Friday, January 1, 2010

Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask Review

Please note: This is a review moved over from my old blog at

Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask Review

From back of jar: The mask opens up pores with a warm heat of salt and sugar powder and eliminates waste material in a rough skin affected by the accumulated keratin. It provides an amazing silkiness to skin with nourishing black sesame extract.

Skinfood’s Black Sesame Hot Mask comes in a nice 110g screw top jar. The consistency of the mask is thick, gooey, and grayish-black. It smells just like sesame seeds and even has real bits of sesame in it (both yellow and black pieces). There’s also sugar and salt in it for some extra scrubbin’. It’s quite sticky so make sure you use it on a moistened face to get it all around.

~$10 on
$12.90 on

From back of jar: Apply an appropriate amount to moist face after washing, particularly to areas rich in keratin. Avoid eye area and massage in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water after 3-5 minutes.

It’s been a while since I’ve used anything other than super gentle exfoliators on my skin. I used to always use St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub with real bits of apricot pit in it (which sounds kind of harsh, now that I think about it) but gave that up about a year ago because of my pityriasis alba/eczema outbreak and have yet to go back. I’m not saying that the sugar in this mask/scrub was as rough but it wasn’t as gentle as I had expected it to be. This could be the reason my face looks a bit pink in one of the above photos.

After I washed the Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask off my face, my face felt soft, cleaned, and definitely not dry. On the downside, it was still a bit pink but I believe it’s because I haven’t used such a scrub for a while now. It could have been the heating properties but I don’t think it warmed up enough or for long enough. Keep in mind, my skin can be fairly sensitive sometimes.

On a positive note, right after patting dry my face, I noticed a pimple had come up near my forehead! I’m not sure if it was because of the heating properties of the mask but I’m almost sure that it wasn’t there before I put the mask on. I immediately stuck on a Nexcare Acne Patch to test it out since I had also just purchased the product. You can look for that review in a few days.

My Thoughts
I really liked that the mask heats up to just the perfect temperature. It only stays warms for a few seconds (maybe 30 seconds?) and then begins to cool down. I liked that there are a ton of natural ingredients like sesame seeds, sugar, salt, and vitamin e among others. It’s too bad that the sugar was a bit rough for my preferences but I’m sure there are many out there who would like a natural sugar scrub like this one!

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