By far one of the easiest ways to look after your skin, combining it with the ‘me-time’, is to use face masks at home. Depending on your skin type and skin’s needs, integrating a mask into your weekly skincare ritual, is like being your own facialist. Su-Man Hsu, is a wonderful, no-nonsense facialist and her skincare products, appeal to women of various ages, but work particularly well for women upwards of 30. This month Su-Man launched her first face mask (notice the new, updated, packaging, which is eye-catching ), a labour of love and skill that took several years to complete, resulting in an effective and potent product that delivers results when the masking ritual is complete. So, what makes Su-Man Skincare Facial Glow Rejuvenating Mask different from others on the market?
First of all, this mask contains advanced bio-cellulose technology, which mimics the 3D structure of the skin. Su-Man developed an intensive mask, fusing ancient wisdom with modern technology, which rejuvenates, hydrates, plumps and brightens your complexion, even after a single use.
Key Ingredients of the mask:
Orchid Extract: a powerful, mineral-rich antioxidant that has been used in Asia for centuries, it promotes a radiant, refreshed and soft complexion.
Seawater Mineral Concentrate: perfectly balanced minerals and vitamins help to revitalise the skin
Brown Algae ( sodium alginate): it soothes the skin and helps to hydrate & brighten it.
Peptides: help to make your skin plumper and more supple.
Tetrapeptide-15: it is a cosmetic peptide that is often used on sensitive skin, as it helps to decrease the release of the pro-inflammatory chemicals.
Hydrolized Elastin: smaller in molecular composition than collagen, it penetrates the epidermis, helping to improve suppleness and moisture levels of the skin matrix, going deeper than skin’s top layer.
In addition, the mask also contains natural coconut water, purple orchid and Tranexamic acid that help the complexion glow well after you take the mask off, irrespective of your skin type.
When I read through the whole list of ingredients, 31 in total, I did ask Su-Man about certain of them, like Cyclotetrapeptide-24, which is one of the preservatives, supposed to be least irritatiing, o-Cymen-5-ol ( an anti-fungal preservative ) and Palmitoyl Trippetide-1, but Su-Man replied that when it comes to formulation of her products, she is always guided by the principle ‘do no harm’.
The mask comes in a package of four, each sealed in its own, individual pack. Each mask, once you open the exterior pack, comes in three parts – you need to remove & discard a protective layer from one side of the mask and apply it to cleansed, dry skin, carefully applying it over your face and correctly positioning eyes and mouth openings – if you are into mask ‘selfies’ with a slight sci-fi look, then it is a perfect candidate! Once you applied the mask all over your face, peel off outer protective layer and smooth the mask lightly, until it adheres completely to the contours of your face, becoming part of it, for ten to fifteen enjoyable minutes. It has a fairly quick cooling and plumping effect on the skin and doesn’t drip or slide off the face, even if you move around, instead of relaxing in the bath. Once the time is up ( I do leave it on for up to 30 minutes sometimes ), remove and discard the mask and take the time to examine your rejuvenated complexion in front of the mirror, while gently massaging the remaining mask essence into the skin.
One of the things that I really like about this mask, is that it gently hugs and adhere to the contours of the face, via a delicate network of plant-based ingredients and fibres, that aid in delivering smoothness, plumpness and luminosity to your complexion.
During my testing of this mask, I also asked my mother to be my mask volunteer tester and I have to report that we both came back with the same comment – our complexions looked plumper and dewier, even and well hydrated, so much so, that we both went to bed without applying anything else to our faces and woke up with plump, hydrated faces that looked fresh , even though we both went to bed late the night before. This mask can be used weekly, as a quick and convenient mini-facial for revitalising a tired or de-hydrated complexion. Su-Man also told me that you can warm the mask prior to application, by placing it, still in its exterior packaging, in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes ( don’t place it in the microwave !) and then using it in colder, winter months for enhanced pampering ritual, especially if you have been our skiing at high altitudes for example – this one I am still to put to the test, but I am definitely taking a couple with me for my sea summer break.
Personally I belong to the school of thought that certain beauty rituals are better done ‘in private’ and not in front of our other halves, making this mask is a great treat when your other half is away or out or you are having a night in or are traveling with your female family members or girlfriends, for example on a hen weekend or girly getaway. A radiant complexion gives us all a wonderful confidence boost and will make your other half appreciate your radiant glow too.
Su-Man Facial Glow Rejuvenating Mask x 4, £42 is currently available exclusively at Selfridges Beauty hall. For more information, please click here