I am delighted to announce that I am now the official ambassador for the Dr Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask and you can buy it in the shop right here on the site. To find out why I’m such a big fan of this mask, what its benefits are and how I use it, read on and watch my video below
What is the Dr Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask?
Let me introduce you to this clever creation, which can both soften your frown lines and make you feel more relaxed. It was created by my friend Dr Steven Harris, who is a brilliant aesthetic doctor who you may have seen me talking with in videos on social media. In his spare time, using his knowledge of how applying light pressure to certain pressure-sensitive structures in the skin on our faces could create a relaxing effect, he created this mask.
How does the Dr Harris Sleep Mask work?
These little silicone bobbles on the inside of the mask press gentle on ‘mechanoreceptors’, which are pressure-sensitive receptors in the skin and that is what creates a relaxing effect. That relaxation does two things – it softens the muscles that pull the frown together so you get a soothing effect on your brow. It also has an emotionally calming effect; wearing the mask for 15 minutes can makes us feel more relaxed. To show just what the mask could do, Dr Harris put it to the test in a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial which was published in a peer-reviewed aesthetic journal and showed that it significantly relaxes vertical frown between the eyebrows, and also creates an ’emotional relaxation’ effect. You only need to wear it for 15 minutes to get these effects but you can absolutely wear it like a normal sleep mask and wear it all night if you like. I particularly like it for getting back to sleep in the middle of the night which is when I struggle with staying asleep.
How do I use the Dr Harris Sleep Mask?
As I find it has such a soporific effect, it’s great for sending me to sleep or for getting back to sleep – my main problem with sleep is waking up in the middle of the night and just staying awake. Whether it’s two o’clock, four o’clock or five o’clock in the morning, when I pop this on it’s like an extra trick up my sleeve and I can say to myself, “Right, lie down, be calm, this is going to send you back to sleep,” and next thing I know, it’s the morning.
How do you wear the Dr Harris Sleep Mask?
It couldn’t be simpler really, you just put it on and get it so that the elastic is about level with the top of your ears and the bobbles inside the mask are pressing just above the centre of your brows. Lots of people have already asked me about the skincare they can use with the mask and whether it’s okay to wear their usual skincare which, of course, it is. You do want that skincare to have been absorbed before you put the mask on because if your face is slippery with night-cream, face oil or sunscreen (if you’re using it during the day) then the pads can’t get a grip and you want them to have a slight grip on the skin. When you have the mask in place and you try, for example, to scrunch up the side of your face, it’s a real effort so you’re more inclined not to. It’s the same thing with the bobbles at the top of the mask, if you try and frown with it on, it’s an effort so you don’t.
Is the Dr Harris Sleep Mask something you can use instead of Botox?
Well, it can soften those frown lines for a few hours, but it’s not going to have that muscle-damping-down effect that injectable toxin will have which will last for months but then it is an entirely natural alternative. There’s nothing in the mask apart from material, there are no electrical currents, or crystals or heat pads or anything. It is just the mask, just those silicone bobbles that are doing the job.
So there it is, I hope you love it. I absolutely love mine and it goes most places with me — and I’m delighted to be able to offer it to you on the TTG shop.