When to exfoliate?
If you love wearing makeup on a daily basis, this procedure is a must! Exfoliating lifts up remaining makeup particles and dead skin cells allowing other skincare products to penetrate onto skin. This could be done in the morning or evening, whichever you guys prefer. I usually exfoliate once in 2 weeks.
So I tested this Black Sugar Mask by the brand Skinfood. Got this as a sample size on my September IPSY Glambag. The full size 3.38 oz / 100 ml. Sold at $10 from Ulta.
Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask
SKINFOOD’ s Black Sugar Cleansing skin care line is an exfoliating and moisturizing cleansing line with organic black sugar. Black sugar is enriched with vitamins and minerals to hydrate and nourish skin. Dead skin cells are scrubbed away, leaving skin soft and glowing.
The black sugar sourced by SKINFOOD is not actually black, but a dark brown sugar. The brown color derives from the amount of molasses, a syrup separated out from sugar after the refining process. While most commercial brown sugar is just refined white sugar coated with molasses, black sugar is unrefined, leaving behind more of the natural benefits. Enriched with vitamins and minerals and organically farmed without pesticides, it’ s sweet to the taste and to the touch! –Skinfood.com
This exfoliating scrub smells heavenly of brown sugar and leaves your skin feeling porcelain smooth and soft. The sugar grains make for an excellent manual exfoliator and dissolve slowly as you massage them gently on your face. The hydrating formula moisturizes your face as it sets and after rinsing off, your skin is totally glowing and baby-soft. –Soko Glam
Ingredients: Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyroseperum Parkii (Shea Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, Butylparaben, BHT, Caramel, Parfum.
How to use:
After cleansing, massage gently into damp skin, or mix with water/cosmetic water and apply. Avoid skin around the eyes and lips. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Okay, it was sugar alright! The mask pack had itsy bitsy grains of sugar molded into a black paste. I’m guessing that was melted sugar too. It was not really black but brown sugar as described. I was about to taste it, but again it contained Butylparaben. Just from the word itself, it had paraben, a known cosmetic preservative. So it’s not really “all natural” in ingredients and definitely not edible. The scent was very sweet and raw like “muscavados” a natural brown sugar. It contained caramel as listed in the ingredients which was so tempting to taste. As you can see from the image above, only a pea size amount was enough to exfoliate my dead skin cells. It also melted away as I kept rubbing the mask pack onto my face. Also, it doubled as a lip exfoliator! The granules where rough like sugar. I felt it melting away as it gently exfoliated my skin.
After rubbing this mask in less than a minute. Rinsed it off with lukewarm water, patted it dry and immediately felt so soft and smooth. It did irritate my skin a bit causing it to look inflammed. So I don’t recommend exfoliating on an inflammed skin. I did try it on my elbows just and it worked too! Of course the traditional sugar and honey mask pack would be a cheap substitute for this. But there’s something about it that makes my skin so soft after using it. Followed it up with a lightweight moisturizer. Overall I loved it! I couldn’t say that this item would be rated because technically it was almost free from the ipsy bag but for review purposes, here’s my rating:
Effectiveness– I felt it rubbing away all my dead skin cells. The sugar granules were a bit rough though, it also made my skin a little irritated.
Packaging– Very cute!
Price-$10 for a scrub? Not really in my price range considering the fact that I honestly use and a facial scrub just once a week.
Availability– Sold at your nearest Ulta.
All opinions and images are mine. This post is not sponsored.