How's the weekend been? We've been pretty under the weather, nursing a bad throat but it's kind of a good opportunity to test out some skincare products I got lately - like ever so popular Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, which seems to be a staple in every korean skincare routine.
First off, it states clearly that it's a Mask but when I opened up the bottle and saw the texture of the product, I was slightly puzzled at how I was suppose to work such a dense coarse sugar mask onto my skin. It contains mineral enriched Brazilian Black Sugar bits that are pretty large and feel quite coarse. For those with thinner skin, I recommend gently applying a layer while your skin is slightly moist or damp. For those with thicker skin, it's ok to gently massage it onto your skin.
I left a thin layer on for 10 minutes because my skin felt slightly heated and turned slightly pinkish the first 2 times I used it. After the third time, the heating sensation was no longer present and I was only left with very soft, smooth skin.
I like that Shea Butter and Macadamia Seed Oil was added to this mask because of their extremely skin nourishing properties and the amazing thing was that this black sugar mask emulsifies and washes off nicely, leaving no oily residue. It's way easier to take off then put on. Oh and this isn't a mask u want to parade around in because it makes u look like u had a terrible sun burn.
Results & thoughts:
^ it's a strong exfoliant. My skin instantly looked brighter and had a glow that lasted a day or so. It felt like a layer of dirt and dull skin had been lifted from my face and I was left with very clean skin
^ application should be very gentle because I didn't need to massage the sugar onto my skin to feel like the dead skin was being dissolved away
^smell could be overbearing and I just felt like I had fruity detergent on my face. Wish the fragrance had been lighter or left out altogether because it's so overpowering
^ skin looked smooth & glowing and there were no dry patches after using this mask
^subsequent skincare products seemed to be absorbed more easily after using this product
^best to use 2-3 a week. Not recommended for skin with active angry acne spots. Might be a little too harsh because of the coarse black sugar. But excellent for dull, thicker, sun damaged or lackluster skin
On the whole, I'm impressed with this black sugar wash off mask from Skinfood. I hate the smell but the results are truly impressive. I use Annie's way mask when my skin is looking red and has inflammation or zits and I'm leaning more towards this mask when my skin is a bit clogged or dull looking. Also, I find the black sugar helps with getting rid of dead skin cells so it's probably helping my serums and oils absorb better. A great mask to exfoliate and brighten the skin - just need to tolerate the smell for 10 minutes or so :)