You could debate whether these could be classed as a mask, but I’m going to put them in that category anyway. These are basically ice cubes for your eyes that are infused with lots of active ingredients to combat things such as dark circles and puffiness.
Wow though – these are expensive for what they are! The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes are £43 (from Space NK) for six, and one ice cube will do both eyes – so you essentially get six treatments for this price. They come in six liquid pods which you freeze. When you are ready to use one, you remove it from the plastic, put it in the gauze bag that comes with them and apply to your eye area.
These ice cubes contain Marine Spring Water (to hydrate and revitalise the epidermis), Gingko Biloba (to stimulate circulation and reduce dark circles), Gourd Extract (to soothe stressed eyes), Hyaluronic Acid (to hydrate, smooth lines and plump), Polyphenols (anti-oxidents that strengthen the blood vessels) and Wild Indigo (to release endorphins to combat skin distress). Applying these ingredients frozen is based on the reported skin benefits of Cryotherapy – the use of extreme cold to drain toxins and damaged cells from the skin, reduce water absorbtion, give a feeling of freshness and optimise the effect of skincare products used on the area directly afterwards.
I really liked the feeling and visual effect of using these cubes – my eye area was cool and refreshed, smooth and hydrated. However, I couldn’t help wondering whether bog-standard mineral water ice cubes from the supermarket would do the same thing – they do. I think it is the Cryotherapy rather than the ingredients in the Anne Semonin cubes that actually do the key things I liked, and I put an eye cream on straight afterwards (the Cryotherapy optimises the performance of this cream) so it kind of made the ingredients in the expensive Anne Semonin cubes a tad redundant anyway. I would definitely recommend Cryotherapy on the eye area – it feels great, makes your skincare work better and reduces any puffiness you may have in this area – just buy a bag of £1 ice cubes though and wrap them in gauze instead of purchasing these high-end ones.
Are you a fan of these or just using ice cubes in general?
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