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For those of you that have read any of my previous reviews then you will know that I like to try all different types of beauty products, I like nothing more than pampering my skin and looking after it, after turning 30 I have found that I am looking after it even more and I now need something more than a simple cleanse, tone and moisturising routine so I have recently invested in a small bottle of the Dermalogica Plankton Masque. It was only from having my nails done at my usual beauty salon that I first discovered this brand and I have often been quizzing my beauty consultant on it and she managed to get me a small bottle of this hydrating masque to try. Here are my thoughts.
The Dermalogica brand is far from cheap; it is not something that you can pick up on the high street. I always try and look on beauty website and eBay for the products and have found that this way is more economical. The full sized bottle tends to be about 170ml in size but I had a trial sized bottle from the salon to try (I was also able to have some money knocked off due to a discount card!) At full price the large bottle can tend to be between the £40.00 to the £50.00 mark but the trial sample I had cost me £10.99. As you can see from the above prices, this is not a cheap option but one thing to bear in mind is that this is not a product that you use every day as it is a masque and not a cleanser or face wash.
The masque comes in a white plastic tube, Dermalogica maintain that skincare is a health concern and not a beauty concern, all of their packaging (I sit and study it in the salon) is very clinical looking and clean and fresh. There is the black Dermalogica logo on the front and the instructions for use on the back as well as a breakdown of the ingredients that have been used. To use this product, there is a black flip lid at the base of the bottle that has a small hole that allows you to gently squeeze the tube in order for the masque to be dispensed. You are told that this masque needs to be applied to cleansed skin and dry skin.
The masque has quite a cloudy colour to it and the texture is not as thick as I thought it was going to be, that said it was very easy to apply onto my skin and was not to messy. I could not say that there was much of a fragrance with this product; the only thing I got the odd hint of was a slight floral note now and again. There was no waste but this does move around the face and neck area well so you do only need a small amount at a time. You are advised by the Dermalogica brand to use this once a week so I try to do it every Sunday evening after a hot bath to open my pores up with (A treat before that Monday morning feeling kicks in!)
The masque needs to stay on your skin for 10 minutes and then after this you can rinse it away with warm water. Sometimes after using a masque my skin has felt quite tight but this felt really flexible and it was quite smooth and flexible. The main reason for me trying it was that my skin, especially T zone area suffers from being prone to oil. I will apply a matt powder but I often spot that the shine and excess oil has crept in. The masque has mineral ingredients in it to try and help absorb this oil and although I did spot a noticeable difference at the start of the week I have to be honest and say by the end of the week the problem was soon back.
I think you do have to try some of these products as they are not going to be miracle workers and sadly this was just not a product that was going to work for me. I think in the short term it was great but there were just no long lasting effects for me. I am certainly glad that I did not pay full price for this masque!