I bought a full sized 150ml tube of Freeman Beauty Cucumber Peel-Off Mask after reading various glowing reviews about it. Unfortunately, I regret not having tried a smaller sachet of this first. I’ve always enjoyed using a peel-off mask but I’m a little disappointed with this one.
The mask comes in a large, forest green soft plastic tube with a flip top lid with a big round opening where the clear gel comes out. The plastic tube is soft enough to squeeze easily and the hole in the lid is large enough for the gel to flow out without too much effort. The gel is clear with a really sticky consistency and it has a subtle, fresh Aloe Vera and Cucumber scent.
I apply the gel onto my face (after cleansing) and prefer to use a foundation brush that I keep specifically for face masks, as I find it easier to get a thin, even layer this way instead of using my fingers. I place the brush at the opening in the flip top lid and squeeze a large pea-sized ball onto the bristles before applying it to my face, starting on one side of my nose and spreading it out across my cheek bone and down around my cheek, avoiding the eye area. A second ball of gel does my chin, above my top lip and over my nose. A third ball of gel does the other cheek and lastly, a fourth does my forehead (making sure to avoid the hairline, leave a gap of about 1cm).
Try to keep the gel application as thin as you can but thick enough so that it will peel off once it’s dry and remember to join up all the areas into one solid piece. Work quickly and do one section at a time, as the gel starts to dry and begins to set quite quickly and once this happens, it doesn’t spread and smear but rather rolls and balls.
I tend to leave the gel on for longer than the recommended 5-10 minutes and probably have it on for 15-20 minutes, until I can feel that it’s completely dry. Usually it will start to come away from my skin on its own once it’s dry and will start to itch around the sides of my nose. To test if the mask is fully dry and ready to peel off, touch it gently with your fingertips. It should feel dry and paper-like and there will be no wet or sticky patches. Smile or pull a face and the mask should start to come off around your mouth, nose and forehead.
To peel it off in one large piece, slowly lift the mask by starting off at your chin, then work across to each cheek, your nose and then up to your forehead. If the mask is completely dry, this shouldn’t hurt, unless you got some of your hair stuck in the mask. Hair in the mask is pretty painful!
Overall, it’s not a bad peel-off mask that is recommended for normal to combination skin but I find it to be more refreshing than beneficial. I won’t be buying a full sized bottle of Freeman Beauty Cucumber Peel-Off Mask again and would recommend getting the sachet, if you do want to try it.
When I finally finish this tube, I’d like to get a full sized tube of the Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask, as I found that that one did much more for my oily skin.
Freeman Beauty masks are paraben free and are not tested on animals. They are available in 15ml sachets or 150ml tubes from Farmers or selected online retailers.