Go for gold with this luxurious new mask
24 karat magic
Gold has long been revered for its healing properties. And like honey, another ancient ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties, it is still going strong despite competition from newer discoveries. But unless the gold you're slapping on your face is actually penetrating deep into the dermis, it's unlikely it's doing much for your complexion. You're better off hoarding gold in the form of bar or sprinkling those golden flakes onto your desserts instead. The luxury brand, Chantecaille's, newest offering is the Gold Recovery Mask, and what we love most about it, is that it seems to give the skin exactly what is needs, whether is is hydration, healing or radiance. Thanks to the 24 karat gold that it is infused with, it fights inflammation and repairs damage, but it also contains firming and anti-ageing ingredients that transform the skin's texture.
For the first time, the mask also claims to contain ingredients that specifically fight wrinkles on both a vertical and horizontal level — which means that more of the lines on your face are addressed. This treatment mask is particularly effective if you have been travelling to temperate climates, such as after a skiing holiday, as it helps to rescue skin that is damaged from the sun, wind and extreme cold, calming and repairing it, so its restored to its optimal level.
The best time to use this mask is before bed, as it can be used as an overnight treatment while you catch 40 winks. But it's just as effective when used as an intensive treatment and left on for 15-20 minutes. Besides the 24 karat gold, which is the star ingredient, the formula also contains lipopeptides to reduce the look of frown and marionette lines and tetrapeptides to boost the skin's elasticity and firmness. There are also natural extracts like blackcurrant seed oil, sunflower oil and balloon vine extract to strengthen the skin's barrier function and soothe any inflammation or itching should the skin be dry and stressed out. Finally, this rich mask also contains a probiotic ferment that increases the thickness of the epidermis (the uppermost layer of skin) while microalga quickens skin turnover and improves its luminosity, resulting in firmer and smoother skin. All these actions work synergistically to renew and repair skin, for a visible firming effect and a noticeable, radiant glow. We tried this out in a recent facial treatment (not available in Singapore) and were impressed with the luminosity and bounciness in our skin immediately after using the mask, leaving us confident enough to forgo the touch up with the brand's luxe makeup and walk off makeup-free instead. But, this golden glow doesn't come cheap, at $460 a jar, which is why it is probably best reserved as a weekly treatment. Unless you're a Crazy Rich Asian, that is.
$460. At the Chantecaille counter, Level 1 Takashimaya Shopping Centre