I've been trying and testing today's product quite a while, the Go & Glow Power Peel Exfoliant by January Labs, one of my favorite skincare brands. I'm a big fan of her beautiful Revitalizing Day Cream (review here) and Pure&Gentle Cleansing gel (review here). This mask is is like a mini facial in a jar, bringing you glowing results, but unfortunately wasn't a perfect match for my skin. I will explain why is this still potentially a fabulous mask for more normal to oily skin types.
January Labs Glow and Go Power Peel Exfoliant
January Labs is a well-curated, eco-friendly brand from California. Their skincare pays a lot of attention in ingredient synergy, producing pH optimised and active skincare without sulfates, parabens or fragrance. Go & Glow Power Peel exfoliant is heat stimulating and skin activating mask that is said to exfoliate the skin while increasing circulation and oxygenating the skin, giving an instant radiance and glow to one's complexion. The mask retails £55/$70/(~65€) for 48g/1.69oz on January Labs official site and Cult Beauty*.
Using Power Peel Exfoliant
This mask spreads and applies like liquid honey, which I find quite lovely. There's something so satisfying in dipping to the drippy golden liquid! I'm not generally a fan of jar packaging, but I don't find the application messy at all, the protective inner lid keeps all the product safe. There is a warm and pleasant cinnamon scents, reminds me of the spicy mulled wine we drink during Christmas in Finland. I usually spread a thin layer on freshly cleansed face, the packaging recommends applying the mask also on the neck and décolleté area. Within a couple of minutes the mask starts drying down, making my skin feel little tighter. I rinse it off after 10-15 minutes or alternatively use a warm washcloth.
Water, Hypromellose, Phenol, Cinnamon Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Chloroxylenol, Grapefruit Extract
The ingredients list is pleasantly short: water, a thickening agent, a few preservatives, cinnamon oil and grapefruit extract. The ingredients rated 1 (low hazard) except for Potassium Sorbate and Chloroxylenol, which rated 3 (low to moderate hazard) on EWG cosmetic database. The star of the ingredients list is of course the cinnamon oil, which is said to enrich the skin with oxygen, increase circulation and reduce the pore size. Stimulating blood flow to the surface of the skin can cause temporary flushing and tingling, which is not dangerous, but brings a youthful glow to the face.
As much as I love January and her product line, I'm fairly confirmed this mask just doesn't work for me as it should. I've tried it several times, took some time off and tried again, but I found it hard to see any change. The mask doesn't tingle on me, but I confirmed with January that the lack of tingling isn't an issue: our sebum are different and some experience tingling differently. The mask will still boost circulation oxygenate the skin. However, my face was seemingly the same after each time I tried, no added glow or radiance, just a bit firmer but drier.
I wondered if the mask had been compromised somehow while sitting in my cupboards, so I gave a generous sample to a girlfriend to try. She did experience flushing, but the mask was too stimulating and drying for her taste. Finally, I asked my boyfriend to try the mask and he quickly got the tingling sensation, didn't feel any drying and after wearing the mask for 10 mins his skin looked very nice and healthy. I was impressed (and little jealous because I couldn't get the same effect haha). My boyfriend has a normal to combination skin type, me and my girlfriend are on the dry side, her skin being even more reactive.
I'm bummed as I had very high hopes for this mask and I've read several positive reviews. January Labs creates wonderful, gorgeous skincare products, but Power Peel Exfoliant mask perhaps wasn't stimulating enough for me. For my boyfriend it was spot on – and now he his first facial mask in his routine. As the mask is quite valuable, I would recommend you getting a sample and perhaps skip it if you're prone to be very dry or reactive/ sensitive. More normal to oily, mature or dull skins could potentially enjoy this mask a lot. I imagine the mask will also benefit people with large pores, as it is quite tightening. I can see this product being a hit at spas where a professional can determine your skin type and individual needs. The ingredient list is short and sweet and if the mask works for you the it does bring instant results.
Have you tried anything from January Labs yet? What's your favorite brightening mask?
The product in this post was generously provided for consideration. Regardless, my opinions are my own honest and unbiased views. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.