Thursday, 26 February 2015

REVIEW: Proskins Gold Anti-Ageing Eye Mask – With Real 24 Karat Gold!

It’s easy to see why beauty products that treat as we sleep are becoming so popular. We lead busy lives juggling work, family and some semblance of a social life.

We’re often too tired or don't have time to spend 20 minutes labouring over an evening skincare routine. We want a quick and easy option – though it must be effective (we’re not one for compromise!)

The idea of a mask that we can pop on and leave, and by morning has rejuvenated our skin, is alluring indeed.

The Proskins Gold Anti-Ageing Eye Mask is an overnight treatment with a difference. For a start it’s a fabric mask, similar in looks to those sleep masks we might don if counting sheep is failing to shake off a bout of insomnia.

But the Proskins mask is not about inducing sleep – it’s about anti-ageing our skin while we do it (sleep provides our body with the ideal opportunity to repair itself). And it contains one jaw dropping ingredient – 24 karat gold!  I say ingredient as that’s what it is. Gold forms an integral part of the mask’s anti-ageing properties.

Gold nanoparticles loaded with hyaluronic acid molecules (thousands per nanoparticle) are woven into the mask’s fabric (they’re too small to see with the naked eye). Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in skin. It holds 1,000 times its weight in water and helps keep skin plump. However, it declines with age.

According to Proskins, when the mask is worn the hyaluronic acid molecules are released into the skin – in a controlled way over the lifetime of the garment – topping up our natural reserves. Production of collagen (the glue that holds cells and tissues together) is also stimulated.

Too good to be true? Well, Proskins cites clinical studies which show a 56.6% increase in collagen levels when the mask is worn for 72 hours.  I’ll come on to my results in a minute.
The mask is luxurious to the touch. It’s made from a beautiful satin quilted fabric on one side and a soft black fleece on the other (the side that rests against your face). There’s an elasticated strap at the back.

It’s easy to pop on and is very comfortable to wear – when it stays on! I woke up on a number of mornings to find the mask had slipped off during the night! This was frustrating as it disrupted the trial. I’m petite but don’t think I have a particularly small head. However, Proskins have informed me that a new version with an adjustable strap will be launched later this year.

You can wear the mask alone, or in conjunction with your usual skincare. I did the latter, as I reckon that’s the option most of us would choose. The mask can also be machine washed at up to 40 degrees - clearly those nanoparticles don’t wash away! - but do not tumble dry or use fabric conditioner


L: Before Proskins trial and R: After 3 weeks
I’ve been wearing the mask in bed for 3 weeks. Have my lines reduced? It’s difficult to be certain outside of a clinical trial, and other factors such as diet, exercise and, indeed, sleep can affect results. I did take before and after pics. I don’t think they’re terribly conclusive but I’m including them here for you to see.

I’ve never previously worn a sleep mask and I wasn’t sure how I would take to it. I actually like wearing this one. Aside from any anti-ageing benefits, it comes in particularly handy when I want to go straight to sleep, and my husband wants to read. His bedside light used to keep me awake, but now I can pop on my Proskins mask and drift off in total darkness – even when the room is filled with incandescent light!

The Proskins mask costs £45 and is available here.

PR Sample



  1. I like the sound of this, it has grabbed my attention and I like it most because it blocks out the light which is something I need to drift off x

    1. Yes me too. The drifting off to sleep side of things is something I hadn't thought of at first. Tx

  2. Wowww I've never heard of these before but they actually sound amazing! Although I do think your skin looks great with and without the use of the mask. Thanks for sharing xx

  3. I like the idea of this, mainly because I look so sleep deprived since I had my toddler. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. Wow, a mask with gold and with hyaluronic acid molecules??? I think it must be amazing, as you say! I have to confess I have to get used to sleeping wearing a mask, but for beauty I would do it :)

  5. This sounds like rather a fab find for us oldies.

  6. Sounds fabulous! Looks much like an eye pillow (as used in yoga). I'm loving the effects of what this does! T.

  7. Wow Tracey! You are such a luxurious girl! ;-) This mask sounds awesome! I want to try it! Hopefully it is available here in the US too! The picture results are amazing! Like are you kidding me? Need this (I hope they have a whole pajama like this! lol). Kisses, Sissi


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