Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask
Bliss’s Pumpkin Powerhouse Resurfacing & Exfoliating Enzyme Mask claims to be a gentle way to exfoliate skin – but it misses the mild mark in a couple of ways.
The first issue encountered with this mask is its packaging: it comes in a jar, meaning its beneficial ingredients (including antioxidant and non-fragrant plant oils) are exposed to light and air, which leads to them breaking down over time and losing their effectiveness – see More Info below for details.
The mask resembles pumpkin puree, both in color (which is the result of colorants added to the formula) and texture. It’s easy to smooth across skin – applying to dry skin is recommended - and rounded cellulose beads provide gentle manual exfoliation as you apply it. Lemon powder and rice powder are also included to act as physical exfoliants. (More on that lemon powder’s other aspects in a moment, though.)
You’re instructed to wear the mask for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with water. We found that the emollient texture and the fact that it contains some oils made water-rinsing alone insufficient; therefore, it’s best to use a soft washcloth to get all traces off.
Skin is left feeling softer and smoother after, thanks to the exfoliating beads and the aforementioned oils (among them sunflower, pumpkin, and carrot oils). These oils have antioxidant properties as well, and they’re joined by other antioxidant ingredients such as squash and pumpkin fruit extracts plus vitamins C and E. Though they’re rinsed from skin, they’re still thoughtful and beneficial additions to the formula.
What of the natural AHAs and pumpkin enzymes that Bliss claims act as exfoliants? The exfoliation is mostly from the cellulose beads; pumpkin enzymes and natural AHAs – pineapple-derived bromelain and papaya-derived papain – simply aren’t as effective at providing chemical exfoliation as proven AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acids. Even if they were, this is a product that’s rinsed from skin, and chemical exfoliants are far more effective in a leave-on formula.
Also problematic is the inclusion of the lemon powder mentioned earlier, which puts skin at risk for irritation due to its fragrant nature, as well as fragrance and the fragrance ingredient eugenol, which add to the potential for irritation.
- Rounded cellulose beads provide gentle manual exfoliation.
- Leaves skin feeling noticeably softer and smoother.
- Includes skin-beneficial non-fragrant plant oils.
- Contains several antioxidants.
- Packaged in jar, which compromises its skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fruit enzymes are not as effective at exfoliating as other AHAs (such as glycolic or lactic acid).
- AHAs are more effective in a leave-on formula.
- Includes lemon powder, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that put skin at additional risk for irritation.
This whipped pumpkin mask is infused with a 10% skin-smoothing pumpkin blend of natural AHAs and pumpkin enzymes that gently exfoliates and resurfaces skin to reveal a refined texture.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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