Today I bring you a face mask that packs a serious punch. When I spotted the ANDALOU Naturals Pumpkin & Honey Glycolic Mask on the shelf of my local health food shop, I had to do a double take. Natural ingredients, glycolic acid, $16.95? Wait, what? It was a “start the car” moment when I took it to the register to pay.
ANDALOU Naturals are a US brand with a range of face, hair and body products all based around fruit stem cell science. Their ingredients are cruelty free, derived from nature, vegetarian, non-GMO and some are vegan as well. I appreciate their transparency and the fact that you can access an ingredient glossary to find out how each one was sourced.
This little pocket rocket contains brightening and smoothing ingredients such as vitamin C, pumpkin, manuka honey and glycolic acid. Proven to safely exfoliate and help the skin shed dead cells, ANDALOU Naturals extract their glycolic acid from natural fruit sugars.
Andalou claim that the mask:
…gently dissolves and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.
Housed in a jar, the mask has a fresh scent of honey and citrus and the texture is gel-like which helps you to apply a very thin, even layer. That’s all you need to unleash the infamous glycolic acid tingle. Don’t be afraid, your face will not melt off however you might like to leave it on for a shorter period of time at first until you build up a tolerance. Those already using acids in their skincare routine will be familiar and comfortable with the tingle.
Normal and combination skin types will really enjoy this mask but if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to redness I suggest that you sit this one out. For reference, my skin is normal to dry.
I use it once a week after cleansing and leave it on for 10 minutes, no more. I like to follow up with a hydrating and calming mask such as the Sodashi Gentle Repair White Clay Mask and then pack on some serum and a rich night cream. I have a few dry and flakey areas on my face and areas where clogged pores have set up camp and it does a great job at addressing both of those issues. It leaves my face feeling super smooth and I like that it does so without drying it out.
Does it brighten? Used on its own once a week, I don’t believe this mask will effectively brighten and you would need to pair it with something more targeted like a daily Vitamin C serum. As to the claim that it “gently dissolves”, I wouldn’t call it gentle. It definitely has a tingle and it’s not a mask you put on to relax!
Overall, I’m really impressed with its quality, performance and price point and I look forward to testing out their other masks especially the 1000 Roses Mask from the Sensitive range to see if it reduces redness on my cheeks. I will report back.
What’s your favourite mask?
Next week: How to inject some natural glow into your makeup routine.