Truth: Face masks only get limited time with your skin, which is why, in general almost all other kinds of skincare products are a better-for-your-pocket, better-for-your-skin investment.
Using a face mask is a bit like going to an educational wine tasting – the kind where they really do make you spit it out – can you imagine (!)
And just like you want to drink the wine your taste buds have tickled you about, your skin also wants to drink the actives your face masks teased you with.
Skin pastes do it differently.
Double news flash.
No7 laboratories have launched 2 NEW skin pastes – one for sensitive skin and one for dull/mature skin.
FAQs: Should you be switching your face mask for a just launched No7 laboratories skin paste? How does a skin paste even work? What’s the difference between a skin paste and a skin mask?
Dear skin savvy I’ve got your back, come take a step by step skin paste walk with me as I delve in to review No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue and Resurfacing Skin Pastes. Let’s figure out if either’s a fantastic choice for your skin ‘eh…
First Stop: What the Heck’s a Skin Paste?
How do you use a skin paste? When do you use a skin paste? If you use a skin paste does it replace a face mask? I get it my friend, you just got to grips with skincare layering and now skin pastes walk into town. How dare they ‘eh. But don’t worry – seriously – you’ve got this and honestly – skin pastes are pretty easy to get your head around. You brain box you!
Here’s the deal;
- Skin pastes are like thick (active packed) moisturisers
- Moisturisers which you leave on like a face mask
- And which you sometimes leave on overnight
- For the ones you leave on overnight, you’ll use them as the last step in your skincare routine
- For the ones you leave on for 5-15 minutes, you’ll use them like a treatment product – after cleanser but before your usual skincare routine
Bottom line: Skin pastes are a cross between a moisturiser and a face mask and like with the new No7 Laboratories skin pastes – all of the ingredients are 100% absorbable by your skin.
Skin Pastes Vs Face Masks
The best face masks are kind of like vacuum cleaners, they spread on, dry and in doing so force the contents of your pores to absorb up. Exactly how The INKEY Lists new £5 Kaolin Clay Mask works. The less helpful breed of face masks spread on and give your skin a limited time to absorb precious skincare actives.
With every kind of face mask the key is;
- Not all of the ingredients are designed to be absorbed by your skin
- Face masks get limited time with your skin – you have to wash them off or risk looking like a career serious mud wrestler
But skin pastes are different. Skin pastes work like a face mask but;
- All ingredients could potentially be absorbed by your skin
- Skin pastes generally get longer to love your skin i.e. most are to be left on overnight
Bottom line: Face masks have a lot of ingredients which are designed to sit on top of skin. Face pastes have a lot of ingredients which are designed to be absorbed by skin and can be left on for a lot longer – without risk of drying skin.
You’ll want to read the below No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste review if you have;
- Sensitive skin
- Irritation/itchy skin
- Are worried about acne scarring
And you’ll want to read the below No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste review if you have;
- Dull skin
- Rough skin
- Mature skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Visible pores
- Congested skin
No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste Review
No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste is the best kind of skin paste – one you leave on overnight and which your skin gets to absorb all of. Like going to a wine tasting where you can actually drink (!) not just taste. Which is because No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste works like this;
How to use No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste; Put it on like a thin face mask, leave for 5 minutes, then massage in till it absorbs/almost all of it absorbs, leave overnight.
