While skincare is my biggest passion in beauty, and I try to thoroughly research the products before using them, sometimes getting disappointed is unavoidable. Most of the time, these products are not bad products in general, they just don’t meet my expectations, are difficult to use, ineffective or simply unattractive. Although facial treatments rarely disappoint me, this time I have two masks that I want to share about that, unfortunately, did not leave a good impression.
We hear a lot that our under-eye zone has sensitive skin and should not be neglected. I try to hydrate it daily by using an eye cream, but I thought that some extra TLC would be good for such a delicate area. That’s why I was so excited to try this vegan Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask*. The Stem Cellular Mask comes as a kit that contains two separate freeze-dried algae patches and an activator fluid with organic skin firming and moisturizing ingredients. The Mask is easy to use: all you need to do is to apply the activator fluid on the algae masks until fully saturated, then to apply the patches onto the under-eye area and leave for ten minutes. I like that the masks gently stick to the area and won’t fall. However, the activator fluid kept running all over my face. The pieces are very gentle, so they are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.
The Instant Lift Algae Mask promises to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness, leaving the eyes brightened and refreshed. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any results. If I am completely honest, it maybe provided a slight glow to my under-eye area, but that’s probably it. I have a few fine lines, but they weren’t reduced. Maybe the effect would be better if used on mature skin with deeper fine lines and wrinkles. So overall, as much as I liked other products from the Stem Cellular range, this Algae Mask isn’t one of my favorites.
It goes for $10/£8 for a single use mask. You can find more Juice Beauty products at Naturisimo.
Another disappointment is The Pore Perfection Paper Masks from Yes To Grapefruit range. These are single-use sheet masks made from recyclable paper and soaked with natural ingredients such as probiotics, oat bran extract, aloe vera, and other. The use is simple – just take one sheet mask out of the packaging, place it on a clean, dry face, keep for ten minutes, discard. Sadly, my skin started to itch within a few moments after I put the mask on my skin. The feeling was unbearable, so I had to remove it after one minute and wash my face with water to make the itching stop. Of course, I didn’t expect any results after such a short time; also my face was burning red. It did calm down after an hour or so, but I haven’t tried the mask again after that. Now, while this is only my personal experience, if you have sensitive skin, I advise you to keep this in mind if you decide to try this product yourself.
Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Paper Masks come in a pack of five single-use sheet masks for $15.99/£12 (I haven’t seen them sold separately) and are available at Target, Walmart, etc.
Have you tried any of these masks? Did you have good results?