To buy the product individually, it currently costs 10pounds for a 30ml pot and is available from Boots, in store and online. The pot is quite small and predominantly white in colour, with the product name and description in pink and silver writing.
The first thing I noticed when I used this product is the name is a little misleading; this isn''t actually a peel in the way I thought. I envisaged that you would apply, let the cream dry and then peel it off however the cream doesn''t ?set'' and I would class it as an exfoliater and to remove, I just wash it off. Although at first I was a little disappointed by this, after using for the first time and seeing the results, I soon forgot about that.
Upon opening the screen top lid, I am greeted with a thick off white cream which has lots of dark green speckles in. To use, I ensure that all my make up has been removed and my skin is clean, then simply add a grape sized amount and start rubbing into my face and in a circular motion, concentrating particularly on my problem pore areas such as my nose and chin (you are meant to keep rubbing until the green speckles have completely dissolved). The cream can then be left on for 5minutes or 15minutes for e deep clean, I prefer to leave mine on for 15minutes to get the maximum effect. Once you have finished, the cream is simply washed away.
When I first read the instructions, I thought that a grape sized amount would never cover all my face but I am really pleased to say that the cream spreads really easily and I don''t need to use anymore than the recommended amount. Once applied, my skin starts to tingle slightly so I can tell something is happening, I must admit that this does feel a bit funny but it is not uncomfortable at all. I would say that although not evident when I first opened the pot, once on my face, the cream seems to adopt a slightly menthol fragrance which is quite nice and refreshing. After washing away, my skin feels nice and refreshed and my skin feels a little firmer too, more importantly, it does what it should and my pores are less visible. I seem to have biggest pores on my nose, these, without any doubt seem to shrink when I use and since using, I have hardly suffered from any outbreaks of spots. The mask does all this without drying my skin which I really like. I would say that when I use this, my skin looks a lot brighter too so it does seems to remove the dead skin as I suspected by giving it a good old cleanse.
I have been using the cream on a weekly basis (as recommended) for several months now and I can definitely tell the difference in my skin. Overall, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I have really oily skin and I'm always looking for miracle products to help with my skin. This cost me £8, but I love Soap and Glory products, so if it helped, it was money well spent! Soap and Glory products are available through Boots and Boots.com, often on a 3 for 2, so it's handy to try some new products in the range as well as the old favourites.
This is marketed as a 'Face Peel' which helps to unblock and tighten pores with it's 'PORESHRINK-R COMPLEXTM' (whatever that is?) - so far so goodI thought. It also contains some rather odd ingredients such as mushroom extracts, as well as Kaolin to give it the mask consistancy. When you open the tub, you are greeted by the sight of a grey, off white paste, with greeny/blue beads through it. There's not a strong smell from the mask, and it doesn't irritate my eyes, which are sensitive.
It's easy to apply. Just rub a grape-sized dollop into your face and massage in circles until the green beads have all dissolved. (those with a high tendency for clogging should concentrate on their t-zone, chin, or areas with large, open, or problem pores.) Leave on for five minutes for a quick refresher, or fifteen for a real deep-cleaning do -it- yourself kind of 'facial. It then 'recommends' using Soap and Glory moisturiser (naturally!) afterwards.
I massaged it on, and was so easy to apply and the beads dispersed easily. I left it on for about 20 minutes. Unlike most maks or peels that I have used, it doesn't harden. Also the use of the word peel is confusing, it doesn't dry, so therefore no peel. It does wipe off easily though with a flannel.
The result - well for £8, I would have expected a better result. My skin is brighter, but my pores don't seem any smaller, just smoother. If you're looking for a great exfoliator, then this fits the bill, but I've had similar results with much cheaper exfoliators.
I love Soap and Glory products, but this is a disappointment. I know better than to believe the hype on products, but sometimes you just want them to do what they say on the tin, and any products in this range I have tried have been excellent. I will finish the tub, as it does leave my skin brighter, but I won't be buying again.
Also on Ciao under same username
A few months back I was on an online shopping spree and thought I would buy a few products from Soap and Glory as I am a huge fan. I decided to go for Soap and Glory Fab Pore as it was only £8.00 and on offer in Boots, 3for2.
