I’ve thought of a challenge.
I have just got home from work and am currently sitting down with my laptop, a cup of tea, and a sachet’s worth of Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque on my face.
The challenge is as follows: describe the sensations you experience when trying out a new masque. As in, while you’re still experiencing them. It might add a sense of urgency and truth to the review, or something. Anyway, below is my own *live* experience of Mask Monday. I hope you enjoy it!
18:03: First off, this product took a while to squeeze out of the sachet. I was worried some air had got to the masque and it had hardened up. Please don’t ruin the challenge before it’s even started…
18:04: It hasn’t hardened up. Jolly good. In fact, although this masque has a clayish consistency, and collected in a blob in the corner of the sachet, it’s thinner than most clay masques I’ve come across, which makes it much easier to apply.
18:05: Oh arse, I’ve got some in my hair. EVERY TIME.
18:06: Evidently clearing sebum is a process which requires a change in temperature. My whole face feels cold and tingly.
18:07: This was a pleasant sensation until I realised that I’d accidentally dabbed a bit of the masque inside my left nostril. Nostrils are more sensitive than the rest of the face. Now my nostril is cold. And a bit sore.
18:08: What if I snort and accidentally suck some masque up my nose? Is it bad to inhale Dermalogica?
18:11: Nostrils aside, you can tell this is good stuff. If a masque just sits on your face and you can’t feel it doing anything, it doesn’t really seem like the intensive treatment you’re after, does it? I can definitely feel this doing something.
18:14: My 10 minutes are nearly up. Does anybody actually leave face masques on for the recommended time?
18:15: I should probably wash this off. But I want it to work. What if it hasn’t worked yet?
18:16: It has hardened up a bit, in fairness. That probably means it’s ready. Maybe just a bit longer though…
18:17: Ok fine. I’m going to wash it off now.
18:20: Oooh. My pores definitely look smaller, and there’s no surface oil on my skin, like there usually is. It feels oil-free and clean, but not parched. I think that’s the crucial distinction of a good face mask for oily skin: if it leaves your face feeling parched, it’s only going to cause a rush of oil to flood in and fill the gap. If your skin feels plump and healthy, smooth, but not dry, you’ve found a good’un.
With all masks, the effects can be a slow-burn and manifest much better after a few uses, rather than just one. However, as I only have a sachet of this stuff, I can only tell you about my short-term experience. Sorry.
Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post! Perhaps you could do your own 10-minute Mask Monday Challenge? Maybe you could accompany it with live tweeting? Who knows.
Oh, do tell me what your favourite face masks are, incidentally. I’m fairly new to the market and would love to hear about your experiences.
Hope you’re all having a lovely week,