We heard about the skincare masks getting rave reviews and put three of them to the test.
I think it's safe to say that whatever gene is responsible for the blessing of bright, smooth skin skipped me entirely. Too often I wake up with dry, dull-looking skin that only the very best moisturisers can begin to fix. Which might explain why I have a slight obsession with face masks.
As well as being the perfect relaxing treatment at the end of a long day, face masks also help to give my dry skin the extra surge of moisture it so desperately needs. That is, assuming I get one that works. It isn't an uncommon experience for me to pop on a face mask, feel the amount of moisture on my skin and spend the next 15 odd minutes daydreaming about having Gigi Hadid-worthy skin. Often, of course, it's a lie and when the mask dries, so too do my hopes and dreams.
Despite this constant betrayal, I have remained optimistic, trying any and every mask I can get my hands on. So, when I was given the opportunity to trial Skinvitals Cosmeceuticals 2-step cloth masks, naturally, I obliged.
The review: Detox mask
Full disclosure: when I saw the tiny $12 price tag of these masks I was discouraged. Not that a high-end price tag is in anyway indicative of quality, but I have learned the hard way that masks on the lower end of the pricing spectrum are the ones most likely to disappoint. Despite this, I took them home and prepared for a relaxing night in with my new beauty buddies and a nice cup of tea.
The first thing to note about these masks is that they come in a range of different options depending on your skincare needs. This means that the results you see are going to be dependant on how suited the mask is to your skin. The three that landed on my desk were Glow, Detox and Firm. First up, I decided to go with Detox as it's formulated for skin suffering from dullness and fatigue.
After washing off my makeup and cleansing my skin, I began the application process. Most masks are exactly that – just a mask. These 2-step cloth masks, on the other hand, also include a concentrated peptide pre-mask serum designed to deliver anti-ageing benefits whilst intensifying the results of the mask. The serum itself feels incredibly hydrating and was a pleasant addition to the experience. So much so, in fact, that I kept the packet and used the remainder of the serum the following morning.
The next step is obviously the mask itself and this is where I often struggle with cloth masks as I find they don't fit my face especially well. Fun fact: Japan have face masks with sections that loop around your ears specifically to keep the mask in place. Clearly, this is a revolutionary idea and why more companies haven't implemented it we'll never know.
Anyway. The Skinvitals mask was, actually, better than most. The only section that wasn't quite right for me was the chin area, but I managed to adjust it by folding that section in half.
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The masks are designed to be left on for 15 minutes, but I found that with the addition of the peptide punch, it took a lot longer than that to dry. For someone who isn't known for their patience, I was a little put out by this, but the results made it worth it. Whether it's the peptide serum or the mask itself, I had the rare experience of feeling like my skin actually retained the moisture long after I had taken the mask off. Better yet, the mask lived up to its promise and made my skin look brighter.
How did the Detox mask compare to the others?
Whilst I was impressed with the Detox mask, I wasn't entirely convinced it was the right one for me. I was even less convinced about the Firm one, which didn't have significantly different results than Detox for me. It left my skin reasonably hydrated and brighter, but it didn't quite have me wanting to stock up on them. Glow, on the other hand, was a different story.
Tired, run down and recovering from an illness, I could not have felt less like heading out to a party when I trialled Glow. Reluctant to crawl out of bed, I decided to pop Glow on and give myself til the time it dried to begin the transformation from raccoon to actual human being. Only, I didn't have to try very hard because Glow did most of the work for me.
Where Detox and Firm made my skin a little brighter, Glow made it significantly so. It, well...glowed. And I wasn't the only one who noticed. Several people at the party commented on how bright and healthy I looked, which was nothing short of a miracle considering how I actually felt.
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The success of these masks is definitely dependant on whether or not it suits your skincare needs. For me, Detox and Firm worked fine to perk my skin up at the end of a long week, but didn't have significant enough results to keep me coming back for more. Glow, though, is one that I will definitely be purchasing again alongside Quench, which is much more suited to my dry skin.
This isn't to say that the first two are not worth a purchase. If your skin problems are less about dehydration and more about ageing or breakouts, Detox and Firm are likely to yield a much different result for you than they did for me. If you're unsure which mask to choose, the Skinvitals site has a handy diagnosis page to help you pick the one that will work for you.
Where you can buy it
You can shop the range of 2-step masks on the Skinvitals Cosmeceuticals site.
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