The Fab Pore comes in a small white round tub with pink, white and silver detail. Like most of Soap and Glory products it looks very attractive and pretty.
Foolishly I didn't check the size of the container before I bought it, so when it came I was very disappointed at how much product you actually get. The tub size is very similar to a small orange, it holds 50g of face cream which isn't much when you think about how you are advised to use a grape sized amount each time the product is used.
The Fab Pore facial peel retails at £8.00 which in my opinion is ridiculously priced considering how much product you actually get in the tub.
HOW TO USE:
Rub a grape sized dollop of the Fab Pore into your face and massage in circles until the green beads have all dissolved. ( Those with a high tendency for clogging should concentrate on their t-zone, chin or areas with large open or problem pores. )
Leave on for 5 minutes for a quick refresher OR 15 for a real deep cleansing DO IT YOURSELF kind of facial. Rinse well and follow with your favourite moisturiser. REPEAT 2-3 TIMES WEEKLY.
So as you can see this face mask is ideal for you if you have open pores and greasy skin. The main point of this facial peel is to help your skin feel refreshed and demolish the appearance of large pores.
The facial cream is pale pink in colour with tiny green exfoliating beads mixed in. Its very thick and creamy in texture and glides onto my skin perfectly. The green beads which are mixed within the facial peel are not really beneficial in my opinion, I don't tend to notice them whilst massaging the cream into my face and I find they do not add anything worthwhile to the product.
Once the peel is applied to your face the coverage is surprisingly thin and sheer, I found that unless you use a large amount of the cream ( which I wouldn't recommend as you will run out of this product very very quickly with regular use. ) the facial peel will not stay thick and creamy on your skin.
I usually leave the facial peel on for 15 minutes and those 15 minutes are very comfortable, great if you have sensitive skin as I have never noticed any irritation. Sadly I thought this would harden up on application and turn into a facial mask which you could peel away but that did not happen. I find the name of the product quite misleading as I thought it was a face mask you could peel off, but to remove this product you just rinse your face with warm water.
I have used this face mask a number of times now but I really would not recommend, reasons why:
1. I have not noticed any difference in my skin ( pores/skin type ) with regular use of this product.
2. It is very misleading and is just a face cream, not a facial peel.
3. Very expensive for such a small, disappointing product.
I hope my review was of help, a similar review by me may also be found on my Boots account BeautyAdoration or on my blog BeautyAdoration.wordpress.com
I bought this Fab Pore facial peel about 2 months ago now in Boots along with some other Soap and Glory products in a 3 for two offer. It costs £8 on its own, which is very expensive to me for a face mask, but the first time I used it, I could see I would get my moneys worth. Even after about 2 weeks of using it, the pot was still pretty much full, you could tell it would last absolutely ages.
I have been using this pot for 2 months now, and I am due a new one soon! I will definitely be repurchasing, this is one of the best face masks I have ever used. It comes in a small round pot, which is white and looks really cute out on my dressing table. It is a small 50g pot, but there is more than enough of this product in there to get your moneys worth. The pot has a screw top lid, and the cream is full right to the top of the pot.
The product inside is like a thick off-white coloured wet clay with green beads in it. You just scoop a small amount of this out and rub it all over your face. You need to keep rubbing each area though for a while until all the green beads disappear, like it says on the pot. They rub in pretty easily, and it is a strange sensation on your fingers when they just disappear on your skin. They don't feel like they are ex foliating, because there are not a large amount of beads in there, you don't get loads on your face to rub in, but you can definitely feel them when rubbing this onto your skin.
You can use this face mask for 15 minutes for a deep clean, or for 5 minutes to quickly refresh. I don't find I get much more difference with leaving this on for longer than 5 minutes, I get the same results leaving it on 15 minutes and 5 minutes. It never dries completely on my skin, but doesn't feel tight or too wet on my skin. You get a cooling sensation on your skin after a few minutes of having it on, which I don't particularly like, but it doesn't bother me too much. The smell is really nice, but if you put a thick layer of this all over your face the smell gets too strong for me and I have to take it off after a few minutes, so I only use a light layer, which is all you need to get good results.
