I scooped up two new masks during the Sephora VIB sale, both by Peter Thomas Roth—the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque. I'd never tried either, but I've known that Morgan from Rich Kids of Beverly Hills swears by the sulfur one and pumpkin? Well that's a no brainer. If it smelled like I hoped it did, then did it really matter if it worked?
So now that I've had both home and have given them a couple tries each, I'm proud to report that I'm totally happy with my purchases. The sulfur mask is very similar to one by Clinique which I've used for years and is now discontinued. And yes, the pumpkin enzyme mask smells just like pumpkin pie, but only one that the spa would bake for you with their wonderful, clean smelling scents. Does that makes sense?
Let's talk about the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque first. It's ingredients include:
- 10% Sulfur: Dries and clears blemishes
- Kaolin: Helps absorb excess oil
- Eucalyptus Oil: Helps prevent future breakouts
- Aloe Vera: Soothes and hydrates skin
My thoughts? I felt that its claims to exfoliate dead skin cells, absorb excess oil, and help purify clogged pores to be completely true. I have oily combo skin and after using this, my skin did feel a little dried out, but still soothed. I was ready for a nice, hydrating serum and moisturizer afterwards. Overall, my skin looked clearer after using this and my pores weren't as noticeable. I love this more than the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Mask (you know, the gray one in the white tub that people are cuckoo over) and that's hard to say because I really do love that one. But the GLAMGLOW is $70 for 1.2oz! That's crazy talk. This Sulfur Masque has 5oz for $40. It would cost $288 to receive that much of the GLAMGLOW mask! (I just had a moment when I realized that.)
Now, the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It's ingredients?
- Pumpkin Enzyme: Gently dissolves dead surface skin cells
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Peels away dull surface cells revealing a youthful radiance
- Aluminum Oxide Crystals: Provides an effective physical exfoliation to polish skin
My thoughts? If I could leave this on my skin all day, I would... if it wouldn't burn my skin off, that is. Aside from the smell being lovely, it's a gentle way of giving your skin a good one two punch in terms of brightening. I have some melasma that I'm trying to send packing and this, in just two uses, has made a difference. The alpha hydroxy acid, combined with the gentle exfoliation of the aluminum oxide crystals and the pumpkin enzyme, provides younger-looking, radiant skin. No joke.
Both of these aren't exactly cheap at $40 and $58, but they come in large tubs and only require a tiny bit per use. At this rate, I have no clue how long it will take me to finish these tubs, but it's going to be a long, long time.