Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
When I saw the aqua blue Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Mask ($48) as I scrolled through my Instagram feed, I instantly needed to know what all the fuss was about. Not only is the mask my all-time favourite colour, but it's also meant for oily and combination skin, which I hoped would take down my shiny T-zone and soothe my dry patches.
The mask contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to chemically exfoliate the skin and get rid of flakes. I've found that this ingredient helps my acne-prone skin significantly, so I was optimistic about it being included in the formula. As I smeared it on my face in the POPSUGAR office's bathroom, the mask felt cool and slightly tingled when it made contact with my skin. The sensation was super refreshing and different from what I'd expected from a clay formula. After application, I hurried back to my desk and hoped no one would notice my neon face. It didn't work, but it was totally worth it.
After the recommended 15 minutes, I ran back to the bathroom and splashed my face with cool water, which transformed the mask into a creamy consistency as I got blue-tinted water all over the sink. After washing it off, my skin still felt cool and revitalized.
I plan on incorporating the Smurf-coloured mask into my regular routine and can't wait to feel that cool rush again.