My skin feels so smooth and soft when I rinse this off. My skin is noticeably less dry the next morning too when I apply my make up. My skin is so much brighter, and my pores are a lot smaller and less noticeable on my nose and forehead especially. I absolutely love the results this face mask has given me, you are only supposed to use it 2-3 times a week, but I use it sometimes every night, as I love how smooth my skin feels the next day!
This face mask does not peel off, even though it is actually called The Fab Pore Facial Peel, it doesn't dry thoroughly and there is no way of peeling it off, it just washes off really easily and smoothly with warm water.
This product does live up to its Fab Pore name, as it really does make a difference to your pores. It really does make them smaller, and I can't believe I didn't know about this years ago!
This is an excellent face mask from Soap and Glory, I love it and will definitely be buying it for years to come. It is expensive initially for a very small pot, but it actually lasts a long time, and it's such a nice product that it is worth splashing out on! I highly recommend you go and try this!
So by now, if you have read any of my previous reviews, its pretty obvious i'm currently obsessed with soap and glory. I always purchase something new almost every week and the fact that I get a lot of soap and glory coupons doesn't help my addiction! My most recent purchase is 'the fab pore facial peel' which is aimed at minimising and cleansing facial pores.
I had a 3 pounds off skin care coupon so I decided to give the fab pore facial peel a try. It is usually priced at 8 pounds but with the discount, I got it for 5 pounds!
It comes in a cute little pink box with a lot of information printed on it and inside the box is a simple white tub. I opened it and the first thing I noticed was the white cream with lots of little green beads and the very strong smell of fresh mint! Even though it doesn't claim to have any mint in the ingredients, It smells exactly like it which is quite refreshing. The Product is aimed towards greasy, or problem skin but I found that it just gave me a good deep cleanse. In fact I thought it stripped a good layer of grime from my skin. All I did was dampen my face a little and rubbed a little of the product around my nose and my forehead. That is where I feel like my pores are larger. I massaged it into my skin and the green beads basically melted which felt nice on the skin. I then let it sit for 10 minutes and then I basically just pick it off! I would love if it all came off in one go but I do find I need to pick it off a little to get it all off. Other than that, it really worked. I can't see a huge difference in the size of my pores but just the fact that they are so clean makes me feel a lot better about the appearance of my skin.
It claims to include mushroom extract, salicylic acid, Vitamin E and C and Kaolin. After a little research of my own I have found that all theses ingredients are good for the skin and It makes me feel better that I am using more natural ingredients rather than a pot full of chemicals like many other products.
At the end of the day it is a luxury product, If I get another voucher I will most probably buy it again but I don't think there is much need to make a song and a dance about it to be honest.
I also find that I need to pile moisturizer on my face after using this facial peel to re-hydrate my skin after it has been completely stripped of oils and grime. If I don't, My skin feels stretched and very dry!
I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a Soap and Glory fiend, and a typical girl in the sense that the cutesy packaging is irresistible! I also love a good face mask, so when I got this one in a massive Soap and Glory kit as a present a while back, I was pretty excited.
Now, the term 'facial peel' is a bit misleading for some, who may expect a product you literally 'peel' off. So I'll just describe it as a face mask. Application involves massaging it into the skin to pop little blue beads to 'activate' the mask, which I didn't realise for a while the first time I used it! It has a lovely light scent to it - although for the life of me I still can't work out WHAT it smells of!
You can leave it on for 5-15 minutes, depending whether you want to give your skin a quick whoosh of freshness, or a deep cleanse. Being my usual haphazard self, and thanks to my father unexpectedly bagsying the bathroom, I ended up having it on for about 30 minutes. Rinsed off in the bath, patted dry, and the result? Soft, smooth skin!
It didn't have quite as much effect on my pores as I was hoping for, but it did make my skin feel lovely afterwards. At £8 a tub, it's probably a bit pricey for a regular mask, however you don't end up using too much at once so it'll last a while if it's kept as a treat facial!
I am always on the search for good skincare products for my skin as I have such horrible pores, I found this on the Soap & Glory website after doing a bit research for some other reviews I've done here. I then checked out some of the reviews for this on DooYoo and was convinced to get buy it, one of my friends bought it too and really recommended I try it.
