Origins Maskimizer Skin Optimizing Mask Primer

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A new product that I've been completely loving recently is Origins Maskimizer Skin Optimizing Mask Primer (£18.50)
I use a lot of face masks as part of my skincare regime. I like to use a clay based mask at least once a week and also use an overnight moisture mask most nights before bed, sometimes I even multi-mask by applying a different one to certain areas of my face.

Have you ever applied a face mask and thought afterwards that it didn't seem to do much? I definitely have which I find very annoying. However, Origins Maskimizer is a really clever new product which has been designed to prep the skin before applying another face mask which ensures you get the best results every time. It contains marine algae to help hydrate, soften and optimize skin condition prior to applying other skincare products. All you do is spritz it on your face and pat in gently before applying a mask.

I tested out The Maskimizer with a few different mask types to see if I could tell the difference. I used each of the products without the Maskimizer a few times and the same with the spray.

Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask (£52.00) - This is designed to be used nightly to hydrate and tone the skin overnight. I actually just love this product in general as you can really feel it working straight away. It has a sort of balmy/liquid feel to it. I found that without using the Maskimizer I woke up feeling like I had a little more of a film on my skin whereas the product seemed to sink in a lot more after using it.

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask (£33.00) - This clay-based mask draws out impurities in the skin without drying it out, I find it works fantastically on its own however using the Maskimizer before applying seems to help the product sink in a bit deeper. The clay seems to dry out quicker and I can see where it has gone right into my pores.

Temple Spa Purification Deep Cleansing Mask (£25.00) - Claimed to be a "vacuum cleaner for the skin" this marine-mud based mask helps to flush out grime from pores. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling very refreshed. I didn't find the Maskimizer made the application of this too much different, possibly because they contain similar marine ingredients, however I did like to spritz it after I washed it off for extra hyration.

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask (£33.00) - This mask does exactly what it says on the tube; It nourishes the skin. Unlike the Origins Plantscription mask, although this can be worn overnight, it works just as well at any time of the day. This is probably one of my favorite skincare products at the moment and I've felt a big difference to how my makeup goes on after using this. My only grumble with this is that I do feel like my skin isn't hydrated all day. I found that using the Maskimizer before this really prolongs the hydrating properties of this.

So, is this really necessary or is this one skincare step too many? Well, I think you could definitely live without it, however its a fantastic product that does seem to work. I'll more than likely buy another bottle once this runs out as other than helping my masks sink in a bit better, it also makes a handy facial spritz for throughout the day.

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