Hydrogel masks are seriously big news in the beauty industry. Proven to deliver product deeper into the skin than regular masks, we’re starting to see more of these gorgeous, luxurious treats arise than ever before. I received the 111SKIN Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask with my November Glossybox, and as a lover of these types of masks, I couldn’t wait to try it out.
Just lately, I’ve been suffering with a horrible chest infection which has needed lots of antibiotics and steroids to take care of. True to form, as soon as my body feels stressed on the inside, it shows on my skin, so the mask couldn’t have come at a better time as I was definitely in need of some facial pampering.
The 111SKIN story is a really incredible one – when Dr Alexandries started his practice, he found that it was difficult to find effective skincare that would help skin heal efficiently after cosmetic procedures. After dedicating himself to research, he discovered that skin ages faster in space because of environmental extremes, so he sought to collaborate with space scientists responsible for the wellbeing of astronauts. Together, they created the patented NAC Y² formula which included key ingredients used by astronauts in extreme space conditions where accelerated ageing is proven to occur. Astronauts travelling to space are exposed to extreme radiation and no gravity that causes rapid skin ageing, so the most advanced supplements, topical treatments and medications need to be given to them to reverse the damaging process.
The first product created by Dr Alexandrides with the Space Scientists was a serum to help patients heal after surgery named ‘Dramatic Healing Serum’. In addition to the dramatic healing results, the serum also had potent anti ageing and protecting benefits. Soon, demand for Dr Alexandrides ‘Dramatic Healing Serum’ became so high that he was approached by several retailers to create a range based on the unique formula which became 111SKIN – a skincare range of products designed to stand up and protect against extreme conditions named after Dr Alexandrides’ Harley Street Practice where it all began. What a story!
This particular mask is a new limited edition especially for the festive season that possesses a whole host of clinically-inspired, skin-boosting properties – one of these being crushed gold. Not only does the mask look absolutely beautiful for the addition, but the crushed gold actually aids circulation to improve skin’s vitality.
The gold revitalises dull complexions and restores the skin with a lovely boost of radiance, reduces inflammation to help improve the appearance of blemishes and also diminishes the visibility of age spots and sun damage. Everything you need ready for party season to ensure you’re looking your best for all of the christmas time festivities!
I applied the mask onto my cleansed, dry face and the first thing I noted was the beautiful soft smell. Girly, feminine and luxurious. All the makings of an exclusive spa product but in the comfort of your own home. The next thing I noticed was that the mask felt a little thinner than other hydrogel masks I’d used before, so you need to be careful not to tear it as you manipulate it to fit your face shape. As with any hydrogel mask I’ve tried, there will usually be a few areas that are harder to fit than others and the mask may slide around a bit if you don’t take the time to sit still and relax during wear, so this is a great time to snuggle down with a cup of tea or your favourite book while the mask works its magic. The mask is to be left on the skin for 20 minutes before removal. After removal, you can let your skin absorb the remaining essence by gently patting it into your skin then continuing with your regular moisturising routine.
Immediately after removing the mask after my 20 minutes was up, my skin looked fresher, more radiant and overall much smoother. I absolutely love masks like this as you really do see an immediate result and your skin instantly feels cooled, soothed and generally, just a whole lot better. I was so impressed with how smooth my skin felt and I was even more impressed with just how much more brightened it appeared.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that my skin is ultra sensitive, so I went to bed wondering if I’d break out overnight. I’m more than happy to report that my skin didn’t react negatively what so ever, and I woke up to a fresh complexion that still felt smooth and comfortable.
This is an amazing addition to November’s Glossybox – considering Glossybox is £10 per month for five beauty products – and I’m so glad that I received it just when I really needed that little boost. If you’d like to subscribe to Glossybox too, please click here. I’ve been subscribed for over a year now and absolutely love receiving my little monthly treat, especially when it contains such beautiful products like this mask!
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