As a skincare lover, I’m constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest products that I can add into my routine. The latest product to get my stamp of approval is the Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask ($32), which falls under the brand’s Nourish pillar. While clay is not a new skincare ingredient by any stretch—especially in masks—kaolin clay has become a bit of a buzz-worthy ingredient in quite a few skincare launches over the past year. And while I’m all about those trendy ingredients, clay can often be too harsh for anything less than a super-oily complexion.
Before I get into the mask, you may be wondering what Hygge actually is. It’s a Danish term (pronounced “hoo-guh”) for that feeling of cozy contentment and well-being you get while enjoying life’s simple pleasures, like reading a book on a rainy day or sipping hot chocolate by a crackling fire with friends. It’s a concept Ole Henriksen wants more people to embrace and enjoy some “me time” while taking care of their skin.
I tried this mask with mixed expectations for my sensitive and moisture-craving skin. On the one hand, Ole Henriksen does skincare really well, but on the other hand, clay isn’t always a friend to those with naturally dry or dehydrated skin. My first impression was the light scent was unlike anything I’ve experienced in a mask before: a light floral fragrance, something akin to sunscreen (in the best way possible). The formula itself was lightweight with a whipped-like texture, which made application and removal much easier than some other clay masks that harden as they dry.
What was the most surprising thing about this mask was its ability to give the same detoxing and pore-refining benefits without leaving it feeling parched or irritated (which my skin often does with “detoxing” masks). The reason is thanks to the other skin-loving ingredients its formulated with, including five botanical oils, chamomile and evening primrose seed extract to soothe skin and reduce redness while also drawing out impurities. What you’re left with is a soft, smooth skin with a surprisingly supple feel—something not many clay masks can accomplish.
While the mask itself is pretty great, the message that it sends—one of slowing down and taking some hygge time—is one that I love and stand behind. Self-care is so necessary sometimes, and any mask that preaches some R&R is one to keep in my books.
The Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask retails for $32 and is available in stores and online at sephora.com.shop this story