Leave-on Moisture Boosting Mask



This is a formula I created for a regular client who requested a moisture boosting product for her after-sun routine earlier this year.

The brief:
My skin feels extra thirsty every time I've been in the sun and I need something that I can really layer on and will really sink in and hydrate.

My immediate thought was to create a leave-on mask – a product that could be applied as thickly as desired and would not even need to be removed.

Sometimes, the cleverest thing you can do is to go with your first thought.

I did.

As I know this client's skin pretty well, my aim was to create something she could not only slather on, but also something she could walk around wearing without looking like she had layered on a mask.

The formula turned out so well, I've already refilled orders. I have been enjoying it on my (much older) skin as a mask, cleanser, and even as a hydrating gel.

Want to Know What's in it?

The formula is really quite simple and has a relatively short ingredients list:

  • aloe vera 
  • rose hydrosol 
  • cucumber extract 
  • panthenol 
  • (hand-crafted cucumber) glycerite 
  • preservative


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Comments

Marlene Izak said…
This sounds like something I need to try ASAP! Maybe I would add a little fast soaking oil (thinking watermelon seed oil) and make it a bi-phase-product.. What do you think? It could calm the irritated skin after a sun bath and help to keep the moisture inside?
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Marlene — adding an oil makes need of an emulsifier and your gel will become cloudy and cream-like, but there’s no reason you couldn’t turn this into a super moisturizing gel/cream. Alternatively you could apply the oil afterwards... have fun with it!
Anonymous said…
Mam how does cucumber glycerite works for skin ?
Lise M Andersen said…
Hey there Anon - Cucumbers have all kinds of benefits to offer our skin, as does glycerine. Combining the two gives you a humectant with calming and soothing properties.