Now whether CICA Rescue Skin Paste can help rescue your skin depends on the active ingredients No7 Laboratories are using. Here’s the full list and p.s. I’m also bullet pointing the standout ones below…
No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste standout must-know-about active ingredients;
- Centella asiatica leaf extract aka CICA aka Gotu Kola aka Indian Pennywort – more about this guy below
- Ophiopogon japonicus root extract (extract from a Lilly family plant known as snakes beard) – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturising, repairing
- Bisabolol – found naturally in chamomile, potent soother, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant
- Sodium PCA – component of skin’s natural moisturising factors, super hydrator, helps improve overall skin health
- Magnesium PCA – helps limit/stop your skin releasing histamine aka the hormone which makes skin red and inflamed
- Zinc PCA – helps reinforce your skin’s barrier function
- Manganese PCA – improves your skin’s defence against free-radical attack aka UV light/pollution stress
What a great selection of skin soothers ‘eh. The next most important bit to consider is the concentration that each of these guys are in. As a skincare formulator I can tell you because these ingredients are found below a preservative (phenoxyethanol) they’re at 1% concentration or less. While this sounds small, actually a lot of these skin soothing ingredients are active at very low concentrations. For example bisabolol can be used to help soothe skin in concentrations as little as 0.1%. So while this seems small they’re actually extremely likely to be benefit-seeing amounts.
Now onto the ingredient No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste takes its name from – Centella asiatica leaf extract aka CICA – a Latin nod (cicatrix) to its historical use for scar healing.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 8 October 2018
A well talked about super star for skin repair or for skin which has gotten itself in a pickle and needs a spirit-guide to show it the way forward. CICA is a herbal extract packed with antioxidants. Take a look at supplier studies of CICA extracts and you’ll see it claimed to be able to;
- Reduce inflammation aka help soothe red, angry skin
- Improve skin elasticity
- Boost skin’s firmness
- Boost collagen production
- Protect skin against stress
Bottom line: If you’ve got a lot of redness on your cheeks and chin, if your skin is stressed out, if you suffer from rosacea or acne scarring No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste has strong potential to help… a lot (!) for you this is definitely worth trying.
No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste Review
No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste is a little different to the leave on overnight No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste.
How to use No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste; Put it on like a thin face mask, leave for 15 minutes, then massage/buff off with a dampened muslin cloth – which is included.
While most wash off products don’t get a lot of time to love your skin – resurfacing products are different.
Think of this guy like an exfoliator. Like a really great scrub but without all the irritation caused by actually scrubbing.
Which is because No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste contains something called a 10.5% AHA/PHA peel complex.
Made up of;
- Glycolic acid – an alpha-hydroxy acid aka AHA
- Gluconolactone – a polyhydroxy acid aka PHA – generally considered milder – also has hydrating benefits
- Fruit Acids
These 3 actives are like skin softeners aka they can dissolve away dead and dull looking skin cells.
Imagine going to the supermarket to grab a deliciously-yum pot of coconut yogurt. You find the shelf, find the flavour you want and then realise the front row pots look a bit man-handled. A bit past their best, a bit old and tired. So instead of taking the one you can see, you reach to the back. In your hand you now have a shiny, new, fresh and even yummier looking pot of coconut yogurt.
This is exactly how No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste works – the formula helps your skin reveal fresh, new and dewy skin cells quicker.
…and bonus the No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste does this with a chock load full of skin soothers aka if your skin’s a wee-bit sensitive to these things, or you’ve never used an acid based exfoliator before, No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste is the one for you.
In fact many of the skin soothers you’ll find in No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste you’ll also find helping in No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste – bonus (!) The full ingredient lists below, but here’s a snapshot of the actives which make No7’s resurfacing treatment extremely well liked by most skin types;
- Ammonium glycyrrhizate – the active in liquorice root extract having strong anti-inflammatory benefits for your skin
- Bisabolol – super skin soother which can help your skin tolerate other ingredients
- Sodium PCA – you can see the explanation of these guys in the above No7 Laboratories CICA Rescue Skin Paste review above
- Magnesium PCA
- Zinc PCA
- Manganese PCA
Bottom line: If you have dull skin in need of glow, want skin which looks brighter and healthier, have hyperpigmentation, congestion or uneven skin tone No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Skin Paste has strong potential to show you great benefits and for you this is definitely worth a try.
Over to you my friend. Are you set to try a new skin paste? Have more questions? Want to know more about No7 Laboratories new skin pastes? Come chat with by leaving a comment in the box below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.