I have been using Jan Marini's new(ish) facial mask ($90) for just over a month and I am really liking it. The routine I have adopted is once or twice a week as a full face mask and a daily (when I think of it) dab on stubborn wrinkles. My skin is definitely softer and more rejuvenated and I think that is that it is having an impact on the lines.

This is a kaolin (clay) based mask and the idea is to leave it on for about 10 minutes - during which time it sinks into the skin quite a bit - before rinsing. The secret sauce is pichia/resveratrol ferment extract. Resveratrol is the component in grapes that does all the antioxidant work and it is common in many cosmetic ingredients. The twist here is that it is manufactured using fermentation with pichia pastoris. This is a kind of yeast and, to cut a long story short, it is given - fed - resveratrol as a nutrient while the yeast sets about replicating its cells. The yeast converts the resveratrol into something that is more bioavailable. This means, in theory, that the resveratrol is now more compatible with our skin cells and, thereby, more effective.

There are a load of peptides here too, including Matrixyl. This is palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, a small molecule that penetrates the skin easily and is structurally similar to the precursor of collagen type I. It is thought that pentapeptides can communicate with a cell and program it to do specific things, including repair work. Myristoyl pentapeptide-8 is a collagen boosting peptide that is a workhorse right across the Marini range, as is tetrapeptide-12.

With antioxidant, pomegranate, rooibus and white, there are enough good things to make me forego the slew of parabens. Still, it has to be said that my dream face mask wouldn't have them.

Ingredients

Water, kaolin, glycolic acid, sodium glycolate, pichia/resveratrol ferment extract, algae extract, glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate 20, palmitoyl-pentapeptide-4, sodium hyaluronate, capric/caprylic triglyceride, green tea leaf extract, myristoyl pentapeptide-8, myristoyl tetrapeptide-12, stearic acid, safflower seed oil, glyceryl stearate, polysorbate-60, shea butter, stearyl alcohol, white tea leaf extract, pomegranate extract, roobois tea, linoleic acid, linoleric acid, tocopherol, sunflower seed oil, phenoxyethanol, methyparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylpareben, magnesium aluminum silicate, xanthan gum, myristoyl pentapeptide-11, ubiquinone, PEG-40, hydrogenated castor oil, ceramides-2, sweet almond oil, aloe vera leaf extract, cucumber, arnica, anacylus pyrethrum root extract, tocopheryl acetate, rose hip seed oil.