Sep 29, 2010

Peel Appeal: Himalaya Herbals Almond and Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

I have always had a fascination for peel-off masks. Guess anyone who has "accidentally" squeezed out more than the necessary quantity of Fevicol would agree with me :D :D   Unfortunately for me, although I have bought many peel-off masks (not naming brands but some really popular ones are the orange yummy-smelling ones) they haven't really done anything for my skin; some have even left me looking quite a few shades darker!! Not really something I was aiming for, so for quite some time, playing with Fevicol was the only way to satisfy the peel-off craving :P :P  A few days back, though, I found the Himalaya Herbals Almond-Cucumber peel-off mask.

himalaya herbals face mask reviews peel off almond and cucumber indian

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.


himalaya herbals face mask reviews peel off almond and cucumber indian brands
himalaya herbals face mask reviews peel off almond and cucumber indian brands


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.
Himalaya has for some reason chosen only to put the key/active ingredients on the tube. I would have preferred if the entire list was there. We as customers have the right to know what we are putting on our faces, and please leave it to us to decide whether we want to use something or not. I hate the "key ingredients" concept. They do put the entire list on their Neem Mask, so I do not know why they did not do so here.

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.

Related post: Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Mask
Himalaya Herbals Refreshing Fruit Pack


    32 comments:

    1. I was thinking of buying it but some how didn't...will do it next time:)

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    2. I love peel-offs and I thought Rs. 100 is okay to try out once..but now I think I will keep buying it :D

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    3. Hiiii Deb...is the first time am catching you here :D :D :D

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    4. Definately gotta try this one!

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    5. I am beginning to think EVERYONE loves a good peel-off :D

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    6. :D Rads, i lou you!!!!! :*:*:*

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    7. Haaaa...when did the ogre land here??? Did you scare the jury guys...sit on them???? :D :D :D

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    8. no! i'll kill everyone!! horrible day!:( no jury! jury tomorrow! but then they wait for us to go there to inform us! *&&^^%TR#%%$*&*(

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    9. HUH!!! You could have relaxed, slept, beaten your brother black and/or blue :D :D annnnnnything...those people need to be sat on, Ikky..grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    10. As long as you don't have very sensitive skin, Bhumika, this would be safe to try :)

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    11. hehe yeah.. but its the brothers birthday and i'm concentrating on baking a cake!:P

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    12. You are going to bake the cake for his birthday....errr is that a good thing or like worse than beating him black-blue kinds????? Cos u never mentioned you like cooking hooman food :D

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    13. lol.. i ordered a cake too.. just in case.. hehe..
      i'm pretty good at baking cakes!:D i ordered the other cake cause everyone is going to fight to eat mine then it'll get over then people will cry.. they can have bahar ka cake!:P
      oh and bdw, wrote something nice for JolMol on IMBB!:p

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    14. I cannot open IMBB :-(( I think Rati kicked me out from there cos I keep writing rubbish in the comments :-(( :D :D :D

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    15. i couldnt open IMBB or your blog!:(

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    16. hey rads, nice review, Im such a sucker for face masks, and this is a peel-off even better, I wannnnt, but Ive got so many to finish already.. what to do??? :(

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    17. I had tried this a while ago, but didn't like it. It took very long to dry as you mentioned, and it wld tug on my skin during peeling. Plus it did nothing for me. So glad it worked for you. It sounds really nice with all those exotic ingredients. Wish it had worked as well for me too :(

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    18. Nooo I don't like peel off masks. :( But love putting fevicol at the back of my hand and peeling it off. :P

      All the cucumber makes me feel fresh . Me likes Himalaya.

      And regrading kicking you off from IMBB, guess I was kicked off myself as well. :((

      That ikku says the she cannot open your blog also so how has she written a comment? Ogres have weird logics. *giggles* :P

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    19. ahem! yesterday Rati. YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!:P

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    20. Renuca - I have 3 masks lying here with me..so really am just going to keep very quiet :D

      Tanveer - ohhh too bad it didn't work :-(

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    21. Ikky and Rati: You both are horrible :P :P :P :P

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    22. thanks! really!! helps!!:(:(:( ooohh and mes going to mail you in a bit. :D:D something :D:D:D

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    23. Meeees waiting...ohhh and how did the cake turn out??

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    24. :| yeah good.. :| i dint get to eat it!:|:|

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    25. hey me too wanna try this..
      today evening will buy :)
      me crazy fellow for face stuff :)
      but i m going to try tomm only :) hope i get my hands on this :)

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    26. You have such lovely skin already Rashmi...I don't want you to use this and get even better :D :D :D

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    27. hahah wow thats a good one :)
      and see m at home only not able to step out :(
      but tomm i will get this :D
      and i will tell u how good hahahahah i am looking :)
      wow

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    28. Naaahiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnn :D :D :D

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    29. Okay I just tried this and my skin is burning. I didn't think I had such sensitive skin! First it hurt to peel it off. I was like holding back tears. Second, my face became red after I got everything off. Even after I rinsed it with cold water, my skin was still on fire. Lets see how this goes. I might just put on lotion or something.

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      1. OMG!!! Your skin might not like some of the ingredients in this one!!! I really won't try it again if skin is reacting to it this way...did it burn/sting while the mask was on or did you just have issues while trying to peel it off?? Either way..I would suggest you skip this mask and use something that doesn't involve peeling off :|

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