I had heard of this mask before, but the mythical creature was never really seen by me wherever I searched. I had almost given up any hopes of ever finding it, but a casual stroll through Health and Glow and I got lucky! Reached home, and IMMEDIATELY used this, and its been Lou Lou Louuuuuuu for me ever since then :D
Himalaya Herbals take on this:
Unclogs pores. Peels away blemishes to leave a healthy, glowing skin. Almond nourishes, soothes and softens the skin. Cucumber tones your facial skin and provides cooling effect. Pineapple removes impurities and dead tissues and firms up the skin. Indian Gooseberry (Amla) has cleansing and anti-oxidant properties.
|Cucumis sativus (Cucumber, Trapusha) has an enzyme that helps keep the facial skin soft, has a healing and soothing effect on damaged skin and is a natural sunscreen. It acts as a toner and lightens facial skin.|
|Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry, Amalaki) has cleansing and antioxidant properties.|
|Prunus amygdalus (Almond, Vatada) has soothing, softening and non-sensitizing properties on the skin. It also moisturises the skin and cleanses.|
|Ananas comosus (Anannasa, Pineapple) has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in removal of foreign material and dead or damaged tissue and also acts as a cleanser.|
The product itself is a runny pale greenish lotion-like liquid, easy to spread in a thin layer.
Directions for use:
Apply evenly over cleansed face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes,. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Gently remove the peel from the side of the face. Use once or twice a week. Do not apply on broken or inflamed skin.
My experience with this: I applied it evenly, not too thick or too thin. It took ages to dry, definitely more than 10-15 minutes recommended. However, once dry it does come out easily enough. I usually wash off any residue from my face with cold water. I did have a bit of a burning sensation in some areas of my face after I peeled off the mask, and I think washing with cold water helped ease it off. Not something very serious, but people with really sensitive skin might want to be careful with this product. As mentioned on the pack, definitely not meant for inflamed or broken skin, as it would easily peel off delicate skin!
As for results, I found my face fresher looking. Definitely not darker :D
My verdict: Loving it.
- Is quite reasonably priced and affordable. Cost: Rs. 100 for 75 g.
- It leaves my skin fresher and cleaner looking. In my opinion, a peel-off mask works because it peels away any dull dead skin on the surface layer, and this mask seems to do it quite effectively.
- It did not cause any skin irritation or darkening or break-outs FOR ME. I feel it would be safe for the general population, but as mentioned earlier, avoid using this mask or any peel-off mask if you have delicate skin, inflamed or broken skin, simply because once dry these masks would tend to pull off any loose skin causing more injury.
- After removing the mask, wash face with cold water to remove any residue you might have missed and also to give a soothing effect.
Ingredients: Each gram contains: Extracts: Anannasa 25 mg, Vatada 15 mg, Trapusa 10 mg, Amalaki 5 mg. That, with a bit of googling, is Pineapple, Almond, Cucumber, and Gooseberries.
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