If I was ever forced to throw out all my face masks and keep just one, it would be the Kypris Cerulean Soothing Hydrating Recovery Mask. Which is a tall order, considering that I own about 4786298692649 face masks. Plus, the 68935468 other ones that I love cooking up fresh in my own kitchen.
I don’t believe in “magic” where skincare is concerned but there is some miraculous alchemy that makes this mask from Kypris a definite cut above the rest. And you know I never speak such words lightly.
Why is it so special? This is the one mask that’s always a fail-safe when I absolutely need my skin to bounce back from the sun/snow/pollution/strong products/my body going crazy/my skin hating me/LIFE.
Kypris Cerulean comes in a jelly-like texture and smells faintly of the sea. It feels cool on contact and sinks into skin like a tall drink of water. And that’s even before the blend of 36 organic, wildcrafted, sustainably grown botanicals has gone to work.
There’s algae, plankton, seaweed and silver ear mushroom to hydrate; microbiome-protecting chaga mushrooms; wakame to boost cellular oxygen; sea fennel skin cells to plump and firm up the skin; cherry blossom extract to improve the barrier function and enhance elasticity; a special antioxidant complex to demolish free radicals; turmeric for blemishes; and soothing tulsi flowers.
It’s the tulsi flowers that give Cerulean that pretty blue color, which is calming in itself. The packaging is also on sustainable point – glass jars, instead of plastic, painted with mystical illustrations.
You can use Kypris Cerulean either as a regular mask (20-30 minutes, then wash with cold water), or a sleeping mask. I prefer the latter, having built it into a regular twice-a-week routine. It sinks into the skin in less that 5 minutes, which means there’s no pillow residue to worry about.
And I wake up with super-hydrated, glow-y, plump, taut, happy skin. The effects last about 48 hours, though I have definitely seen long term changes in my skin with consistent use.
I may also slap it on as a pre-makeup hydrating spot mask if my skin is feeling particularly dry and blah! Or when my skin is stinging after too much sun exposure. Or when the wind has left it chapped. Or when I am super-stressed and its showing up on my face. Or when I have gone overboard with acids (happens to all of us, right?).
Despite the sticker shock, a little goes a long way, so a single jar lasts me through almost months of regular use.
A solid 5/5 rating from my side, which is rare in my super-finicky book. Right?