I’ve bought a number of sheet masks before and frankly they’re a pain. They don’t fit my head making me feel a bit Easter Island, they fall off and I’m not good at sitting still with paper stuck to my face. Brand new to the UK is Dermovia’s Lace Your Face mask, offering a solution to all those mask woes.
Dermovia promise at-home results as good as a spa treatment, which I was keen to put to the test. A losing combination of horrendous hayfever and being emosh had left me looking a bit puffy faced before a night out. So I turned to the Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile mask*. The serum infused, stretch cotton lace mask is designed to soothe and smooth sensitive skin.
Following the instructions on the packet, the mask is simple to put on. I especially liked the ear and under-chin straps that ensure the mask stays on. I think I looked like a cross between the most glamorous Mexican wrestler ever and Sunset Boulevard’s Norma Desmond.
How does it feel? Like wearing Spanx…..on your face. The material stretches to fit your face and holds everything like a hug rather than in an uncomfortable, constrictive way. The material is saturated in serum so unlike most masks it doesn’t dry out so you never get that tight feeling. I went on with my day and almost forgot I had it on, until I opened the door to my neighbour!
Ingredients-wise the Calming Chamomile formula is vegan-friendly, paraben and sulphate-free though not entirely natural with some synthetic chemicals in the mix. The mask serum includes the exotic sounding Bali sea salt and Tahitian sea water for hydration and elasticity, soothing anti-inflammatory Chamomile extract, plant-derived squalane full of antioxidants and properties that protect from UV damage, snow fungus and Hyaluronic Acid which both boast mighty moisture retention properties.
The mask can be used twice. The second time I warmed it up in hot water first before putting it on for that sp-aaaaaaaah vibe. Finally a tree-hugger plea, please think of the environment and don’t just throw away the used lace masks. I keep and re-use for removing masks etc instead of disposable cotton wool. They are washable and soft so perfect for the job. I’m sure crafty types could find a million uses.
The results of the Lace Your Face mask? My face was de-puffed, soothed and my skin felt fabulously silky smooth. I rubbed in the remaining serum and didn’t want to put anything else on my face as it felt so good. The masks work out at under £4 per use which I think is pretty good value for spa-like results. Dermovia promise immediate results and they certainly delivered. More masks are due to be launching later in the year.
Dermovia Lace Your Face, pack of five masks, 50ml, dermovia.com. They are exclusively available in the UK at QVC currently at the introductory price of £36.36. Find them here
Dermovia Lace Your Face mask Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Bali Sea Salt, Apple Stem Cell, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tahitian Sea Water, Marine Collagen, Tremella Fuciformis Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Algin, Squalane, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, PEG-8 lsostearate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Black Pearl, Phenoxyethanol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.
NB: re PEGs, I have no problem using these masks as Dermovia perform double-process vacuum stripping and are currently reworking their formulas to exclude PEGs altogether, which should be available by the end of the year. I was really impressed by the prompt, straight-forward, non-evasive response from their customer service department. Thumbs up.