Brace yourselves. There’s another rave coming up..
Every so often, I come across a product that makes me go ‘Wow’, right from the word go and this Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is one such product.
I have heard Anna rave about this mask on multiple occasions and if her past recommendations are anything to go by, I knew that I need to give it a go. Without a second thought, it was the first thing to land in my basket on a recent trip to Sephora, and I’m so glad I purchased it because it really is awesome!
The mask works in three ways; the pumpkin enzyme exfoliates the dead skin, the AHAs reveal radiant skin and the aluminium oxide polishes and physically buffs away any blackheads and other nasties. It seriously is beauty dynamite.
You can use this in two ways; massage the mask gently into the skin, to get the aluminium oxide going and then let it sit on the skin for 3-7 minutes (7 if you’re feeling brave), or simply skip the massage and apply it like a regular mask, again leaving it on for 3-7 minutes.
My first application really took me by surprise, because this stuff hurts! It starts to sting gradually and can be quite uncomfortable if like me, you have never used a product with AHA’s in it. I reluctantly left it on for three minutes after which I removed it using a damp muslin cloth and the stinging/burning sensation disappeared immediately.
I didn’t realise how just how intense and powerful this mask is. My skin was only very slightly red and hot to the touch afterward and although this only lasted for a couple of minutes, it might not be the mask for those sensitive in the skincare department.
I read somewhere that fruit enzyme masks sting more on skin that really needs to be exfoliated, though I don’t know how true that is. Determined not to give up, I gave it a few more goes and each subsequent time that I used the mask, it didn’t sting as much and I was able to keep it on for 7 minutes, so clearly I was doing something right!
Instantly, my skin had a radiant glow to it, it looked brighter, my pores visibly cleared, blackheads reduced in number and size and my complexion just felt super smooth. The effects lasts for 2-3 days and you can use this once or twice a week, depending on your needs.
In other words, this mask is perfect for dull, grey skin and has quickly become my absolute go-to. The only downer for me is the autumnal, cinnamon pumpkin scent, but I can see past that because of how awesome the effects are. I’m impressed that one product can do so much in such a short space of time and I’m pleased to say that all the reviews I’ve read completely do this product justice.
Less is definitely more with this mask, and while it’s not the cheapest one out there, I know it’s likely to last me months, if not years!
What are your thoughts on this wonder? Have you tried it? Let me know if you have any PTR skincare recommendations in the comments!