Oh. My. Believe me when I tell you that the Darphin Vetiver Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask is SO beautifully scented that you will never want to take it off your face. Vetiver doesn’t cover it really – it’s the most cocooning, enveloping ‘spa’ like scent – as though you’ve gone straight to that warm blanket, been tucked up and left to day dream for a while. Actually, it’s probably perfect. There, I’ve said it.
Texture wise, again, as near to bliss as it gets coming in a semi-solid oil/gel consistency. Tie your hair right back because it’s quite oily but once massaged and rinsed when it turns to a milk, your complexion won’t feel greasy at all. So, if you’re wondering what ‘stress relief detox’ means, if we cut out the marketing (there is way to much on this) the mask boils down to a comforting mask. The thing you need when your skin is flagging and looking tired – a pick me up without the perkiness if you like, instead, lifting your skin’s clarity and resilience by blissing you out. It’s not entirely clear re the stress factor in the product title whether the brand is saying that if you are stressed your skin will suffer so you need to use this to soothe yourself and then your skin will be better or whether it’s for skin that is stressed by pollutants and environmental factors. There is some evidence to suggest that if you are long term stressed or anxious, your skin can look duller than it otherwise might thanks to telomeres not providing cells with adequate protection, but it’s evidence that the beauty industry likes because there are no real lifestyle breakdowns. It’s likely, for example, that if you are stressed and anxious, you may not be sleeping well. You might possibly be neglecting your diet or drinking too much – there’s no mask going to help you there – but skin that’s weighed down by pollutants certainly can look less vibrant than it should.
Personally, I’m looking at the Darphin Vetiver Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask as a delightful treat at the end of a long old day to unwind with – I have it on my hand right now and keep stopping to smell it all over again – and to give a glow boost. The bits by the way are calendula petals. I would hugely recommend it as a treat-to-self – it’s the ideal January skin product: cocooning, nurturing and soothing. Actually, I say January, but if you’re quick off the mark on 26th December, you can get it at Space. It’s £45. The oil, which I’ve completely neglected in this review because I haven’t tried it yet, smells equally beautiful.
I should mention key ingredients: vetiver, lavender, geranium, marjoram, Inca Inchi Oil and Abyssinia oil.
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