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One, of my four a day. Kind of.
If you head to DERAMLOGICA.CO.UK you can get a free skin map of your face by answering 2-3 simple questions. The answer should be in the products they recommend for your skin.
I can't always get to a DERMALOGICA counter so this was ideal.
For my treatment results, this was one of four products suggested.
This is to be use alongside the other three but to be use only 2-3 times a week.
The aim of this product is:
My main focus was to CONTROL SHINE, particularly on the forehead, although this is well controlled by another in their range this is that extra blast of cream that will tackle it and I find this will help to clear skin further and control shine in the summer more.
This doesn't cover up a problem you may have but rather eliminate it.
When I first applied the thickish cream on my skin I assumed things might get worse before they got better, as sometimes is the case, but I didn't get any flare ups at all.
On the website, they suggest using this as some sort of individual spot zapper [my words, not theirs! Theirs are way professional:)
Of course, some blemishes will make their presence known but using this overnight can radically reduce if not get rid of it. Very handy.
Getting a sample to try before you buy is advisable. Prices vary online, of course, I bought mine for £25 and has lasted 3 months.
I got a little trial sized tube of this when I bought a full sized product from this brand. I do find that this brand works well with my kind of skin, but it is that bit expensive. I have had quite a few little trial sized products from this brand and love a freebie.
This normally comes in a 75ml tube and the right price is around £20, The little product that I got done me 2 applications, so I was able to see if this was going to work on my skin alright.
This comes in a tube like shown above. The tube isn't all that eye catching in my view and doesn't look all that expensive. It just looks a bit plain and boring I think.
Just use this product the same way you would use any other Mask. Smooth this over a clean face, leave for 10 minutes then wash and pat dry. The mask is quite thick, and when you rub this on then at first it may feel a bit greasy on your face, but after a couple of minutes when I assume this is soaking into your skin then it isn't all that rich and greasy feeling. This washes off easy enough, and I found that although my cheeks looked a little red after I had patted my face dry (my cheeks are a little dry) after about 5 minutes my face all looked the normal colour. My face felt nice and soft.
So does this work? I think this is a good product. This product is more for Oily skin, as most of this range is and so it does work well for Oily, greasy and spot prone skin. I found that even just using this the first time that my large spot that I had on my chin seemed to be not so red and not as large, and I found that my Forehead didn't seem to be as Oily and it was as if the Oil stayed away for a while as well after using this.
This seems to be a good product. I am a bit lazy and don't use a Mask all that much and I would love to use this one more often, but it is just the price that is putting me off this.
Great product that works, but a luxury product due to the price tag.
Dermalogica products are easy to spot on the cosmetics shelves because of the austere clinical look to the packaging and this product is no different, the white tube is topped of with a grey flip top lid and the company name is written along the length of the tube. Also just like all other Dermalogica products it is not cheap as it retails at the £26.99 mark, or at least that is what I paid for my most recent purchase.
This is a great treatment for reducing spots and blemishes to the skin, it is not something I use a lot but occasionally I have need of it especially if I have been using a lot of make up under hot lights and dancing a lot then my skin can react. It has a wonderfully cooling and refreshing effect on my skin and it does prove very effective at removing any oily build ups that can cause blemishes.
It comes in the form of a thick gel, you only need a small amount as it covers a lot of skin with one small dab and it spreads easily and evenly over my face. It recommends that you leave it on for a good ten minutes and while it is on I can feel it cooling my skin as well as tightening up a little. After the recommended ten minutes it is easy to remove with hot water and a face cloth and it comes off easily so no need to peel it off manually. There is clay in the mask which helps to remove the grease and oil as well as any dirt and certainly after use the look of my skin is much improved and also it feels very smooth.
For me it works very well however a friend who has very sensitive skin was not so impressed as she said it dried her skin out completely so maybe it is not suitable for this skin type, having said that I have had no such problems and would certainly say that it is worth a try.
I first tried out the Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque several years ago when it was previously named Anti-Bac Cooling Masque, both contained exactly the same ingredients and both still promise to work in exactly the same way. I have since then tried out the Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque and can confirm that
the results are identical. A few years back when my skin was really awful I literally tried everything out including splashing out on expensive Dermalogica products. The masque retails at around £28 for a 75ml tube which is extremley pricey but I was willing to spend any amount of money on something that may have cleared my skin up. It can be brought in the usual online websites and Dermalogica counters throughout the UK.
Dermalogica promises that this will be "cooling, refining and deep cleaning" and will also "absorb excess oils and help prevent future breakouts". It contains no artificial fragrances or colour, but does contain salicylic acid which now looking back I think did more harm for my skin than good. I never had oily
skin so I wasn't using it for that purpose but I just wanted my skin to feel a little less tight, help prevent breakouts and to make my skin feel super clean.
