“ Brand: Dermalogica / Type: Face Mask / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
This is a face mask designed for oily or combination skin, which is intended to balance it out and prevent excess oil production. It has a whole host of natural ingredients that are designed to help with this. think cooling menthol, antiseptic tea tree oil, green tea and liquorice that help reduce inflammation. All of dermalogica's products are the same in the respect that they use natural extracts and ingredients to create a product that is naturally effective. Having said that this product is really on the pricey side of face masks, being around £20 for 75ml, so I think you would really have to have problem skin to think the investment worthwhile.
The main thing that I like about Dermalogica's products and this one is included in this, is that they often have no fragrance and I have yet to find one that reacts with my sensitive skin.
The packaging of this masque is very typical of Dermalogica, a plain white tube with a grey cap and logo, very plain and simple.
The mask itself is a smooth, runny texture and you don't need very much at all to cover your whole face, I had a blob the size of a 20p piece. The mask is easily applied and spread over your face, it forms a very thin layer and almost feels like you're applying moisturiser rather than a face mask. It also has a cooling effects when you apply it, which I found pleasant. The directions say to leave the mask on for 10 minutes, which I did then I rinsed this with some warm water and was really easy to do. After doing this my face felt soft and smooth, but I didn't notice any difference in the redness of my spots. It seemed to have cleared the oilyness from my skin and I did look like I had scrubbed my face well, but it wasn't really what I was expecting for the money that I paid.
On the plus side it didn't react with my skin and was refreshing to use. All in all a little disappointing!
Some masks that are targeted for the oilier skin type can be sometimes quite drying and irritating on the skin. They may technically dry the skin out but that's not what balancing the skin and targeting the spots is all about. ( You don't want to be pushing the skin's oil production into producing any more than normal, which tends to happen when you strip your skin of its oils. ) This mask doesn't do that, it's a skin exfoliator and soother that attacks spot forming bacteria on the skin.
*Who is this for ? *
If you have normal to dry skin, you don't need this and you won't like it. Save your money for a mask that WILL suit your skin's needs. This is for combination to oily skin types with problematic skin. This is also not for the person who just receives the odd spot, it's too strong for your needs and you should target them in a more gentle like manner with a different mask. If someone has purchased it for you however, you could always target single spots with the mask however, which also works effectively !!
I have combination skin and will use this mask as and when required, however, those with oilier skin types may want to use this on a more regular weekly basis to keep their skin under control.
*Why does it work ? *
Salicylic Acid is the AHA based ingredient that will exfoliate oily skin and will help to remove pore blocking dead-skincells. Some AHAs can not cut through the oil on your skin and so will not work as effectively.
It also contains the likes of Triclosan and Alginated Zinc Triplex (which is thought to help to reduce inflammation, regulate excess oil and prevent future breakouts, ) Panthenol ( i.e a form of Vitamin B5 helps to promote healing and skin repair, ) Essential oils of Rosemary, Sage and Orange ( to calm the skin,) Tea Tree Oil, ( a natural antiseptic to aid in skin repair ) and a blend of antioxidant botanicals.
All in all, it does an effective job at helping to calm, soothe and fight spot forming bacterica, whilst helping to clear away pore blocking dead skin cells.
*How to use *
Apply a thin layer to cleansed and toned skin. Leave for 5 to 7 minutes and then rinse off with warm water or wet muslin cloth/flannel.
I also use this to target the odd spot and leave it over-night !!
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid
Inactive Ingredients: Rosemary (Rosmarius Officinalis) Extract, PEG-32,PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sodium SAlicylate, Triclosan, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Balm Mint (melissa Officinalis) Extract, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Menthol, Camphor, Lecithin, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)Extract, Sesame Amino Acids, Lupin Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulfate, Essential Oils Of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Sage (Salvia Officinalis), Orange (citrus Aurantium Dulcis); Cyclodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Menthoxypropanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Methyparaben.