There’s a buzzy masking treatment on the rise and it goes way beyond slapping a sheet mask on your beautiful mug – we’re talking about body masking. Enzyme body masking, to be exact.
Similar to the viral face mask coined ‘The Game of Thrones’ facial (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here), Enzyme Body Therapy (developed by DMK) offers a range of benefits for pretty much every skin concern – including acne, stretch marks, eczema and cellulite. What’s more, it’s also supposed to firm and tighten your skin.
Sounds pretty good right? But with so many different treatments floating around, it can be *really* hard to know what’s actually worth spending your hard-earned cash on. Does it actually work? And is it as good as it sounds?
So, in the name of science, I popped over to the Reverse Beauty Clinic on George Street in Sydney’s CBD to find out if the DMK Enzyme Body Therapy Treatment is something worth trying.
DMK’s Enzyme Body Therapy Treatment is basically a mask that uses enzymes to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier. The deep exfoliating treatment promises to bring your skin back to its peak condition, leaving your body healthy, firm and feeling refreshed. It can be used to contour the body and help flush out toxins that cause ageing.
On the DMK website, it notes that it is “excellent for cellulite, fluid retention, dry skin, poor circulation, as well as the treatment of ingrown hairs, pigmentation, stretch marks and acne on the body.”
Before we get into it, it might be worth knowing that for this treatment I chose to focus on my stomach area. While I don’t suffer from eczema, cellulite or stretch marks on my belly, I’m *always* up for anything that promises to tone or tighten my tum!
Okay, so what actually happened? Well, the treatment was a bit of a multi-step process. My skin therapist was an absolute champion and explained everything, talking me through what to expect. She began the treatment with DMK Hydra Loufa Body & Bath Wash – a cleanser that she applied to my stomach to exfoliate dead skin cells (and get rid of my patchy fake tan – classic!).
After this, she mixed a solution together, which kind of looked like pancake mix (this is the actual enzyme mask). She explained that every solution gets mixed by hand at the time of treatment to keep it fresh (it contains egg whites!). She then painted the substance on half of my stomach at a time, and it felt cool and soothing…initially.
You have to leave it on for half an hour, and during this time the liquid firms. As it hardens, it tightens and pulls the skin to exercise the muscles and promote oxygen flow. The feeling wasn’t particularly uncomfortable or unpleasant – it just felt super weird and tight! And fun to touch (it felt like I had a concrete stomach, and I’m okay with that).
After the 30 minutes was up, the therapist came back in, made sure I was comfortable, and asked if I felt a pulsating sensation on my stomach (I didn’t, and was subsequently very curious as to what she meant). She explained that some people experience a pulsating feeling on their skin throughout the treatment (most commonly during the facial version of this treatment where the skin is thinner), which is the lymphatic vessels pumping fresh blood (and therefore oxygen) into the tissue.
She then removed the treatment with a warm, damp towel, and applied DMK Maximum Moisture Moisturising Body Lotion (it smelt amazingly minty fresh) to my stomach. She explained that the skin on my stomach may feel tingly or red afterwards, but said this was normal and would subside within the next couple of hours.
As expected, immediately after the treatment my skin looked a little red and felt quite warm, but not uncomfortable. I couldn’t wait to see the before and after photos, and when I did I was actually quite surprised. Although it was only a very slight difference, I noticed that my stomach looked a little more toned than usual. However, the biggest thing I noticed was how incredibly firm, smooth and soft my skin felt - I wanted to head back in and get the rest of my body done!
Here’s how my stomach looked before and after the treatment:
While you would need to undergo a series of treatments to obtain the best results, I thought this was pretty good for one treatment.
To be perfectly honest, going into this treatment I was pretty skeptical about the claims, but I was genuinely surprised with my results after just one session. While I can’t speak on its effectiveness for stretch marks, acne and cellulite, I can vouch for its effectiveness for firming, smoothing and brightening the skin.
Is it the most relaxing treatment I’ve had? Certainly not. But that’s not the focus anyway – it’s about results. I’d be very interested to see the difference after multiple treatments.
Have you ever tried an enzyme body treatment before? What did you think? Share with us in the comment section below.
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.