#21DayMaskChallenge: Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Orange
Hi, babes! Today’s post is the 6th installment of our #21DayMaskChallenge, featuring Leaders’ Coconut Gel Mask with Orange. As some of you may have noticed, we have not been posting on social media as regularly as we did this past week or two. To be honest, that’s because Key To Radiance is a two-person outfit as of now, and both Tricia and I have been dealing with urgent and important things such as family matters and moving houses that we just simply needed to take a short hiatus so that we can come back stronger! We’ll still be posting on our site once a week, so please keep reading and keep staying in the loop. We promise you we have more exciting stuff to share in the following months!
Back to the Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Orange. After my relative success with By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask, I was excited to keep the Vitamin C trend going to keep hyper-pigmentation issues low, and to hydrate and revitalize my dry, sensitive skin with naturally fermented coconut juice extract. On the package, Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Orange claims to deliver 10X more hydration. 10X?! I was super excited to try it, see and feel the difference from previous masks.
Another key difference this mask has from others is that it’s made of a hydrogel and that is supposed to help seal-in and deliver more hydration than regular sheet masks. It also provides a slightly different texture because of the cushioning from the gel. As with all my sheet masks, I put them into the fridge so that when it’s time for use, they’re chilled and the perfect temperature for my face. Leaders also states that the product is free from mineral oil, paragons, ethanol and artificial pigments — basically, designed to be safe for use by most.
My aim was to use this mask once a day, spanning May 29 to June 18, in the morning right after washing and drying my face, but I ended up doing some at night instead because of my unpredictable schedule. I also missed 3 days because I traveled to North Carolina for a wedding and forgot to pack enough masks with me, and had to make it up when I got back, extending my end time to June 21. As with most of my sheet masks, I only keep it on for about 15 minutes to prevent reverse osmosis from dehydrating my skin. After masking, I finish up my (current) skincare routine with a skin mist, moisturizer, and SPF.
Experience and Results
The gel mask is a bit tricky to put on at first because it is basically a thin, jelly layer — to maintain its integrity and shape in the package, there are 2 sheets of paper with cutouts encasing the gel mask. It is recommended to remove one of the papers, put the jelly side on your face and then peel off the other paper. The end result is a thin, translucent mask pretty well-fitted on your face with a color and feel similar to fresh spring roll wrappers. (My fiancé, for instance, took to gel masks like a fish to water — for him, 50% of cotton sheet masks he tried just slides off his face during use, but the gel mask was just more “secure”.) It feels cooling on my face and sometimes makes my skin tingle, but there isn’t any irritation or redness. I suspect the tingling comes from the orange extract which contains Vitamin C and some AHA, the latter works to gently exfoliate my skin. After 15 minutes, when I remove the mask, it is still quite wet, which is a good sign that the mask was packed full of essence.
After about a week, I noticed my skin getting more supple and also looking a bit rosier, which all points to more radiance! My use continued until it was briefly interrupted by my trip to North Carolina, where I also got a bit of a tan from activities outdoors despite massive sunscreening. Undeterred, I resumed when I got back to SF to try to alleviate any form of sun damage I might have sustained from being outdoors so much. The result over the next 2 weeks, including dealing with the stresses of moving and eczema coming back on my arms and chest, was admirable, because my skin eventually got back to its pre-stress, pre-move, pre-trip state. (At least that’s what I think.)
Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Orange did a pretty good job rescuing my skin from environmental- and (mainly) stress-induced skin inflammation… I’ve now finished using the 21 pieces I was given but I can’t wait to start using some of the other Leaders masks I bought during my time in Singapore! If you’re someone who just doesn’t take to cotton sheet masks like my fiancé, this gel mask might just be the right one for you. With the high density of essence in each package, it’s one of the few masks that doesn’t dry out even when the allotted time for use is up. And every time after use, my skin feels smoother, more supple and generally, healthier and deeply hydrated.
Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Orange is available on their website for $6/mask, and you get a discount if you purchase a 10-mask pack. Currently they have a promotion where you get 2 free Too Much Fun in the Sun masks with any order, and free domestic shipping on orders $50 or more! If you sign up with your email, you always get 10% off your first purchase… This sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
Thanks for reading, and I hope this #21DayMaskChallenge post has been useful to you! Let me know what you would like us to try next in comments below, and we’ll definitely work it into our upcoming testing/review schedule! Have a beautiful one.
PS. Key To Radiance was sponsored by Leaders for this post, however, my comments are based entirely on my own experience of the product.