Say what?! That’s dragon’s blood in my face mask?!
Relax, ladies. No dragons were hurt to make Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask. Obvs.
But you can’t deny Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of Nip + Fab, has a knack for coming up with catchy names that get your attention.
But that’ll only get you so far. If the product doesn’t deliver, a fun name won’t save you. So, does this mask deliver?
Key Ingredients In Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask
Nip + Fab isn’t kidding when they say their Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask is super hydrating.
This baby contains Hyaluronic Acid (in the form of sodium Hyaluronate), a moisture magnet that attracts water from the air into the skin.
If there’s not enough moisture in the air, it’ll take it from the deeper layers of your skin.It’s not as drying as you think. Hyaluronic Acid redistributes moisture rather than steal it.
Either way, Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Can you imagine how much extra moisture that brings to your skin?
All that moisture plumps up your fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller. It makes skin softer to the touch. And it gives the complexion a lovely glow.
P.S. Hyaluronic Acid isn’t the only moisture magnet in Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask. Glycerin does the same thing – but on a smaller scale.
Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type
You won’t find Dragon’s Blood on the ingredient list. There, it hides under the name, “Croton Lechleri Resin Extract”.
It’s a dark red resin that oozes from the Croton Lechleri tree when you cut the trunk. It makes the tree look like it’s crying blood.
Dragon’s Blood is great at healing wounds. It forms a protective shield on the skin that keeps it safe from harm (think germs and harsh weather) while it regenerates itself.
Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants. Dragons’ blood has catechins (the same antioxidants as green tea) that help fight wrinkles and reduce inflammation.
The catch? Dragon’s Blood is an effective antioxidants only at high concentrations. You guessed it, Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask doesn’t have enough. 🙁
Related: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Green Tea In Skincare
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
You can’t miss Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask on the shelf. The see-through jar reveals its dark orangey-red colour. Definitely gets you curious.
FYI, when you apply it on the skin, the colour sheers out a lot. You won’t scare your partner when you have it on (but I still lock myself in the bathroom, just in case 😉 ).
The jelly texture spreads easily on the skin and feels comfortable on. You need so little for each application, the jar will last you for ages.
Nip + Fab recommends to keep it on for 10-15 minutes. The first time I used it, I barely lasted 5! As soon as I massaged it all over, my skin starting feeling so warm and tingly.
I didn’t know if it was a normal reaction (no review I’ve seen mentioned this) or an irritation, so I just washed it off quickly.
Let me tell you, washing it off is a pain. As much as I love the jelly texture, it’s so slippery it takes a while to take it off completely.
When after a minute I realised half the mask was still on my face, I grabbed a wet washcloth. It makes the job A LOT easier!
Once the mask was finally off, I noticed a little redness on my chin and cheeks. The rest of the face, instead, looked soft and moist.
When I wok up the next morning, the redness was gone. But the moist look and feel remained. The mask did a great job at hydrating my skin, making it softer and brighter.
I’m not sure I feel comfortable using it regularly. The warm sensation + the redness I experienced afterwards makes me think there’s something in here that doesn’t agree with my skin.
It was probably the Dragon’s Blood. It’s the only ingredient in here I hadn’t used before. Or maybe it’s the fragrance. It makes the mask smell fresh and clean, but fragrances always pose a small risk of irritation.
But if your skin is fine with it, Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Jelly Mask is a great hydrating mask for teens and young adults, especially in winter when your skin needs all the extra moisture it can get!
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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum (Fragrance), Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Sorbic Acid, Geraniol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 17200 (Red 33).