The product itself is in the usual Dermalogica branded tubes with a flip top lid and the usual ingredients and information on the side and backs. The masque is a clear quite thick gel that I applied to my face and neck. Even though its a thick gel it applys easily and smoothly to the skin. A little of the product really does go a long way so a tube this size would last you quite a long time. Whilst on you can feel it tingling and leaves a really nice cooling sensation and I love products that I can actually feel working. After leaving on for 10 minutes it washes off easily with a warm flannel and water and doesn't require pulling on your skin like some face masques do. I have also used this on a certain targeted area of my skin and again
left for 10 minutes. It does state that you can use this up to 3 times a week which I did for a couple of weeks but I really felt that on my quite sensitive skin this was far too much and actually made my skin incredibly dry. The masque contains clay which is known to help remove dirt from your pores and I give
it that it really does make your skin feel incredibly smooth and clean afterwards. After rinsing off and patting dry my skin never felt tight but it didn't feel moisturised and I think my skin really doesn't like anything that contains salicylic acid and it really does dry it out. I can't make a comment on the effectiveness of using it on an oily skin and if this helped to reduce the oils as I have never suffered with this.
As you can probably tell I've never been totally sure about this product and I really don't think I would re-purchase this as I feel it is just too strong on my sensitive skin. I think that perhaps on skin that is already oily this may be perfect as it would probably dry out the skin a little and not make too much of a difference. After trying so many products I really don't feel that anyone with sensitive skin should try this as I think it may just dry the skin out too much. I will definately be sticking with my Liz Earle products that are still aren't cheap but they really work for me!
The Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque by Dermalogica is a product which has been designed especially for oily skin which is prone to developing spots. The masque has been designed to draw out impurities from the skin and to remove excess oils, leaving the face clear and healthy. The product promises to kill spot causing bacteria and to calm irritations of the skin. As the product contains no artificial ingredients, fragrances or colouring, it claims to be a gentle way to purify, clear and cleanse the skin.
How does the product work?
One of the main ingredients within the mask is Salicylic Acid which is a chemical exfoliant. By including a chemical exfoliant, it means that the product can remove dead and dulling skin cells from the surface of the face without any harsh abrasive action. In doing so, it leaves the pores unclogged which prevents them from becoming enlarged and stops spots and blackheads from forming. The substance is much gentler on the skin than it sounds and comes from the Willow tree.
Also included is Kaolin Clay which is commonly used in facial masks because it is super absorbent. When the clay is applied onto the skin, it acts like a mini vacuum cleaner, sucking out all the impurities, dirt and pollution from within the skin and leaving your complexion clear and your skin able to breathe properly. The substance also gets the blood flow circulating more efficiently which helps to get plenty of oxygen into the skin cells. Bentonite is also a clay and is included for the same purpose.
Glycerin is present because of it ability to draw moisture deeply into the skin and to hold it there. This means that the skin will be hydrated for a longer period of time which prevents any dryness from returning. Safflower Seed Oil is included is order to moisturise and nourish the skin and as the oil contains fatty acids, it also promotes the development of healthy new skin cells.
Horse Chestnut Seed Extract helps to remove toxins from the skin and to strengthen it, while promoting the production of collagen. Oat Kernel Extract is an anti inflammatory which calms puffy skin and angry spots. Bisabolol helps to heal and soothe the skin, as does Spirea. Zinc Gluconate is included to prevent further blemishes from developing while Menthol cools and stimulates the face. Panthenol is included to moisturise the skin and plump up the face.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be smoothed onto the face and neck but you need to avoid the eye area. The masque should be left on for ten minutes and then washed away thoroughly and then after moisturising, you can carry on with your make up. As this is a product for oily skin, you can use the product in targeted areas. I have some dry patches on my face so I avoid applying the product there. The product can also be used as a targeted spot treatment so it can be smoothed directly onto a blemish and left to work its magic for ten minutes. The masque can be used up to three times a week but I tend to use it once a week to make it last longer!
Packaging and Price
The product comes encased within a white tube with grey writing and a mustard coloured band on the side. It has a grey lid which flips open and shut and it can stand on its lid so it looks neat on display in your bathroom. My tube cost around £20 and for that money, I received 75ml of the masque. The price varies greatly so make sure you shop around to get the best deal. It can be bought from many different online websites or a Dermalogica store.
The product is a fairly thick and rich masque which is a creamy white colour. It has a smooth consistency and despite being thick, it still glides onto the skin easily without pulling or dragging the delicate skin on the face. You don't need to use much of the product in order to get a good covering of the masque on your skin so it will be fairly long lasting.
