First Impression: Superdrug Superfruits Exfoliating Mask

I love using face masks, even though I’m awful at remembering to use them. However, since I’m visiting my family during the week and going back to Cardiff on weekends to work, I decided to pick up a few face masks to try and finally get back into the habit of using masks regularly. I picked up five sachet masks and two different tubes, and the first one I tried was the Superfruits Exfoliating Mask, since my skin has been struggling in the hot weather that the UK has been having. I picked this mask first as a prep mask, so I can remove all the dead skin and then use a different mask in a couple of days to focus on cleaning out my blackheads and detoxing the skin. Most of the sachet masks cost between 99p and £1.50, so they’re very affordable. Perhaps too affordable… (read on to understand what I mean)

Unfortunately I threw away the packaging and have cleaned the mask off my face before it occurred to me to write my first impressions of this mask, so I don’t have any photos (sorry!), but I’ll do my best to describe my experience the best I can to make up for it.

The first thing I’d like to talk about is the packaging, I don’t have my own photos, but you can look at the Superdrug website here. As you can see from the website, the mask is a sachet, and is quite thin so it’s easy to pack if you’re travelling, and is just easy to store away in a box or drawer (I have an entire plastic box of these at my flat in Cardiff, I’m awful and pick up loads since they’re on offer as 3 for 2 a lot. Why I didn’t just bring a few of them back with me, I don’t know…). The face on the packaging represents the appearance of the mask on the skin, which in experience is very accurate.

The mask itself claims to have “super fruits” including raspberries, cranberries and blueberries, which are meant to “purify” and “smoothe” the skin and suitable for all skin types. My skin is definitely smoother from using the mask, however, there are still a couple of rough areas like on my nose and chin, where there are blocked pores which it didn’t “purify”. If you plan on using one mask to exfoliate and clear pores, then I can’t say it achieves this. However, it does do the first which I consider to be a positive anyway. Like I said earlier, I used this mask as a prep mask, and plan to use a separate mask in a couple of days to clear out my pores, so it achieves the purpose I used it for.

The mask itself is purple in appearance like a mix of the blueberries, raspberries and cranberries, and smells delicious. It makes me want to make a smoothie with these kinds of berries. Maybe I just have a small face, but there is a lot of product in the sachet despite how slim the sachet is, so I apply a thick layer on the skin. When the mask dries, it turns a milky, lilac-y white colour, which is my visual cue to wash it off. One thing I noticed is that there are seed bits in the mask as well as tiny granules which you can’t see very well on the image of the woman wearing the mask on the sachet. This is what acts as the exfoliant itself. When washing off the mask, I realised that the large seed bits are quite rough against the skin, which is a shame since I used a soft wet sponge to wash it off (flannels tend to be a bit too rough against my skin, so I opt for a sponge instead), so I can’t say it’s entirely my fault for rubbing too hard against my skin.

It is easy to miss parts of the mask when washing off the mask since the tiny granules are difficult to see. So if you do use this mask, I suggest pressing your hands against your skin after you’ve washed it off to check if there is any residue still left on the skin. I left the mask on my face for roughly 15 minutes while I watched some YouTube videos, not touching the mask at all except when washing it off with my sponge. The instructions said to leave the mask alone so that’s what I did, although if I use this mask again, I think I’ll apply it to wet skin (instead of dry skin) and massage the mask, particularly around my nose and chin, as gently as possible to improve the exfoliating properties and improve the results.

Overall, this is a nice mask. It’s cheap, easy to use, smells amazing and is easy to store. For the price you pay, the results are great, although like I just mentioned, I would use the mask differently to improve the results on my skin. I can’t say I agree that this suitable for all skin types, since the seed particles can be quite rough, so anyone with sensitive skin may find this irritating, and I’m surprised my skin didn’t react to it. Would I buy this again? Not at the moment, I probably have a few of these stored away in my plastic box at my flat, but I think I will look for other exfoliating masks instead to see if the results are better. However, if you’re thinking about trying masks for the first time, this is a nice one to try and as long as your skin isn’t too sensitive, you shouldn’t have a nasty reaction to it.

Have you tried this mask? If so, did it work well for you? I would love to hear your thoughts, and any suggestions for good masks to try. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I hope this post was useful to read.

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