£8 is quite expensive for me at the moment with having to stock up on lots of stuff for Uni but managed to find a pot on eBay for £5.50 including postage. Soap & Glory are often on 2 for 3 and I would normally pay the full £8 because having used other S&G products I know they are worth the money because they are good quality and last ages!
The pot is much smaller than I thought it would be but as it's a facemask it is not meant to be used everyday so I'm still confident it will last for ages. The pot is a screw lid so no worry of leakage and no wastage because you can get to all the product inside. It is quite plain packaging, pearly white in colour instead of the usual pink of S&G with a sticker on top and round the side indicating what it is. The pot comes in a pink box which I'm guessing as instructions and information on but I didn't get this as I bought mine off eBay.
The actual facemask inside is thick white and mixture with tiny blue balls in and smells really clay-y, it's not my favourite smell but it's not unpleasant or overpowering and only needs to be on my face for 15minutes so I don't mind it. From reading online you are supposed to use a grape sized blob of it to cover your face, make sure it's a fairly small grape though as I used way too many on first use (my face is quite small though haha). You then rub the facemask on your face, rubbing in until all the little blue balls are mixed in and gone, this took a minute or so.
I left the mask on for a little longer than 15minutes, it doesn't feel tight on my face and sometimes forget that I'm wearing it. Washing it off didn't take too long and I didn't have to use a flannel to help or anything. It's quite difficult to feel whether it's all come off though, so make sure you've got a mirror near by to check! My skin felt quite weird when washing it off too, really matte like. I splashed my face with cold water afterwards to tighten pores up too.
The reason my face felt so matte was because literally all the oil and grease was removed my face! For me this is great as I have oily skin and it felt amazing, weird at first because I wasn't so used to it. My skin felt super soft and was left looking much brighter than my dull pale colour too. My face seemed less oily for a few days too. My pores were hugely improved and I use this mask on a regular basis because it is so good at its job. However if you have dry skin I'd recommend you use it less than what S&G advise and definitely follow with a moisturiser.
Definitely worth the money, one of my favourite products to use! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I only bought this recently and have absolutely fallen in love with the product.
This is marketed as a facial peel but I would describe it more as a pore reducing face mask. It does give you incredible results though so perhaps they call it a facial peel because you feel like you've had one afterwards?
The product comes in a white pot and classicly soap and glory designed box. By that I mean the whole designs harks back to the glamour of 50s women - and uses clever, witty names and asides to grab the consumers attention in store. The pot has a twist lid which is very handy because it means you can access all the product. I think the pot is a reasonable size and would be perfectly suitable for travel - although once the amount deplete I might transfer it to a smaller container. I think the overall look of the product is very fun and feminine and would make the perfect inexpensive gift.
The product is a white cream with medium sized turquoise exfoliating balls inside. I say exfoliating merely on resemblance rather than function as they dissolve quickly they don't actually exfoliate your face but presumably add the to face mask. The mask is fairly thin in consistency and initially this put me off as I like a thick, rich and indulgent face mask usually. However, this product more than makes up for it. You apply it to damp skin rubbing away all the beads before smoothing it across your face evenly. The product settles easily and dries within 15 minutes. For added effect I leave it for about 20 minutes and find the results even better. The mask does not dry hard to your face so you are still free to talk on the phone etc. The mask feels very comfortable and has a pleasant scent to it. Overall the effect of using the mask is thoroughly pleasant and without issue.
You remove the mask with water/face wipes/damp flannel. It comes off pretty easy and immediately your face feels incredible! I cannot explain how amazing this mask is but it feels like a premium product or as though you've had a full facial. My skin is left feeling smooth and looking even with reduced pores for days. I used this mask once a week now and find that is enough to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. At roughly £8 for 50ml this is a fairly cheap product too! I have never used anything that has the same effects as this, and considering that I have used A LOT of expensive products that really is saying something.
Rush out and buy one today, before everyone finds out how good it is.
I bought this product as part of a 3 for two at Boots. I was drawn to the colourful and cute packaging, which also proves handy for storing the product in later on. I have been scouring the shelves for the perfect mask for my oily skin for years and I was pleasantly surprised.
