TESTED: A BUDGET HOT/GEL FACE MASK

A cold/hot gel face mask is something new to me. Obviously, it’s what some people might use around the under eye area to de-puff those eye bags, but for my whole face? I had to give it a try.

It wasn’t cheap at £15, but the fact it’s re-useable made the price justifiable. Whilst cold it promises a lot of things: minimises pores, relieves injury swelling, headaches and toothaches, inflammation, and reduces puffiness and grease (one assumes sebum).

Whilst hot it says it is used to smoothen fatigue lines, relax tightened muscles and relieve short-term muscle soreness.

The design of the product is awful, sorry. It’s a pattern of cucumber in reference to using cucumber on the eyes, but also it didn’t fit my face. If I lined it up with my nose, the eyes went to my brows. If I lined the eyes up, the mouth piece is on my chin. So that was the first problem.

Using the product, despite it fitting terribly, was actually quite good. Having put it in the freezer for a half an hour, it cooled my face – but also was great to use when suffering with a headache. At first it gave me what felt like brain-freeze, but it did pass. When removed after 15 minutes, my face felt extra refreshed like I had just been outside. As for the effects? Not quite sure. I certainly felt more awake, so maybe not one to use in the evening.

To warm it, you place it in boiling hot water for a few minutes, which you then dry, cover with a towel and use. This was uncomfortable, so I didn’t leave it on for very long. Firstly, it’s an all-round face mask so when it’s hot, you have to use a barrier between it and your skin, meaning it covers your entire face and makes it difficult to breathe.

Rather than used on the face it may actually be good applied to different areas, for example lower back pain. As a beauty item, I wouldn’t recommend, but it is great for headaches and general soreness of the face.

All of the items were bought by MODAN, and not sent to be reviewed. The opinions expressed in this article are that of the author’sWhat works for them, may not work for you. But it’s always fun giving a new product a go!

All photographs by AJ

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