Masquerade Series: YÜLI

Halcyon Cleanser ($26-$52 for 30-100 ML)

I know this is called a cleanser and not a mask, however I like to apply this and leave it on for up to 5-15 minutes almost every day and night. It’s hard for me to justify the price of cleansers because you’re usually spending only 5 seconds with them – unless you take your time and massage it into your skin- and then boom, you move on to your other skincare steps. Depending on how my skin is feeling, I may not even use a cleanser in the morning and steam my face with a washcloth or simply use micellar water. My point is, this is an expensive product and has so many amazing ingredients (more info here), so I want to take advantage of it. I never use it as a first cleanse if makeup is involved, choosing instead to use as a second cleanse/mini mask to ensure my skin gets its full benefits.

This product has quickly become my go-to ‘cleanser’ in the past month, as I’ve been using it almost every day. Truly a model product, the fact is it does so much more than just cleanse your skin without disrupting the mositure mantle, it makes you look like you’ve just applied a brightening, decongesting serum. It cleanses your skin of dirt and grime while leaving it feeling nourished and rejuvenated; so gentle yet effective- a phrase that can seem like a paradox to most of us who like to associate ‘intense’ with ‘function’.

Halcyon leaves your skin more moisturized than the Osmia Black Clay Facial Soap, and less than the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm from moss. I cannot leave the Black Clay Facial Soap for too long or else it’ll dry me out, whereas with Beurre Céleste and Halcyon I can. The Black Clay Facial soap provides the quickest way for me to decongest my skin thus serving as a true cleanser, while with these latter two cleansing and multitasking products, I take more time and see better results treating them as a mask.

After I saturate a washcloth with hot water and do a mini steam session on my face to dampen the skin and open my pores, I will apply 2-3 pumps of Halcyon and start lightly massaging the product into my skin. Imbued with a light, sweet and floral fragrance, the scent itself adds to your experience. Following the application, as stated before, I will wait anywhere from 5-20 minutes before I use the washcloth again to remove the product (cue brushing my teeth, making my lunch for work the next day, etc…). Often, I even use my Jade Roller to take the time to massage the product into my skin and spend the minutes away. It’s funny isn’t it how I prefer to use my roller over my cleanser these days than over my moisterizers and serums (this is also what happens when you get products that absorb so well haha). I find this method greatly benefits my skin, decongesting it and cleansing it better than if I only utilized a few seconds with the product. I also love to add two pumps of this to any of my mask concoctions.

Ingredients: H. italicum/L. angustifolia hydrosol blend*, herbal infusion of (T.pratense*, C. sinensis*, S. media, Z. officinale*, O. fragans), D-aloe barbadensis,vegetable glycerine, sodium cocoyl isethionate (vegetable source), peptides derived from Amaranth protein, jojoba ester*, Rhodophyta (Red Algae) ferment, G.lucidum (Reishi) tincture*, zeolite, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), vitamin C ester, biodynamic fruit enzymes, petitgrain sur fleurs oil*, bergamot (bergaptene-free) oil*, colloidal silver {Organic, ^ Wildcrafted}

Pure Mask ($80 for 3.4 OZ)

A favorite and constant repurchase over the years, my skin feels clean and balanced every time I use this mask (more info here). There’s a reason why it’s a favorite brand of so many, including me- Yuli does such a good job with representing quality, merging science and nature to formulate very effective products.

I like to add two drops of the Yuli Halycon cleanser with one teaspoon (sometimes more) of the Pure Mask and water. You’re directed to keep it on until it’s dry which is around 15 minutes. I think it’s the perfect amount of time for your skin to get the benefits of all the ingredients without becoming irritated. I usually leave it on for 20, and if it’s mixed with honey or other boosters, for a little longer still. It really is a perfect mask to use on its own, without boosters or honey or other masks, but of course since I love making concoctions, I still do it hah.

The Pure Mask is hands down one of my favorite masks for keeping my skin free of congestion without feeling stripped/dry; this can be a rarity in the case of decongesting/clay-based masks. Once washed off, my skin is soft, smooth, and is taut but not tight out of irritation or dryness. Using it once a week is a must for me! I do, however, like to increase the frequency of my clay-based/decongesting masks during the Luteal Phase of my cycle to combat the havoc being wreaked on my skin, and sure enough when my skin feels very congested and agitated, this mask leaves it calm and glowing.

Ingredients: Rhassoul clay^^, V. radiata (mung bean) powder*, Australian Beige clay^^, powered R. damascena (rose) petals*, French green clay^^, O. sativa (rice) powder*, Zeolite^^, B. frereana resin^^, S. alba (white willow bark) powder*, A. indica (neem) leaf powder*, Biodynamic fruit enzymes, C. sativus (cucumber) extract*, milk powder*, MSM, Biophotonically Charged Matcha*, C. vulgaris (chlorella), A. linearis (rooibos) extract*, L. barbarum (goji berry), Magnesium {*Organic, ^^Wildcrafted}