I love masks. But I don’t use them.
Ok, I use them. Just not very often. I’m lazy.
Masks are an extra step in my skincare routine. And I don’t bother with extra steps. There’s a reason why I want my serum and moisturiser to be loaded with as many actives as possible. So I can use just one or two products and be done with it (yeah, the 10 step Korean skincare routine is my idea of hell).
But when I heard of Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine In-Shower Mask, I thought “mmm, a mask I can use while I’m in the shower? I can totally get on board with this.”
The idea of an in-shower mask you take off after 60 seconds so appeals to the lazy girl in me. But can such quick skincare give you good results?
Only one way to find out…
Glycolic acid is, pheraphs, the most famous exfoliant used in skincare.
It works by dissolving the “glue” that holds skin cells together. Once the top, damaged layer is off your skin, your face looks smoother, softer and brighter.
The catch? Glycolic acid works better when you leave it on the skin for hours. In a mask you rinse off after one minute, it’ll give you only minimal exfoliation.
Does this mean the mask can’t exfoliate your skin? Not so fast…
The grainy particles in the mask do the bulk of the exfoliation but glycolic acid does give it a little helping hand.
FYI: cold water neutralises glycolic acid. Don’t use it while you have it on.
Related: The Complete Guide To Glycolic Acid
Kaolin is a clay. That’s why masks with kaolin look like mud. Usually.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine In-Shower Mask is the exception. It’s a pure white colour – you can’t see the clay anywhere.
Truth be told, there’s not much kaolin in here. I guess that partly explains it. On the other hand, it also means it can absorb A LITTLE – not a lot – excess oil.
If you have super oily skin, you should stick to a classic-but-messy clay mask.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine In-Shower Mask has a white, creamy consistency sprinkled with small grainy particles.
I put it on just before getting in the shower and – OMG this stuff smells AMAZING! Think about a bright, breezy summer day. Citrusy. Luminous. Invigorating.
I know, I know. Lemon isn’t the best thing to put on your skin (if yours is sensitive, it can irritate it) but oh boy, does it make the mask smell good.
Where was I? Oh yes, I put the mask on, get into the shower and turn the hot water on. I let the mask sit for a minute (or two) while I shower and then rinse it off with circular motions (that’s the physical exfoliation part).
Afterwards, my skin feels super soft. The grainy particles don’t irritate your skin at all. My face feels as soft as a baby and has a subtle glow too.
And yes, it does absorb some excess oil. My t-zone is a little oily and after using the mask, it does look matte. But if your skin is very oily, the effect won’t last too long.
Let’s be clear: there’s nothing here that can unclog pores. But getting those dead cells off your skin and absorbing excess oil does help keep your pores unclogged in the first place.
If you’re cool with that and love the idea of a quick mask you can use in the shower, I think you’ll like this.
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Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cellulose, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-21, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Kaolin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Limon Peel Extract, Glycine Soja Seed Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Potassium Bitartrate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum