Hey guys, we’re back with a review of the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off! It’s been an oldie but a goodie. Let’s take a look at why this product has been so loved.
This product is marketed as, “A mask wash off featuring organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourish skin for a smooth, clean complexion.” Personally, I love using sugar granules as exfoliators because they melt against the residual heat of your skin and don’t clog your drain or the ocean! *Cough, microbeads*
Sucrose, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Lanolin, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caramel, Sorbitan Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Fragrance
Okay, not surprisingly the first ingredient is Sucrose (a fancy term for sugar). Next, we have Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, a lubricant which acts to soften the skin. It’s made from coconut oil-derived fatty acids so it’s pretty harmless. The third ingredient is Glycerin, which we have seen in several products, mostly in cleaners. Glycerin cuts oil but is also a humectant, attracting moisture from the air back into the skin. This makes sure your skin is clean but still moisturized. As our fourth ingredient, we have Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax. In other words, beeswax. “Why beeswax in an exfoliator?” you may ask. For one, it thickens the consistency of the mixture and two, it keeps the oils and liquids from separating. Speaking of oils, the next ingredient is Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil. Macadamia Seed Oil is incredible for the skin, regenerating and moisturizing with a chemical makeup similar to that of human skin. The rest of the ingredients are pretty safe unless you are allergic to Lanolin or are sensitive to oils or fragrance. Although Fragrance is at the bottom of the list, this may not be your favorite exfoliator if you are sensitive so be wary of that.
Price: 3.53 ounces or
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Amazon: $10 (Free shipping on orders over $25)
A decent amount of product (although it might not look like it at first). You also don’t need very much product. I use a dime sized scoop for my whole face.
I’ll start off by saying this stuff is thiiiiick. It’s chock-full of sugar. The sugar is not peppered in there like some other exfoliators. You will literally be rubbing sugar on your face, and it works pretty well for me. I usually use this after I wash my face so my face is a little wet when I start. Then I scoop out a little bit and begin to gently rub it into my skin in circles. The texture is really grainy (duh, it’s sugar) but it melts pretty quickly from the heat of your fingers and skin. After rubbing it in, there are two options. You can leave it on for 10-15 minutes. After leaving it on, my face was super moisturized, dewy, and soft. The second option is to wash it off immediately. Your skin will still be pretty moisturized, dewy, and soft but the effect will not be as pronounced as the “mask” method. Lots of products exfoliate but what makes this one stand out is how MOISTURIZING it is. This totally makes sense as soon as you look at the ingredients list. What’s not there for the practical purposes is there to make sure your skin is hydrated. The fragrance is definitely noticeable, and surprisingly it is not sweet. It smells more citrusy, like an orange lollipop or something. I find it pleasant but I can imagine some people may not. In general, this product is fantastic. It is reliable and will easily give you the glass or honey skin look you might be looking for.
Pros and Cons:
- SO moisturizing
- Decent price
Who Should Use:
I think anyone can use this exfoliator but it would be especially good for people with dry skin. Not many exfoliators will take off those dry skin cells revealing smooth, bright skin like a baby’s butt while also moisturizing it with the punch of a serum. I would be a little wary of the sugar and the oils in the ingredient list as it does roam the possibility of clogging pores or breaking out the skin, but I have not experienced this at all so I would definitely not expect it.
Four stars out of five!!! I really enjoyed this exfoliator but it will not stop me from searching the vast land of gentle scrubbing or chemical exfoliation!
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