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Sheet Masks and Occlusion

I absolutely adore using Sheet Masks. I get rather excited when opening the individual glossy packets offering me a hydrating skin treat in 15-30 minutes. Obviously there are some that are very expensive and some that are sensibly priced, so lets take a look at some of my favourites and how they actually work.

Sheet masks are face-shaped sheets soaked in a hydrating solution that can contain different actives. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, foil, fibres or gel/biocellulose types. They originated in Korea, and extremely popular.

Sheet Masks work by Occlusion

The mask itself creates an “occlusive barrier,” which means it physically seals in the active serums underneath; theoretically, this helps the product work more effectively. By trapping the liquid under the mask, the skin will soak in as much as it can into the epidermal layer. These sort of treatments are purely superficial and will create a plumper, more hydrated skin, (temporarily). But done regularly, this can only be a good thing.

Consistent skin care is what will give you healthy skin in the long term, and taking the time to treat your skin.

My favourite masks to use in my treatments are by Timeless Truth. They are reasonably priced and have a huge selection, but I tend to use the Bio-Cellulose masks as I use them under my LED Mask treatment. The LED can still penetrate through the masks into the skin as they are see through. The Apple Stem Cell, Snow Algae and Bee Venom are all brilliant and give you a real visible result after 20-30 minutes. They also do great under eye patches that are perfect for pre-party or the morning after.

My Splurge is Estee Lauder Powerfoil Mask. This is expensive, but I have a thing for Advanced Night Repair. I use these on myself before an event or post light peel. Containing Hyaluronic Acid, so it plumps and gives me a real luxurious treat for my skin.

Estes Lauder Powerfoil Sheet Mask

Liquilift Bio Active Face Lift

Liquilift – Bio Active Face Lift

Liquilift is by no means an ordinary face mask and when a pot of this landed on my desk I got quite excited, especially at the thought of anything that can instantly lift. I decided to use this before an important party as I needed to glow and am always in need of a “lift”

Let me explain the science behind Liquilift and what it claims to do. Developed by a Cosmeceutical chemist it is designed to deliver a salon effective result to the woman at home.  The Starring ingredient is Liftonin – made up of tarmine tannins extracted from Oak trees – which have a tautening, astringent effect and strengthens the cells. These Tannins also have antioxidant protective qualities and will give your cells protection against Free radical damage. Another powerhouse ingredient is extracted from Millet and claims to stimulate Collagen/Elastin production so you can see how using this gives cumulative rejuvenating results.

 How to use Liquilift

There is no way of avoiding looking like Zelda from the Terrorhawks  when you use Liquilift (anyone old enough to remember that??), it is quite scary so make sure no one is around to make you laugh! or it really hurts when the mask is dry. So make sure you have freshly cleansed skin and the trick is to apply this sticky gel/liquid quickly in a thin layer and work outwards until you have covered all your face and jaw, and on your neck if you really need it.

TIP – replace the lid as soon as possible to avoid the product reacting with Oxygen.

Leave to set for between 10 and 40 minutes, I have found after using a few times the longer you leave it the better the Lift. The trick for removing easily is use plenty of water either with sponges or a soft cloth. Apply serum and moisturiser.

RESULTS – I found this had a remarkable effect on my skin, and noticed it most around my eyes as my fine lines had diminished quite considerably. Also my nasal labial folds were much less visible but I loved the texture of my skin. The circulation is definitely increased and this gives you a fab glow and will bring all the good stuff to your skin cells. I also loved the improved clarity of my skin with an improved appearance of pores and smoothness. Even after a few glasses of Prosecco I still looked fresh and lifted, like you have had an amazing nights sleep and everything has just repaired itself.

Overall it is an excellent “Treatment” for your skin and should be maintained at least once of twice a week to achieve the cumulative results and maintain your “Lift

Liquilift costs £90 from Cultbeauty.com