I really enjoy masks as a regular part of my routine because it’s a great time to take a breather and let ingredients do their work on my skin. Depending on your age and your skin type, different masks benefit you differently. While you may need something with a little more acne-fighting power when you’re young, as you age, you’ll want something that really keeps skin fresh.
Bel Mondo was kind enough to send their Bio Cellulose Mask: Anti-Aging ($70, amazon.com) for me to give a try. The mask contains some strong moisturizers, as well as ingredients clinically proven to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and firm skin.
It Contains One of the Best Researched Peptides: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 is one of the best-studied peptides out there in topically applied form. In a double-blind, split-faced, placebo controlled, randomized clinical study, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 was found to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve moiturization over a period of 12 weeks (International Journal of Cosmetic Science).
This is because it helps improve collagen production and cause and increase in the extracellular matrix proteins. These include both types I and II collagen and fibronectin (Dermtologic Therapy). Subsequently, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 has been shown to increase skin firmness over usage.
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These study findings seem to contradict the 500 Dalton Rule that says that in order to penetrate skin, ingredients should be less than 500 Daltons. But there are several ways that peptides would still work even while being over 500 Daltons. One way is by cell signaling, where the peptides wouldn’t have to penetrate to work and the other is by being broken down to small peptides under 500 Daltons when applied to the skin.
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Urea Enhances Penetration and Moisturizes
Urea is a product of protein metabolism that’s found both in the urine and in the skin (Archives of Dermatological Research). It works as a natural moisturizing factor, binding water to the skin and promoting the production of keratin.
Though it’s a penetration enhancer, it’s been found to help improve barrier function and decreased tranepidermal waterloss when combined with patch tester sodium lauryl sulfate. And other studies comparing it to glycerine have found that urea works as a better moisturizer in treating atopic dermatitis (Skin Research and Technology).
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Algae Extract Fends of UV-Damage
Algae extract helps with UV-damage by adding in decreasing the damage done.
First, a study with mice showed algae to have a chemopreventative effect on the damage from UVB-irradiation (International Journal of Cancer). This is because algae helps to mitigate the oxidative damage that occurs from UV-irradiation. Another study found that human keratinocytes that were cultured with algae had an increase in proteasome, which increases intercellular protein turnover and oxidized protein degredation (Annals of the New York Academy of Science).
Algae has also been shown to have tumor-inhibiting properties. This is because it’s cytotoxic and certain varieties of algae have been found to be cytotoxic to cancer cells but relatively low in cytotoxicity for normal cells (Biological Pharmacy Bulletin).
Personal Use and Opinion
Bel Mondo Bio Cellulose Mask: Anti-Aging is a super saturated nanofiber sheet that you press firmly onto your skin before peeling the paper lining off. It has a very cooling effect when it goes on and the mask has an almost jelly feel.
Because of how moist the mask it, it may be better to relax and take twenty minutes to enjoy the ingredients sinking in rather than wandering around, because the mask doesn’t adhere quite as well to the skin as a cream or gel might. I had some trouble with it slipping down my face.
But my skin was definitely more hydrated afterwards, thanks, not just to the abovementioned ingredients but also ceramids, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. And I found that my face looked a bit brighter and more awake.
Bel Mondo Bio Cellulose Mask: Anti-Aging can be a relaxing part of an anti-aging routine. It gives skin a moisture boost and has ingredients shown to promote collagen growth and help mitigate damage from the sun. It’s definitely a great supplement to an already solid routine though — keeping skin fresh and young takes more than a single mask. But, over time, skin should be healthier, smoother, and more moisturized if you use this mask regularly.