I have to confess, I don’t use face masks nearly as often as I probably should do – mostly because so many of them turn out to be a dissapointment, forcing you to sit around with a green face for ages, but creating no real benefits.
Rodial’s Glamtox Peel, however, sounded like a much better bet to me. Billing itself as “the ten minute face lift” (words almost guaranteed to get my attention), it promised to create a “face lift” like effect in just 10 minutes. “Bring it on!” said Dollface…
Here’s what Rodial have to say about it: “Containing revolutionary ingredients such as LaraCare™, which firms, lifts and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and Argirline which works to reduce stress in the skin and to relax contracted muscles, glamtox peel will have an immediate effect on the face. Also featuring Fruit Acids to help refine the complexion, even skintone and soften fine lines, this clay mask will illuminate and brighten, even after the first use.”
And does it? You’ll have to read on to find out…
In terms of appearance, Glamtox Peel at first seems much like any other clay mask, albeit one that comes in a luxe silver tube. It has a fresh, slightly fruity scent (that’ll be those fruit acids, I’m guessing), and a creamy texture, and is used much like any other mask too – just apply to the face and neck, avoiding the eye area, then sit back and relax!
As the tag-line suggests, you’ll need to leave this on for ten minutes. After the first couple of minutes, I noticed a slight tingling sensation as the mask started to harden – not an unpleasant sensation, and at least you know it’s working!
I actually ended up leaving this on for a little longer than ten minutes, then followed the instructions and started rubbing the mask off, using a gentle, circular motion. It comes off very easily, although you’ll want to be standing over the sink when you start to do this, as it does make a bit of a mess. Once most of it was gone, I washed the rest off with warm water, and was done.
As for the results, as soon as I washed the mask off, and went to moisturise my skin, I noticed the difference. My skin was much softer, smoother and tighter, creating a far better base for my makeup – it worked! Up close, fine lines were, indeed, reduced, and while the effect wasn’t quite that of a “face-lift” – I’d describe it as more of a refining and smoothing effect than a “lifting” one – I was impressed.
I used the mask on Sunday afternoon, and can still see an improvement in my skin from it. You can use it once a week, and I’ll definitely be trying to remember to do that. The price is super-expensive - it costs £70 per tube – but there’s a lot of product in the tube, and a little goes a long way, so this should last you a few months at least. A testimonial on the Rodial website suggests you’d get 20 applications per tube, which seems about right to me given how little I used in one application.