With the passing of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. we’ve officially reached peak holiday season and with that comes the cold winter weather. Despite being a huge fan of wintertime my skin feels otherwise. I turn into the girl who can’t leave bed without chapstick and lotion at her side. This year I’ve been testing a ton of lotions, creams, and balms (more on that later) to help curb my dry hands and lips. There is one product that I’ve had for a while and has stood the test of two winters – Mary Kay’s Satin Lips lip mask. I purchased this lip mask after attending a Mary Kay party two summers ago and it has become a new weekly ritual for me.
Unlike the common sheet lip masks that are popular, this lip mask is an exfoliating gel that gets buffed off. Unfortunately for this post, this lip mask is only sold through Mary Kay reps so I cannot find a full list of ingredients online, however; they do share four highlighted ingredients.
Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C derivative)
Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A derivative)
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E derivative)
While these are all effective ingredients I’m not quite sure they belong in a removable lip mask. The Satin Lips line does have a complimentary lip balm for the mask but even that does not contain all four of these ingredients. Ascorbyl Palmitate and Tocopheryl Acetate are both antioxidants, Retinyl Palmitate can assist with anti-aging efforts and Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract is calming for the skin – however, I doubt these ingredients will be as effective if they’re being wiped off.
According to the instructions, this mask should be applied to clean, dry lips and left on for 1-2 minutes. The gel is a heavy white color so it’s easy to make sure the application is even. I typically use the product once a week, before applying lipstick for a night out, or as needed during the winter months. I’ve found that using the mask post-face washing and pre-makeup is the best method to minimize potentially getting the white mask all over your flawless foundation. I use a tissue with petroleum jelly to buff off the product (which gives another level of exfoliation) and then apply a generous layer of lip balm.
Overall, I absolutely love this product. It makes my lips soft, gets rid of any dead skin and allows for a seamless lipstick application. At only $10, I’d highly recommend purchasing this mask if you can get ahold of a sales representative. However, if you’re looking for a lip product with anti-aging benefits I’d search for a lasting lip balm that contains the four ingredients listed above (which you could use in conjunction with this mask).
(Photo credits for the magazine background to go Allure’s October 2017 issue)