Tried and tested
WHO doesn’t love a good face mask? It’s an easy excuse to sit still, pipe down, and get your Zen on for half an hour or so . It’s a treat for the skin too, and every now and then a new face mask hits the market that gets skincare junkies and beauty editors talking — like the new Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask from Lancome, €17 each. Why the buzz? Infused with this serum, the mask contains ‘the same amount of bifidus extract’ as found in one whole 30ml bottle of Advanced Genifique — and this, combined with rather space age-sounding ‘hydrogel matrix technology’, promises to leave your complexion ‘smoother, fresher and energised’. We gave it a go... What’s it like to use? This is a sheet mask, so applying it means pressing the mask in position on your face. The gel bit comes sandwiched between two pieces of film. I follow the instructions to remove the transparent film first, then press the mask onto my face before removing the white mesh. There’s a bit of fiddling and I have to keep pressing down the corners for a minute or two to get it to stay in place, but once properly on, it stays put. How does it feel on? Actually quite lovely, slightly cooling, but in a very gentle refreshing way, and super soft. Sometimes, with pricier skincare products that make bold, youthenhancing promises, you can feel those fancy, active ingredients getting to work (meaning your skin can tingle or even sting a little), but I don’t experience anything like that with this mask. It’s really rather blissful. You have three options for how long you leave the mask on for: 10 minutes for a speedy skin-pep before applying make-up, or 20 or 30 minutes for a more intensive treatment. I pop it on while I relax in the tub for 20 minutes before bed. Is it easy to remove? Yep — simply peel off and discard. By now, it will have ‘melted’ a little, and you’ll be left with some gel residue still sitting on your skin (this is meant to happen). As instructed, I gently massage this in before heading to bed. My face still feels a bit wet to the touch but the residue isn’t at all sticky, so I leave it to finish working its magic overnight. And the verdict? I don’t sleep too well, so get up annoyed that my broken slumber might have scuppered my chances of waking up looking super freshfaced. But as soon as I look in the mirror, I let out a little, “Ooh!” I’m not going to tell you I’ve lost a decade overnight, but my skin looks bright and healthy, with a radiance that defies any hint of not having had the best sleep. Worth every penny.