As I have mentioned a few times already, I have been searching for specific products for brightening and evening out the skin tone. I have lots of dark spots on my face, especially on my cheekbones and nose and since I have started to pay more attention to my skin, I have become even more aware of them. Therefore I have decided to test some specific treatments for sun spots and blog about them. My hope is that if you have the same skin concerns, you may find some good product recommendations.
This is going to be more of a first impression post, as I have used this mask for a few weeks and have noticed improvements, but the full results should be visible after about two months of use. The Ama.la Intensive Brightening Mask* is a reparative mask that specifically targets dark spots, discoloration, age spots, and acne scars. It also helps to refine skin texture and even out the skin tone. It is part of an entire line of products that Ama.la created to help people like me with uneven skin tones. Among the products of the line there is also a face polish, a toner, a brightening emulsion, a corrective serum, and a cream, which you can find here. Together with the mask, I have also been using the toning essence and the emulsion (which I plan on posting soon). Those three products have been working really great for my skin.
The Intensive Brightening Mask comes in a rich creamy formula that should be applied 2-3 times a week. It does not sit on the skin, in fact it can also be used as a leave on treatment without being rinsed off. Most of the time that is what I do. I cleanse my skin, apply the mask, and massage it until it is completely absorbed. The brightening effect is immediate, especially when used in combination with the Brightening Toning Essence and my skin appears more radiant right away. It is almost like a luminous, health booster for my skin. However, if I decide to put on makeup after I rinse the mask off with warm water and then spray my face with the brightening toner afterward. I do it this way because I find the texture of the mask slightly too rich to be worn under makeup, at least for my combination skin.
This mask contains some powerful brightening botanicals such as Organic Narcissus, (slows down the synthesis of melanin which leads to dark spots), Red Currant (Vitamin C source) and Calendula (rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids). This is the complete list of ingredients:
water (aqua), beeswax (cera alba)*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, stearic acid, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, hydrolyzed wheat flour, oryza sativa (rice) hull powder, salix alba (willow) bark extract, narcissus tazetta (cream narcissus) extract*, narcissus tazetta (cream narcissus) bulb extract, calendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract*, lactic acid, bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract*, ribes rubrum (currant) juice*, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract*, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract*, primula veris (cowslip) extract*, alchemilla vulgaris (lady’s mantle) extract*, veronica officinalis (gypsyweed) extract*, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract*, achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract*, ascophyllum nodosum (rockweed) extract, buddleja davidii (summer lilac) extract*, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract*, acacia senegal gum, xanthan gum, tocopherol, fragrance (parfum), rosa damascena (damask rose) flower oil*, helichrysum italicum (immortelle) extract*,alcohol*, benzyl salicylate, citral, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.
I am currently loving this mask and I am going to continue to use it. I believe that this is an incredibly effective treatment for people with dull skin that want a radiance booster, so I think that it would work particularly well for more mature skin and for people whose skin lacks brightness. I will write an update in a few more weeks.
The Ama.la Intensive Brightening Mask retails for $ 82 and can be purchased on SpiritBeautyLounge.