Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Beauty Review: Peter Thomas Roth Face Masks

If I'm being honest, I'm really lazy when it comes to skincare. I still use Aveeno body lotion for my face and basically whatever products my mom gives me is what makes up my skincare regimen. I do love face masks though- clay masks are like my war buddies, they were with me back when acne was trying to colonize my entire face- which is why I was so excited to get Peter Thomas Roth's MASK-A-HOLIC set for Christmas this year! Below are short reviews of my experiences with each mask, in the order I tried them.


I wanted to ease myself into trying these masks and the Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask seemed like the simplest choice. Plus it's a really pretty shade of ice blue. Its key ingredients are Blue Marine Algae (delivers nutrients & moisture to hydrate skin), Rich Tea from Jeju Island, Korea (more nutrients), and Antarcticine, which is straight up from Arctic glacial ice (supposedly creates a "eco-bubble" over skin to both hydrate and protect it). I applied the mask with the nifty applicator that came with the masks and thought it was immediately refreshing. It's a very lightweight mask that applies smoothly- it did sting a bit, but that might've just been my neglected skin freaking out. Either way, the stinging subsided pretty quickly and changed into a soothing effect. I washed the mask off after 10 minutes with cold water as instructed and did feel refreshed. Not sure how much more hydrated my skin actually was but it definitely felt good.


The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer is designed to brighten and even out your skin tone- specifically, a "dull, aging, congested complexion" aka my skin probably. Its key ingredients are Pumpkin Enzyme (exfoliates), Alpha Hydroxy Acid (peel), and Aluminum Oxide Crystals (polishes) but most importantly, it smells like a delicious pumpkin pie. I love all things pumpkin so I was excited to slather this all over my face and turn myself into a tasty pumpkin spiced treat. I applied it with wet fingers like the instructions said to, making sure to massage it in. It has a courser texture than the hydrating mask but the exfoliating effect didn't really kick in until I was washing it off with warm water. I liked the gentleness of the mask- I could feel it polishing my skin but not as harshly as some other products I've tried. My complexion did seem a little brighter afterwards but I definitely need to use it a little longer to see if it makes a real difference. I will say, my skin immediately felt softer after using this mask. I might buy another jar of this simply for how it yummy it smells though.


I've always been a fan of mud and clay masks so I was super excited to try this Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask. Its main ingredient, Irish Moor Mud, is apparently "harvested by hand from the Irish countryside" and "helps draw out dirt, oil and grime as it infuses skin with moisture, vitamins, essential minerals, and potent anti-oxidant benefits". Hijiki Seaweed, Volcanic Ash, and Activated Charcoal also help cleanse the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. I spread a thick layer over my face because I am greedy when it comes to skincare products and like to really coat myself with it, much to my mother and wallet's horror. I probably, definitely put too much on but I thought there was a nice weight to the mask. It did sting a bit in the beginning but I'm part of a generation who associates stinging with effectiveness- if you used Sea Breeze Astringent  as a toner in high school, you know what I'm talking about. If it's stinging, it's working. Anyway, like with the other masks, the stinging subsided. I could feel the mask tightening but it didn't seem to dry out like other mud masks I've tried in the past did- that might've just been because I put on too much though. I like that better though, my skin felt cleansed without being dried out and the mask appeared to have a mattifying effect on my complexion.


I actually tried the Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-tox Hydrator mask right after I did the mud mask in an attempt to have myself a 'spa day'. It has the consistency and appearance of hair gel, and it felt like what I imagine it feels like to spread hair gel on your face. It also resembles aloe vera, which to be fair, still resembles hair gel. According to the PTR website, this mask, like Aloe Vera, can be used to soothe irritated skin and reduce puffiness- it "helps soothe, hydrate, and detoxify dry, irritated skin with botnaical extracts of Cucumber, Papaya, Chamomile, Pineapple, Sugar Maple, Sugarcane, Orange, Lemon, Bilberry and Aloe". Unlike the previous masks, this one didn't cause any stinging so either my skin is improving or this mask didn't do anything (hah). I found it refreshing and can't wait to try it after leaving it in the fridge to make it even more refreshing.


I saved the 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask for last because I was the most excited about it. I mean who doesn't want to have 24K gold on their face (cue Bruno Mars singing twenty four karat magic in the aiiiirrrrrr)??? The mask is "infused with Pure 24K Gold and Colloidal Gold to help improve the appearance of firmness and impart an opulent glow" as well as Caffeine to tighten skin and Peridot (literally a gemstone) reenergizes skin. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin to hydrate the skin. It's a gorgeous, glittery gold mask that applies on very smoothly. I found it to be super creamy, it definitely felt luxurious putting it on. No stinging but also no other sensation either- I like the novelty of it but it seemed the most ineffective out of all the masks. 

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