Last year, I got into the habit of putting on a facial mask every evening – it could be a simple hydrating cream mask, a luxurious anti-aging mask, or a sheet mask. It really made a difference in helping me manage my dry and dehydrated skin. But all of these meant extending my night-time skincare routine by 10-20 minutes as I allow the mask to work its miracles before blotting or rinsing off and then following with serums and moisturizers. And there is nothing quite like an extra few minutes of sleep to restoring beauty. Finally, I picked up The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, and the dilemma is completely resolved!
The latest addition to The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth range, the Bouncy Sleeping Mask is formulated with stem cells from the Edelweiss, a flower that grows in the bitter cold high atop the Alps and produces active substances that can protect against harmful components such as UV rays. It contains strong antioxidant properties, and helps limit the degradation of important collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. When incorporated into skincare, Edelweiss stem cells have the potential to boost skin regeneration, plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
Upon first contact with The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask, I was captivated by the texture of the product. It has a firm, almost elastic barrier-like texture at the very top as you dip into it, almost like breaking into jell-o. There is a small plastic spatula included with each jar of mask, but I had to poke at it with my (clean!) finger just to be sure. The product, when you scoop it out, is a thin milky gel-cream that smoothes easily over the face to become transparent, and then clings to the skin without any oily, greasy, slippery sensation that is typical of cream-type masks.
The mask is meant to be used as the last step after your usual skincare routine (no, this is not a replacement for an actual moisturizer), and helps to seal in all the goodies while you sleep. And the best part of it all is, I really do see a difference when I wake up the next morning!! My skin appears brighter, plumper, and well rested (even if I had a restless night racked with coughs and a stuffy nose).
Since I was so blown away by the results, I was curious and decided to take a closer look at the ingredients. There are certainly beneficial ingredients in there, including helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil and oleifera seed oil to improve the skin’s emollient system. The Edelweiss stem cell (leontopodium alpinum meristem cell culture) whilst available, is listed far down, meaning the amount of this ingredient is very little. Which is understandable given each generous 90ml jar retails for only SGD44.90.
Overall, I think The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask is a good value for money skincare product that produces visible results. I have not used this long enough to discern any long-lasting improvements to my skin, but that is a challenge for even the most expensive creams in the world. At the same time, it does not irritate my sensitive skin, which makes this even more appealing. I love the convenience of a slap-it-on-go-to-bed product, and love the effects even more!
The product discussed above was provided by The Body Shop Singapore for my consideration. All views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinions, and are not influenced in anyway.