Because this afternoon is going to be crazy with last minute Christmas things, I decided to do my relaxing and masking early in preparation for the afternoon to come. This way I at least can start the insanity off from a point of calm. So a-masking we shall go. This was one of the items that I picked up in my recent Soap and Glory purchasing spree. There was a sale and I’ll admit a self-heating mask sounded intriguing. It also sounded suspiciously chemically laden, but in the end I couldn’t resist the lure. Would it heat up? Would it unclog my pores? Could it cause me to run screaming into the night?
I had to know.
I know, curiosity killed the cat.
But I also know the end of that rhyme.
Satisfaction brought it back.
So would I be satisfied?
Let’s find out, shall we?
First the website claims.
No Clogs Allowed™ is perfect for weekly use on areas prone to blackhead build-up or more often as a deep-oil-emulsifying face mask and all-round scrubby WONDER! – 1-minute Hot Poreclear™ Technology – a fast-acting, smoothing and polishing blend of micropumice, salicylic acid and hot clay, Glycerin – to help skin feel soft and supple, Surface-polishing micro beads.
Okay now we all know what to expect. According to the back of the tube, the mask should be applied to dry skin, then with wet hands you massage it in to activate, it flashes hot, then you let it sit for five minutes before you wipe it off with a wet washcloth.
Applying the mask it felt like slightly grainy clay. Since it has micropumice and clay in the make up, this was not a surprise. I will say the pumice is very micro and not harsh at all. Then the moment of truth came and water met the mask.
Oh my, it was certainly a hot flash.
At first I worried it was getting too hot, then it stopped just before it got too hot. I let it sit for the recommended five minutes, then returned to the bathroom. Foolishly I tried to rinse it off before removing it with a washcloth. The water brought out residual bursts of heat, but nothing like that initial blast. The reason they recommend removing it with a wash cloth though is that the water just sort of glides right off the mask. I think it’s the glycerin. It acts a protective wax sealant against too much water.
So I realized I needed to follow instructions.
Turns out following the instructions worked.
It took a while to rinse out the wash cloth though and after rinsing it out I still added it to the laundry rather than hanging it up for another use because I didn’t trust the product still caught in the cloth. My skin was very smooth once the mask was removed. The micropumice worked as an exfoliator and the areas where I had pore congestion were significantly less congested.
While I have other exfoliating masks and products I like a great deal more. I do not have anything I really like to use on those few areas where my pores consistently clog. This worked really well on flushing those out and calming the under the skin breakouts. While I don’t think I will use this as a full face mask again, I really think that using it as a spot treatment for those more congested areas is a really good use for this product. So in the end it isn’t my favorite mask, but it will be joining the spot treatment team. For that reason I am really glad I gave into my curiosity and gave the self-heating mask a try.
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