At the moment my skin has been acting up due to the sudden change in temperature and weather conditions. During times like this I refine my skincare routine to just the basics, and try to use only skin calming/soothing products to reduce the inflammation of breakouts as quickly as possible. I have also been reaching for BHA products to unclog pores and ensure thorough removal of acne contributing impurities and bacteria.
For the most part, I have been using sheet masks with green tea and green tea derivative ingredients as the main ingredient. They help greatly, although I found a Nature Republic Green Derma Real Gauze Peeling Mask in my stash which is perfect for my current skin condition. It’s a 2-step mask aimed at oily skin types which could benefit from gentle BHA exfoliation, plus some lightweight moisture to aid in the recovery of breakouts or to simply balance skin overall.
Step 1 is a BHA Peeling Swab, basically a large cotton bud/Q-tip doused in a toner formulated with BHA. The aim is to gingerly swipe the swab across your skin to promote gentle exfoliation (a bit of chemical and physical exfoliation). There’s no need to apply it in a circular motion, otherwise your skin may become red and irritated. The cotton swab holds enough peeling toner to go over your face a couple of times. The fact that it’s a tear-drop shaped swab and is soft makes it easy to apply the BHA in crevasses which would usually be hard to reach, such as around the nostrils and beneath the bottom lip.
Step 2 is the sheet mask made with Hyaluronic Acid and a skin-soothing and hydrating complex. Some notable ingredients include Allantoin, Centella Asiatica, Camellia Sinensis leaf extract, Propolis, Beta-Glucan and antibacterial asiatic pennywort extract. The gauze fabric is made with organic cotton and is designed to adhere well to skin, and allow some air through the gaps in the material to aid absorption of the essence.
Both steps are ideal for managing dull, rough or textured skin which may also have congested pores. The hydration provided by various ingredients may also help skin to look and feel plumper, thus proving to be effective for smoothing out some fine lines.
There is also an AHA version of this 2-step mask.
Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Arginine, Beta-Glucan, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Cyclodextrin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium Edta, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Hydroxyethylcellulose, Madecassoside, Parfum, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Nitrate, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Chlorphenesin Hydroxyethyl Urea.
I really like this BHA plus hyaluronic acid mask combo. Both steps are easy to use and neither step of the product left my skin feeling sensitive or irritated. I definitely wouldn’t say this is one of those gimmicky 2-step masks, as both parts of the product helped contribute to smoother skin which wasn’t left feeling deprived of moisture. I was glad to see that the peeling swab held a generous amount of BHA toner. I initially thought it would only be damp enough to target pinpointed areas of the face, but as I said earlier I was able to chemically exfoliate my face in its entirety.
The sheet mask was actually quite soft despite being a gauze mask, unlike other gauze masks I’ve used which were a little bit scratchy because of the texturized criss-cross weaving of the sheet.
Fit: 8/10, it was near perfect with no major issues.
Price point: 6/10. It costs 5.50 for one, which in my option is a bit steep assuming that you would need to use this product once a week or at least once a fortnight in order to keep your skin smooth without having to reach for an alternative product in the meantime. Although, I did get mine for 2.50 when the Nature Republic UK store in Charing Cross had them on discount.
Impact: 8.5/10. The good thing about this product is that the results are immediate, and you don’t necessarily have to use it again or often if your oily skin is for the most part under control. The peeling swab helped me to remove some sebum and rough skin cells which had accumulated at the central part of my face, and in turn made my pores at the t-zone look less pronounced. The sheet mask helped soothe and cool down my skin at the end of the day – resorting moisture to the deeper layers of skin which it was lacking prior. The small holes in the fabric really do help to deliver all the essence with minimal residue.
The only thing I will say, is that the product description is somewhat exaggerated. It says that the hyaluronic acid will smooth out ‘deep’ wrinkles. I don’t really have deep wrinkles, but I’m quite sure the mask wouldn’t be that impactful as the essence isn’t that rich and it didn’t manage to well rehydrate my under-eyes where most people would have prominent wrinkles.
Would I repurchase? Yes, it’s fab if you’re in search for quick results to help clear up minor skin textural issues, and for an element of pore care without stripping skin of essential moisture.
Overall rating: 8.5/10. I was totally satisfied with the results.
Have you tried a AHA/BHA peeling swab before? Was it effective for you?