It is winter in NYC. And it sucks. So much so that my toddler’s school program emailed us to say that since it was going to be 36 degrees tomorrow, they were celebrating with a dress down day for the upper classes. We are getting excited about 36 degrees? It is going to be a long winter…Anway, one product that I have been relying on a lot these days–these nights to be more accurate—is Amala’s Rejuvenating Collagen Mask ($72, 1.7 oz.). When my face starts feeling drier and tighter as the day progresses, I know it’s an Amala night.
I have had this mask for some time and not really given it the attention it deserved. It was one of my early green purchases, but I hardly used it. I think when I had time for a mask at all, I would go for exfoliation. And to be fair this stuff is made for winter. This is its time to shine!
You can apply this mask for ten minutes or sleep in it. I do the latter and it makes a BIG difference compared to just slathering on moisturizer. It’s loaded with beautiful oils, moisture attracting glycerin, and shea butter. (Full list of ingredients below.) Because it has the consistency of a thick lotion, you can really work it into the skin without it disappearing too quickly. I find a generous pea-sized amount is enough for my face, neck, and upper chest. Now, don’t get me wrong it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, but you can feel its presence moisturizing and relieving that tight, dry feeling. The best part is the next morning, your skin is glowing, soft, and you just feel more comfortable. It is a great winter problem-solver.
Here is their description of the actives:
Cocoa Bean: helps stimulate microcirculation while restoring elasticity and providing antioxidant protection from free radical age damage.
Green Algae: helps promote collagen production, while moisturizing and smoothing fine dry lines.
Buriti: increases elasticity and protects skin with antioxidants.
Amala products are gorgeous from the ingredients, to the packaging, to the effects. The company is also socially responsible, which is great. And the scent. Oh. My. Their products have a light cocoa floral scent that is completely lovely and unique. These products are an experience in a tube/jar. I find they last a while because a little goes a long way. It’s just something to consider given the investment.
Here is the whole ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract*, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil*, Hydrolyzed Lola Implexa Extract, Tocopherol, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil*, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil*, Fragrance (Parfum)+, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silver Sulfate, Alcohol*, Citral+, Coumarin+, Geraniol+, Limonene+, Linalool+ *Ingredient produced by organic farming