The mixture/scrub/cream(whatever you want to call it), comes in a nice round pot and has a twist open lid. Do not be fooled by the size of the tub, you only require a small amount which you can spread around your face.
The instructions state I should apply for five minutes for a quick refresher or 15 minutes for a deep cleanse. The mask can be used 2-3 times a week and it will not dry out skin by doing so,especially if you have oily skin. A small dollop can be applied to moist skin and then massaged in circles across the face. The cream consists if green exfoliating beads which will be popped as you massage the skin. Once you have covered the whole face leave on for the desired time( 5 or 15 minutes.) Personally I would recommend 15 minutes for you to notice a difference and for the product to work. After fifteen minutes or desired time, wash off. I find using a cleansing wipe an easy way to remove the mask if I am feeling lazy.
I noticed an immediate change to my skin. The changes were as follows:
1. Refreshed and deep clean feeling
2. Improved even skin tone
4. Excess oil removed
5. A healthy glow
My skin remains oil free for two days after using the mask so I am very pleased with the product. As long as I keep up with the treatment two times a week I can pretend I have oil free skin! I have also noticed visibly even skin tone and no breakouts since usimg this product. Those with problem skin are more likely to notice a difference from using this. Otherwise its a great cleansing product.
p.s. Don't be put off by the word 'peel. There is nothing peel-like about it, a little misleading.
I will preface this review by stating that I am a massive fan of the Soap and Glory range, so it will be no surprise that I am a fan of this facial peel! I was in the market for a new face mask which had the ability to do some exfoliating and also shrink up some large pores I have around my nose and this does do the job well!
The fab pore facial peel contains mushroom extract which helps to tighten the pores, salicylic acid to help remove dead skin cells, kaolin which removes excess oils and impurities from the pores and finally vitamins e and c which are antioxidants supposed to give anti-ageing properties. There are also lots of more chemically sounding ingredients which I wont list in detail here, but I think it is safe to say this product isn't really using too many natural ingredients, which is a slight downside as I do sometimes worry about the effect of putting too many chemicals on my skin.
To apply this product you simply need to take a scoop onto your finger, the directions state a grape sized amount, and then rub this onto your dry face until all of the green beads in the product have dissolved. Leave the product on for between five and fifteen minutes depending on how much of a deep treatment you require and then rinse off with warm water. The mask smells slightly minty and fresh so I find the smell really lovely to have on my face.
The packaging for this product is also amazing, as usual with this brand the design is very kitsch and girly, lots of pastal colours and black and white 1940's style pictures! The product comes in a cardboard box which is pink and has some pastal blues on it, which contains the product name and so instructions for use, ingredient lists etc. The mask itself is housed in a sturdy circular plastic tub with screw top lid, which is great as it protects the mask from getting any water in it when kept in the shower!
So, does this product live up to its promises? I would say yes, although without continued use every week the results will be shortlived, so it isn't something which will correct the problems permanently. After using this facial peel I do find my skin is incredibly clean and healthy looking, which I attribute to the removal of dull surface dead skin cells. I also find that the pores around my nose have indeed become smaller and tighter, however this only lasts for a few days. The kaolin definitely removes excess oils as well, because my t-zone is suitably less shiny after using this! I do find however that moisturising after using this is a must as the product can make your face feel a little too tight sometimes!
I would definitely recommend this product for use before an event or night out as the brightening effect it has on your face is really lovely and because if removes dead skin cells, I find my makeup applies much more evenly and lasts longer after using this peel.
The mask costs £7.15 for 50ml and can currently be purchased from Boots exclusively. Although this is expensive for a mask, I find that due to not having to use a lot of product for each application it will last around 10 uses, so I think that makes me feel better about the initial outlay!
Overall I give this 5/5 as it does everything it states it will!
*Also on ciao*
I purchased this mask/peel after seeing a review for it in a magazine, where they tested 4-5 home facial peels and The Fab Pore 15 Minute Facial Peel was rated the favourite. I am a fan of soap and glory products anyway, and as I have quite oily skin, I thought I would give this a go.
