Following on from my recent honest post about cellulite treatments, I have a few other ‘miracle’ products to try over the next couple of weeks. Although it’s not really my style to write a straightforward product review, I posted a few photos of this one on Instagram, and the resounding response was ‘we need this!’
The ChinUp Mask is a non-surgical mask in both meanings of the word: a treatment that you rub into the skin and an elasticated mask/slimming band. The press release promises that the product will ‘remove’ 1cm of fat from your face, neck and chin in only 30 minutes. The removal of fat… quite a claim. Where will it be removed to?
The box includes the mask, the slimming band and a tape measure.
I took two before and after measurements from ear to ear, across the front of my chin as well as under my chin.
Inside the sachet is a layer of fabric to which the mask has already been applied. The fabric goes on your chin and neck like this:
Then the gimp mask, sorry – I mean slimming band is stretched over the top. The band didn’t quite stretch over my ears. Perhaps I have too much hair but when I tried to stretch it over my ears it just slid down towards the back of my neck. The band pulls everything upwards as you can see from this chipmunk impression:
It feels very tight and makes facial movements more or less impossible. I was trying to smile in this photo to no avail. I had planned to make a phonecall or two while strapped in, but quickly realised I just needed to sit it out.
The mask contains an ingredient called Corum 9235 which stimulates the absorption of serum and promotes the loss of fat, along with vitamin E, several fruit extracts and numerous ingredients which are unfamiliar to me. It also contains mineral oil, the inclusion of which is one of my pet peeves about the cosmetics industry. I’m sure ChinUp will be able to explain why they use mineral oil, but my understanding is that it blocks the pores and prevents all the good stuff being absorbed into the skin.
The smell isn’t unpleasant or particularly strong, which I found surprising. I was prepared for a warm sensation, but the product developed as the 30 minutes wore on and by the end I would describe the feeling as hot, rather than warm. I don’t have sensitive skin but imagine this would aggravate any skin conditions.
So what’s the verdict? Well, I was amazed to find that the mask did exactly as promised and I lost 1cm from my double chin.
The pack advises repeating the process every other day for a week to achieve better results. I only had one sachet, so can’t comment on the long term effects, but my 1cm had returned the day after the test. So in conclusion, as long as you test the product first to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the ingredients, ChinUp is a good solution if you want to look your best for a night out.