Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

About a year or two ago I saw this Summer Friday’s Jet Lag mask everywhere.  Anywhere I went on line someone was talking it up and extolling its utter fabulousness. Then everyone suddenly stopped talking about it.  I have no idea if it was part of a PR campaign or if everyone was just talked out about the mask, but people stopped mentioning it. 

Clean face to start

While I am always willing to try a new mask, I have quite a stockpile I was working through on my own and I generally find that when something is that hyped up it creates false expectations and then after the hype fades people start complaining. So typically when I see a really talked about product I make a note of it, wait a while and then when the praises are no longer echoing in my mind, I work my way around to trying it out. 

I know that is not how marketing works but for me, I prefer having a clear head to make up my own mind about a product.  If it sometimes means I don’t always jump on the newest things right away, I’m okay with that.  I don’t need to be the first to try something. I just need to know how I feel about it without interference.

Mask when first applied

So after the hype there was silence. And then the Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask appeared in BoxyCharm Premium.  I believe it was an item everyone received. The problem was that shortly after boxes started arriving some people reported skin irritations.  Then Boxy Charm sent out a notification from the brand.  Apparently some of the product was contaminated.  A search was ongoing but they felt they managed to remove all of the contaminated product.  In addition they advocated test patching to make certain that the mask was not contaminated before you used it on your face.

So I received the mask and the warning with my BoxyCharm Premium. Usually with masks, if there is enough product, I like to use them Monday and Wednesday as well as on my Face mask Fridays.  The Monday and Wednesday masks are in the evenings while the Friday one is in the afternoon, but that’s really the only difference. This week instead of actually using the mask on Monday and Wednesday, I did one test patch on Monday and a second test patch on Wednesday. 

Mask at the end of fifteen minutes

I had no reaction, so either my product was not contaminated or I am just not allergic to whatever the contaminant is. And so I will be using the Summer Friday’s mask in full today. Now that I know there are now skin irritating contaminants, what should I expect?

You don’t have to be a jetsetter to have that lag.

Upgrade your skin to a business-class complexion—no matter what time your red-eye gets in, or what time your head hits the pillow. This uber-dewy, hydrating mask soothes thirsty, stressed-out skin by steeping cells in a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants and gently exfoliating extracts. Skin looks instantly renewed, radiant and ready for anything!

Well yesterday was stressful and last night’s sleep wasn’t great. So perhaps this is the perfect time to try this mask.  Into the bathroom we go.

The mask is a white paste that feels thin and a little on the greasy side. I pulled back my hair and applied it as directed.  I actually used my silicon spatula for this and it worked really well. The mask is cool to the touch and has very little scent.  It mostly smells like cream. The skin care kind of cream not the kind you whip with sugar and vanilla for a delicious fluffy topping.

Face at the end

Mask in place, I retreated back to the bed. Set the timer and tried to relax. Thoughts of work kept intruding so I turned to old school Vandals to keep the work thoughts at bay.  You know the Vandals before they went through that brief and regrettable Country phase. It helped keep work thoughts away for the fifteen minutes and gave me a surprisingly relaxing masking time. 

I know it isn’t really zen, but the point is to just spend fifteen minutes letting go of all the stress and worry.  Listening to the soothing sounds of water or whales or gentle ‘soothing’ music is not actually a requirement and for me songs I can sing along to without having to think about the words or podcasts that cause my brain to wander far from my office work really does help destress me. And the point is to destress not to conform, so whatever lets your brain take a break is what you should go with.

And yes it took me a long time to realize that.

So I lay down with my eyes closed and mouthed along with the songs until the timer went off. Then I turned off the music and went into the bathroom.

Much of the mask absorbed into my skin. The website does say that you don’t need to wash it off.  You can let it sit on overnight and let it absorb all the way in or use a thin layer under makeup.  I wiped the remainder off with a wet washcloth. I recommend using warm water on your wash cloth.  I’m sure there are some pore opening benefits but the truth is, that the warmer the water on the washcloth the easier the mask is to remove. 

There is some sort of waxiness to the mask and since it takes my water a little while to warm up and my wash cloth always needs to be rinsed out when I am taking off a mask like this, I started wiping it off before the water was fully warm and then let it run.  The cloth took off the mask but left the waxiness behind.  A warm wash cloth took off the waxiness.  Once that waxiness was taken off and my skin patted dry, my skin felt really good.

Was it amazing? No. It was nice, and it made my skin soft.  If I am to go for a skin soothing mask, I’m probably going to lean towards the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask or my Vichy Mineral Masque before turning to this one. If I want my skin to be amazingly soft, I’d probably pick up the Korres  Pomegranate resurfacing mask. If I want impurities drawn out of my skin, I’m going to turn to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile mask.  That one also makes my skin feel soft and healthy. All of those are options I would choose before the Summer Friday’s Mask.

The Summer Friday’s Jet lag mask is nice, but it is probably a mask that I will use until it is gone and then not bother replacing.  It is nice but not one I feel the need to keep stocked. I am glad I got to try it and see how I feel about it beyond the hype, but it is not going to become one of my staples.


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