First of all, I LOOOOVE the packaging of this product. Most Soap and Glory products have gorgeous packaging, and this one is no different. Its in a square box, with a picture of a woman on it in black and white, who looks like she is from the glamorous era of the 1950's. The box is pink and white, which is a girly combination.
Moving on to the product itself now. I purchased it from Boots, and it cost me £7.15. At first, when I opened the packaging and looked at the size of the tub, I thought it was rather small and that it wouldnt last me that long. I was wrong though as you only need literally a grape sized dollop, as the instructions suggest, so it lasts longer than you first expect it to. The packaging also lists the active ingriedients of the peel and explains what they do, so it is nice to know what your putting on your skin and what the functions are.
On opening the tub, I could smell the product straight away! It smells really fresh and clean, and almost slightly minty. It has little blue/green beads in the mixture, which dissolve as you apply it to your face and rub in. The box says to leave it on for 5 minutes for a quick refresher, or 15 minutes for a 'do it yourself' facial. I personally tend to use the mask once or twice a week (depending on the state of my skin) and leave it on for 15 minutes, but I think its a personal choice as to how long you leave it on as everyones skin is different. The product is quite thick but is easy to apply and has very good coverage. It tingles very slightly, but in a refreshing kind of way. After 15 minutes is up, I use water to wash the peel off, and almost instantly my skin feels zingy and rejuvenated.
I am not fully convinced that it actually shrinks pores or makes them invisible, but I do find that my skin feels tighter and refreshed after using it. I do like this product, and I personally think it is worth the price, but if you are expecting it to do exactly what it says on the tin per se, then it probably isn't for you.
Yep, been going a bit mad with the Soap and Glory stuff of late. It's possibly my favourite brand, combining great packaging with good quality and a decent price.
This one was a bit of a 'luxury' buy - I bought it to use as a pampering treat on special occasions. It's a mask which does state it's for greasy or spot prone skin, and although I hardly ever get spots, my nose can get a bit shiny from time to time so I'm always on the lookout for something to keep the oiliness at bay.
Again with Soap and Glory products, it's a tub which also has its own box. I can see why this is necessary on some products, such as the lipgloss where the tube is too tiny to give all the information needed, but on a fairly decent sized pot, to then encase it in a cardboard box seems a bit superfluous to me. (Excessive packaging is a bit of a bugbear of mine).
The mask itself is a light, clay-like substance, with little green 'beads'. The instructions inform you to rub the mask in until the green beads have dissolved, but I find that they don't seem to dissolve very well at all and after a while I get a bit bored of rubbing the stuff in, and so I just leave it there. I only use it on my nose as that's the only area affected for me, but you can use it on the whole of your face. According to the box, you can either leave it on for 1 minute for a quick fix type treatment, or leave it on for 15 mins for a full on facial treatment. I tend to go about half way and maybe leave it for 5-10 minutes, as I generally get bored sitting around after that. I'm not sure why they call it a 'peel' as it is almost definitely a clay mask, and is not at all like the clear 'peel off' masks you can get. If you're looking for something which exfoliates, again, this is not the right product for you, despite the misleading green 'beads'.
I wash it off with a cotton pad and some makeup remover, and the skin on my nose does look 'fresher' and less oily. Again, as with other products, I'm dubious about this 'pore minimising' claim. My pores certainly don't look any smaller to me.
I have noticed though, that for two or three days afterwards, the nose shininess has calmed down a bit, which is all I wanted out of it, really.
Soap & Glory is a brand which produces skin, hair and beauty products that creates high quality goodies for a reasonable price. It uses fun names, retro packaging and gorgeous fragrances to capture the hearts of all who encounter their products and they ensure that you are always left looking and feeling your best.
I own so many different Soap & Glory products that I am starting to lose count, but I am still fairly new to their facial skin range. As I am always on the look out for products to get my oily skin under control, I wanted to try The Fab Pore Facial Peel after reading some good reviews in a magazine.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed specifically to help with those with greasy and spot prone skin or those with combination skin. Using an intensive action, it promises to shrink enlarged and visible pores, to reduce the amount of excess oil produced by the skin, to prevent the formation of new blemishes and to leave the complexion fresh, clean and clear.
How does it work?
