Boscia Cools Down Skin Under a Red Alert

Boscia Cools Down Skin Under a Red Alert

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Boscia Review: Cool Blue Mask and Daily Defense Sunscreen

I had a beauty revelation this week. You may already know this, but, when it comes to the face, red is not exactly a youthful color. (Lip products excluded of course.) I am talking skin here. And I have to be honest, as I have gotten older Mother Redness has crept in without an invite. I keep trying to throw her out but, it is a battle.

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Some of the causes of redness are stress, age, genetics and the sun. So this month, for this Boscia review, I was excited to test two products to help me fight the good fight. Boscia, a brand popular in Japan, is making huge strides in skin care here in the US. This botanically-based line is one of the world’s first to be preservative-free.

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I first tested the Cool Blue Calming Mask ($34) a Sephora exclusive. This mask is marketed towards skin that experiences issues with redness. The formula contains deep-sea-inhabiting sea whip, a “powerful natural anti-inflammatory ingredient” to calm irritated, red skin. The mask also hydrates and promotes firmness.

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The consistency is a thick somewhat sticky formula that happens to be bright smurf-y blue. Application is easy: apply a thick layer onto your skin, wait 25-30 minutes, and peel it off. It creates a second-skin like texture which peels away easily without being painful or messy.

I found it interesting that this mask contained peppermint. This made my face tingle but, not in an uncomfortable way. As time passed I enjoyed the cool, refreshing feel. After I peeled the mask off, my skin looked calmer, less pink and more even. My skin was smoother overall, especially in the drier areas, like my cheeks.

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Halloween Hint: When this mask dries its an opaque blue and would be an awesome, skin friendly addition to a costume!

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The second Boscia product I tested was the Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($36), another Sephora Exclusive. Sunscreen is a key ingredient to fight redness and aging. I have tried a million sunscreens and was excited about trying out an SPF 50. This product is blendable which, for me, is big. Like all SPF 50’s I have tried, it does have a white cast, but this one blends into skin well.

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Since Boscia products are botanically-based, this sunscreen is antioxidant-rich, and feels pretty good on the skin. I love that with its “hygroscopic water storing properties (that) retain moisture” this SPF packs some hydrating properties as well.

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It is good for all skin types and did not irritate my sensitive skin. In fact, I did not see any adverse reactions at all. By that I mean, I did not get dry or oily and my makeup did not “turn” any interesting colors. This is an important quality because when I travel in different climates my skin can turn south in a second. This formulation helped my skin stay in the right direction.

we heartsters – Have you relaxed with a Boscia mak? Which is your fave?

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Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
skin tone: NW 20
skin type: a true combo; normal, dry and oily
favorite beauty product: skincare

8 thoughts on “Boscia Cools Down Skin Under a Red Alert”

  1. Great review @hao9703! I haven’t used much from this line but what I have I have really liked. I have sensitive skin too and this really sounds like a real treat for my skin. I’ll be curios to see how it responds to this product. I like the idea of using it for Halloween too! :)

  2. @irene — When I was testing this . . . I looked in the mirror and thought. WOW!!! This would make some many Halloween costumes pop! It has to be the first ever preservative free face paint I have ever tried. (Usually, it is the on the opposite side of the spectrum where you think WHAT have I done?)

  3. Boscia is a great line. I have used one of their moisturizers in the past as well as their awesome oil blotting sheets. This new moisturizer sounds great. I will have to give it a try. But I must say that I am most excited to try the blue mask. It sounds awesome!!!! I can’t wait to pick this one up. Great review @hao9703!!

  4. I got the Green Tea Oil Controls Mask and I am in LOVE. I really enjoy masks (and peeling…as you can guess from my Baby Foot review) but they tend to be too thin and barely peel off. I usually end up slathering it on more than it should be necessary and it’s just a waste of product.
    But my mint green beauty was so much fun; so thick that I had trouble washing it off my hands after applying! I had the same tingle as @hao9703, which was nice, but mine doesn’t have peppermint in it so maybe mine was the enzymes going to work on my oily and yet dull skin.

    I HIGHLY recommend this, my skin seems brighter and less oily after using it for a few weeks. And if you’re not sure if this is for you, click the link in the article and check out the limited edition sampler set from Sephora; four mask samples for $18! Even though I already have the Green Tea mask, I really want to try the others, especially the Cool Blue one after this great review!

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