There are 2 masks from Cellnique that will be reviewed here – one is a clay mask and the other is a sheet mask – take your pick which type you prefer! 🙂 Well not literally take your pick, but the two masks are quite different and can actually be used consecutively or separately. I received these recently and decided to try them together and learnt something new in process- moisture masks work better when used after clay masks! I’ll elaborate further below 🙂
Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque (Clay Mask)
When I saw that the Cellnique mask was a clay mask, I thought it would be like the Kiehl’s Rare Earth mask. Clay masks are well known not to be great for those with drier skins but one day, realizing I’d misplaced my Kiehl’s mask (is there a gremlin in the house?!) I reached instead for the Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Mask that was sent to me.
The mask is a clay mask but smells delicious – like pineapple or tropical fruit puree. Just don’t mistake this for your salad dressing! When I saw that the mask contains fruit enzymes, I went “Ah! No wonder it smells of tropical fruit!” Its a yummy sort of smell 🙂
I spread a thin layer on my face, as I do all clay masks and the blue clay mask is quite a sight – don’t go round scaring anyone with this – or maybe do scare people with this for Halloween! 🙂
There is a slight tingling feel on the skin which isn’t unpleasant. The clay mask will dry and harden a little so wait until it all dries then wipe off with a wet washcloth or rinse off with warm water. I found my skin feeling super smooth – must be all that fruit enzymes and AHA at work.
I must say that although this is a clay mask, it did not leave my skin feeling very dry after washing off, though you should follow up with a hydrating moisturizer.
The Advanced Bio Renewal Mask is targeted at clearing dull skin and open and enlarged pores. I can see how this mask can help. Just after 1 use, my skin felt better already. However, I won’t recommend using this more than 1 time a week and not if you are allergic to fruit extracts as I know some people are.
A 50g tub of Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Mask retails at RM159 (US$55 online) and can be purchased online (free shipping worldwide) or at Cellnique salons and authorized counters (list). I rather liked this one and since you don’t use too much each time 1 tub can last a long time.
Pros: Leaves skin feeling smooth, Not drying
Cons: May not be suitable for anyone allergic to Fruit Extracts or AHA
Ingredient List: Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Pineapple Enzyme (Bromelain), Papaya Enzyme (Papain), Polyethylene Micro Beads, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Tomato Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Oil, Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Amino Acid, Saponaria (Saponaria offcinalis) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Gel, Linden (Tilia cordata), Titanium Dioxide, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Tropical Fruit Fragrance.
Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Masque (Sheet Mask)
Sheet masks are a wonderful invention. Never has masking at home been made so easy as with the invention of the pre-soaked sheet mask! 🙂 The Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Silk Masque comes sealed in individual silver packs in a box of 5.
I found the sheet mask very wet. That was my first impression. It literally drips all over so you might want to bear that in mind so you don’t mess up your dressing table. I suggest you have a face towel on hand just in case the essence drips along the sides of your face onto your pillow when you’re lying down.
The paper mask feels a little thin and actually tore a little as I was handling it. As a hydrating mask however, it seemed to do its job just fine. It cooled down my skin a treat (its especially nice to use if you’ve chilled it for a few minutes before use) and after 15 minutes, my skin felt plump and hydrated. It however is about as nice as my skin feels using most moisturizing masks so this isn’t one item from Cellnique I particularly like.
An unusual instruction on the box was to rinse your face after 15 minutes use before going onto your usual skincare. I thought it was a little odd as usually the essence from the mask is part of the skincare regime. However I follow instructions so I rinsed it all off. I still don’t quite see why… so again I’m not quite happy with this one.
A box of 5 pieces of Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Masque retails for RM129 – a little pricey for what it does. Available online for US$46 or at Cellinique salons (list).
Pros: Skin feels hydrated and soft
Cons: Pricey, Mask tears easily
Ingredient List: Purified Water (Aqua), 1, 3 – Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium PCA (Sodium 1-Pyrrolidonecarboxylate Solution), Propylene Glycol, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Fruit Extract, Sour Milk (Lactic Acid), Mandelic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Co-enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Hydrogenated Egg Yolk Phosphlipids, Acerola (Malpighia punicifolia) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Lecithin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, BHA (Salicylic Acid), Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sulisobenzone (Benzophenone-4)
Use a moisture mask after clay mask to replenish skin’s moisture
So remember I said you could use it consecutively? I used the Bio Renewal mask first to remove the dull top layer of the skin. Then, after rinsing off the clay, I relaxed with an Intensive Hydrating silk mask sheet. My skin felt more hydrated after this.
You will need some time to yourself to do this but that’s what home facials are for 🙂 Now I’ve learnt this, I’m going to do the same every time I use a clay mask even if I don’t use the same products as featured here – a moisturizing mask helps add moisture back into the skin and without the dull skin in the way after using a clay mask, it works doubly well.
You can try this at home too! Just use any clay mask first to rid skin of impurities and dull skin; and follow up with a moisturizing sheet mask after that. Its lovely 🙂
Have you tried this method of masking before? How about these masks from Cellnique?