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ilike Magnetic Skin Therapy

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
Reviewed by Marta August 22, 2010 11 Comments
One of the strangest beauty products that I have ever encountered has to be ilike’s Magnetic Skin Therapy ($68). The application alone is unusual – it is applied over a sheet of gauze. The potion itself is pitch black, dense and tacky. Looking at myself in the mirror, I was a sight to behold (hopefully, never by anyone else). Covered in an oily black paste, spiked with tufts of gauze, I looked like a pelican washed up on a Gulf of Mexico beach. I have dubbed Magnetic Skin Therapy my ‘BP oil slick mask’.

Perversely, though, I rather like it. Before I tell you why, I should explain what ilike’s Magnetic Skin Therapy is and how the application with the gauze stuff works.  This face mask has supposedly been used in Hungary (ilike, a decade-old Hungarian company, is a new find of mine that specializes in organic botanical skincare) for eons. It is designed to aid fluid circulation and the skin’s absorption of oxygen and nutrients.

The magnetic part is provided by ferrite.  Generally derived from iron oxides, ferrites are used to make magnets. I have no idea what its role in skincare might be although I can speculate that it may aid absorption of the other ingredients. These include antioxidant powerhouse of polyphenols, saponins, omegas and bioflavonoids that are derived from plants such as elder flower, walnut leaf and horsetail.

The pot of Magnetic Skin Therapy comes with two sheets of cosmetic gauze. Following the instructions, I smeared my face with the nearest serum to hand (it happened to be ilike’s Wrinkle Eliminator Serum) and patted the gauze (it has holes pre cut for eyes, nose and mouth) over my face. With it – somewhat precariously - in place, the next step is to “apply a thin layer of the mask on top”. This is easier said than done. The consistency of the mask is very thick and is not readily smearable. The only way to avoid uneven blotches and globules, is to rub it quite firmly across the gauze, which pulls it out of place. Once done, the idea is to leave it on for a couple of minutes until “almost dry” and peel off the gauze and rinse off any residue from the face.

Whilst waiting for it to dry, I entertained several thoughts: (1) how can something that is lying on top of a sheet of cotton gauze penetrate the skin (2) what’s the point of all this just to leave it on for two minutes or so (3) this thing is surely more trouble than its worth (4) I hope my husband doesn’t walk in on me.

Removing the gauze revealed that a fair amount of it was on my face after all. I rinsed and peered at myself in the mirror.  My skin looked very clear. Half an hour later, I looked again and was struck by the fact that I looked so well – as if I had just had a great night’s sleep. And you need to know that I had been suffering from a head cold for the previous 48 hours and had been looking decidedly peaky. The next day, I was frankly amazed by literally glowing skin and not an open pore in sight.

Magnetic Skin Therapy is a bit too messy for regular use, but its a lot of fun.

Ingredients

Sambucus nigra (elder flower), juglans regia (walnut), equisetum arvense (horsetail), robinia pseudoacacia, achileamillebilium, ferrite, ricius communis, benzyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sodium cocoyl glutamate, lavandula angustiola, silica, citric acid, sodium salicylate, salicylic acid, linalool.
  • August 31, 2010

    by Theresia Kelly

    For ironing you may use an lintfree waxing cloth (strips or larger sizes). It's wonderful wait til you try it.

  • August 31, 2010

    by Theresia Kelly

    I'v been reading with interest the comments on the Magnetic Skin Therapy. For official information, you may refer to the distributor's website: www.szepelet.com. I am the educator for the northeast and this is a fabulous product, but does take some practice to master. I would also caution you to check out your sources for info and purchases. One website listed above is in no way affiliated with szepelet, the only distributor in the US. Check your references. Another brief comment is you must use an oil serum underneath the mask. I don't recommend using the magnetic facially without the mask as it is tacky and difficult to remove from the pores. This is the reason the gauze mask is necessary. IF you would like to receive instructions beyond the box, please feel free to contact me on facebook. you can find me under Theresia Kelly, or ilike organic skin care on f/b. Good luck, and thank you Marta for your reviews and responsible approach.

  • August 27, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Thanks, Elyse. I'm even more interested now if you can put it on the undereye area. Coupled with Marta's results, it sounds like this is a good little food snack for the skin without drying it out.

  • August 27, 2010

    by Elyse

    oops. Re: the skin ironing, the website actually said "wax," not wax paper. Not sure what sort of wax they mean. Marta, maybe you can check on this?

  • August 27, 2010

    by Elyse

    I found this product so intriguing that I had to look for more info! I came across a few very interesting tips on a website (Skin One) that sells the ilike line. I have already passed them along to Marta who suggested I leave this comment.

    It seems one can also use this mask for "wrinkle ironing:" The directions instruct one to cut 1/2 to 1/3 inch stripes of wax paper and place them on top of the mask right over the wrinkle lines a few minutes before the mask starts to dry. To enhance the effect, one may push the stripes into the wrinkle lines by stroking them with one's finger with a gentle pressure always in one direction. Ok...

    In addition, Skin One instructs that the product may be used without gauze on the wrinkles lines or under the eyes as a peel-off mask. It states one may use serum, oil concentrate, or their eye cream as a base on the skin.

    Marta, please keep us informed!

  • August 27, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Bump - Took a little time to find this topic...I'm trying to keep on top of any further comments...

  • August 25, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Marta - Linalool is like the troll under the bridge and I can find no reason for all these companies using it. I'm trying to talk myself into this masque because your results sound wonderful; maybe having it on for only 2 minutes is not so threatening. Did you find this drying or creating flakiness? When you used it without the gauze, did you still put a serum on first?

  • August 25, 2010

    by marta

    The thing about linalool is that it is dose dependent, so I'm hoping it is miniscule here. But I agree, I wish people would stop using it. BTW, this does work better without the gauze, but I am still experimenting.

  • August 23, 2010

    by Jaysie

    I'd have ordered this already if it weren't for that nasty linalool. Marta, why is this ogre of an ingredient showing up in anything and everything??

  • August 23, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Kathy, I think in part the serum is to give the gauze something to adhere to. They also suggest using their calendula oil. Anyhow, I'm going to skip the gauze next time and try it neat (without serum either) and see how it goes. I'll jump back on tomorrow after trying it tonight.

  • August 23, 2010

    by Kathy

    Can you use any skin serum underneath,or does it have to be their brand?

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