Saturday, May 3, 2014

Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Masks Review and Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have always had dry, flaky, oily acne combination skin, most of my life. Luckily the past year of giving up traditional face washes, soaps, sodium laurel and laureth sulfate skincare and body care, and chemical laden cosmetics, paired with oil cleansing, has restored my skin to the best it has looked in my entire life. I like to oil and steam cleanse my face with a mix of glycerin, jojoba oil, caster oil, grapeseed oil and almond oil about every other day and once a week I like to do a charcoal or dead sea mud mask to draw out dirt, blackheads and all other gunk deposited on my skin. I have always loved face masks, and they are generally in the mud or cream type form. But recently I was sent some Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Masks to review. These are unlike anything I have tried as they are a wet cloth mask intended to provide moisture instead of drawing things out.

I was provided 2 for the purpose of this review. They come in a large white packet containing a white cloth like 9almost like a baby wipe material) mask it is drenched (DRENCHED I tell you) and dripping in collagen enriched liquid, you carefully unfold the sheet mask and then apply it to your face. I put it on and did not tell my husband I was going to review a product, I just walked into the kitchen....cause its funny. He was freaked out to say the least! It really looks like a mexican wrestler mask (Nache Libre?) or a from a Halloween special movie. I immediately felt a cooling sensation, it was wonderful! The mask describes as their "proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen, botanical squalene, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion in just 15 mins." Hyaluronic acid applied topically to the skin is used for anti-aging and for healing wounds, burns, softening wrinkles, and as a moisturizer. Collagen is important to our skin.

Prevention is key here, it is important to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and stay away from things that destroy our collagen. Environmental pollutants, genetic makeup, poor nutrition, smoking, unprotected exposure to the sun's harmful rays, and other factors cause a loss of skin elasticity and cause wrinkles and sagging. When we age, the outer part of the skin layer (the epidermis) thins, sags and wrinkles begin to form. Collagen improves skin by providing moisture and fullness. It is important to also get enough Vitamins and minerals in our body. I use a Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serum each day after cleansing my face. Vitamin C deficiency causes loss of collagen. Supplying extra vitamin C in your diet will enhance collagen and slow the processes of aging.

This mask directs the user to wear for 10-15 minutes. I applied it to my face and instantly felt refreshed. It was a bit awkward putting it on as there were 2 flaps that hung under my eyes. I am guessing those are to put over your eyelids in case you want to take a quick little nap. I tucked these flaps over my cheeks to get them out of the way.

Directions for Use according to the Taut website and manufacturer:

Remove mask from packet, carefully unfold and apply on clean face.
Fit the mask over the eye area then gently stretch it to cover the entire face.
Relax and leave mask on for 10-15 minutes.
Remove mask and gently tap face with fingertips to complete absorption of collagen-enriched essence.
Massage the remaining collagen-enriched essence onto neck and upper chest area.
Feel restored, refreshed and renewed!

FOR BEST RESULTS, WE RECOMMEND USING THE MASK AT LEAST 2-3 TIMES/WEEK. Well looking at the price of these, I would not be able to afford to use these that often. Perhaps when I become rich and famous. Then I will most likely use these 3 times a week or more, as the sensation is quite amazing and lovely.

Box of 5 masks is $50 on the website.

After taking the mask off (10 minutes later is what is suggested, but I loved the cooling and moisturizing feeling, I left this on for 25 minutes) you are directed to rub any left over liquid into your skin. My face was pink in some areas but it was not irritated or burning. My face was still slightly moist, so I took my fingers and did a light massage. My skin felt hydrated and looked glowing, please excuse my very flat and slightly frizzy looking, "before bedtime, skincare routine" hair.

I would recommend these if you are needing to do a deep moisturizing and do not want to load your skin with something too heavy. These are pricey, but I would say if you can afford it or want to indulge, go for it! These would be fun to have you and your girlfriends buy together and have a spa sleepover or Mom's day out. Husbands love them too! (Mine did, after he got over the slightly scary, but funny looking mask.)

Would you like to try this out? The company has decided to give one of my readers a mask for them to try out. Contest is a short one, open for the weekend of May 3 2014 and May 4th 2014 only. Subscribe to my blog, and Comment below/send me a message.

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