First Impression: Superdrug Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog before, but I have a soft spot masks. In particular sheet masks, but all masks count. So over the next several days I’ve got a few first impressions and reviews of some masks I’ve been trying out, since my skin has certainly needed the extra helping hand they can potentially offer. To kick off these reviews and first impressions, I’m going to start with the Superdrug own brand Cucumber Peel-Off Mask, which you can buy for £2.59, and you can check out the product here

  
I think I’ll start off by admitting I have mixed feelings about peel off masks. While the idea of peeling off the mask when you’re done and that thin layer of mask feels weirdly awesome and gross at the same time, I do still find it, well, gross. However, depending on how well the mask peels off, it saves a lot of time as standing over my sink to wash off clay masks (not that I like to wash them off over the sink anyway, I’ll explain my methods in a later post I have planned). Of course, if you’re not so lucky, then the mask will tear and find the next loose part of the mask becomes a pain to find and I always feel slightly anxious about whether I got all of the mask off or not. What I’m trying to say is that I personally don’t tend to go for peel-off style masks, but at the same time, I’m trying to be open-minded about what might work well for my skin.

  
Moving on, what this mask claims to do is give a “fresh, vibrant complexion” and uses cucumber to do that, “by gently lifting away dirt and impurities”. The basic idea of the mask is to apply a thin layer of the product all over the face (not on the eye and lip area of course), then wait for the mask to dry, then enjoy peeling it off at the edges. The back of the packaging says to apply it to dry skin, which is what I did, and that it can be used up to 2-3 times a week. I will admit now I used this once and only once.

  
The mask itself is squeezed out of the tube as a clear, very gloopy gel, and isn’t too hard to spread of the skin, although it does feel very weird, in my opinion. It doesn’t take much longer than roughly ten minutes for the mask to dry, and then you can have fun peeling it off. What I can say straight away is there is a very strong scent of alcohol in this product, which I did not find appealing, and the alcohol did cause my skin some minor irritation. It’s for this reason that I didn’t use this again, because although I didn’t have a nasty reaction visually speaking, my skin was very sore and uncomfortable for at least a few hours afterwards.

It’s because of the alcohol and the reaction I had as well that I can very easily say I won’t buy or use this again, and if my mum doesn’t want to use it, then I plan on throwing it in the bin (I bought this a long long time ago so there’s no way I can return in, as far as I understand). It honestly is a shame, since I want to encourage myself to try more of these peel-off style masks, but I think in future, I’m going to look at other brands instead.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I apologise for my lack of activity recently. I told myself I was going to blog more, but have been very… “Blah” recently so my motivation wasn’t really there. However, I plan on fighting this, and want to be more involved again in the blogging community. 

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