This mask is part of the new range from Elemis called Peptide 24/7 aiming to boost skin’s energy by giving round the clock care – keeping skin in synch, if you like, with regular applications. It’s based around circadian rhythms and cell regeneration with the implication that if you are a poor sleeper, it affects your skin’s ability to perform well. This isn’t new to beauty – circadian rhythms have been accused many times of contributing to skin woes, and it’s a huge research area within skin care as well as health care – but I struggle with it as a good reason to change your moisturiser. As the name suggests, the range is full of peptides which do support skin function as well as omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. I like that they’re using night scented stock oil and star arvensis oils which are new to skin care but high in fatty acids.
Despite my cynicism about rhythms and whatnots, this Thousand Flower Mask is the best mask I’ve used in a long time. Actually, masks are a strength of Elemis and this one certainly deserves a place on the honour roll. I must admit, I wasn’t expecting it to be black, but that’s the Brazilian black clay, apparently, and possibly the Nordic peat (hence the thousand flower claim – the best marketing spin on peat I’ve ever seen… which I suppose, technically is a mix of flowers, herbs and other botanical materials). On the skin, it feels cooling, cloud-soft in a puffy texture kind of way, and velvety. The entire time it was on my skin, the cool-feel didn’t disappear. Because it contains lactic acid, your skin will feel much smoother post-mask as all the dead cells disappear down the sink when you wipe it away. Putting on a facial oil after this mask was an absolute dream – I couldn’t stop touching my face! In terms of perking up my skin, it definitely looked fresher post mask – slightly wasted as I went to bed shortly afterwards.
If you love the big satisfaction that comes from a mask that ultra-silky and seems to drink in all the moisture you put on it afterwards then you will absolutely love this, like I do. It’s £37 but John Lewis has it on offer for £31.45 (I don’t know for how long but if you fancy it I’d get on it straight away) HERE.
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