Once it is on the skin, it feels completely comfortable and it didn't irritate or sting my sensitive skin. It feels refreshing and the only real sensation you get it a coolness and a slight tingling which is no doubt caused by the Menthol within the product. The masque is easily removed from the skin by using a damp flannel and then rinsing away the excess with warm water. I tend to splash my skin with cold water to close my pores again as a final step.
Once it has been removed, my face is a little red so I wouldn't use it immediately before I need to be somewhere. I think this is also caused by rubbing the product off and the redness is gone with thirty minutes. My skin feels really smooth after using and it has a radiance to it because all those dead and dull skin cells are gone. It feels moisturised and as long as I don't apply it to the patches of my face with dry skin already, then it doesn't cause any dry or flaky patches to form. My face doesn't feel tight or uncomfortable after use.
My favourite thing about this product is how clean it makes my face feel. It completely gets rid of that horrible excess oil which my skin insists on producing and it helps to keep my skin oil free for a much longer period of time. This means that I feel fresher throughout the day and my complexion is matte with no horrible shininess breaking through which means that I can wear less make up. Unfortunately, this feeling of cleanliness only lasts for the day that I have used the product.
As for preventing blemishes, it does help my skin stay clearer and I have noticed fewer spots forming. My skin isn't plagued by blemishes anyway but I have still noticed a slight improvement. When using the product as a direct spot treatment, it may marginally help to dry up the spot more quickly but it isn't a miracle cure in this sense and the blemish will still take a while to go.
All in all, this is a lovely refreshing masque for those with oily skin. It moisturises the face deeply and leaves it feeling incredibly fresh and clean. The product will leave you will a radiant and shine free complexion and it will help to keep your skin clear. It doesn't cause any irritations and feels completely comfortable on my skin. This is a great product if you fancy splashing out on your skin care.
While I like the Dermalogica range, I do fear the prices leave my budget for each month floundering. I suffer from oily combination skin, which means my skin is prone to getting greasy in certain area, though is not excessively oily. I like to vary my facial products, so the face does not build up an intolerance to a particular product.
The Mediback Sebum Clearing Masque is designed to soak up excess skin oils on the face and help restore a more balanced appearance over time. Being a masque, the idea is to use it maybe once or twice a week. You would not need to use this everyday, but include it as part of a skincare regime.
Coming out as an easy to dispense gel, the masque feels smooth and delicate on the fingertips and applies to the face with ease. It is a good idea to focus on the t zone and oily areas for best results. I would advise leaving on for around ten minutes, though you can go longer if needed.
It rinses off easily, as it is a lightweight masque. On first use, you will notice that the skin feels cleaner all over and if you run your fingers over it, there are noticeably less greasy patches. The greasy areas seem to stay dryer for longer, which is good thing and the masque does not overdry the skin.
On the downside, the price tag of near on thirty pounds for 75ml will put many people off. It does deliver good results, but then you can also pick up Boots Number 7 masques which also produce good results and are half the price. This would be something I would treat myself to around a birthday, though I don't think I could afford it regularly. It does remove oily impurities and will assist skin health...just too dear.
Neutrogena products tend not to be at the top of my list of things to buy given their rather expensive price tag, so I was thrilled to receive some sample-size products from a relative in the US. These were not as big as the products that you can buy in the shops here, but they were big enough to get a good feel for the products.
The masque itself is a clear liquid that has a bit of a gel-like consistency. To use, you simply apply a thin layer to your face and the ingredients are intended to work together to get rid of excess sebum (oil) in your skin that might otherwise clog your pores and contribute to the development of spots and blackheads. As someone who has oily skin and frequently suffers from blackheads and blemishes, this masque seemed like a godsend.
After washing the masque off, my skin felt a bit tight but this is quite normal for me after using a face mask of any kind. Naturally I went to expect my skin for any first-time usage indications that it had had some effect. While there wasn't any significant difference, my blackheads looked less noticeable, which I was pleased about. I continued to use my sample on a twice-weekly basis for three weeks (until it finally ran out) and have noticed quite a big reduction in the number of blemishes and blackheads on my skin. I wouldn't say that they were stopped appearing altogether but they were nothing like as bad as the previous ones that appeared, and my oily skin is mattified somewhat too and doesn't look as shiny as before.
Unfortunately good results don't seem to come without a hefty price tag, and this is no real exception. Having had a quick look around Amazon, it seems that you can expect to pay £28+ for a 75ml tube.
Overall, this masque seems to do a good job of sorting out my oily and spot prone complexion to a large extent but to be honest, it is far too expensive to justify me buying a tube for future use. Even on Amazon (where I'd hoped to get it a bit cheaper), it was still in the region of £27-£28+, which is a lot more than I am prepared to for a product like this. I like the results but the price tag is just too hefty!