Welcome once again to another episode of Face mask Friday. I’m afraid today I am going to have to keep a very good eye on the clock as I am trying the PRISM Botanical AHA + BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial. It is a resurfacing mask and it is recommended as for a maximum of 1 to 2 times per week usage. With new chemical exfoliation masks (or at least new to me exfoliating masks) I am always a little on the nervous side the first few times I use them. After I see how my skin deals with the ingredients I relax a little bit more. As I sometimes have a tendency to fall asleep if I lay down with a mask and some music, I am going to sit up with this one.
It is a clear mask so looking into the jar really just makes the jar look empty until I put the spoon in it. I am not a big fan of sticking my fingers directly into jars of skin care. I like to keep the jars as free of contaminants as possible. Plus with this jelly like consistency, just dipping fingers in to get a swipe of product didn’t really work. It has the consistency of a loose water cream rather than a firm jelly. I was expecting something more along the lines of the Vichy Mineral Mask. It has a similar clear gel look to it, but is a bit firmer in texture. That mask sort of melts to liquid in the hand, but this one is more liquidy right out of the jar.
Hence the need for a spoon rather than a spatula.
Applying it was super easy though. I massaged it into my face like I wood a moisturizer, avoiding the eye area. And then I rinsed my hands and the spoon off. It didn’t take much to cover my entire face and then of course my face just looked wet.
According to the Herbivore website this mask is…
A jelly-textured, concentrated blend of plant-based AHA‚ and Willow Bark-based BHA in an exfoliating rinse-off weekly facial that naturally helps transform skin from dull to radiant and glowing in as little as one use.
Use 1-2 times per week as a resurfacing mask. Apply a thin, even layer to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area, Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. For sensitive skin, leave on for 5 minutes and Follow with a nourishing Herbivore Facial Oil.
I have a small bottle of Go To Face Hero Face oil handy since I know how it reacts with my skin and I really like the oil. I figure since I am using an unknown exfoliate, I might as well go with a known oil.
Full list of ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium PhytateHerbivore
I really like many of the items on the ingredients list, many of them like Aloe Barbadensis, Rosa Damascena Willow Bark and radish root are old friends and tend to work really well with my skin. There are citrus fruit extracts like Orange and Lemon in this mask. I know some people have a sensitivity to them. I personally don’t and I tend to use products that include those elements infrequently enough that I don’t really fear using them here. Even though this mask says it can be used once or twice a week, I tend to use a retinol during the week and then just turn to exfoliating masks just once a week.
While skin care tends to take time to work, this mask claims that in one use you will see results. Below are images of my face before using the mask and after I removed it (but before adding oil).
I am pleased that there is no real redness as chemical exfoliating masks tend to give me a slight redness which tends to fade a few minutes after washing. My skin might look a little brighter, but then again it could be just the really cold tap water I used to rinse the mask off. I will say that my skin feels really soft and very smooth. For that alone I would continue to use this mask once a week. While I would probably skip this week, I could see adding this to my Sunday evening routine. Using it once a week to see how my skin gets on with it over time. With the retinol in use during the week I don’t think I’d use it for one of my midweek face masks. There may be others who see an immediate reaction with their skin, but I suspect for me it will take a few uses to show anything. Because I had no adverse reactions I am defiantly willing to give it a go. Maybe I’ll check back with you after a month of once a week uses and see how I feel about it then. Perhaps the results will be more visible.
I actually don’t mind that results weren’t immediate. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of instant gratification. However in Skin care that sort of freaks me out a bit. In most skin care (especially chemical exfoliants) if results are that immediate, there is something really, really strong involved and without knowing exactly what it is, I am hesitant to put it on my face. Slow and steady increased results over time are more in my comfort zone. Skin care isn’t magic and really shouldn’t be expected to work with a Ta DA after a first use. Since my skin had no issues, I am perfectly happy to give this mask space to work. So for now, my skin feels soft and smooth as well as refreshed. For everything else, we’ll talk in a few weeks. See you then.