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Asda Protect Facial Wash & Mask

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Brand: Asda / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Protects / Product line: Asda Protect

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      15.09.2012 11:00
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      A disappointing dual action facial product from the Asda Protect range

      Please note that this product is from the Asda Protect range as opposed to Asda Essentials and I have asked Dooyoo to amend the name.

      Asda Dual Action Face Wash and Mask

      I've been cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin for years where I religiously follow a daily routine. In addition, I frequently enjoy a weekly hour of me time where my husband knows fully well not to disturb me and it is during these sixty minutes that I will enjoy chilling out where I slap on a face mask and lie back allowing my stresses to drift away. More often than not they reappear, but a weekly hour of peace and quiet proves to be valuable to me and I enjoy the relaxing experience. My choice of face mask is normally one of those belonging to Montagne Jeunesse, but when visiting Asda a couple of months ago my attention was captured by their Protect range, which offers a host of different beauty products. I was intrigued by their Dual Action Face Wash and Mask and as a result my purchase was made with this review discussing my experience with using the product.

      The product idea is a new concept to me, particularly as I've previously used separate masks and washes. As a result, I really didn't know what to expect as my experience has informed me that facial washes offer a thinner consistency than a face mask. The product is provided within a study plastic transparent tube to enable us to witness the 150 ml of pale creamy white contents, which gives the impression of a clay texture. The tube neatly sits on a flip top lid, which was a little stiff to open for the first couple of occasions, but it seemed to get a little easier over time. I was initially a little concerned at the appearance of the hinged area, as it seemed to be a little delicate and as a result, I was afraid it would break after a few uses, but fortunately, this was not the case and the lid remained intact and securely closed during the time that I used the product.

      The reverse of the tube offers a little information about the product, which is suitable for vegetarians and we are provided with a few lines of small text that take us through the various product claims. It is here that I learned that the wash/mask contains antibacterial properties in addition to a host of other ingredients, which I'm not even going to attempt to list. On the first occasion of using, I decided to use it as both a scrub and a face mask and as directed I squeezed out a small amount of the white cream and proceeded to massage it into my wet skin. The texture reminded me of a facial cold cream with its glossy appearance and fairly thick consistency, which was unlike any facial washes I've used in the past.

      The aroma that initially greeted me was pleasant and whilst there is nothing listed in the ingredients to suggest this, I was able to sense a delicate citrusy fragrance. After a few seconds of massaging into my skin, an extremely delicate lather was created and the consistency of the cream became much thinner and almost transparent. The citrusy aroma considerably intensified where I was then able to witness a pong, which reminded me of satsumas that were on the turn! Asda recommend waiting for five minutes during which time the product partially dried and created a somewhat powdery effect and thankfully, the aroma vanished. Rinsing the product away with warm water proved to be a little time-consuming, particularly from the corners of my nose where the product had fully dried. However, the process was nothing different from some of the Montagne Jeunesse face packs that I regularly enjoy using.

      Despite the initial pong, I enjoyed using the product as a face wash, which is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis, as it was effective at removing dirt and grime and I favoured the fact that it left no sticky or greasy residue and the surface of my skin was left feeling soft and silky smooth. I am fortunate that I do not suffer with spots, but my skin can be prone to blocked pores, so I felt assured that the product was keeping this problem at bay. My skin can be described as T-zone where it is oily on my nose and forehead with dry patches on my cheeks and unfortunately, I experienced slight tightness in my cheeks after using, so it was necessary to immediately apply some moisturiser. In relation to using this product as a face mask, which is recommended on a weekly basis, I cannot see the benefits, particularly as any grease or grime removed during the washing process, is left lingering on the skin's surface for the five minutes whilst waiting for the face mask to partially dry.

      One of the main purposes of face masks is that their active ingredients sink into the skin's surface to draw out impurities, so I was conscious of the fact that any grime I had removed was merrily working its way back into my pores! Consequently, I used the product only on two occasions as a face mask with the remainder of the tube being for a facial wash. Another downside for me is that when using face masks I like to enjoy my "me time" where I can relax for around twenty minutes before pampering another area of my body, so I'm not interested in a quick slap it on face mask and splash it off five minutes later.

      If I were to rate this product solely as a facial wash it would receive three stars from me, but as it is marketed as a dual action facial wash and mask it receives only two stars. Due to the reasons discussed above, I will not be making a further purchase and will stick to separate washes and masks in the future. Asda Protect Facial Wash and Mask is normally priced at £2.50, but at the time of writing it is included in one of their rollback details where you can make a purchase for £2.25. The product has been dermatologically tested and should be used within 24 months of opening. A real grumble I have with many of the low end products produced by Asda is that their packaging is not recyclable and in this day and age I feel they should be considering this issue, as opposed to focusing on their profits.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.


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