Boy, I really need to get on posting more! My resolution for the new year is to post on this blog at least once every week. I have a huge backlog of product reviews to do.
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So here’s one I’ve been intending to post about for a while. I’m sure you can relate: when it comes to skincare products, it’s hard to find a product that actually does what it claims. And it’s even harder to find a product that does more than just moisturize. That’s why I’m pretty impressed with the Ole Henriksen Blue/Blackberry Enzyme Mask. It actually does what it promises, and it actually makes positive changes in my skin.
I found this mask at Marshalls for a mere $9.99, so I snapped it up immediately. I’m always intrigued by enzyme products because my skin is a little sensitive to chemical exfoliation. Enzyme exfoliation is a gentler alternative that my skin seems to have no problems with. The full price on Amazon is $22.65, and on Sephora.com is $36.
This wash-off mask is a clear gel. It’s simple to use. You just take a generous amount of the gel and spread a reasonably thick layer over your face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off.
I must warn those who are sensitive to fragrance that this mask has a VERY strong lavender scent. It’s a natural scent from lavender extract and oil, but it is quite powerful. If you like lavender, you can consider the mask a 20-minute aromatherapy session. If you’re not a fan of lavender, stay far away from this mask!
This mask uses black/blueberry enzymes as well as papaya enzymes (papain) to exfoliate. Some people are sensitive to papain, so proceed with caution if you’ve had reactions to enzyme products in the past.
Once I rinse it off, my skin is noticeably smoother to the touch and more even-toned. I believe there’s a slight brightening effect as well. The enzyme exfoliation seems to be working. I use this mask once or twice a week to remove excess dead skin cells.
The gel can be a little sticky and tacky while it’s on, but since it’s a wash-off mask, it doesn’t bother me. It can be a little difficult to rinse off, so you may want to use a konjac sponge or washcloth to help remove it.
This was my first Ole Henriksen product, and I’m impressed! I’m looking forward to trying some of their other offerings. I really enjoyed the Blue/Blackberry Enzyme Mask and I love that it actually does something — its smoothing and brightening properties are gentle but noticeable. I already have a backup jar!
Since I use a generous layer of the mask, I’ve been going through the jar pretty fast, so that’s something to keep in mind.
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Note: This product has been reformulated as the Ole Henriksen Berry Nurturing Gel Mask.
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