I Tried A Magnetic Mask to Find Out If They Really Work, & Here's What Happened

As the host of our weekly Face Mask & Chill segment on Instagram Stories, I own a LOT of face masks. Like, boxes on boxes. So it takes a lot to blow my mind when it comes to masks. But when I heard about the magnet masks taking over the internet, I knew I had to get my hands on one immediately to see what it could do for my very, very complicated skin. 

My relationship with my skin has always been a messy one. For a long time, my skin straight up sucked. As a teenager, I would spend ages just staring at my skin in the mirror as if I could somehow will it to be better. I became obsessive about my skin––what made it break out, what made it calm down, what foods made it freak out (even though ~they~ still say food doesn't impact your skin). Eventually, I started to figure out what worked best for my skin, and I stopped breaking out quite so often. TG for growing up, and out, of hormonal freakouts. Still, though, I remained preoccupied, and to this day, I'm straight up obsessed with my skin.

Naturally, as a skincare obsessive, I've spent an absurd amount of time looking up skincare products. Half of my Instagram feed is loaded with skincare gurus shouting out the latest and greatest products. When I got my literal dream job as the Her Campus Social Media Editor, I knew the first segment I wanted to launch: Face Mask & Chill, a weekly Instagram Story dedicated to all things skincare. And now, we're bringing you Face Mask & Chill in writing, because who doesn't need more skincare advice in their life?

The focus of this week's Face Mask & Chill? The Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier Skin Recharging Magnetic Face

The basic gist of this mask is that it's magnetic, so you apply it to clean, dry skin, and then you remove it with a little triangular magnet. The Dr. Brandt site says that it's made of "black tourmaline, a powerful mystic stone known as one of nature’s most energizing minerals" which "is ground into the finest powder to neutralize negative energy and boost positivity, rendering skin radiant." Basically, alongside some anti-aging, it should refresh your skin, which is always something my skin could use, especially in the winter months when it's at its driest. 

Applying the mask was a pretty enjoyable process, which sounds like, duh, except that so many masks are an absolute pain to apply. They're messy and they drip everywhere, or they're sticky and they drip into your coffee (yum). But this one went on really smoothly, and once it was on it wasn't budging. I skipped my eye area (it's too sensitive for testing this sort of thing, and I wasn't risking it for the 'gram, sorry not sorry) and my eyebrows (because I like them where they are, thank you very much) and layered on a single coat. 

Plus, you don't have to use much at all, which is nice since this one is decently pricey if you're working with a tight budget. I took some selfies, posted to IG, and then it was time to wait.

While I waited for the mask to ~work it's magnetic magic~, I began prepping the magnet. Pro tip: you don't apply the magnet straight to your face. You actually wrap it in tissue (aka toilet paper for us less fancy people) to prevent the product from getting stuck to the magnet forever. Once the 10 minutes passed, I started slowly dragging the magnet across my skin, and I was honestly shocked to see the teensy little filaments go shooting from my skin to the magnet, leaving zero residue behind. It was like a fifth grade science experiment in the absolute best way. Mind. Blown. 

ICYMI the Instagram Story, you can watch a video review of the mask below! 

Overall, I thought this was a really fun mask. It has more of a purifying feeling than a hydrating one, so I was sure to follow it up with a hydrating serum and my everyday moisturizer. My face wasn't red at all, which was a blessing since you never really know how a mask is going to impact your skin. I mean, I could patch test, but I'm lazy and impatient, whoops. Luckily, this little guy had nothing but a positive impact on my skin, and made it feel SO SOFT. 

Did it clear up my every zit and empty my pores? I wouldn't go that far. But I would definitely use this mask again, especially on those days where I'm in a rush and don't have time for the whole apply-wait-wash-make-a-giant-mess process. Plus, it's 100% Instagrammable, which is always a positive thing in my book. 

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