The product performs in the same way as a mask and due to this one of the main ingredients is Kaolin Clay. The substance is incredibly absorbent and draws out all of the impurities and excess oils from the skin leaving it clear and able to breathe. The clay also improves the blood circulation which means that the complexion is healthier and more radiant, and the skin is much softer.
The exfoliating action is performed by Salicylic Acid which uses a chemical reaction to slough off the dead and dull skin cells from the surface of the face. The natural substance which comes from the Willow tree helps to unclog pores and prevents and them from becoming enlarged and stops any blemishes or blackheads from forming. It leaves the skin smooth and radiant.
Glycerin allows the skin to draw in plenty of moisture into even its deepest layers and to hold onto it which means that the skin is left hydrated. This means that wrinkles and fine lines are less likely to form because the skin can hold onto its elasticity. The substance also helps to fight against spot causing bacteria which allows you to achieve a clearer complexion.
Mushroom extract is included because it is an antioxidant. This means it can remove all the skin aging free radicals from your face which helps to keep your skin looking youthful. Hazel Seed Oil is included in order to soften, strengthen and moisturise the skin, while nourishing it and encouraging the development of healthy new skin cells. Obviously the inclusion of this ingredient means that this product is not suitable for those with nut allergies.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to skin that has already been cleansed because then the product can really work its way deep into the skin. You take a small amount of the product from the tub and smooth it onto any areas of the face where you have oily skin or enlarged pores, carefully avoiding the eye area. You need to massage the product gently into the skin until all of the little green beads have disappeared and then leave the product on for fifteen minutes.
If you don't have that much time to spare you can just leave the product on for five minutes for a quick treatment and it will still have beneficial effects. Once the time is up, you need to rinse the product away thoroughly and then moisturise the skin after use. It can be used up to three times weekly, either when you first wake up or just before you go to bed.
Packaging and Price
Most of the retro packaging which we are used to seeing with this brand appears on the outer box which I think is a big shame. The product itself comes contained within a fairly plain circular wide mouthed tub. The tub has a screw top lid and the name of the product is written on the packaging.
The product will cost you around £7 and for that money you will receive about 50ml of the product. You can buy it from most large department stores including Boots and from a variety of online websites so if you shop around, you may find it for cheaper.
When I first removed the lid of this product, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have the usual deliciously sweet aroma that normally comes with many of Soap & Glory's products. The aroma of this product is very refreshing and is almost minty. It is lovely and quite invigorating but still, I was hoping for that lovely peachy scent. The product itself has a pinkish tinge and mixed into it are some tiny green beads. The substance has a thick and rich consistency that is similar to the texture of Sudocrem.
The product glides onto the face easily and it doesn't pull or drag the delicate skin. I usually only apply the product to my cheeks and nose as that's where my pores are most noticeable. You are instructed to massage the product into the skin until the green beads disappear which doesn't take long as they burst fairly quickly and then dissolve away. The consistency of the beads is not very hard so it doesn't irritate the skin or scratch it.
You do look a little funny when the product is on your face and you won't want to answer the door whilst wearing this one! It coats your face with a light pink tinged cream so you do look like a more feminine version of Phantom of the Opera. While the product is on my face, it doesn't cause me any discomfort at all. The consistency of the product doesn't change while it is on my skin and it doesn't become hard or change in appearance.
I imagined from the name of the product that you would need to peel the product off to remove it but it simply needs to be washed away. I remove it with a damp flannel and then rinse my face to ensure that it has all gone. The product washes away easily.
The product does make a difference to the size of my pores when used continuously, which means less oil is being produced by my skin and it remains matte for longer than usual. I have also noticed fewer blackheads and blemishes forming. Unfortunately, the results are not permanent and if you cease to use the product, your skin quickly returns back to the shape that it was in before.
The product hasn't caused any blemishes to form on my skin and it feels really smooth after use with all signs of flaky skin banished. My pores appear clear and smaller, and my skin feels fresher for longer. My skin feels softer to the touch and it hasn't caused any dryness or tightness on my skin.
