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Sunday, October 7, 2012

True Blue Spa Pumpkin Renewing Face Mask

As you may know, it's Thanksgiving in Canada today... well, officially it's not until tomorrow, but most people have their turkey-fest today. In honor of the day, I spent a little while with a face full of pumpkin pie filling! Sort of, okay, not at all, but the True Blue Spa Pumpkin Renewing Face Mask smells just as divine as a warm pumpkin pie.


I had initially planned on using a clay mask and then follow up with Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. I have a deluxe sample of it and am itching to try it out, but it seems to have disappeared. I spent a large chunk of time (longer than I'd like to admit) searching for it and still came up dry. I did however, unearth this pumpkin mask. Perfect timing really. So, with the change of plans I set out to renew.

The pot is a little vague as to what this mask will do for your skin, and the Bath and Body works site added little  other than 'With power-packed skin renewing Pumpkin Extract' huh. I did a some quick research to discover that the humble pumpkin is actually a very powerful veggie. It's full of vitamin C, and A, the later of which can sooth and soften skin. Vitamin C works to remedy damage caused by free radicals and environmental toxins, making pumpkin masks, moisturizers and peels both nourishing for skin and a way to promote antioxidant absorption. If that wasn't enough, pumpkin also works to remove old skin cells and promote new production. And for those of us with dry skin, it also contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells. Suffer from acne? Slap on some pumpkin, pumpkin! It contains vitamin E and T (torulitine) which fight acne by reducing inflammation and pore size while controlling excess oil. Who knew pumpkins were so awesome?

This mask has a gel like feel and is light on feeling on skin. As I mentioned, it smells amazing... think warm pumpkin pie filling. It has notes of warm spices and creamy pumpkin. The scent isn't overly strong, but if you don't care for the whole pumpkin pie deal, than this is likely not going to be a mask you'll enjoy.

You only need a thin layer of this mask, I used a foundation brush to apply it ( I keep an old one in my bathroom drawer to apply masks) and let it sit for 10 minutes- I read an interesting article on introverts in this month's copy of Elle Canada. Then you simply wash it off. This mask doesn't quite dry, it does firm up a touch, but it doesn't fully dry or get tight on your skin, because of this is rinses off very easily.  Once removed, my skin felt wonderfully smooth and... well, plump is a good word. Plump in the best of ways.

This would be a great mask for those with sensitive skin types (providing the ingredients are on your safe list) as it doesn't pull or tug skin, there are no abrasive particles, and it is easily washed off. This is also a quick mask that can easily be slapped on and let sit while you get ready or go about your business. Actually, this would make the nicest hostess gift if you're visiting for Thanksgiving- the mask wrapped in a face cloth or small towel, and a foundation brush tucking in some ribbon at the top. Who wouldn't appreciate that?

Wishing all my Canadian readers a lovely Thanksgiving! Have you tried this mask? What did you think?

Availability: Bath and Body Works, $12, 4 oz.  

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