[productsample] It’s very rare for me to have a reaction to any product, and never, ever from this brand, but this is one that clearly doesn’t suit my skin. I can’t quite boil it down to any one particular thing – perhaps kaolin – but my face did not like it one bit!
My face was indeed glowing, and not in a good way. Because I like exfoliators, the promise of a polyhydroxy acid fuelled mask was a big draw. Allure describes these acids as cousins of AHAs in that they work in more or less the same way with the only difference being they’re good glycation slayers and the reason, I suspect, they’re in the mask. The Ole Henriksen brand is usually quite quick off the mark with coming trend ingredients, so PHAs are something you might see more of. The mask comes out of the pot a kind of pink colour, and you massage it until it turns white and then leave it for 15 minutes. It’s got a really strange fruity-plastic kind of smell.
These acids also account for the name which I looked up and got varying results for the word – the one thing it doesn’t mean, by the way, is fat. So, several hours after use, my skin started to lose the fiery redness and yes, it’s very nicely exfoliated, especially across my nose, but I can achieve that elsewhere without the fierce heat and scarlet cheeks. I used Avene Extremely Rich Compensating Cream to bring down the redness and ward off any flaky skin that might occur afterwards – worked like a charm. So, if you are tempted, I’d suggest a trial patch on a small area to see how it goes – I haven’t read any similar reviews so perhaps it really is just me. It’s £42 HERE.
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Oh this is such a pity! I have this mask and I like it a lot – gives a great immediate glow that lasts for a day or so. Disappointing that it didn’t work for you, glad that Avène came to the rescue!
It’s so unusual for me to react to anything – the last things I think were Ella Bache and Perricone – in 15 years that’s not bad going!
Hi Jane, sorry hear about the reaction you had to this. It’s very unpleasant when that happens. I got a sample of this at sephora and I liked it. I have oily skin that’s not sensitive usually. However, I didn’t buy it. I get more of an effect when I use prescription retinol at night so I didn’t see a point in getting this. I use oskia’s renaissance mask (I love this brand!) to get a glow in the morning on days when I want to look extra good. 🙂
Oh yes, Renaissance is a star!