Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

3/04/2016




Face masks aren't a must have by any means when my skincare routine is in question. But a few dedicated masks with ingredients that actually serve a purpose and make a difference definitely are something I like to have on hand. My skin is currently somewhere between normal and combination since it is normal for the majority of time but certain areas get clogged easily and others show distress if lacking hydration. Not to mention that night shifts make skin incredibly dull-looking. I have yet to find a hydrating mask which doesn't clog my pores but what I already love, use and prefer are clay-based masks to balance oilier parts of my face and face masks containing glycolic acid to promote healthy cell turnover and diminish dullness. Glycolic acid is my favorite skincare ingredient of all - I wrote about it here.

Current clay-based face mask favorite is the Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil - an absolute skincare gem! And a glycolic acid featured face mask I'm using consistently is the Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask (approx $12 via iHerb | 50ml).

Attractive packaging isn't ideal as it is a jar but if you're not squeamish, it'll do. The mask itself is geared towards providing a brighter, more luminous complexion. It includes a nice array of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients and plant oils. Pumpkin puree is the leading ingredient and it's indeed helpful due to being rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. It aims to gently dissolve and lift away dull surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone and smooth texture. Another great ingredient is Manuka honey desirable for its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

And indeed, every time I apply this mask on freshly cleansed and dry face it delivers amazing results (once a week, I apply a light layer and leave it on for 15 minutes). Incredibly clear, smooth and luminous skin is served after rinsing with cold water! I get that healthy glow, cannot stop touching my face as to how smooth and silky it is and my pores look clean and tight. In approx 3 weeks time, it has diminished some acne scarring around my hairline and has left my face more evenly toned. Best thing to use after this mask is a dedicated face oil which skin drinks up within seconds (I am loving rosehip oil at the moment). I prefer to use the mask at night so I get the most of that luminosity tomorrow morning, after it has done its magic along with the oil.

But it isn't perfect. It has an odd scent and texture - it's a puree/gel consistency which does feel homemade and a bit gritty on the skin. Scent is borderline off-putting, nothing similar to a sweet pumpking dessert. It also contains pineapple juice (Ananas sativus), which is problematic for its potential to provoke sensitivity in skin. During first two uses, my skin felt tingly and oddly warm - that was gone after the second use. My skin is accustomed to glycolic acid as I use it often but this mask provoked a reaction (albeit a delicate one). This is why my final thoughts are that this face mask is indeed a solid glycolic-based one but have in mind the presence of pineapple juice. If you do opt for purchasing it yourself, I'd advise a patch test prior to applying it all over the face.

