Skincare rave coming up, brace yourselves: Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This stuff is like beauty dynamite! In a good way, obviously. It’s a proper fixer-upper, a true SOS treatment, a product that should be included in every single one of those “red carpet” features (ugh) and handed out in little sachets at festivals as an all-in-one facial hangover cure.
Because it is the business, let me tell you. Both times I’ve used it (yes, just twice: I couldn’t wait any longer to write about it, mainly because of the pumpkin/Halloween thing, but also because I sincerely doubt that it will suddenly do something completely different during subsequent trials) my skin has looked completely refreshed and renewed. Brighter, fresher, chin flakiness gone, nose blackheads eradicated. I was left a little bit pink on the first attempt – I won’t lie – but that’s because I was a bit over-enthusiastic with the scrubbing part. Scrubbing part, I hear you say? Let me explain:
Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is marketed as a “triple-action treatment”; pumpkin enzymes to eat away dead skin cells and other rubbish on the skin’s surface, alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate in a non-abrasive way and aluminium oxide crystals to exfoliate in an – er – abrasive way. It’s entirely possible, if you wish, to skip the manual exfoliation aspect and just get on with the acid and enzyme action – the directions say to massage the mask onto the skin first and then leave on for between 3-7 minutes, depending on how hardcore you are, but you could simply spread on a thin layer and let it work its magic. I’ve tried both ways – skin is left slightly smoother after doing the initial “scrub”, but it’s also left slightly more pink. I think that it all comes down to personal preference, but if you’re in any way prone to redness, broken veins or have sensitive skin then best skip on the sandblasting section.
In fact, if you have sensitive skin at all, I’d recommend something a little gentler, perhaps, because the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask does not hang about. If you’re the type of impatient person who can’t be bothered to wait for the thirty, twenty or even ten minutes that most masks take to get going then this is your dream product. Results after three minutes are excellent – my skin the next morning looked dewy and plump and a whole lot less tired – results after seven, who knows? I didn’t dare find out!
Could this be the ultimate fixer-upper mask? Tackling dullness, fine lines and congestion it seems to just be a one-stop power-mask wonder and you get a whopping 150ml in the jar, too, so plenty of applications. I mean, dozens and dozens of applications. The price? A distinctly un-scary £39.50.