The Science Behind Bio-Cellulose Masks
If you’re new to bio-cellulose masks, allow us to provide a formal introduction with the help of board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Bio-cellulose masks were originally manufactured solely for medical applications to treat burns and chronic wounds as bio-cellulose is actually an all-natural material, produced through cultured bacteria.” Now, we know what you’re thinking. A mask made from bacteria? No, we have not lost our minds. Before you run the other way, keep reading. “The material adheres to the skin tightly, for optimal coverage,” says Engelman. “And the absorption properties have been proven to deliver key ingredients into the skin.” Instead of making you break out in zits—which bacteria paired with clogged pores is notorious to do—these bacteria-laden masks actually provide hydration and nourishment to help soothe skin that’s irritated—say, following a chemical peel or laser procedure—or simply in need of some extra TLC. Below, two of our favorite bio-cellulose masks.
SKINCEUTICALS BIOCELLULOSE RESTORATIVE MASQUE
If your skin is sensitive or stressed, this mask is calling your name. It helps provide comfort thanks to unique fibers that distribute heat-reducing water to the skin barrier. Use it on compromised skin following an in-office procedure, or as a bi-weekly replenishing treatment. Unfold the sheet mask, remove the protective mesh layering, and apply it to your face. Adjust it to suit your facial contours and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. If immediate, cooling skin relief is your wish, it’ll get the job done. “It’s loaded with water,” says Engelman. “It’s great for replenishing hydration and moisture!”
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINESSENCE MASK
This luxurious treatment—infused with bio-cellulose—is designed to brighten the appearance of and hydrate dull skin and even the skin tone. One package includes six serum-soaked masks that fit like a second skin and deliver a glow, and, dare we say, radiance, to the face. You might look like a prop straight out of a horror film with it on, but it’s all in the name of beauty, right?