Heaven in a tube for dehydrated skin. I bought this product on the same day that I had a chemical peel, and little did I know that my timing could not have been better. Introducing the QMS Relax-O-Firm Facial Mask:
As with most people, my skin was a little bit flakey a few days after the peel. I applied this mask directly after cleansing at night with the intention of keeping it on overnight and washing it off in the morning. What awaited me was a beautiful Disney princess-like skin. My skin was plumped, nourished and glowing. Just maybe it was wishful thinking, but I am pretty sure that the redness in my face was a lot better as well. The flakiness was not completely gone, but my skin was feeling so much better than the day before. I did this for two more nights consecutively, and my flakiness was gone thereafter.
Flakiness is part of the peel process and your skin should be left alone to shed naturally and rebuild its protection layer. You want to give your skin enough time to heal in order to have proper cellular rejuvenation. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to use an exfoliant to get rid of the flakiness. You will only irritate your skin even further and disturb its natural healing process. You may even cause acne breakouts and/or scarring by exfoliating too early after a chemical peel.
Over-moisturising will also prolong the down-time after a peel. Trying to over-hydrate skin that wants to peel off is counterproductive. Thus, I didn’t moisturise and apply the QMS mask to stay on overnight. I only applied the mask to cleansed skin, even without applying my serum.
After my skin healed and the flakiness was gone, I continued to use the mask twice a week after cleansing and exfoliating. I always keep it on as an overnight mask and I am always extremely satisfied with the results in the morning. I have never experienced breakouts as a result of using this mask, not even after the peel when I used it for three nights in a row. The product claims to minimize facial expression lines and fine wrinkles, and that dryness and expression lines are visibly reduced for long-term results. I cannot yet vouch for the long-term results part, but I can definitely vouch for the instant results. And to me that means a whole lot of active ingredients that do their magic overnight. It definitely calms irritated and stressed skin and provides instant hydration.
Even though this product is recommended for dry skin, I would go as far as to say it’s for everyone. Dry skin usually refers to skin that is lacking in oil, and dehydrated skin generally refers to skin that is lacking in moisture. This mask hydrates your skin and is not oil-based, thus I would definitely recommend it to combination and oily skins as well.
Available from selected salons and online here; R920.
Note: Technically this product still belongs to the bank because I bought it with my credit card. I was not compensated for writing this review; all views are my own, honest, transparent and subjective opinion.