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So I’ve been away a while! Honestly, I haven’t sat down and written a blog post in a while since I had many already planned and scheduled.
I’m glad I did do that though, uni has kept me very busy and now I’m home, I’m enjoying time with my family.
Thankfully, I’m now ready to be back and writing again for you all! So, let’s get into it!
What is the cold plunge pore mask*?
The cold plunge pore mask is actually a best selling mask from the brand Ole Henriksen. You may not have heard of this particular product but there are many other very popular products from this brand that have circulated the interment.
The cold plunge pore mask however, is also well known and claims promise that it’ll reduce the appearance of pores and control surface oils for up to 8 hours!
I’ve mentioned in many of my posts before that I have very oily skin so this really screamed out to me.
One of the things you may be wondering is, “why is it called the cold plunge pore mask?”
That’s because, it’s inspired by the “cold plunge” part of the Scandinavian sauna cycle. Therefore, upon application, this mask has a cooling effect on the skin.
The Cold Plunge pore mask* retails for £30 (38 USD).
First impression of the cold plunge pore mask
I’d been eyeing up this mask for a while so when I finally took the plunge and purchase it (pun not intended!), I instantly set aside the time that night for a small pamper session.
The first thing you notice about this mask, is the colour! It’s a very bright turquoise! Personally, I loved this as it added an extra fun element to the whole experience.
Personally, I didn’t feel too much of a cooling effect on the skin from this product. It’s comparable to the Mask of Magnaminty by lush, in that the minty elements make it feel slightly cooler but it quickly fades.
I left it on for 15 minutes as instructed. It shouldn’t be left on any longer than this as it contains AHAs and BHAs, that are exfoliants and can burn if left on too long.
After the 15 minutes, my skin wasn’t feeling at all tight despite being completely dry. This makes me feel that it could also be suitable for dry skin too.
So, I washed it off and I was so pleased with the results. Of course, there’s no such thing as a miracle mask, but the pores on my cheeks looked smaller and some of my spots had significantly decreased in appearance.
First impressions for the cold plunge pore mask* were very, very good!
What are my thoughts now I’ve used it for a while?
So far, I’m still enjoying this mask! I use it twice a week and my skin has been looking and feeling better.
I can’t comment on its ability to curb oil production as I’ve only used it at night and I’m not awake 8 hours after using it so I may have to test that.
In my opinion, it is quite a high price tag for some but I think it’s more effective than the clay mask from glam glow and that’s a much higher price tag. You also only need a small amount so it’s going to last a while.
If you have sensitive skin, I’m not sure it’d be recommended due to the AHAs and BHAs but of course, you could always request a sample to patch test it before use.
The one main thing I am disappointed about however, is the lack of coldness. I was really expecting more than what it gives but I do think the results it delivers makes up for that small let down!
I believe that the target audience for this mask is those with acne prone skin as not only do the acids help with exfoliation and skin surface, but the mask also contains salicylic acid which is amazing for fighting acne!
I wouldn’t say that this mask is an essential part to your skincare routine but it has helped improve the texture and appearance of my skin massively and I’m sure it can help many of you who have the same skin type as me. For reference, I have oily skin with spots only on my cheeks.
Would you recommend the cold plunge pore mask*?
100%! Like I said, it helps with acne and oil so if those are your skin concerns then I’d say it’s well worth the investment. There are some other masks that deliver similar results but this one works the fastest.
You could compare this review with my review on the ordinary peeling mask. They are very similar in respect that they contain the AHA and BHA acids. The Oridnary mask does tingle a lot more than the Ole Henriksen one but the cold plunge mask makes you feel like you’re using a face mask!
I also have a whole blog post on my favourite face masks for oily skin in case you want to check out some other great options!
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What’s your favourite face mask?