I love a mask.. I’m a total sucker for speedy beauty treats that leave skin looking and feeling better than it did ten minutes ago. Traditionally, I’ve always thought of masks as something to accompany a long, hot bath in the spirit of pampering and downtime, but mainly, you’re better off using them in the morning after a quick cleanse. It makes perfect sense, really – why sleep on all that good work?
The forthcoming Givenchy Vax’in For Youth Vital Energy Infusion Mask (don’t even try saying that with Malteasers in your mouth) is one mask that definitely shouldn’t be applied before bed unless you have very good reason to go to bed with outrageously lovely skin. It’s definitely a morning mask. I’ve used it twice now and both times it’s given my complexion a proper wake-up in terms of looking and feeling perkier, being beautifully hydrated and when I put foundation on afterwards, it went on like a dream!
Ten minutes should do it – I used a damp Washi flannel soaked in warm water to wipe the residue away – don’t wash it off totally because you need to retain a thin film to keep some extra hydration on your skin. There’s a lot of talk about age defying proteins at work in the formula, but I think it’s best to take that with a pinch of salt and look at the visible results, which I personally think come from the mild exfoliating elements that mean you can start the day on a soft and bright note. I can’t help being a bit taken though with the idea of the detoxing micro-algae ingredient that cleanses oxidised proteins.
I’d definitely recommend having Givenchy Vax’in For Youth Vital Energy Infusion Mask in your beauty arsenal for when your skin is looking tired and lacklustre. It’s £43 from May.
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