Soap and Glory The Fab Pore*
I don't know what it is about Soap and Glory products, whether its the adorable packaging, the fact they always pick a name that puts a smile on my face or the fact that they always deliver. When my skin was need of a deep cleanse this week, I treated myself to this little number. S&G The Fab Pore facial peel. I had also accumulated a good few Boots points so technically it was free right? Now don't get me wrong I don't have particularly blemish prone skin bar the occasional breakout when mother nature is paying her monthly visit. I do however suffer from enlarged pores and some blackheads on the nose area (gross right?). This is usually disguised with my Porefessional primer which covers them perfectly. But like most skincare junkies I am always on the hunt for something that eliminates them completely. Blackhead scrubs, nose strips, weird contraptions you name it and there's a good chance I have tried it.
When it comes to face masks I always look for something that gives immediate results. Call me impatient but if I am going to spend 15 minutes looking ridiculous then I at least want to see the results afterwards. Packed full of blemish fighting ingredients including salicylic acid, kaolin and essential vitamins E&C this is the ultimate treat for 'oily' skin. Usually I am a no mess kind of girl. I like to apply my facial masks with a brush and avoid sticky fingers so to speak. This on the other hand works by massaging into the skin which allows the tiny micro beads to almost burst and penetrate the clay into the pores. I massaged this in for approximately 1 minute until my entire face resembled a ghostly shade of white (scary stuff) although my dad did joke that I looked better :-). It does have a rather menthol smell in my opinion which I guess is an acquired scent but not something I would associate with a relaxing spa treatment. But it does the business none the less. Perhaps not the best mask if you have sensitive skin as this does have a slight sting to it upon application. The tingling does wear off after a few minutes and isn't unbearable but you can definitely feel this stuff doing its biz. Unlike generic clay masks it does not dry onto the skin, it just stays the same throughout the treatment and after 15 minutes you rinse. I like to do this with a clean muslin cloth to ensure that all the product has been rinsed away, there is nothing worse than finding left over mask in the hair line or under the chin. Rather than making my skin feel dry afterwards it actually feels rather moisturised considering the ingredients in this. My skin actually felt cleaner than it ever has almost squeaky clean. Although I would not go as far to say I was completely blackhead free after use it definitely tightened my pores and made my skin look a lot more even and clear. As this is quite a potent formula its not something I would use on a regular basis but more something that I would dig out when my skin needs a thorough deep down cleanse even though it is advised to use this 2-3 times per week. Having said that I may experiment with more frequent use and see what results I get and will report back.