Skincare is very important to me and finding products that work for my skin is a necessity. Therefore I do try quiet a bit of skincare products especially face masks. Oddly my skin reacts very well to peels and exfoliating but not so much masks. I could actually get away with only exfoliating my skin twice a week and then applying a hydrating serum and facial oil and call it a day. Masks are more of an add on, cherry on top, or not much of a necessity for my skin. So it would really have to perform magic to impress me or to see a difference.
Please note that obviously with skincare everyone’s experience and skin is very different and you would need to test out skincare for at least a month before seeing results or if a product truly performs well on your skin.
With all that being addressed this is the Freeman Renewal Cucumber Peel-off Face Mask (thanks for the long name) that I’ve been testing out.
As per the website and claims:
A cooling, skin-quenching mask that gently peels away impurities that can cause skin to be rough and dull. Cucumber and Aloe help soothe while moisturizing, ensuring skin feels soft and silky-smooth after every use. Perfect for normal to combination skin.
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At Freeman Beauty, we believe in loving your body naturally. We are proud to be free of harsh chemicals and are committed to being cruelty free.
Cucumber and Aloe soothe and moisturize the skin, leaving the skin smooth and soft.
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40-B, PEG-8, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract, Santalum Album Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Blue 1
Sit down, this may take a while. Firstly the packaging is bright and you get a decent amount of product in the tube (175ml to be exact) which in the long run will last a while. The squeeze tube makes it easy to disperse and control the amount of product you require and does not allow bacteria to get inside the container, or having to dip your fingers in like products that contain jars with a lid. No problems with the packaging or presentation of this product. I love that this brand is cruelty free as well.
The consistency is gel like as the title suggests but it’s more of a thick gel consistency. It’s completely transparent, but in the picture on their website the mask appears to be a light green tint on the model. It is a peel off mask and states to apply it for 10 to 15 minutes avoiding the eyebrows and eye area and then peel off.
I opened the tube and squeezed a fair amount onto my finger tips. Before I could even start applying this onto my face the scent hit me like a ton of bricks. This has such a strongass scent it completely caught me off guard. For some reason I thought the scent would be very faint and refreshing seeing that it’s a cucumber mask. Or seeing that it’s transparent I thought there would be no scent at all. But oh boy, this smells like a shot of vodka. I could immediately distinguish the alcohol scent straight away (I mean not that I’m an alcoholic, but the scent of the alcohol was very apparent). I don’t mind if smells like cocktails or has a strong fruity scent, but this scent is so unpleasant and nauseating. Much like how you feel when you hungover and take a big whiff of alcohol and want to puke. Not cool man. Anyway I sucked it up and applied the mask all over my face and neck as I really wanted to give this a go.
I then read the ingredients listed on this mask. If you didn’t know, the first couple of ingredients or at least the first two or three ingredients listed on a product usually contains the highest percentage or highest dosage in that product. The first three ingredients in this contains water, polyvinyl alcohol and SD alcohol 40-B. I had to find out why that scent bothered me so much and this is the reason why. To break it down Polyvinyl Alcohol is used in cosmetics to increase thickness in lipids (oil) and as a binding agent. SD Alcohol to my understanding is not that good for the skin…
Yet after all this I used this a couple of times more just to make sure and to form a valid opinion.
What I didn’t realize the first time applying this is not to apply a thick layer. This mask is very thick and sticky and I’m not comfortable with how it applied and felt on my skin. If you familiar with a Mac lipglass and how thick and sticky those are on the lips, now imagine that all over your face. On my cheeks I applied a little bit too much and everywhere else seemed fine. I didn’t want to apply it too thin as I was afraid it would not peel off nicely. Also on the website the amount of mask applied on the model’s skin looked like a thicker layer than the amount I applied. Sorry to keep referring to the model, but I’m a visual learner and what’s advertised on their site is what I went by. I then waited for about 20 to 25 minutes for the area around my cheeks to get more dry in order for it to peel off a bit better. It did not dry even after 25 minutes which is over the recommended time and it did not peel off as great as other areas did where it was applied a lot thinner. I then washed off the excess with a damp cloth.
The second, third and other times I used this mask I kind of trained my brain to get use to the scent. I could now smell the very faint/ fake cucumber scent but the alcohol scent was still more predominant. After using it a couple of times I’m still not a fan of the scent of this.
Prior to using this mask or any mask for that matter, I always exfoliate my skin first. It’s like using a shampoo and conditioner for your hair when you exfoliate and mask for your skin. Unfortunately this did absolutely nothing for my skin. I was so disappointed not to see any change, progression or slightest improvement in my skin. I would have at least thought for the incomparable scent that I could suck it up and it would be worth it, but nope, fail. I would sadly not recommend this to anyone even if you can tolerate scents in products.
I purchased mine at for Dischem Pharmacy for R99.95. Contains 175ml of product.
Have you tried this mask? Am I being dramatic?
Or any other masks from Freeman, what are your thoughts?
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