The product promises to give you a "visually more sculpted tush"... and we're just not buying it. (Like, literally or figuratively.)
I love masks. In fact, I've tried pretty much every kind of face mask out there—from charcoal masks to sheet masks to the slightly scary looking but highly Snapchattable acne light mask. What's not to like, really? They pack a ton of good-for-skin benefits into one fun-to-wear package that really lends itself to some solid self-care time. While I'm normally game to try just about anything (and the world of beauty can be pretty wacky) I now know exactly where I draw the line: The Butt Mask.
Yep, this is actually a real thing. The Nannette de Gaspé Uplift Revealed Tush contains sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) along with marine extracts infused into a topical mask that is designed to be applied to the skin on your backside—either the upper or lower buttocks, depending on the area you wish to enhance, according to the website. After just eight days of intensive usage (worn for an hour each time), the mask promises to "re-shape the contours of the buttocks area and optimally accentuate feminine features while restoring firmness, suppleness and bounce for a visually more sculpted tush."
Did I mention it costs $175?
We asked New York City–based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., for his take. And, well, it seems at least semi-legit. "Whether you're treating aging skin on the face, or in other areas of your body, the goal is to plump and firm the skin," he says. And the ingredients themselves certainly have these benefits: Hyaluronic acid is like a sponge that attracts water to plump dehydrated skin, and the marine collagen in the mask has antioxidant properties, which reduce inflammation and promote skin-firming collagen, he explains.
"Treatments like this are best used by people with early signs of skin aging, as significant skin changes may require in-office procedures like lasers or injectables to give optimal results," Zeichner says.
While I'm allll for healthy skin, do we *really* need to start anti-aging our butts? And isn't it a leap to suggest that a mask can make your butt look "visibly sculpted"? Masks do not equal squats—sorry.
While we'd love to believe in a miracle mask, if you want a noticeably more sculpted tush without going under the knife, you're likely only going to get it by hitting the gym—or by wearing these leggings.