I’ll be completely honest. I’ve had this sample of the KORRES Pomegranate Resurfacing Mask for a few months before I attempted to try it out. You may ask Why? Well for one, I’m constantly trying out new products; which makes my skincare routine pretty extensive. Therefore, I like to carefully plan out when I want to introduce a new product into my skincare regimen that contains acids, especially ones like AHA/BHA.
TIP: I try not to test out too many products at one time just in case I get a reaction from one of the products. That way if I do I’ll have a better chance of pinpointing what caused it.
First things first….
The first thing I do prior to applying any NEW skincare product, especially masks, is to check out the ingredients. The next is to check out the directions.
The Korres Pomegranate AHA & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask is a triple power mask made with 27.5 percent AHAs/BHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, and grapes. BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid and can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum.
What really caught my attention with the Korres Pomegranate Mask is that it exfoliates in 3 distinct ways:
Mechanical- physically exfoliates the skin layer of dead skin cells
Chemical- AHA/BHA blend peels away dead skin cells to loosen and remove dead skin cells
Enzymatic- works by specifically by breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin
(This sounds pretty similar to one of my favorite masks- keep reading to see if it may be a dupe for a particular Drunk Elephant Mask)
How to Use
Apply an even layer onto dry skin, avoiding the eye area.
Massage gently and leave the product on for 3-5 minutes depending on skin sensitivity.
Rinse off thoroughly.
Use 3 times weekly.
Could the Korres POMEGRANATE RESURFACING Mask be a dupe for the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Baby Facial Treatment?
Further Reading: Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Baby Facial Review
Before trying this Korres mask I read that it’s a blend of AHA and BHA. I was wondering if it could be a dupe for the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Treatment. I did a bit of a comparison to see how the two are similar or different from one another.
Korres Pomegranate Mask Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Distarch Phosphate, Kaolin, Punica Granatum Seed Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Sodium Hydroxide, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum.
Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Cicer Arietinum Seed Powder, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Amylopectin, Niacinamide, Phytosphingosine, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
Similarities and Differences
I see that both masks contain Glycolic Acid and Lactid Acid. Both masks can provide a chemical exfoliation. But the Korres mask goes further as it contains physical grains making the mask also a physical exfoliator.
The Korres Pomgerante Resurfacing Mask was made specifically for those who have combination to oily skin textures. The Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Mask is suitable for all skin types and only recommended to use once a week.
Although both masks would fall into the category of being a exfoliator since they both chemically resurface, the Korres mask is more intensive as it physically exfoliates at the same time. It’s also a fraction of the cost of the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Mask.
Critique of the Directions:
Based on the directions of using the mask 3 times a week, I can already tell you I don’t believe I would be able to follow these instructions. At the most I would say maybe twice a week during the summer months if I weren’t using any other exfoilators. I have combination skin that would be considered to be Normal-Oily.
I would not recommend this mask to anyone with dry skin. I believe normal skin textures could possibly use this mask, but I would advise to follow-up with a hydrating mask and oil afterwards. Even skin textures that are more on the oily side may find it difficult to use this mask 3x a week as it may be over drying to the skin.
The Smell of the mask
The Korres Resurfacing Mask has a noticeable fruity scent to it. The mask is marketed as being made of 87.9 percent natural ingredients and is made without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. However, I did notice that fragrance was listed in the ingredients of the mask.
I actually prefer my products to be unscented. I’m not opposed to using products that have unusual smells. I would much prefer an unusual natural scent over a heavily fragrance scent.
Positives of the Korres Mask
Price: $34.00 SIZE 2.54 oz/ 75 mL
The price of the mask along with the quantity is quite affordable in the skincare world.
Texture of the mask
The texture of the mask is grainy since it contains pomegranate grains. Physical exfoliates can be very tricky. If the grain and formula is too harsh. it could actually cause additional problems like skin tears and enlarged pores. I noticed that when applying and removing the mask the grains were not abrasive and non-irritating.
Feeling of my Skin afterwards
The mask caused a slight tingling feeling when it was applied. The feeling for me was very very mild. Upon removing the mask my face felt smooth and soft. The mask is excellent at soaking up sebum oils and drawing out gunk. I wouldn’t say my pores more looked any smaller than usual.
Would I purchase and recommend?
I would definitely recommend this mask to those who have combination-oily skin textures. I do like that the mask works very quickly in time. I mentioned that the mask has a scent, but the scent is not unbearable or offensive. The price point and size makes it affordable on the spectrum of high end skincare. At this point I’m not sure if I would purchase it. I own a product that provides the same effects but is a little more tailored to the needs of my skin as my skin its not as oily in the winter. I’ve only tested out the Korres mask during the cooler months and would love to revisit using it during the summer month.
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