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The Lumavera Oxygenating Masque ($70) promises to provide essential oxygen to skin cells to enhance cell metabolism and create vitality. It claims to be a skin brightener, a complexion enhancer, and a skin smoother. After 6 weeks of testing, I am happy to say that this mask lives up to its claims and maybe even does a bit more. My skin did look brighter with every use, but more importantly, my furrowed brow began to look smoother — much smoother! At 45, I've come to accept the horizontal lines on my forehead, but I did a double take in the mirror after the first week using this mask. My skin looked radiant, much firmer and the forehead lines were there, but smoother with a fraction of their previous depth.
Having never tried a product with oxygen as a highlighted ingredient, I wasn't sure what to expect. In fact, I was a little skeptical. After all, couldn't too much oxygen create free radicals and end up aging my skin? Yet, it was hard to argue with the results I was seeing. My skin was looking smoother than it had in years. On a whim, I used my Baby Quasar Red ($399 in the shop) one night after rinsing off the mask thinking the results could only get better. Big mistake! I woke to deep furrows on my brow the next day. It appeared that I had undone all my previous good work with one 20 minute session of red LED. I waited a couple of weeks, continued using the mask with great results and tried again with the LED light. The results were dismally the same. I can only surmise that adding the LED following the oxygen mask created the dreaded free radicals. Since the results I was seeing with the mask were better than those I got with LED, I happily put away my Baby Quasar and relied on the mask's anti-aging abilities.
Lumavera looks like it has put some thought and investment into their packaging. The mask comes in an attractive box with an easy to use airless pump. I found that after I applied the mask, a small amount would foam up outside of the pump. It didn't bother me, but it did make me realize that there really is oxygen in this product! The mask is a creamy opaque color with a strong, melted candle smell that took a couple of weeks to accept. The consistency is that of a cream or gel, but foams up on contact with skin. It sinks in and dries very quickly. The directions on the packaging recommend using 2-3 times a week for 3-5 minutes. I got my best results using it every other day for 10-15 minutes. It rinses off easily and cleanly. Once I got used to the smell, this was a very easy product to use. My only complaint is that it is a little drying. I simply followed up with extra moisturizer.
The ingredient list for this mask is long and has aloe at the top, but lots of familiar names throughout. Nothing on the list particularly concerned me, but a purist my have problems with the preservatives, etc. I did love the antioxidant rich veggie blend with broccoli, tomato, carrot, spinach and brussel sprout powders. The sub ingredient list also included several interesting fruit extracts. All in all, I felt the good far outweighed the bad in this mask.
This mask surprised me and I would rank it as one of the better anti-agers I've used. I highly recommend this for crepey skin, fine lines, and even those annoying horizontal forehead lines. With a price of under $100, I think it might be one of the better deals in the marketplace.