If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would have probably noticed that I recently went on a trip around Canada. Whilst I came back with some incredible memories of the breath-taking views, I also returned with a bag full of beauty products! One of the products I was most excited to get my hands on was The Ordinary’s brand new Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. Here is my review.
Unlike the other products I’ve tried from the brand, this mask came housed in a squeezable, grey tube. I prefer this type of packaging to jars, as it is more hygienic to use. The flip cap closes firmly with a click and prevents the mask from drying out. The directions for use are mentioned on the back of the tube, whilst the ingredients are listed on the accompanying box.
In terms of texture, this mask was a far cry from every other clay-based formula I’ve tried. The jelly-like consistency allowed the product to glide easily across the skin, without any resistance. Due to the inclusion of charcoal, the mask is black in colour and has a small amount of grittiness to it. As soon as I apply it, I feel a faint cooling sensation on my skin. What is most remarkable about this mask is that it does not set completely. Instead, it solidifies slightly to form a comfortable film that never feels tight or drying. This is thanks to the presence of squalane, which is a great moisturizer. The mask has a light, minty scent to it that dissipates quickly.
I’ve been using this product twice a week for the past month and have been quite happy with the formula. Every time I use it, I notice that my pimples seem less inflamed. The gritty texture also helps slough off any dead skin and leaves my complexion looking smoother and brighter. However, if you are looking for a mask that will literally zap your zits, this probably isn’t the product for you. Whilst it does decongest pores and reduces the frequency of breakouts, it doesn’t really speed up the healing process of active blemishes.
Detoxifying, yet lightly moisturizing, this mask is perfect for those dealing with oily skin, blackheads and congestion. If you do happen to try it out, do let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Price: USD 19.80
Key Ingredients: Kaolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid and Charcoal Powder
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