Review: B.liv Soothe Me Now Soothing Bio-cellulose Mask ★★★★☆
Bio-cellulose has quickly surpassed hydrogels as my favorite mask material. It not only fits like second skin, its water retention properties are also far more superior. Soothe Me Now is one of 3 bio-cellulose masks from Bliv. There other 2 are Hydrate Away and Age Eraser. Using this today because my skin is being a b-word like always.
According to Bliv: bio-cellulose is a specialized nano scale fiber structure that fits perfectly like your second skin. it serves as a high volume serum reservoir i.e. holds moisture while allowing air to transfer freely and skin can breathe better. its 30 nanometers fiber increases extra contact surface area for crevices and wrinkles ; maximizing the absorption of effective essence.
This mask claims to repair and rejuvenate skin with olive fruit oil (6th), organic immortelle flower extract (8th), and hyaluronic acid (10th). I was impressed with the short ingredients list of 13 ingredients.
organic immortelle flower – this mediterranean plant has remarkable longevity – it never fades even when picked. it is known to be more soothing than german chamomile, and more regenerating than lavender.
soothing peptide (acetyl tetrapeptide-15) – a tetrapeptide that helps increase skin’s sensitivity tolerance threshold and effectively reduces the sensation of discomfort.
hyaluronic acid – also known as ha in short, it lubricates joints and keeps skin layers full of moisture to stya in the right shape and place. it holds water, to be specific 1000 times of its weight, to keep collagen hydrated and promotes a youthful look.
My skin is slightly irritated and dry today. I’ve cleansed, toned, and exfoliated my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the packet, I did not detect a scent. Essence was a sticky watery-gel. The thick bio-cellulose mask came in 1 piece, sandwiched between a thick fabric backing and a thinner perforated backing. I find this bio-cellulose material alot thicker than other ones I’ve tried. It’s still very soft and pliable, but it does not dry out as fast.
Per instructions, I should have removed both backings before slapping the mask on mmy face. But due to the nature of the material, I found application to be much easier if I were to remove the thick fabric backing, place the mask on my face, then remove the thinner perforated backing. This method made application so much easier by preventing the edges from curling onto itself.
Fit was bad at first but the softness of the material made it really easy to adjust. Adherence was great! I had it on for 25 mins, it was still really damp.
There were lots of essence left to pat in. It absorbed fairly quickly, leaving a matte, non-tacky finish. The first ting I noticed was how ‘white’ my skin looked. It’s different from bright. Good thing it’s temporary. My skin felt moderately hydrated and looked alot less red. No change to pores. My skin types requires a hydrating moisturizer over it to seal everything in.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
It’s kinda pricey so I’d recommend this to oily to normal skin types for special occasions.