August 18th, 2016
I have suffered with acne for most of my 20s. You can check out a video I made on my acne coverage foundation routine, using drugstore products here. I’m going to do a ‘full story’ post soon, because things are actually a lot better now, and that’s due to a variety of reasons. But today I thought I’d talk about one of the products that has helped me immensely.
I’ve been using the Lacura Caviar Illumination 3 Minute Peel Mask for quite a long time now, and I just repurchased it for the 4th time. It’s basically a £6.99 version of the £153 La Prairie’s Cellular 3-Minute Peel, but you can buy it at Aldi. I’ve never actually tried the La Prairie offering, but if you compare the ingredients, there are a lot of similarities, and they both claim to do the same thing.
They both use a mix of AHAs, papaya enzyme complex and caviar extract to chemically exfoliate the skin. This is an ever more popular way of resurfacing dull or problem skin.
I use the Lacura mask at least once a week, sometimes more often if I’m having skin troubles, and it makes a huge difference to the way my skin feels immediately after I’ve used it.
You apply a small amount to damp skin, using the brush that comes with it (or your fingers, if your brush breaks like mine did… it IS £6.99, something had to suffer on quality) and leave on for 3 minutes. Avoid getting it near your eyes or mouth. Then you rinse with warm water, and feel how baby soft your face is.
It honestly makes my skin feel SO smooth, reduces my pores, and makes my skin appear brighter. It also combats grease, and I always use this if I’m having a particularly greasy day. It’s such a quick thing to just do in the shower, because you only need to leave it on for three minutes. I’ve also been known to forget and leave it on much longer, and nothing bad has happened, but do be careful if you have sensitive skin, and perhaps do a skin test first.
This has been available quite consistently in my local Aldi over the past few months, but it did used to be quite hard to get. I think it might depend on your store. I have an extra two stashed away just in case because I rely on it so much.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried it, or if you have any holy grail skin products!