All in all, this is a great product for those who suffer from oily skin and enlarged pores. This is one of the few products that I have tried which actually make a visible difference to the size of pores, although you need to continually use the product in order to maintain this. It reduces the excess oils produced by my skin and leaves it feeling fresh and clean for much longer than it usually would. I can fully recommend this product to all those with pores that need shrinking.
I am a big fan of Soap and Glory products for my body but I had never used any of their face products until a little while ago when I saw that they were on offer in Boots. The product of choice was the Soap and Glory fab pore facial peel, with the box highlighting that it was an intensive action pore refining facial peel how could I resist?
As many regular Soap and Glory users know the company use quite girly packaging typically with black and white photos and lots of shades of pink and other such girly things, this product is no different. The product itself comes in a small box that is very nicely decorated and is instantly recognisable as being from soap ad glory. There is a circle cut out on the top in which you can see the lid of the tub that that product comes in. The box opens easily from the side and can be resealed if you want to keep the tub inside.
The packaging of the tub itself is a very sturdy plastic which is a pearl white colour. Again with all necessary information on. The lid screws on and off and surprising the tub is filled right to the top, I hate it when you think you are getting more and open a tub to find it practically half full! Anyway, the lid stays very secure so will be perfectly fine when travelling. Another benefit of having a face peel in a tub is that you can actually use it all and scrape every last bit out.
When opening the tub you will be greeted with a pale pink coloured mixture which has blue specs in. I find as well that this product smells like mint or tea tree so was surprised when I read the ingredients to find that none of these ingredients are actually in there.
What is in the peel:
- Fomes officinalis extract: A mushroom extract that helps tighten pores.
- Salicylic acid: loosens p the dead cells that contribute to pore clogging.
- Kaolin: Cosmetic for "clay", sops up extra oil on your skin and smoothens your skins surface.
- Vitamin E & C: Antioxidants
When you dip your fingers into the mixture you will find that it does resemble quite a thick clay consistency. It is not runny and you can rub it over your face easily and rest assure it will not come off. You are instructed to rub the clay onto your face until the blue beads disappear, I say beads but really they are very small and rub in almost instantly. Once you have done this the product washes off your hands easily and you are free to relax for the suggested 15 minutes.
You can also use this as a quick refresher if you do not have the time for a deep cleanse by leaving the product on for 5 minutes.
Personally I have found from my experiences that this product is still quite wet after 15 minutes so I tend to leave it on for an extra 5 or 10 minutes as I find my skin feels fresher once the clay has dried more.
It is then time to wash off the face peel, you might be thinking what I thought when I initially used the product "I thought this was a face peel?", in fact it is a clay that needs to be washed off, strange choice of words on Soap and Glory's part.
The product comes off easily even when it is still a bit wet; I find that a flannel and some warm water does the trick. Any left over traces can be washed off with a splash of water.
As soon as I wash off the product I notice how lovely my skin looks. I have very sensitive skin and some products can bring me out in spots but after using this my pores loo visibly smaller and even spots look less visible.
You are recommended to use this 2-3 times weekly followed by the Soap and Glory moisturiser. I just use this product by itself with my regular products and it works great.
You can but this product in Boots for around £7.00 but S&G often have some great deals so look out for these.
My first experience with Soap and glory facial products was a success and I would recommend this product to everyone. A strong 9 out of 10, one point deducted for the name "face peel" but that's just me being picky.
After what seems like a constant battle to find the perfect face product, this little gem from Soap and Glory certainly makes a good effort to fill this place. This product is described by the brand as being for "greasy, spot prone or problem skin, or for a strategic attack on a misbehaving T-Zone." My skin can be quite problematic; it is sensitive and can often be dry and quite spot prone, so this seemed to fit the bill quite nicely.
A note to make is that although this product is named 'facial peel', it really is just a face mask. The special thing about this mask though is that it has tiny exfoliator beads in it and it forms a clay mask, rather than a peel. I'm not actually sure why they named it a peel!
I try to use this product about once a week and I genuinely think it helps so much. Once washed off, your skin feels so lovely and smooth, although if your skin is like mine and is prone to dryness then make sure you apply some moisturiser afterwards. After using this, my skin looks a lot better, has fewer visible pores and does help to clear up those annoying spots.
Ideal for greasy, spot prone or problem skin /