Review: Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask

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Back in June when I was Bangkok I stumbled across a Skinfood Store while strolling through one of the majestic malls to escape from the summer heat outside.

I decided to get the Egg White mask because I wanted to test if this mask would actually work as well or even better than using a real egg white to minimise pores (if you’ve never tried a raw egg white mask, do it!).

Here’s what Skinfood says about the mask:

A pore-refining mask that contains egg white and eliminates pore-clogging impurities.

Egg white story: Egg white is loaded with albumin that consists of amino acids.

And here is the list of ingredients: Purified water, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Bentonite, Silica, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl stearate, Stearic Acid, Palmitate tick acid, Olive oil, Glyceryl stearate SE, Polysorbate 60, Kaolin, zinc oxide, Betaine, sorbitan stearate, caprylic glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, polyvinyl alcohol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Sodium hyaluronate, Xanthan gum, flavoring, albumin,Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA

From what I can see on the ingredient list, this is basically a clay mask with a little bit of egg white in it. See, the actual egg white or albumen is right there , pretty much at the bottom of the list.

Let’s have a look on some of the more interesting ingredients in this mask:

Bentonite: Quite high up on the list, this ingredient is actually very beneficial for skin. It’s a great detoxifier for skin, binding toxins and bacteria from the surface and inside the pores. It can therefore calm blemishes, reduce redness and even fight skin allergies.

Kaolin: A soft clay, is great for exfoliation and cleansing to give smooth skin.

Albumin (from egg white): Can improve skin tone and elasticity temporarily.

The consistency of the mask is extremely thick and reminds me of plaster before it dries.  The smell is quite hard to describe since it’s quite faint, but it’s kind of a clean, slightly earthy scent. I tend to use a brush to apply it since it makes application so much less messy and quick, and it goes on really well like that. It kind of reminds me of a geisha putting on her make-up, which makes it even more fun to apply as you see your face transforming into a snow white canvas.

What I initially liked about this mask is that even after 20 minutes on the skin, it didn’t give me that uncomfortable, tight feeling like a lot of clay masks do. While it did dry nicely, it doesn’t really crack and forms a much thinner, more elastic film on the skin. Washing it off however does require a bit of effort and plenty of warm water, but nothing incredibly tiring.

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After rinsing it off completely and patting the excess water off, my skin feels refreshed, clean and looks even toned. It does a good job in removing excess sebum and clean the skin without drying it out. I’ve used other clay masks that left my skin very tight and even caused some flaking, but luckily this is not one of them. Still, it’s probably a good idea to follow up with a hydrating product after using this.

As for the pore-reducing effect, I do think it makes the pores last noticeable, but as it is with egg whites it’s more a temporary thing.

So, what’s the verdict?

In my opinion, this mask is a great addition for people who want to introduce a clay mask to their repertoire that isn’t overly drying and comfortable to use. It contains some great ingredients for a pore cleansing/exfoliating mask like bentonite and kaolin, but unfortunately also some ingredients that can irritate skin such as PEG. Also, egg whites can form a layer on skin that can clog pores and actually accentuate breakouts, so if used to often it can actually have a reverse effect from what is expected!

Final Score: 3/5

Have you tried this mask or do you have any other Skinfood favourites? Make sure to let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Ara


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