Meet My New Favorite Face Mask for Calming Red Irritated Skin

There are seldom experiences I resent more than waking up to red, angry skin that feels devoid of moisture — and yet, that's my reality more days than not when winter weather starts rolling in. Luckily though, thanks to skin care, I've found some lovely treatments that help bring my skin back into balance almost instantly (take it from someone with extremely finicky skin: hydration goes a long way). Lately, my favorite product for this has been the Antipodes's Aura Manuka Honey Mask, albeit based on how much I've been loving it so far, something tells me it's going to be a longtime staple in my skin-care routine.

The first time I used this mask, my skin was in full-on freak-out mode after a night spent drinking one too many glasses of wine and not getting nearly enough sleep. My splotchy, sandpapery skin craved hydration like I crave a breakfast sandwich when I'm hungover, so I trudged to the bathroom to search for something that would come through on the moisture front. Lo and behold, this guy was the first product I saw as I'd just gotten it in the mail and had added it to the "Things to Try" section of my cabinet. And so I slathered on a quarter-sized dollop of the creamy formula and hoped for the best.

Twenty minutes and a mean cup of coffee later, I went back to the bathroom and gently removed the excess product with warm water. To my surprise (and delight), I didn't feel like I immediately had to follow up with a thick moisturizer, which is usually what I always do — even after masking with a hydrating formula.

After looking at the ingredients (and the name of the mask), I understood why my skin felt so good: It's made with manuka honey, which is famous for its healing properties, as well as glycerin, vitamin E, and sunflower seed oil, all of which help to soothe and hydrate.

It's been a mere few weeks since I first tried this manuka-infused mask, and I've used it, oh, I don't know, almost every single day since? That just goes to show how much I adore it.

Suffice it to say, if your skin is easily thrown off by the changing seasons (i.e. dryer, colder weather), I'd definitely suggest trying this treatment out. If interested, you can shop it now on for $28.

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