13 November, 2015 Face Mask Friday #21: Peter Thomas Roth
Today I’m raving about the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50 here). This pumpkin-packed treatment is loaded with AHAs to intensely exfoliate dead skin, and eliminate sebum and the rather gross debris that get trapped in pores after a week spent on the tube. I’m aware that the majority of the masks I review on the blog are clarifying, refining and exfoliating – but that should tell you how serious my complexion goals are. I want to be completely blackhead-clear, with a brighter, more even tone to my skin, that requires less makeup to keep things looking perky and put together.
Both Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup and Ruth from A Model Recommends loved this product, and frequently recommend it. I know Anna is slightly sensitive in areas, and Ruth just had a baby, so I assumed that they like to reach for possibly more gentle products. This really took me by surprise when I realised how insanely intense and powerful this mask is!
This product works in three ways: pumpkin enzymes eat away at dead skin, AHAs help boost radiance and encourage the renewal process, and aluminium oxide crystals (akin to microdermabrasion) physically buff away blackheads, lodged-in dirt and other nasties. It’s a serious skincare marvel.
However – and that’s a big however – this stuff HURTS. It’s so strong! You can apply this sweet cinnamon-scented paste and let it sit for 3-5 minutes (or longer, if you’re brave), or massage lightly to get the aluminium oxide going. It starts to sting immediately, and you’ll see that skin looks red and could be hot to the touch. For me, this goes away immediately when wiped away with a warm muslin cloth.
The effects are instant: pores are cleared, blackheads are reduced in number and size, and my complexion looks fresh, firm and clear. It’s so impressive that one product can do so much in such a short space of time, and I’m pleased to say that all the reviews completely do this product justice.
I can imagine this would work for most skin types, excluding those who have rosacea or sensitivity. If you can tolerate a bit of pain for serious glow-factor, I’d absolutely recommend this. Effects lasts for 2-3 days and you can use this once or twice a week, depending on your needs – and the jar is huge, so you’ll definitely get bang for your buck.
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What are your thoughts on this pumpkin-scented wonder from Peter Thomas Roth? Do you have any dupes or alternatives? Let me know what you think in the comments below!