This bottle of Chanel Le Blanc Essence Lotion almost went straight to the empties pile because I kept delaying taking photographs of it for the blog. But I came to my senses earlier this week and decided to tie it into some tips on how to easily do a lotion mask.
I discovered lotion masks in the book The Japanese Skincare Revolution by Chizu Saeki. Based on the premise of maximising the impact and efficacy of your skincare, a lotion mask can be done the following way, but know this is my condensed method:
- Gather a few cotton squares, preferably ones that can be taken apart in layers.
- Dampen the cotton squares with water then squeeze out any excess.
- Apply a few drops of your essence lotion to the squares, back and front.
- Dampen or spritz your face with water, then pull the saturated cotton squares apart and place onto your face focusing on your forehead, cheeks and chin.
- Remove after 3 to 5 minutes, then press any remaining moisture into your face with your palms.
- Proceed with your serum, moisturiser, sunscreen, then makeup etc.
Doing a lotion mask eliminates the need to buy the sheet masks that people love to wear, especially on aeroplanes (to me the worst possible place to wear one). That’s not to say I haven’t come across sheet masks that I enjoyed but lotion masks personalise your skincare routine and help you to deliver an express, spa-like experience.
What is Chanel’s Le Blanc Essence Lotion?
It’s a product that tones the skin, hydrates, increases brightness and even helps to fade spots. Think of it as a new generation, hydrating toner that does more than conventional ones.
Key ingredients include the Ume flower (Japanese Plum Blossoms) extract and Ume flower oil. Chanel has land specifically designated to cultivating these flowers and they use a specialised extraction process.
When applied to cotton and then onto my skin, it feels supremely hydrating, especially since it transforms into a light oil. I’ve learned not to apply too much to the cotton square as only a little is needed, but at times I prefer to use cotton surgical gauze that I’ve cut into squares to apply. The cotton gauze doesn’t absorb as much product the way cotton squares do.
Ultimately, I really prefer to use Chanel Le Blanc Essence Lotion as a lotion mask, certainly when time permits, and because the dampened cotton squares help the product to go further in delivering hydration.
On makeup days, Le Blanc Essence Lotion also makes for a nice canvas and helps makeup to go on better.
Scent: Very mild floral scent.
I’ve also noticed that with consistent use, any little dark spots finally fade away. This essence lotion can be used by just about any skin type including oilier skin types, as the texture is such a light one.
I first came across essence lotions in KBeauty (Korean Beauty). So it’s nice to see them start popping up in Western brands but if you’re interested in the category, there are many lotions to be found at various price points.
Do you need this?:
The key takeaways from Chanel Le Blanc Essence Lotion is that if you’re interested in a toner that can also deliver hydration without leaving your skin feeling slick with residue, then consider this. It harnesses a new technology (Phase Inversion Temperature (PIT) that is geared towards increasing the efficacy of the product when applied to your skin.
Plus, it does extra duty to increase your skin’s brightness when used consistently. I started seeing brighter skin after a few weeks of consistent use, so if hydration and brightness matter to you, as it does to me, you’ll likely appreciate this product.
So, give the lotion mask a try with your existing toners or essences and see how it helps to transform your skin and your beauty routine. And if you need fresh red lipstick ideas, check out [this post] and I hope this helps.