Thursday, September 26, 2013

Proactiv Refining Mask - Review, Photos, Swatches

What could instantly ruin a perfect outfit for me? 
A huge zit on my face that appeared out of nowhere, at the most inconvenient time.

I know a lot of you would say that it's easy to cover up acne with makeup, but I'm a firm believer of actually treating the problem instead of covering it up (which could make it worse). So how do I avoid or at least minimize this awful surprise especially on date nights? Aside from a strict skincare regimen that I follow religiously, I also apply this mask the night before any special events.

Proactiv Refining Mask deeply cleanses and helps minimize pores. It's a sulfur acne treatment that will help in drying up those gross pimples and red bumps, as quickly as overnight.

This is a rinse-off mask that perfectly compliments the Proactiv 3-step Combination Therapy System, by reducing redness and inflamation associated with acne. It comes free with every purchase of Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit.

This awesome mask has a powerful concentration (6%) of antibacterial sulfur, a proven acne-fighting ingredient. It's vitamin-enriched formula helps give you a brighter, younger looking complexion. It refines texture and tone of skin and pores appear smaller.

It also contains Kaolin clay which helps absorb excess oil. It has Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals and soothes and nourishes the skin. It has Vitamin F Complex to help retain skin moisture. The tea tree oil in this mask provides antiseptic and cleansing properties, while the geranium and lemongrass extracts provide overall skin conditioning. 

How does it work with the Proactiv Combination Therapy?

The advanced microcrystal benzoyl peroxide in the Proactiv® 3-Step System kill acne-causing bacteria while the glycolic acid and other exfoliants reduce excess oils and dead skin cells. The Proactiv Refining Mask deals with the inflammation where it reaches deep into pores to help reduce the redness and the swelling associated with a breakout. It clears away the small impurities that are still sticking on the skin pores after doing the three steps. The mask also aids in improving the smoothness of the skin continuously using it will make the skin look suppler and reduce the appearance of the pores.

How to use the Proactiv Solution Refining Mask?

It is very easy to integrate the Refining Mask in the Proactiv® 3-Step System. First, cleanse face with Renewing Cleanser. Apply Refining Mask to dampened skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with water; follow with the Revitalizing Toner and Repairing Treatment.

For those starting out with their Proactiv treatment, or any time you need extra control (like before an important event, or during times of increased breakouts), try using the Refining Mask nightly for a week, leaving it on for only 10 minutes and rinsing immediately with warm water. For maintaining acne-free and radiant skin, use the Refining Mask with your 3-Step System 2-3 times per week. You can also use it as your Step 4 after the Proactiv Repairing Treatment, as a leave-on spot treatment to the problem pimple overnight. You will see a big difference the following morning.

How often should I use Proactiv Refining Mask as rinse-off mask?

Proactiv Refining Mask is recommended to be incorporated with the Proactiv® 3-Step System — every day for the first week of use, and then 3 times a week for maintenance. After Step 1, apply the Refining Mask on the whole face and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Excessive usage such as leaving it on for more than 10 minutes is not recommended as some people may experience hypersensitivity to sulfur.

What are the advantages the Proactiv Solution Refining Mask as a rinse-off mask?

With consistent use of the mask after the Renewing Cleanser, you should see a progressive improvement in your acne and a reduction in facial redness due to the antibacterial properties of the sulfur, the drying action of the kaolin clay, and the skin - soothing formula.

The sulfur in the Refining Mask is an important ingredient in Proactiv® Combination Therapy® because it helps reduce the tender redness associated with a breakout. Sulfur is also a mild, natural antibacterial and a keratolyic agent which helps reduce acne bacteria and unblock clogged pores. The white kaolin clay also present in the Refining Mask, helps absorb excess oils, improves the look of pores and creates a smoother, more matte and calmer complexion.

Proactiv Refining Mask

I was a little adamant upon using it because I rarely find a mask formulated for acne that works, or at least won't dry the living out of my skin. I followed the directions and used it after cleansing my face and before applying toner and moisturizer. I did this for one week straight, and damn my pimples really dried out. I usually get them on the side of my face and jawline, probably due to my sleeping position and mannerisms. 

On severe cases, like cystic acne, I apply it after my skin regimen. I leave it on overnight to speed up the process of drying out and treating my acne. I wouldn't recommend that trick though to those with sensitive skin because that might dry out your skin too much. 

The Proactiv Refining Mask is scientifically proven and has been used by millions of customers worldwide, including athletes, superstars, and ordinary people. Its ingredients are carefully developed to complement the Proactiv 3-step system

It is convenient and easy to use. It can be easily applied and rinsed off with water while other masks can be sticky during application, can be time-consuming and can be very messy. It also effectively reaches all parts of the skin and penetrates pores unlike traditional facial sheets.

What's more awesome about it? It comes FREE with any Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit, and one tube can last for a month. It's been 3 weeks since I used it and I haven't used half of it! You can use it as your regular mask or as your emergency blemish treatment. ;)

PROS: dries out my pimples as quickly as overnight, easy to use, easy to tote around, can be used as a regular mask or blemish treatment, can be used as quickly as 10 minutes or overnight (depending on your skin and acne type), easy to wash, smells like the ones used in luxurious spas, locally available, comes FREE with any purchase of Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit

CONS: a little expensive


 I will definitely repurchase! 

Where To Buy:
Proactiv Refining Mask
http//, Watson's, SM Store, Proactiv kiosks

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