I love face masks, but besides a Sunday night when I can luxuriate with a book and a sheet mask, I rarely find the time to sloth around the house slathered in my face mask of choice. It just doesn’t happen. Kiehl’s not only understands what consumers want, but the brand also knows that we are time-poor, which is why it has created the Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask. You simply apply it before bed and rinse it off come morning.
- Firms skin overnight
- Lightweight feel
- Minimizes appearance of fine lines over time
- Price per ounce is expensive
- Contains a PEG ingredient
You'll see a visible difference after using the Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, making skin appear restful and rejuvenated the next day.
Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask
Best for: Fatigued or dehydrated skin
Uses: Firms skin, reduces appearance of fine lines
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential Allergens: None
Active ingredients: Hibiscus seed extract, ginger leaf
Clean?: No, contains PEG-100 Stearate
About the brand: Kiehl's, which started in 1851 in New York City, offers a variety of scientifically-proven skin, hair, and body products.
About My Skin
If spots are an issue for you, you may worry about applying a face mask and leaving it on all night. For starters, the Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask is lightweight, but I hear you. I was worried too, as I have a spot-prone complexion.
The large red pot plays house to a lightly floral-scented concoction that looks like soft, whipped pink Angel Delight. It’s a little more solid to the touch, and a little goes a long way. Honestly, post-cleanse and tone, you only need to slather on a dime-size dollop of this mask, massaging as you go. Use too much and it will pill off the skin. Once it has absorbed, you’re good to go—it won’t transfer onto your bedsheets or pillowcases.
If you’re using this as part of a Sunday night facial routine, you can apply other masks for other concerns, such as an oily T-zone or skin glow, first. Remove or rinse them off as per their individual instructions and apply this as the last step before sleep.
The Feel: Lightweight
The mask is very lightweight and has a velvety texture, so leaving it on all night isn't an uncomfortable feeling. It’s noncomedogenic and has been tested on all skin types, so you can be safe in the knowledge that this won’t cause you to break out overnight—I’ve used it quite a few times now and can attest to that.
So what about the key ingredients? I recently put the question to Geoffrey Genesky, scientific director at Kiehl’s: Why hibiscus and ginger leaf? “In formulating our mask, we sought out to identify two natural ingredients with potent activity to boost skin’s firmness and smoothness. The hibiscus extract that we chose is high in protein content and was a perfect fit since background testing on the ingredient revealed that it could provide immediate firming while boosting skin firmness over time with continued use,” he told me.
The Results: Glowing skin
That’s something I noticed upon waking: My skin looked plumper, a little less world-weary with fewer less visible fine lines (you know, the ones caused by dehydration). I don’t know about you, but when I am shocked awake by my alarm and have to drag myself to the bathroom, my complexion after a measly six hours of sleep often looks as worn out as I feel. This mask conceals that, as it leaves the face looking perkier and more awake—even if you didn’t get your optimum eight hours.
“The ginger leaf extract is rich in polysaccharides and polyphenolic compounds (specifically: flavonoids) and has excellent skin-smoothing efficacy,” says Genesky. For anyone who suffers from textural issues, this will work like that little blur tool on Photoshop IRL to create an almost soft-focus effect on the skin. It’s subtle, but it makes a difference. “Our ginger leaf has been demonstrated to help boost skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. This is important because hyaluronic acid is key to skin’s moisturization and smoothness in surface layers."
The Value: Standard price for the product
This is an easy-to-use face mask that gives your skin a little extra glow. While you'll see a noticeable difference in your skin, Kiehl's recommends using the product five times a week, so you may run out of the mask quicker than anticipated.
Similar Products: You have options
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask: For normal, combination, and oily skin types, this $92 overnight mask also visibly firms skin, but at a higher price point. Its key ingredients include a proprietary complex of black tea ferment, black tea extract, and hyaluronic acid.
Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C: Wake up with skin that's glowing and hydrated after a night's sleep in the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C. For $48, this is slightly less expensive than the Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: Not an overnight mask, but this $65 resurfacing mask leaves skin glowing. It's best for dull or rough skin, and blocked pores. Leave a thick layer on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Our Verdict: Worth it
For anyone with tired, dehydrated skin, this will impart a much-needed boost to your complexion. It makes a visible difference after one night. But with prolonged use a couple of nights a week, you can expect pillowy-soft, baby skin in no time. Not to mention, it's just a quick and seamless step to add to your nightly routine.