Right now my skin feels like it’s taken an emotional beating. My eyes are puffy and my skin looks positively dull . . . I blame the harsh wind and rain. I swear the rain soaked me through and through when I went grocery shopping on Saturday and I’m still suffering from the sniffles (I refuse to admit I have a cold) so I thought that while I don’t have much to do today except do a mental countdown til Christmas, a little R&R is needed.

I was given the infamous Liz Earle Mask almost a month ago at the press day – because I must be the only blogger in the UK who hasn’t tried this out but I’m always willing to experiment on my skin and if I can revive and brighten my skin at the same time then WINNING!!

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Now what can I possible say about the Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask (RRP £14.75) that you don’t already know? It contains sweet almond oil, witch hazel, camphor oil, and aloe vera. You simply put this on for a maximum of 2 minutes and take it off with a hot flannel. As one of the key ingredients in the mask is Witch Hazel – which I’ve a few sensitivity issues in the past – so I didn’t keep this on for that long (about 1 min) as I didn’t want to react to it but I honestly don’t think this mask did much for me. The use of champor oil and witch hazel made me experience a bit of a tingly feeling to my face but I don’t think I experienced a ‘brightening effect’ plus I’m a bit “edgy” about the amount of parabens used in this mask.

 

A quick scroll through the Brightening Mask’s ingredient list reveals that it contains Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben and Phenoxyethanol. Although these have all been included in small amounts – as they are listed towards the end of the list – I am a bit concerned over the use of so many preservatives used in one product, it does really seem like over-kill but only Liz Earle knows why so many have been included. My guess is because this is a naturally active product compared to other masks you might pick up but I’m not a scientist and can only share my thoughts.

I do think this mask might be a great, quick-fix wonder if you happen to have oily skin but for my normal skin, it just didn’t do much.