You've probably seen the Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask all over Instagram but wondered, "Is it actually good or is it all hype?" Trust me, I asked myself the same question. So when it finally came across my desk (the perks of working inside a beauty closet, truly), I admit my curiosity got the best of me. I simply had to try it for myself and see exactly what was so great about it.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, £42
As an avid user of clay and gel masks that need to be rinsed off post application, it took me a while to wrap my head around the concept of a face mask that you can actually leave on. But the consistency of the Jetlag Mask feels like a gel moisturiser in that it's lightweight and absorbs quickly, which intrigued me that much more.
The first time I used it I definitely put way too much on—I clearly didn't read the instructions. Even though its formula isn't heavy, too much of anything can make your skin feel like it's covered in a blanket of cream. I immediately freaked out that a blemish was brewing underneath, so I wiped it off and stashed it in my medicine cabinet. It sat on my bathroom shelf for about a week until I gave it another whirl. Everything deserves a second chance, right?!
The very next weekend I decided to apply it again. I smoothed on a minimal amount—like, I'm talking a very thin, even layer—and then took an afternoon nap. I had never slept with a mask on before, but, since I smoothed on the right amount this time, I felt okay about it because the formula wasn't sticky—aka I knew it wouldn't get all over my pillow or stuck in my hair.
I woke up an hour later to a very shocking compliment from my boyfriend. The first thing he said to me was, "Lauren, your face is glowing!" I'm not even kidding you, those were his exact words (and he's not the type of guy who knows too much about skincare—sorry, Max!—nor does he ever use the word glowing). But he was right; without looking in the mirror my face even felt dewy. Obviously I went straight to the bathroom to confirm my glowy status. One look at my reflection and my jaw almost hit the floor. How was my skin this bright and hydrated from one use?!
Turns out there's a reason it's called the "Jet Lag" mask, because your skin gets more dehydrated on a plane (airplane cabins have about the ) and really needs an extra dose of moisturisation. However, just because its name implies that you should use it post flight, you can obviously use anytime you'd like. I mean, I certainly wouldn't consider myself a glamorous jet setter, but I surely will be applying it every week to look like I jaunted off to somewhere relaxing.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, £42
Regardless of whether your skin needs a dose of hydration or you just really want to look like a glowy angel, I highly recommend trying out this ultra-hydrating, skin-soothing mask that contains ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, which gives your skin a much-needed boost of moisture, and the cooling elements of peppermint oil and cucumber extract. I also suggest using the mask by itself instead of combining with other treatments, so you can reap its full benefits. (Just apply sparingly if your complexion is typically oily; although it says it can be used on all skin types, it might make your face feel overly greasy, but that's just me speculating.)
As for its £42 price tag, in my experience you need only the slightest amount, so if you're wary of the cost, know that this tube will last you MONTHS. Even my boyfriend, who, like I said, isn't a skincare aficionado, saw visible improvement. So I feel confident in confirming that yes, it's gotten a lot of hype but for VERY good reason.