  • Maske za lice nisu proizvod 'bez kojeg ne mogu zivjeti' i moja njegujuca rutina lica komotno moze proci bez njih. Ali jeste lijepo imati pri ruci par komada koji zaista sadrze konkretne sastojke i uz koje koza zablista. Moja koza se trenutno klati izmedju normalnog i mjesovitog tipa jer vecinu vremena jeste normalnog stanja no sklona je zacepljenju pora i odmah mi da do znanja ukoliko joj nedostaje hidratacije. Da ne spominjem kako nocne smjene ostavljaju traga i cine da ten izgleda umorno. Jos uvijek nisam pronasla za sebe idealnu hidratantnu masku koja mi nece zacepiti pore ali ono sto znam da volim i da mi odgovara su maske na bazi gline (balansiraju masnija podrucja) i maske koje sadrze glikolnu kiselinu (poticu obnavljanje koze). Glikolna kiselina mi je omiljeni sastojak u preparativi -  o njoj sam pisala ovdje.
  • Trenutno omiljena maska na bazi gline koju koristim je Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining maska sa uljem jojobe - izvrsna! A maska na bazi glikolne kiseline kojoj sam vjerna sedmicama je Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask (kosta cca 21KM preko iHerb stranice | 50ml).
  • Iako atraktivno, pakovanje u vidu teglice nije idealno. Ipak, ako se mozete prilagoditi, posluziti ce svrsi. Sama maska ima za cilj da pruza svjetliji i prociscen ten. Sadrzi lijep niz antioksidansa, sastojaka koji obnavljaju kozu te fina biljna ulja. Pire od tikve je istaknuti sastojak i doista jeste koristan posto je bogat antioksidansima te masnim kiselinama. Maska ciljano razgradjuje i uklanja mrtve celije, pilinguje kozu i otkriva svjezi, novi sloj koze zbog kojeg ten je ten gladak i naprosto blista. Jos jedan lijep sastojak ove maske je Manuka med koji je pozeljan zbog antibakterijskih i protuupalnih svojstava.
  • I zaista, nakon svakog koristenja rezultatima sam jako zadovoljna. Masku koristim jednom sedmicno tako sto je nanesem u tankom sloju nakon sto sam umila i posusila lice. Ostavim je da djeluje petnaestak minuta i isperem hladnom vodom. Odmah koza bude svjezija, svjetlija i dobije onaj zdravi sjaj. Jako je glatka, mekana na dodir, ujednacena a pore su vidljivo ciste i suzene. Nakon otprilike 3 sedmice koristenja, maska je uspjela da velikim dijelom izblijedi flekice tj. oziljke uz rub kose koje su ostale nakon problematicnih bubuljica. Nakon sto koristim masku, volim lice pocastiti uljem koje koza bukvalno upije za par sekundi (preferiram ulje sipka). Masku volim koristiti navecer da bih sutra ujutro dobila maksimalne rezultate (tacno da maska + ulje od sipka djeluju).
  • Ali nije savrsena. Ima jako cudan miris i cudnu teksturu - kao mjesavinu pirea i gela, na kozi djeluje kao nesto sto bih smuckala u kuhinji. Nekome ce se taj osjecaj dopasti, nekome ne. Miris granici sa jako odbojnim, uopste ne asocira na slatku tikvu. Maska takodjer sadrzi sok ananasa (Ananas sativus), sastojak koji je problematican posto moze izazvati iritaciju kod osjetljive koze. Moja koza je naviknuta na glikolnu kiselinu ali i pored toga je bila crvena i vruca tokom prva dva koristenja. Ta reakcija je kasnije izostala, Zbog toga je moje zavrsno misljenje da je ovo bez sumnje solidna maska na bazi glikolne kiseline ali morate imati na umu prisustvo soka ananasa. Ukoliko se odlucite za kupovinu, preporucujem da masku testirate na malom dijelu koze prije nanosenja preko cijelog lica.

Ingredients | Sastojci:

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree, Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Juice, Pectin, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex, Lecithin, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) and Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oils, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon), Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) and Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Powders

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4 comments

  1. Imam je i koristila sam je tek dva puta i dogodilo se ovo sto i tebi, koza je reagirala peckanjem i crvenilom, iako sam navikla na vece postotke glikolne. Morat cu joj dati jos sansi, mozda crvenilo izostane. Ma da mi se svidja efekt blistave koze koji pruza :)

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    1. Ja sam uvjerena da crvenilo i vrucina (tj.peckanje) dolaze zbog soka ananasa - ne mogu to dokazati ali sam dosta, dosta sigurna bas zato sto mi je koza uvijek odlicno ragovala na glikolnu tako da ona sigurno nije kriva. Jer i nije u velikoj koncentraciji glikolna u ovoj maski - tek je na osmom mjestu na listi sastojaka.
      Pokusaj ako imas volje jos par puta koristiti masku ali ako ti bas bude smetala, jednostavno je odlozi.

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    2. Stvarno bi moglo biti i zbog soka ananasa. I meni je koza uvijek dobro reagirala na glikolnu. Vec sam je mislila proslijediti, no sad cu joj bas dati priliku pa vidjet sto ce biti :)

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    3. Moglo bi, postoji realna sansa - pokusaj ponovo ali sa oprezom, za svaki slucaj!

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