The Apivita Express Beauty Mask With Sea Lavender came in timely, just when I was feeling a need for a hydration boost. I usually rely on my DIY masks but this time, I was particularly intrigued with the sea lavender. I know lavender but what exactly is sea lavender? Well, just as the name suggests, it’s a marine plant that thrives on the beach with a host of anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Sea lavender has nourishing properties and is a useful ingredient for moisturizing and softening of the skin. It is also said to be able to boost collagen and protect against collagen degradation because the ingredient is able to stimulate the formation of hyaluronic acid. In addition, with its anti-free radical and antioxidant effect, sea lavender protects against photoaging and is therefore great for mature skin types.
Uses a base of green tea water
Apivita express beauty masks are free of parabens, silicone and propylene glycol. While the base ingredient in the product is identified as aqua, that is actually being replaced by green tea infusion. Perhaps it’s a labeling requirement but I really don’t quite understand why Apivita can’t simply state it as green tea water.
Anyway, here’s the full ingredient list: Aqua (Water)**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Laureth-9, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower* Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Propolis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Tocopherol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica* Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf*, Limonium Gerberi Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance)
*Certified organic cultivations **Camelia Sinensis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Green tea water
Some tingling sensation
This is a creamy face mask which you’re to slather on your thoroughly cleansed face, leave on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. I usually don’t feel a thing with creamy masks but this one gave me a tingling sensation around my cheeks as soon as I applied it on. I suppose that means it’s doing something but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing because it might just cause irritations for those with ultra-sensitive skin. Fortunately, I did not experience any further discomforts after that initial sensation. My face also looked normal after the mask was washed off.
I can’t say if my skin was any different than before I used the mask but it did feel soft, smooth and somewhat moisturized. But it’s definitely an olfactory treat, as the mask is deliciously sweet to my sense of smell. A nice pre-bedtime treat if you like.
Cost and availability
Each box of Apivita Express Beauty Mask With Sea Lavender comes with 12 sachets and are a handy thing considering you can bring them around very easily. Each pack is a mono-dose for one application for the face, the neck and maybe some leftovers for the hands. I received the Apivita Express Beauty Mask With Sea Lavender complimentary from the brand but understand that it retails for S$58 per box (check out their branches at VivoCity or ION Orchard), meaning each masking session cost around S$5. That’s definitely a splurge if you ask me!