Happy Friday! In today’s review, I’m giving you the low-down on Skin Republic’s Peel-Off Face Masks. I have always been a fan of sheet masks but lately I find I don’t have the time to sit in one spot for half an hour while the mask works its magic (and I’ve never quite worked out how to get the little ear hooks to work so the mask stays on!) So when I spotted Skin Republic’s peel-off masks, I was super excited to try them out. With peel-off masks you don’t have to worry about them slipping off your face as you paint them on and leave them to get to work while they set. They also don’t look quite as creepy as sheet masks so if I do happen to be cooking dinner with said mask on, I don’t give my husband quite as much of a fright 😉 Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of indulgence with masks infused with 24K Gold and Platinum??
I picked up three Skin Republic Peel-Off Masks to try out – 24K Gold, Platinum and Charcoal. They retail for R59.95 from Dischem but I scored these on a three-for-two special – always a win! You should get three applications out of of packet but I find I tend to get two good masks from one (I like to apply a slightly thicker layer). I’m a huge fan of Skin Republic’s products as they are a 100% cruelty-free brand and none of their products are tested on animals – a big tick for me when it comes to beauty products.
How to use a peel-off mask:
Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area, eyebrows, hairline and lips – make SURE you avoid your eyebrows!! The masks remove all the tiny little hairs on your face and I also managed to take off a patch of eye brow – not my finest moment! Once completely dry (it takes about 30 minutes), gently peel off mask starting from the outer edges – it does feel like you are giving yourself a face wax! Wash off any residue with water and apply your moisturiser or a Sheet Mask for a really indulgent pamper session.
24K Gold Peel-Off Face Mask: Infused with actual 24K gold sparkles, this mask is pure luxurious indulgence! It combines the anti-aging benefits of gold with the deep cleansing properties of a peel-off mask. The ions present in gold stimulate the skin’s cells which improves blood circulation which not only leaves your skin glowing but also increases the metabolism of skin cells. Gold also helps to reduce the visible signs of aging as it helps to slow down the depletion of collagen. This mask is also rich in age-defying minerals and fruit extracts which intensely nourish and smooth the skin resulting in a luminous complexion. Blackberries are rich in vitamin A and C helping to fight free radicals and encourage collagen production – they also also offer the highest levels of some antioxidants (higher than blueberries or strawberries) Blackberries are also made up of more than 85% water and are packed with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are key to healthy, radiant looking skin. The mask also contain Aronia Berries which contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants than any fruit, helping to lesson the signs of aging caused by oxidative stress, Pomegranate which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, Green Tea to help rejuvenate old skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle and Soybean which act a natural moisturiser helping to nourish and hydrate skin as well as helping to rejuvenate damaged skin cells and encourage the growth of new cells. The result of using this mask? Smoother, brighter looking skin! This is probably my favourite of the three masks – my skin felt so soft and smooth afterwards and I loved the gold shimmer!
Charcoal Peel-Off Mask: This mask is great for removing dirt and impurities from deep within the skin. Charcoal contains great purifying benefits as it acts as a magnet to draw out dirt, oil and bacteria from the skin’s pores. Did you know that activated charcoal is so effective that its proven to adsorb 200 times its own mass?! Other key ingredients in this mask are Lemon Extract which acts as a natural exfoilant as it contains citric acid to not only help remove dead skin cells but also reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Lemon is also an excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ingredient making it effective in treating acne. Grape Extract helps prevent premature aging as the anti-oxidants protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. Grape also contains vitamin C which has superior skin brightening capabilities and helps the skin to retain its elasticity and plumpness. Grape enzymes also gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it silky soft and smooth and also help reduce dark spots and pigmentation. Like grape extract, the natural acids in Strawberry Extract also remove dead skin cells which help to improve the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Strawberries also contain Salicylic acid which is well known for its ability to reduce and prevent acne – just remember this one is a no-no for preggie mommies! The red pigment in strawberries also helps to enhance skin cell survival and prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Like the 24K Gold mask, this mask also contains Green Tea extract which also has the added benefit of anti-inflammatory properties. The result?? Brighter, more luminous and ultra-soft skin 🙂 My skin feels squeaky clean after using this mask and I definitely noticed it removed some of my blackheads.
Platinum Peel-Off Mask: This Platinum mask is an anti-oxidant rich mask which is fortified with real diamond powder – yip, you can say luxurious again!! Platinum has an exceptionally high skin absorption rate with the particles chemically attaching to activate the anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients. This clever bit of science helps the particles to penetrate deeper into the skin and yield even better, more youthful results. Platinum assists the skin in the production of collagen and elastin – collagen firms and supports while elastin provides flexibility (so your skin bounces back after you smile 😉 ) This mask also contains Grapefruit and with its high dose of Vitamin C, helps prevent the damaging effects of pollution, UV rays and other environmental stressors (I’ve spoken quite a bit about Vitamin C in previous posts) Grapefruit also contains retinal which helps treat pigmentation and leaves your skin super soft! Witch Hazel (one of the oldest skin care ingredients) not only has antioxidant properties but also helps reduce skin redness and Aloe Vera improves the skin’s ability to hydrate itself and is very effective in helping to transport healthy ingredients through the skin – it also encourages the natural production of collegen and elastin helping to reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles!. This mask is packed to the brim with fruit acids including pomegranate, lime, raspberry, orange and mango, included for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties as well as high doses of vitamins. This mask is one that gently exfoliates your skin to give you a brighter, more luminous complexion and is a winner at getting to work on preventing premature aging.
When it comes to using face masks at home, I don’t expect to get immediate results – many of them require consistent use and often only show results after a few weeks. With continued use, the active ingredients will deliver more noticeable results but for me, it’s all about how my skin feels afterwards, more than how it looks and my skin felt amazing after using all three of these. It was softer, more refreshed and hydrated) They are also really convenient to use whether you are at home or travelling so they make it really easy to give yourself a little spoil after a long day.
Have a lovely weekend – and don’t forget to take some time out to spoil yourself!