Sunday night is mask night.
This time of the year, a hyaluronic acid mask. My thirsty skin needs the extra moisture to withstand another week of incessantly sweeping, cold London winds. *sighs*
I can’t say I have a fave. I just use whatever I have at hand. A couple of Sundays ago, that was Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask.
Did it impress me enough to buy it again? Mmmmm….
What’s In Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask?
HYALUORNIC ACID TO HYDRATE SKIN
Think of hyaluronic acid as a magnet.
When you put it on your skin, the magnet starts looking for moisture in the air. When it finds it, it attracts it into your skin and keeps it there.
Hyaluronic acid is so good at this, it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water! Do you know what all that moisture means for your skin?
Softer texture. Brighter complexion. And the plumpness! That alone makes your wrinkles look smaller.
P.S. Hyaluronic acid isn’t the only moisture magnet in Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Mask Treatment. You’ll also find glycerin, aloe vera and many others here.
Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN TO HYDRATE SKIN, TOO
You’ve probably heard that collagen can’t penetrate skin, right?
That’s sort of true. Collagen is a big molecule that can’t get through the skin’s protective barrier. That’s why brands chop it down into tiny bits. They call these bits hydrolysed collagen.
But even if these tiny bits of collagen get through the skin, it doesn’t mean they do anything. You see, it’s not enough to give skin collagen to make it boost its natural collagen.
The extra collagen must integrate into the skin’s own collagen framework to affect it. Hydrolyzed collagen is too small for that.
Does it mean it does nothing at all? Nope. It still hydrates skin. Just don’t expect anything more than that.
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The smooth sheet is drenched in a lightweight essence.
How To Use It
Once or twice a week, after cleansing. Leave it on for 15 minutes, take off the mask, and pat the remaining essence in.
Performance & Personal Opinion
Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask is divided into two parts: one for the upper part of the face and one for the lower part.
In theory, this makes it easier to fit the mask properly all over your face. Problem is keeping it there! I have to lie down when I use this mask or it slips off my face!
I don’t mind too much. It’s a good excuse to catch up with a good book. 😉 Besides, it feels comfortable on my face and doesn’t rip off when you apply it (some sheets are so flimsy!).
Half an hour later, I take it off and gently pat the remaining essence into my skin. It takes only a few seconds. The sheet is drenched in it but once I remove it, not much is left on my skin.
Mind you, it may just be that my dry skin has lapped everything up pronto. Either way, I finish off my skincare routine and go to bed.
When I wake up the next morning, I can instantly feel how soft my skin is. I can hardly stop touching it, it feels so good. My skin looks a little plumper and has a more of a glow than the night before.
In short, it did everything a good hydrating mask is supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
Who Is This For?
Anyone can use it, but it’s more suitable for dry and/or dehydrated skin.
Who Is This NOT For?
Unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients, there’s no reason not to use it.
These sheet masks come in a box of 3.
Does Magicstripes Hyaluronic Intensive Treatment Mask Live Up To Its Claims?
|It nurtures the skin while supplying moisture and improving elasticity.||Pay attention to how vague this claim is. Nurture is a generic term that means nothing.|
|A powerful cocktail of active components responds to the temperature and is therefore absorbed deep into the texture of the skin.||“Responds to the temperature” is there to confuse you. If an ingredient is small enough to penetrate skin, it will.|
|Made of completely biodegradable non-woven 100% natural cotton fabric, the mask is richly soaked in vegetable ingredients that keep dry skin moisturized while at the same time minimizing the first signs of aging.||True.|
Price & Availability
x3, £30.00 at Feel Unique
Do You Need It?
If you need a pick-me-up before a special occasion or an extra bout of moisture, this is a great option to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
I don’t know of any exact dupes for this mask.
Water, Glycerin, Kassou Ekisu, Betaine, Butandiol, Aloe Yohjyu, Matsu Ekisu, Hydrolized Collagen, Rosa Rugosa Leaf Extract,Trehalose, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Anthemis Noblis Flower Extract,Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin