One of the things I received this month in my beauty boxes was a sample sachet of Oh My Skin’s ‘Sublime Enzyme Exfoliate and Resurface Mask’, so this morning I’ve tried it out. It makes some very bold claims, so I was interested to see if it could live up to them. The full size kit costs £55, which is more that I would pay for one skincare product, so it will have to show me some miraculous results for me to proclaim it worth a buy!
The sachet stated that I would see ‘remarkable results after just one application’, including:
- Removal of dead skin cells
- Refining and resurfacing
- Reduction in pore size
- Perfect skin tone
- Lifting and firming
- Aiding of cell renewal
Like I said, very bold claims, so was naturally rather sceptical. The directions say to apply and allow to dry for 30 minutes. You can then re-wet the mask with a facial mist and wait to dry again for greater results. Since my skin is quite used to exfoliation and generally doesn’t react negatively to it, that is what I did.
The main philosophy behind the company and the product seems to be giving a natural and more gentle alternative to physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants. I’ll admit that I’m not all that big on the natural-only thing and don’t believe that natural is always better. I’m happy to use natural or synthetic things, depending on what my skin reacts well to. So far my skin has been happy with chemical exfoliation, so I’m not in any hurry to change away from them. I don’t think chemical exfoliation needs to be harsh or problematic like the Oh My Skin website suggests.
Anyway, onto what I think of the product! I kept the mask on for about 50 minutes in total.
- The mask smells quite unpleasant. Not so much that I couldn’t bear it, but it meant that it wasn’t a joy to put on my face! It made me think of veg on it’s way out.
- The texture is nice and it spreads easily across the skin, making it easy to apply.
- I personally experienced no warming of the skin or irritation at all.
After washing off the mask, I was quite surprised by how healthy and happy my skin looked. It definitely gave a brightening effect! I don’t feel that it exfoliated my skin with anything close to the effectiveness of the AHA I use (recently Paula’s Choice and The Ordinary) but as a brightening, pampering treatment, it has given some really nice results just from that single application. I would be interested to see what the product can do over time with regular use, and if it were half the price I’d definitely want to try it out in the longer term. However, at the £55 initial price (£35 for refill), I feel that it is too expensive for what it is.
I think it would be really good if the company began selling a small bottle with five or so applications so that we could try it out for a bit longer before deciding whether to commit to the pricey full size product.
Overall, if the £55 is within your budget, then I definitely wouldn’t advise against trying it. However, if you’re like me and were wondering if it was a splurge-worthy product, then I would have to say that it isn’t worth the price. The brightening effect is very nice, however I feel I can achieve better results in terms of smoothing and fading of hyperpigmentation with my current (and much cheaper!) AHA and Vitamin C serum combo.
I hope this has been helpful, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask below!
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