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Try Desk: A 10-Minute Face Mask That Claims to Make the Skin Glow

Sand & Sky's Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Back Mask makes bold promises – all of which is backed by real results.

Australian skincare brand Sand & Sky really needs no introduction. It is the OG of pink clay masks and its Australian Pink Clay Pore Refining Face Mask is probably behind many of Instagram’s face mask #seflies. We’ve seen and heard enough praise of the cult-favourite detoxifying clay mask. Though we have reason to believe that the subsequent offerings in Sand & Sky’s line-up would be just as promising as its best-seller, we had to put it to the test for ourselves.

Meet Sand & Sky’s latest mask: the Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Back Mask. The packaging is a shift down the pantone chart from its signature pastel pink tub to a poppin’ fluorescent pink alternative. It’s an appropriate glo up for a mask packed with a combination of Australian Emu apple, berries, Kakadu plum, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil that promises to “deeply hydrate, brighten and protect the skin for a megawatt glow in minutes”. To be precise, 10 minutes.

When pull open the tab on the tub to reveal the mask underneath, a pale purple formula reveals itself. Unlike the stereotypical consistency you would expect of a mask, the Australian Emu Apple Super Bounce Back Mask is a unique middle ground between blended baby food and slime. It’s bouncy, slightly chunky yet smooth all at the same time. Thankfully, along with the tub of mask comes a rubber applicator. You don’t have to get your hands dirty at all – always an added plus.

Given its chunky, bouncy consistency, you’re not going to get an even application but as the instructions read, you’re going to want to add on the product until you have a thick layer. While the mask settles onto the skin with a cooling sensation, it does begin to sting a little – presumably, that’s the hyaluronic acid working its magic. If you do suffer from sensitive or acne prone skin, always, always do a patch test first no matter what raving reviews you’ve read on the internet. Particularly with products that involve acid in the mix, you’re going to want to heed the advice.

After 10 minutes – not any longer, you really don’t want to be torching your skin underneath the mask – and multiple rinses later, it was time for the grand reveal. Megawatt glow might be a stretch but my skin was definitely glowing and brighter than it was pre-masking. I looked like I slept a full seven hours every night, drank one and a half litres of water, ate a clean diet and stuck to a meticulous skincare routine. Except that I do none of the aforementioned. The long term benefits of consistent usage of the mask is indeed a very exciting prospect for my skin. Might this set me on my path to the flawless skin I’ve dreamt all my life?

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