I was on an organic thing for a while. It lasted several months, my skin looked great, but the temptation of the big, bad, broad world of makeup brands lured me back in. If you’re an artist you don’t only want to paint with 4 colors. I’ll probably revisit this skin diet of sorts again, but I digress…
I got the Aster + Bay Green Glow mask at Spirit Beauty Lounge, which is basically Sephora for the organic world. I loved the packaging — nice solid glass jar — and it had decent reviews. What I didn’t realize is that the mask is a powder that can be mixed with water, which is a plus and minus at the same time: Plus when you want to control the consistency, minus when you’re lazy and just want to slop it on and go back to watching Jon Snow on Game Of Thrones.
I used a jar from the kitchen normally made for dipping sauces and put one teaspoon of product and a few drops of water. It’s really easy to over water, and then you get nothing but what looks like kale juice. I’ve learned a little water goes a long way to get a thick paste going, and then add a few more drops to smooth it out.
Unlike clay masks (which I love), this guy doesn’t dry the face out to the point it feels the the floor of the oldest desert known to man. It’s actually a very nice medium — tightens up the skin, leaves it feeling really fresh, and seems to minimize pores a bit. And it’s such a beautiful algae green! My only slight complaint is the smell, which isn’t horrible but kind of earthy. What you might expect from an organic brand where fragrance is skipped in favor of truly heathy product. Truth be told, I’d take that any day over the shady companies that mask all their toxins in fragrance (FDA loophole).
Thanks Aster and Bay for making solid skincare that’s stylish, safe, and actually works. I’ll be alternating this mask with my clay one weekly.
BATB rating: 8/10