Facial Mask Powder

Facial Mask Powder

I rather liked the idea of a DIY face mask that you mix up from the powder in the sachet. The claim that this contains pearl and gold, and the shimmer of both powder and mask, was a bonus, although the ingredient list revealed a distinct lack of actual gold. The pearl was there, though, which for the price was more than I was expecting.

The mask is supposed to provide gentle cleansing to reveal a ‘beautiful and radiant’ skin, and the main component is diatomaceous earth, a natural silica mineral which is supposed to have endless benefits for the skin including helping to promote collagen production. This had to be worth trying.

Of course, mixing up your own mask can be pretty messy. Here, the powder was so fine it settled in a fine dusting over everything in blast range as I tried to pour it out of the sachet, yet perversely refused to mix properly with the water, so it still had small lumps despite my best efforts to make it smooth. If I had another one, I would try adding far less water than the amount suggested on the packet.

Contrary to expectations, though, it did stay on my face for the recommended 15 minutes and was even easy to peel off in a thin, shiny film. I was half hoping I could use the left over mix another time, but this too set solid in the bottom of the bowl.

My skin felt very smooth afterwards and my pores appeared smaller, but there were some red patches on my nose and round my hairline, where the mask had been spread very thinly and so dried into a pale clay-like coating rather than the plasticky film elsewhere. If I manage to find another of these (it came from Bangkok) then I will have a far better idea of how to use it.

Injection Mask

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Here’s a fascinating new variation on sheet masks – it comes with a syringe loaded with 2 different solutions. You press the plunger and shake the syringe to combine the 2, then pop open the plastic lid in the middle of the packet and inject the mix over the mask. It all seems very scientific, with the idea that the serum in the syringe adds something fresh and extra to the product already on the mask inside the packet.

This comes from Oozoo, which of course is a Korean brand, and promises a Hydro Lift effect. It was otherwise a perfectly normal sheet mask, which you leave on for 20 minutes or so before tapping in the excess product, although in this case the solution was very thick and left my face with a sticky sheen.

It was rather more expensive than the usual masks, at S$7.50, but I thought I could see a difference the next day, with my skin feeling tighter and more toned. I will probably buy this again.


Magnetic Face Mask

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This is so hilarious it probably would not matter if it didn’t work at all, but my skin felt so nice afterwards that I am seriously tempted to buy some despite the price.

It comes from Premier Dead Sea, a US company which uses highly concentrated minerals from the Dead Sea to make skin care products. As they say: ‘Nature’s unique wisdom is combined with the newest technologies to indulge your skin with science and nature’.

This particular mask is called Miracle Noir, and it really is black, presumably with Dead Sea mud, although the product details say that is refined until nothing is left but firming minerals like calcium, bromide, magnesium and potassium.

But there are 2 layers to this mask… whilst the mud minerals are firming the skin and lifting out dirt to unclog pores, there are also essential oils including musk rose, eucalyptus and gingko biloba to treat fine lines and hydrate the skin, all of them penetrating deep into the skin thanks to a secret liposome complex.

The best bit is the magnet, which comes in its own compartment in the top of the pot. After you have had the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, you wrap the magnet in a tissue and sweep it over your face to remove the mud. It sounds mad, but it really does work. What is left behind is a layer of essential oils that you massage in then leave on overnight for ongoing hydration.

If this did not cost a whopping S$188 a pot, I would have bought some on the spot.

Grace Mask

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I have mentioned before how hard it can be sometimes to keep a sheet mask on your face. It tends to be loaded with product, so it drips and slides around.

The ever dependable Daiso may have an answer to that, with this silicone mask which you can wear on top to hold the sheet mask in place. As an added bonus, the top mask prevents the serum in the sheet mask from evaporating away, although to be honest I have never found this to be a problem.

Finally, if you don’t have a sheet mask to hand, you can wear the silicone mask by itself whilst in the bath, where it helps to steam your face. Once you are done, simply rinse it out and dry it ready to be used again.

Always game to try something new and interesting, I splashed out S$2 to give this a go. And if you can get over the really creepy look of this mask, especially when it is on your face, it does what it promises to do. My sheet mask stayed in place, the silicone mask seemed to stop it dripping, and I actually did feel the product had been absorbed better for being pressed into my skin.

I have bought more and sent them to daughters #1 and #2 to try, and await their verdicts with interest, but I will be using this again.