My mom is a fan of these tonics, as Montagne Jeunesse calls them, and I can see why: there’s nothing to peel off; therefore, there’s not the perceived mess as a rinse-off or peel-off mask.
Before even trying this, I was pleased that this entire company line does not test on animals and are vegetarian certified!
(Immediate disclaimer: I received a fantastic box of goodies to try and review by Montagne Jeunesse’s US etailer, neoteric. The following is an honest review based on my personal experience)
I chose this particular mask for last night because my allergies have been acting up the past week, making my skin a bit rough and since this one was labeled “Calming,” I thought I’d give it a whirl. Before putting on the mask last evening, I did not wash my face with my regular cleanser, but only with warm water, as per the instructions on the back of the packet.
When I opened the package, I was a little surprised. I thought the tonic was going to be more structured, but it’s really a fully-saturated piece of round woven material that’s loose and unstructured.
You’ll find places for your eyes and nose, and the instructions tell you to remove the piece from the mouth area and place it over your nose, which I did. I have to say that when I looked at myself in the mirror with this on, I was a bit startled – I felt like I had some surgical wrapping on, or something. I have a photo of it, but decided against showing you…. didn’t want to scare you from using this worthwhile mask!!
So then I got to
thinking fantasizing- ooooh, maybe when I remove it, my skin’ll look refreshed like I’ve had some fancy treatment!
With mask on unlike those forehead gels for fever or migraine aid, so it felt like it was stimulating the nerves, which was an effect I liked.
I’m not sure about the long-terms effects of this being anti-stress, but I was definitely calm while the tonic sheet was on! I left it on for a full 10 minutes. On the front of the package, it says 5 Minute Face Mask, but the instructions on the back said to leave it on 5-10 minutes, and since my skin needs all the help it can get, I went large.
On removing the sheet, I rubbed in the remaining tonic, again as per instructions, and then rinsed with warm water (yep, per instructions). Can you tell I follow instructions to the letter? Well, I must confess, when it comes to skin care and medical advice, I do – otherwise, I admit to some challenges. 😉
After rinsing and patting dry, I was STUNNED – my face was smooooooooooooooth, soft and taut – so much so that it almost didn’t even feel like my own skin. I could not believe the effect is had on the texture of my skin. Now, it remains to be seen if continued use will have a cumulative effect, but I’ll take it for now. There was zero irritation to my skin or to my nose by its scent. If I could use this mask every day, I would do it.
I certainly would recommend this mask right before an important meeting, event, interview, party, etc – and I can’t wait to try the other products!
They are all over the world, but since I’m in California, I have seen these at CVS, WalMart and Walgreens – online, find them at montagnejeunesseusa.com, very reasonably priced.