After 20 minutes, the paper mask (above left) was drying and falling off while the bio cellulose mask (above right) remained super moist and clung tightly!
We know Bel Mondo Bio Cellulose Masks are superior to paper masks – but we continue to keep tabs on the competition, both low-end and high-end. But we were surprised that this mid-range paper mask, purchased at a local beauty supply store, performed so poorly. Our model reported “itchy feelings” after a few minutes of wear and after a few more minutes the mask was starting to pull away and pop off her face. It’s not unexpected, but for it to dry so quickly and to actually peel off in only twenty minutes is atypical for a mid-range product.
Our model was thankful that we chose to use the paper mask on her first; after wearing it, she was clamoring to put on the bio cellulose Bel Mondo mask. She felt the other mask had actually dried her skin rather than infusing it with moisture. Which isn’t out of the question – after all – if you put wet paper on your face and it starts to dry – it’ll absorb oils and moisture from your face – in essence drying your face. Conversely, bio cellulose is a super hydrated material that is hydrophillic (it maintains moisture equilibrium). So unless your face just happens to be super hydrated, too (unlikely) bio cellulose is always going to impart moisture.
Bio cellulose: a luxury beauty mask material!
As we’ve mentioned numerous times before, bio cellulose began life as a medical treatment and is used as “temporary skin” on burn victims. If its super hydration and similarity to skin were its only benefit it would make it a fantastic beauty treatment. However, bio cellulose is also an excellent “carrier” of premium skin care ingredients. And more so, because it clings tightly to your face and opens your pores – ingredients and moisture are transferred more completely, rejuvenating your skin.
Paper Masks vs Bio Cellulose Masks
So admittedly, we knew that comparing a paper mask (even a mid-range mask) to our bio cellulose mask wasn’t going to be an even match up. After all paper can’t hold 100x its dry weight in moisture and it tends to dry out quickly when applied. Paper masks are also generally flimsy and tear easily. And in the case of our test mask they often come in two pieces (a top and bottom). Bio cellulose masks, on the other hand, offer full face facial masks that shape and cling to your face. So they’re easier to apply, cover more, and because of the nature of bio cellulose remain moisture-laden much, much longer. In fact, we’ve had a test bio cellulose mask sit exposed on a sheet of plastic for up to a week and it was still moist.
Bio cellulose costs more but it’s worth it
Yes, a bio cellulose mask will cost about $18.00 per mask on average while a paper mask can be had for as little as $2.00. But there really isn’t any performance comparison. The quality of bio cellulose, its super hydrating effect, its ability to adhere to your face and infuse skin care ingredients deeply are out of the realm of a common, paper face mask. You could use several paper masks and not achieve the same benefits of a single bio cellulose mask. And sure, we may be a bit biased – after all we make and sell bio cellulose masks – but we specifically chose bio cellulose because of its amazing beneficial properties. To us the choice between paper or bio cellulose is a no “brainer”. Try a bio cellulose mask and we’re sure you’ll agree, too.