Best for: Pre-event primping
In a less-than-ideal start, I accidentally applied the protective film from the Talika Bio Enzymes Anti-Aging Neck Mask ($11), thinking it was the mask. After that initial mishap, the “second skin” easily stayed put for 30 minutes. The results were, in a word, impressive. The direct-hit hyaluronic acid and collagen formula had clearly nestled into my deep neck lines, plumping them and making them less visible.
Bottom line: While the groves didn’t vanish completely, I’d absolutely use the mask before a big event. “Deep wrinkles are very hard to eradicate even with lasers,” confirms Debra Jaliman, MD, board-certified NYC dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. Psst…Here are other secrets for putting your best face forward in photos.
Best for: Overall texture improvement
My first thought was that Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Treatment Mask ($65 for 5) had a strong smell I couldn’t put my finger on. Maybe a result of the botanical-infused formula? My second thought was how much I enjoyed the two-in-one component as it treats both your face and neck. That said, the paper-thin sheet came loose from my neck several times during the 15-minute treatment. It helped to smooth the mask in place and lay down without hunching over my computer typing this review.
Bottom line: My neck wrinkles remained deep valleys, but my skin’s overall texture looked smoother and brighter. Here are more tricks for naturally glowing skin.
Best for: Resuablitity
File Frownies Neck Treatment Mask ($15) under: another mask that’s at its best when laying horizontal. The biometric membrane carrier patch (fancy!) did try and make an escape while I was scurrying around my apartment, but laying down so that it didn’t budge was probably an overdue moment of self-care anyway. Though I hadn’t chilled the mask, I was pleasantly surprised by the cooling sensation it infused along my throat when applied. I took it off after 20 minutes (you can leave it on for up to 30) and noticed that the area was plumper.
Bottom line: The reusable mask—three to five uses in total—definitely softened the wrinkles around my neck and kept my skin hydrated long after it’d been removed. And here, find out which products you should actually chill in the fridge.