Skin type: All
:: Introduction ::
I've first seen the Purederm range at beauty discounter Beauty Base in Ealing Broadway, London and always keen to try out new facial treatments, I gave them a go. The Purederm range is widely available at chemists and online too and all products tend to have the same £2.99 price.
:: The packaging ::
The self-heating mask comes in a pack of three in a carton box that's white and red in colour donning the Purederm logo. Each sachet contains 6.5ml mask for a single treatment.
:: What it claims it does ::
* Deep cleans, unclogs pores & moisturises skin
* Skin will feel clean, smooth and refreshed
:: Apperance and application ::
Inside the sachet you'll find a lightweight, white paste with a fresh citrus and faint floral smell which strongly me of a cross between Garnier Body Tonic and any L'Oreal Shampoo / Conditioner.
The instructions on the back are short and to the point. Self-heating masks are activated by water so after I cleanse my face, I leave it wet and apply a layer of the mask over my face avoiding the lip and eye areas.
As I spread the mask over, it warms up and there's also a nice tightening sensation on my face and the white gel turns transparent. This mask has to be massaged into the skin during 60 seconds so it can have its maximum effect.
:: One, two ... heat! ::
Time is ticking fast with this one. The sachet still has some leftover of the white stuff after I've gone through my entire face for the second time, whilst massaging what's already on my face, oh, and by the time I've finished and you have read this the 60 seconds is up and it's got to be rinsed off. Ouph!
Rinsing off is surprisingly tricky, I would have thought its smoothness helped to get it off the face but no, because I massaged it in, it now sticks to the skin so like before I massage it off with lukewarm water.
:: What it really does ::
* Deep cleans 5 / 5
After patting my face clean, I noticed that my skin's texture was just as soft as after using The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask but it didn't have a velvety, but rather just a clean touch to it. The mask however didn't remove all the oil from the skin's surface, just balanced it, which is what's supposed to happen.
* Unclogs pores 4 / 5
After the treatment, my blackheads seemed to be smaller and the dirt in them somewhat lifted.
* Moisturises 3 / 5
I didn't feel the mask added any extra moisture unless the softening effect was also a moisturising one. I applied my normal day cream afterwards as usual so at least I allowed my skin to lock in the remaining moisture for longer.
* Skin feels smooth and refreshed 5 / 5
I also felt a softening effect on the skin especially in the T-zone where the skin tends to thicken and causes uneven texture. My face felt refreshed, with the just out-of-the-shower look. Unlike the The Body Shop's Warming Mineral Mask, Purederm didn't improve the appearance of the fines lines so no extra points here.
:: Conclusion ::
Overall, I'm happy I've tried this mask but at £1 a pop I'll only use them on travel to save space when packing. It didn't have such dramatic and long lasting results as The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask and wasn't as hydrating as it claimed to be. Recommended as an 'on the go' fix, but for long-term improvement, look elsewhere.
:: Price / Where to Buy ::
£2.99 / pack of 3 at chemists or online from FragranceDirect.
Thanks for reading.
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