25 September, 2015 Face Mask Friday #19 With Freeman Beauty
When Julie from J. Beaute sent me the Freeman Beauty Pineapple Enzyme Face Mask in our beauty swap earlier this year, I was practically giddy. She always raves about Freeman Beauty skincare, and how effective their masks are, considering their budget-friendly price-point (most masks retail in the US for under $5). They have an extensive range of masks and treatments with both floral and fruit extracts, and Freeman Beauty is the only skincare line from the drugstore I’ve come across that has taken on ‘serious’ skincare trends – chemical exfoliation is a perfect example – at an incredibly low price.
The mask itself is an opaque gel that smells of pure, juicy pineapple. The scent isn’t artificial at all, and there’s a slight tingling sensation upon application. The main ingredients are pineapple fruit extract, including Bromelain, or pineapple stem. Bromelain contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduces redness and swelling, whilst Papain (papaya extract) aids in the exfoliation process. The enzyme action comes from both the naturally-occurring fruit enzymes in the pineapple and papaya, along with AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) such as glycolic and lactic. Additional scrubby goodness from lemon peel, mango and grapefruit makes this mask the perfect treatment for dull, grey skin.
I like to apply this mask on freshly-cleansed skin, and leave on for 7-10 minutes, so it can absorb fully. Then, I rinse a muslin cloth in hand-hot water and massage gently to open my pores and help remove all the gunk and sebum the mask has removed from my pores – nice. The result is a refreshed, radiant and slightly flushed complexion that looks healthy and full of life. It’s a great mask to use the night before a big event or on the same day, as results are fairly immediate and it doesn’t ‘purge’ the skin to the extent that some purifying masks do.
The effects of this mask are gentle, but noticeable. For a mask under £10 I’m so impressed with the quality, ingredients and impact this has on my skin, and I would absolutely recommend it if you have normal-combination skin in need of a boost – although any skin type can use this and see a visible improvement immediately.
You can buy the Freeman Beauty Pineapple Enzyme Mask here for £7.14
Have you tried this lovely mask? What did you think – and what other enzyme or AHA-based masks have you tried, and would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!