With products launching every day on Sephora, it takes some time to realize which goodies are actually worth clicking “Add to Cart.” So, instead of giving in to every single impulse buy you have an inkling for, if you’re like me, you wait until said products rack up customer reviews to make your decision. While this process can take a while for some Sephora newbies, that is not the case for the just-launched Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, which is the brainchild of two Los Angeles-based friends, Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland. (You may recognize them as two of the biggest names in beauty and lifestyle blogging.)
Calling Summer Fridays, a brand designed to give your skin some time off, a success is pretty much the understatement of the year. In exactly one week, it already boasts 4.5 stars with almost 7,000 customers weighing in on Sephora.com, cementing itself as a skin-care best-seller and rivaling fan-favorite, Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial.
“Thanks to our blogs, Life With Me and You & Lu, we’ve been sent nearly every beauty product under the California sun, but our skin-care stash still left us searching for that complexion game-changer,” Summer Fridays founders, Marianna Hewitt and Gores Ireland, explained in a statement for their brand’s launch.
Thankfully, I got my hands on the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, a creamy face mask designed for all skin types to soothe stressed-out complexions and deliver a next-level, selfie-ready glow in minutes. Formulated with clean ingredients — chestnut extract to polish away dullness, vitamin C to brighten skin and act as a moisture magnet, niacinamide to reduce the appearance of redness, pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and green tea to soothe frazzled complexions — your skin won’t only look good after a masking sesh, but it will feel good too thanks to the thirst-quenching properties of all these ingredients combined.
Having seen the claims, the numbers, and all the tea on all things Jet Lag, not to mention taking my skin’s proclivity for being super dry in some areas thanks to my very sensitive, combination visage into consideration, it was safe to say I wanted to give this little blue tube of magic a try. Plus, I was on a mission to find out if it was really worth the double-taps and quadruple stars.
Here’s how it went down: After I rinsed away the day’s makeup, as always, my skin was looking rather stressed in the form of lovely little red splotches here and there, with the usual dryness popping up around the edges of my nose. To combat my lagged complexion, I uncapped my tube of Jet Lag and, following the instructions, slathered it on in a thin layer. While my initial thought was to take pictures of my masking adventure, I was surprised when the creamy concoction sunk into my skin as if it were a night cream, as opposed to a mask.
Nevertheless, I spent my time masking tending to the rest of my nighttime beauty routine and reading the packaging when I came across the most precious alternative to a leaping bunny logo: “Animal Testing: Animals are for loving, never for testing. Let’s all watch a cute cat video now.” Next thing I knew, I was watching a cat video, completely forgetting the fact that I was technically masking, something my sensitive skin usually alerts me of within minutes of putting one on. Instead of the mildly tight discomfort or stinging I’m used to (even with some of my very favorite masks), Jet Lag flew completely under the radar.
Once I hit the 10-minute mark (the recommendation for maximum hydration), I re-visited the packaging to make sure that I had read everything correctly and, sure enough, you don’t have to wash it off. While it gives the option of blotting the mask away after 10 minutes, my thin layer had already jumped so deep into my pores that there was nothing left to wipe, so I hopped into bed and considered my nighttime skin care routine complete.
The next morning (aka, this morning), I was met with a soothed, redness-free reflection. OK, well, that’s not entirely true because my skin is always slightly red, but it was nothing compared to my norm. Instead, my skin was soft and had a bouncy-sort-of feeling, with no noticeable dryness around my nose. If that’s not enough of a reason to clear room on your vanity to welcome the mask to your collection, then I’m not sure what is.
Bottom line: The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask retails for $48 at sephora.com, but can you really put a price on gorgeous, glowing, Cali-inspired skin? I think not.
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