Hey everyone! Let’s talk skincare! After my disaster with the Origins mask, it was a relief to find a deep cleansing mask that didn’t dry me out horribly.
Everyone, meet the Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask. Heavily lavender scented, it’s a very light olive (pista) coloured soft clay mask. It’s a bit clumpy and thick in consistency but easy to distribute. I leave it on for 10 minutes, by then the mask is almost white in colour with no uncomfortable stretchiness! It does feel a bit tight, but an adequate amount. I usually rinse it off a bit before I go in with my warm washcloth to remove it completely. It just feels so refreshing!
My skin looks so squeaky clean and brighter after using this! It doesn’t leave my skin too dried out and tight. Spots, if any (usually on my chin), come to the surface the next day. Overtime this mask and the rest of my routine has really helped me with blemishes on my chin. Now I usually only get them during that time of the month and they are miniscule, gone in 1-2 days kind.
Despite being an Alpha-H product, does one does not contain AHA. It’s also free from nasties like alcohol ( except fatty alcohol which isn’t bad) and synthetic fragrances. Aside from kaolin and bentonite (clay), it also contains macadamia seed oil to provide moisture and a fungus extract to promote skin elasticity. The scent comes from the Lavandula oil and the rest were a lot further down the ingredients list for me to delve into. 😉
I use this once a week and I follow it up with a hydrating face sheet or just my Origins 10 minute mask. It’s part of my mid week routine and so relaxing!
I like the packaging, the tube is opaque but I can still tell how much product is left. It feels high end in a minimalist way. You get 100ml of product for around Rs. 2100. It’s priced at £35 on CultBeauty. If you’re in India it’s cheaper to buy on BeautyBay or Luxola.
I actually find the Aesop Parsley Seed mask similar. The lavender scent in the Aesop one is much milder and the consistency is more runny. I find both comfortable to use and right now I’m unsure of which one I prefer. I’ve been using the Alpha-H one a lot more because I opened it up first and I want to use it up before it expires. But I feel Aesop would be a great option for winters when my skin is more dry and Alpha-H for other months.
Name : Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask
Ingredients : Aqua, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Zea Mays Starch, Zinc Oxide, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Linalool, D-Limonene.
Product Amount : 100ml
Price : £35 / Rs. 2079 on Luxola
Final Rating : 4/5
I’m thinking of doing a skincare routine post soon, it’s been more than a year since the last one and a lot has changed. What kind of post structure do you find most easy to follow? One long rambly post or broken up into 2-3 posts?