Years ago, I used to love an inexpensive enzyme mask from Life brand, which is the private brand of Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), Canada’s leading drugstore chain. It was called “Dermavive Renew Enzyme Facial Peel” and had just the perfect amount of AHA (in the form of glycolic acid) that gave my skin a bit of a tingle, but wasn’t so harsh that it made my face red. Of course, they discontinued it. 😥 I, being that customer, actually emailed SDM to inquire about an alternative, but they could not recommend one. SOL, I decided to try to find a replacement.
First, I tried the Freeman Facial Pineapple Enzyme Mask but it was so mild that I could not feel any tingle or skin sloughing effect. I also tried O’slee Rosehip Peeling Gel which was the rage a while back – the idea is that you apply this clear gel on the face like a mask, and then rub it off in bits like you’re removing glue. All that manual rubbing wasn’t good for my skin – this left my face red and irritated so I discontinued using it. That brings me to today’s review; Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – $12 for 50g (iherb and health food shops):
There’s nice attention to details on the packaging:
The jar is a tinted green, I’m guessing it’s to keep UV light from reaching the product.
It comes with a clear inner lid which provides a tight seal to keep the product from drying out.
The consistency is somewhat like puréed fruit / vegetables aka baby food – it contains little dark bits of something (maybe it’s the cinnamon?):
I apply a thick-ish layer on my skin and leave for 15 minutes – there’s a bit of a tingle but it disappears quickly. The percentage of acid is not mentioned anywhere on the packaging but I estimate it’s probably around 8-10%.
I’ve used this mask once a week for the past 2 months now and I really like how it makes my skin feel soft and exfoliated. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of the smell since it smells more of the pumpkin than honey – and I don’t like pumpkin too much (pumpkin pie is ICK!). But overall, this is a fantastic mask with natural ingredients at a very reasonable price – I estimate a jar will last me around 5 months with regular use.
• effective chemical exfoliant in the form of glycolic acid
• natural ingredients
• rinses easily and cleanly
• readily available
• jar packaging is not ideal store store AHA products (but I kept the clear inner lid in hopes of keeping the product fresh longer)
• scent of pumpkin (personal preference)
Stash worthiness: 8/10
Have you tried Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask? What AHA masks would you recommend to try next?