Tuesday, 21 September 2010

A'kin Express Purifying Facial Masque

Review of A'kin Express Purifying Facial Masque

By Nadine D

Packaging: When I received the A'kin Purifying Masque to test I was really looking forward to trying it as I am already a convert to the A’kin cleanser and have used their products in the past. The A’kin Express Purifying Facial Masque is packaged in cream coloured plastic tube easily identified with the A’Kin logo. The A'kin product description and usage instructions are detailed on the back along with the full ingredients list. The product lasts for 12 months after opening.

Application: The A'kin Purifying Masque should be applied in a generous layer to dry, cleansed skin and left for 5-10 minutes to work it’s magic. An added bonus is that this can also be used on your d├ęcolletage, although this is very messy unless you’re having a shower afterwards – whoops, I won’t do that again! When I first applied this to my face there was a slight tingling sensation as the clay dried, but this was not unpleasant and did not last very long. I like the fact that when a clay masque is drying, you really feel like it is drawing your excess oils and toxins from your face. If you use warm (not hot) water, it is very easy to wash off and did not go slimy like some clay masques do when you are trying to wash them off. I experimented applying different thicknesses and found that if you only have 5 minutes, just use a thin layer, it works just as well. If you have more pampering time then go for a thicker layer for more luxury.

Ingredients: As with all A’kin products this masque is free from sulfates, ethoxylates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemical cleansers, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours. It is certified vegan and not tested on animals. The ingredients list is full of recognisable natural products and essential oils, and includes witch hazel to tone the skin and lemongrass and cedarwood to help minimize the appearance of pores.

Results: After the first application, my skin felt deeply cleansed, very smooth and had a wonderful glow. I had no adverse reaction and no breakout of spots afterwards. I used this product twice weekly and my skin is now in wonderful condition. I will definitely continue to use this product.

Pros:

Easy to apply and wash off

You could really feel the masque working

Results – my skin was bright and refreshed after each use

No adverse reaction

Cons:

Only wash it off your d├ęcolletage in the shower

A'kin Express Purifying Facial Masque (£11) and A’kin skincare products are available at Naturisimo.