A review and wear test of the Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
Skincare junkies listen up. This mask is a game-changer.
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I love a good face mask. I just can't help it.
I am probably a little on the lazy side when it comes to keeping up with a good skincare regime but come on, who isn't?
But when it comes to face masks, I'm ready to pounce as soon as a new product launches. So, when the Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore mask rolled onto my Instagram feed, I simply had to try it.
The mask claims that it will diminish and cleanse pores with a relaxing cooling sensation too. I thought it was all too good to be true. While I am a firm believer in the fact that throwing on a face mask will fix all the problems in the world, this mask sounded perfect – too perfect, some might even say.
As soon as I tried this mask, all my scepticism went straight out the window. It glided onto my skin so easily that the application process took mere minutes.
Love is a strong word and not one I tend to use too often, but in terms of colour, it was love at first sight. If you think the stunning aqua blue shade of this mask is embellished on social media, then please trust me, it most definitely is not. This mask's colour is more pigmented than half the eyeshadow palettes I own and I own a lot.
A small portion of this mask seriously goes a long way when applying to your face. I prefer to use a foundation paddle brush when applying masks to my skin as it just makes the process a lot easier. A dollop of this mask impressively covered a majority of my face in record time – a real gold star sticker in my books.
I instantly felt the cooling sensation of this mask. With some masks, you can get that uncomfortable tingling or over-the-top cooling that makes you feel like you stuck your face in the freezer. I'm happy to report that I experienced neither. The cooling sensation is actually quite relaxing and not at all over the top. It just shows you that the mask is doing what it is supposed to be doing.
I think my favourite thing about this mask is that it doesn't completely dry. My least favourite thing about clay masks is that they can dry and begin cracking on the skin. At no point did the Cold Plunge Pore Mask crack or even dry completely during the 15 minutes I had it on my face – another gold star for Henriksen.
As I said before, I'm lazy with skincare. I prefer a peel-off mask because I genuinely hate washing off masks. It always ends up looking like I got into a fist fight with the sink and I don't normally walk away as the winner.
Particularly with clay masks, it can be really difficult to get the product off due to the thicker consistency. Following the instructions for the masks, I used cool water to lather the mask on my face and then removed it.
It washed off like a dream. I swear even my cleansers don't come off as easy as this mask did and I've never been more pleasantly surprised. The fact that this mask doesn't completely dry means that you're not left scrubbing away at your skin, which leaves it in pristine condition. Ole Henriksen can just have the entire gold star packet by this point, to be honest.
Now I'm no scientist but I can recognise good quality ingredients. This mask is jam-packed full of them.
The Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask is formulated with alpine willow herb and snow lotus. Yes, it sounds very fancy. These two ingredients consist of antioxidant-rich botanicals that thrive in extremely cold temperatures allowing them to soothe, mattify and refine pores.
The mask also contains both AHA and BHA, which aim to significantly assist in improving skin texture. The Green Fusion Complex™ ingredient will create balance to your skin, so it's great for those who suffer from oily skin. Girls with dry skin don't need to fear though as I tend to run on the dry side and this mask still worked incredibly well for me, improving my skin's texture and getting rid of those pesky little pimples.
By this point, you don't even have to take my word for it. Ole Henriksen tested the mask on 37 women to really ensure it was of prime quality. In an absolutely amazing result, 94% of users experienced an instant reduction in oil by an average of 73%.
Other results included the following:
- 100% of users agreed this product removes dirt, oil, and impurities
- 100% of users agreed this product detoxifies skin
- 100% of users agreed this product reduces oil
- 100% of users agreed this product leaves skin looking smooth all day
- 100% of users agreed this product improves the look of skin throughout the day
- 97% of users agreed this product unclogs and reduces the look of pores
- 95% of users agreed this product deeply purifies pores
- 95% of users agree this product controls oil all day
If you haven't guessed it by now, this mask and I are in a full-blown committed relationship. We're living our happily ever after and I've never been more pleased about it.
While this mask works incredibly well for those with oily skin, it really helped my skins texture, pimples and pores as well. I noticed dramatic changes in my skin within a week and saw those pesky small pimples that never seem to disappear gone for good.
This mask retails for $36 and I actually believe that's a super generous price point. For how little product you actually need to use in addition to the fantastic results, I'd pay that price any day of the month. In comparison to other masks that I have tried that really don't do as much, the price of this mask for me is something I believe is pretty affordable.
Where to buy
The best part (if it can even get any better) is that Ole Henriksen is now available at Sephora. This means you can shop it both in-store and online. They also offer Afterpay and offer free shipping for orders over $50, so you can completely justify a shopping spree!
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