If you’re acne prone and looking for something to help cool down inflammation, tighten pores, and remove blackheads, you may want to check out Skintelligence’s Facial Firming Masque. This is a line produced by Market America, but I’m not sponsored by them- just reviewing this to let you know if it really works or not!
I’ll be separating ‘firming’ and ‘exfoliation’ into two different categories as they use two different methods of application. The latter requires tissue paper or blotting paper! 😉
1) On dry skin, apply the masque in circular motions.
2) Allow it to dry and do not talk (essentially, don’t move your face). What’s going to happen is that the masque is going to dry and produce a film on top of your skin. This film is going to continuously tighten. During the tightening process, you can literally see your pores closing up.
Don’t get your hopes up though because remember, this is only a temporary effect.
3) Leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Don’t leave it on for too long or you’ll get wrinkles on your face from all the tightening.
4) Afterwards, gently wash off the masque using lukewarm water.
I notice that my skin is slightly firmer, moisturised, and cooler in temperature after using this. In terms of acne, it does help to calm it down a bit. That’s probably because it contains aloe, lavender, and witch hazel, which all help to soothe the skin.
1) Make sure your face is dry. Apply in circular motions on areas of your face that need blackhead removal or exfoliation.
2) Before the masque dries, stick pieces of tissue paper (the wrapping paper sort) or blotting paper on top.
3) Apply a second layer of the masque on top of the paper.
4) Wait to dry, but don’t wait too long.
5) Once mostly dried, slowly and gently peel off the paper. You will see that sebum and dead skin have been removed.
6) Gently rinse face with lukewarm water.
I personally find that this is a gentler way to deep cleanse blackheads from my pores, than using pore strips. My theory is that the first layer of masque tightens the pores and produces a film. That film makes the skin harder and more resistant to the impact that pulling paper can have on the skin. Secondly, since we’re only applying thin layers of product with thin sheets of paper, the paper isn’t pulling on our skin as much. Just a theory!
The masque comes in an opaque, white bottle. To use the product, you would have to turn it over and squeeze the masque out. Try to keep the cap clean as product tends to dry up and clog the opening.
Price: $20.95 USD plus $5 shipping / $25.83 CAD plus $10 shipping
It isn’t a revolutionary product that is going to completely change your skin tone (at least I don’t think). I personally find that using a vitamin C serum and apple cider vinegar as a toner are more effective at keeping acne at bay. HOWEVER, I would NOT recommend those two solutions if you have sensitive skin… ’cause it can burn!
What this product can do is act as a gentle multi-purpose masque for people with acne-prone and sensitive skin. It gently soothes your face, removes blackheads, and temporarily tightens pores. My pores appeared smaller for a max. of 3 days, as it is only recommended to use this product once or twice a week. To really see a reduction in acne, you would have to use this on a long term basis along with a suitable skincare regimen.
I’ve been using this masque for a few months, and it hasn’t irritated my skin. It’s been pretty useful so far. 🙂
Thanks for reading my lengthy review. I wanted to be detailed because I wasn’t too sure how to use this product during my first few usages.