Sunday 22 October 2017

Ruth Griffin: Stick 'em up skincare

Are skincare stickers a fad or a fab addition to our beauty regimens?
Kendall Jenner, the face of the Estée Lauder stickering campaign
Kendall Jenner, the face of the Estée Lauder stickering campaign
Shiseido Benifiance Wrinkle resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Eye Treat Spa by Masque Bar

Ruth Griffin

Celebs posting pics of themselves getting ready for red carpet events with their Glam Squads is nothing new. But at this year's Golden Globes, I was struck by the number of stars using Korean beauty-inspired skincare techniques, such as sheet masks, and the newest addition to this family - skincare 'stickers'.

Celebs posting pics of themselves getting ready for red carpet events with their Glam Squads is nothing new. But at this year's Golden Globes, I was struck by the number of stars using Korean beauty-inspired skincare techniques, such as sheet masks, and the newest addition to this family - skincare 'stickers'.

Skincare stickers/plasters are actually just another way of multi-masking. The stickers are impregnated with active skincare ingredients and have the added benefit of staying firmly in place (and not smearing all over your clothes, as can happen with traditional cream masks) so we can multi-task as we multi-mask!

Stickers can be used for the frown, neck, chest, lip, face and eye areas and also to cover blemishes. I've been using the Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Masks, €64, for years and can attest to the eye stickers being an excellent addition to any skincare buff's beauty arsenal. Today, I've road-tested a selection of stickers designed to deal with different areas and skin problems.

TREAT Vs CHEAT

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

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Shiseido Benifiance Wrinkle resist 24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
 

These award-winning gems are drenched in retinol for skin smoothing in minutes, available from Brown Thomas.

Vs

Eye Treat Spa by Masque Bar

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Eye Treat Spa by Masque Bar
 

An alternative that is still quite effective, from Boots stores.

* Proving that skincare is not just a concern for older people, 21-year-old Kendall Jenner is the face of the Estée Lauder stickering campaign. 

Their Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks, €35, are available from department stores nationwide .

TRIED & TESTED

Spot stickers

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Spot Treatment, €28.95, lookfantastic.com

What? Stickers to cover and heal spots.

How? Invisible skin patches infused with active ingredients (salicylic acid) that release over time to beat breakouts and prevent us touching and picking spots.

Verdict? 0/5 A great idea, but I could NOT get these stickers to stay on my face! They all fell off within a minute.

Pore stickers

Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (14 sets), €15.99, available from pharmacies nationwide

What? For treating blackheads and clogged pores.

How? Apply these to wet skin in the nose and forehead area, leave for 15 minutes and peel off to see what has been removed (slightly gross but cool too!).

Verdict? 3/5 Brilliant for clearing the nose of black and whiteheads, but quite harsh on the skin. Use every two months.

Sheet mask: Dry

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, €84 (pack of four) or €24 for one, Arnotts and Brown Thomas

What? A mask to help boost dehydrated skin.

How? This is a dry textile mask imprinted with active ingredients; most sheet masks are water and glycerine that you can slop onto your face but this feels pleasantly dry to wear.

Verdict? 5/5 The mask has loops that slip over the ears and fasten, so you can move around while you beautify. You can't do this with the wet masks. Also, it can be re-used up to three times.

Under-eye stickers

SK-II Signs Eye Mask, €66, sephora.com

What? To help smooth crow's feet, plump out fine lines and brighten under-eye discolouration.

How? These stickers for the eye area are packed with vitamins B3 and E, and Pitera.

Verdict? 5/5 I love using eye skincare stickers - you'll see a visible difference immediately after use (however, this only lasts a few hours). I would use once a week. Gorgeous.

Lip stickers

Starskin Dream Kiss Plumping and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Lip Mask, €10, Brown Thomas

What? To smooth chapped lips, smokers' lines and dehydrated skin around the mouth.

How? The lip plasters are saturated with skin-hydrating properties.

Verdict? 3/5 Skin and lips feel lovely afterwards, but you definitely need to not talk when wearing these, so maybe suitable for a quiet pampering night in only.

Neck and chest stickers

Skin Laundry Wrinkle Release Neck & Chest Sheet Mask, €16, libertylondon.com

What? Skincare plasters for the chest and neck area to help hydrate sagging jawlines, 'necklace wrinkles' and décolletage lines.

How? Uses 19 skin-conditioning extracts, including those from carrots, rice and bran.

Verdict? 4/5 Brilliant idea. I think we overlook this part of our skincare routine a lot. Bit tricky getting it on but worth it.

Ask the expert

Laura McLoughlin is a skincare and beauty therapist, and MD of Burgundy Skin & Beauty (burgundybeauty.com). Here, she gives us her opinion on whether skin plasters and stickers are a fad or something worth investing in for all us beauty buffs…

Do you use masks in your salon treatments?

Yes, we include masks in all our skin treatments at Burgundy Skin & Beauty.

Would you recommend trying multi-masking at home?

Definitely. I've never once met a person with the same skin type or condition across their whole face. Most skin types have numerous skin concerns, so applying different masks to problem areas will target each area a lot more effectively.

What are the benefits of masks?

The skin always needs a little boost to keep it looking healthy and bright. Moisturisers and serums are extremely important but, after exfoliation, I always find that the skin needs extra nourishment to feed the new skin cells.

Have you tried using activated sheet masks?

We don't use the sheet masks in the salon at the moment but I think they're as good as any other mask. It is just a different approach to feeding the skin. I love the collagen and anti-ageing sheet masks because the active ingredients only work when you apply them directly to the skin. I'm not too keen on those new black peel-off masks, though - I don't think any skin should undergo that much tearing and pulling. Your skin does not benefit from stripping it of all oils. Any video that I've seen shows the mask stripping the skin too. It's a no-no from me.

What do you make of skin stickers?

I think the skin stickers or plasters are a pretty cool concept. I love that you can chill them in the fridge to help reduce eye puffiness while they hydrate and tone. I'm all for plumping and hydrating the skin - these will most definitely do this for you topically and you should notice immediate, temporary results. I can see why people use them to prep for a big event or before applying make-up.

What one mistake do Irish women make with skincare?

Irish women have most definitely upped their skincare game - but I think over-exfoliating the skin is a huge problem in Ireland, as they're not protecting their skin or fixing the issue they are exfoliating for in the first place. Masking and rebuilding the skin is as important as exfoliating. Any product with vitamin A is the way forward in skincare.

What one thing should women do in their skincare routine?

Try a pigmentation treatment. Everyone is beginning to realise the importance of SPF, which is fantastic, but not enough people are focusing on the damage already there. There are some amazing pigmentation serums and creams that lighten age spots.

What do you think is the biggest skincare myth?

You will get spotty skin if you eat crisps and chocolate! Diet does play a major role in skin health but unless you're rubbing the crisps on your face, or eating entire multi-packs at a time, your skin will be fine! Veg and a balanced diet will result in good, healthy skin.

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