histamine Butterbur soothes irritation and aids healing.
Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes leave the complexion balanced, even and bright by reducing melanin production by 47%.
Prebiotic Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide prevents bacteria colonisation and keeps skin healthy.
Glycerin, humectant, works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin's outer layer.
I've used this mask 5 times over the last 3 weeks and while I can't comment on long term benefits I certainly have noticed the immediate results.
So is the Renaissance Mask worth the hype and high price?
The first time I used it I was amazed how hydrating and nourishing this face mask was, it left my skin very soft and plumped with visible glow. Every time I use it my skin feels pampered.
As far as the exfoliating properties go I don't think this mask is as powerful as some others I've been using but that means is gentle enough for very sensitive skin and there isn't any tingling or redness involved during or after application. My skin is well accustomed to stronger chemical peels so, for me, this face mask gives me subtle but still visible effects of brighter, smoother skin.
After a few uses I've noticed that my skin looks clearer and my pores more refined.
It seems like this face mask deep cleanses, exfoliates the skin and hydrates in one step which is pretty impressive. Some face masks containing AHA's and fruit enzymes can leave my skin feeling a bit stripped and begging for extra moisture, the Oskia offering leaves my skin plumped and nourished.
So if your budget allows you I'd say get the mask and enjoy all the benefits, just be aware that if you use Acid Peels on regular basis this face mask won't give you the same exfoliating effect.
If you can't/don't want to splurge on such an expensive face mask then the REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask, £32, is, in my opinion, as good or maybe even better at exfoliating the skin, getting rid of dead cells and bringing out bright and glowing complexion. The only thing is that it's not as nourishing and hydrating as the Oskia Renaissance Mask but you always can follow with your hydrating mask.
The Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £29.50, is amazing at exfoliating the skin and making it glow but it's a bit harsher then the other two so might not be suitable for very sensitive skin.
Caudalie Glycolic Peel, £22, is another really good exfoliating mask that leaves my skin smoother and brighter without being harsh.
Even though there are many other face masks that make my skin look clearer, smoother and more radiant, the Oskia Renaissance Mask has the advantage of being very gentle yet effective and super hydrating making the whole process of using it a SPA-like experience.
I'm glad I have another deluxe sample to go through but I won't be in rush to purchase a full size of this mask, simply because there are other ones that I also enjoy using and they're cheaper. But if money were not object then I would definitely get it.
Have you tried the Oskia Renaissance Mask? What are your thoughts on it?