My dehydrated skin has been getting a wake-up call with Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85), a face mask that you sleep in. As I get older, I feel that I wake up with tiny vertical creases at the sides of my face and an overall loss of plumpness that exacerbates the appearance of fine lines. The Sleep Tight Mask is like putting my skin on a hydrating intravenous drip.
With a strong lavender scent (which I happen to like), the mask is both relaxing and refreshing. Bright blue like the rest of the Osmotics Blue Copper 5 line, it becomes mottled with white-ish patches after a few days (the box says this is to be expected). I apply it in a fairly thick layer somewhere in between the amount I would use for a normal cream and a mask. An hour later, it will still feel tacky, but I haven’t noticed greasy pillowcases.
What I do notice is that the next morning, I have plumper, more hydrated skin, and those fine lines are less visible. I’ve been resisting the temptation to use it every night and find that two or three times a week over the past few weeks is enough to make a difference.
I think Osmotics is really on a roll with its Prime range. The ingredients have been selected with menopausal skin in mind, and this, to my mind, is why my 54-year-old skin is responding so well to them.
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask has a generous 20% dose of sodium hyaluronate, an ingredient that attracts and retains moisture. I can’t find much information on manihot esculenta (cassava) in terms of its use in skin care, but I believe that it may pull toxins from the skin.
While copper peptides that promote collagen and elastin are the mask’s anti-aging heroes, I also like the inclusion of peony oligosaccharides. According to Osmotics, this ingredient improves the skin’s density to restore lost volume. In doing a bit more research, I found that the peony extract controls cellular communication. This prevents “deleterious exchanges” (a cellular equivalent of a brawl) between the reticular dermis and the hypodermis, thus preventing loss of structure and sagging.