"I wage a daily war against my skin, wherein my face tries its damnedest to be as dry as possible and I try my damnedest to not let it win. My typical weapons of choice are intense moisturizers and oils, but I recently added the incredible Fresh Rose Face Mask into my arsenal after claiming it as a sample with my last Sephora purchase — and let me tell you, I think I can finally spot the end of the battle on the horizon. I dabble in the face-mask world, but have never used one with such noticeable and immediate effects, namely: visibly hydrated skin; an even, smooth texture; and tightened pores on my otherwise strawberry-resembling nose. (Apparently, others have as well, as evidenced by its 1,000+ five-star reviews.)
Fair warning: You may initially be freaked out by the texture of this gel mask, which can best be described as gelatinous, with pieces of real rose petals floating about. (An average of two and a half roses per container, to be exact!) But fear not! This mask is nothing short of amazing, and I love that it's gentle enough to use every day. I prefer using it in the morning, because it has a cooling sensation upon application that makes me feel awake, both due to its texture and, perhaps, the aloe vera and cucumber extract it's formulated with. It's also made with a "smart" (?) algae, intended to provide those moisturizing effects I have experienced firsthand, and rosewater that's meant to soothe the skin.
Sure, this product may be a bigger splurge than a drugstore-variety mask, but by golly, has it been worth it for me, and if you're constantly fighting dry, flaky skin, you might feel the same. The score as of late? Dry skin: 0, Fresh Rose Face Mask: 1. And an added bonus, you will also feel like a very fancy person with a skin care regimen that includes actual roses. Look at you!" —Emmy Favilla
Get it from Sephora for $25 for a 1 oz. jar or $62 for a 3.3 oz. jar.