A Phat Friday Face Mask

Today’s Friday Face Mask is an interesting one. I am trying it out as a Friday face mask, but if it works well I will be using it twice a week (as recommended) to see how it performs overtime, thus incorporating it into my skincare line up.

This mask is the Phat Glow Facial from Ole Henriksen. I am a big fan of the brand, or at least I used to be. For a long time several of their products were my go-to. Their balancing cleanser and Toner pretty much lived on the side of my sink for a long time. I just bought them on repeat. Then I started trying other products. I still love them and will purchase them again, but it has been a while. I tend to do that with products. I find a favorite use it repeatedly for a while and then decide to take a break and try something new. While I like trying new things this also has the benefit of being re-surprised by old favorites.

Even though I have had very good lick with Ole Henricksen before, I have never tried this mask. I have seen and read great things about it though so I decided that as a birthday present to myself I would pick it up. And so I did. According to the website…

Get flawless skin in a flash with PHAs, the no-downtime exfoliating acid and key ingredient in Ole’s first one-step at-home facial. What makes PHAs so special? They’re fat, literally. Like AHAs, PHAs deliver skin-perfecting, age-fighting results, but PHAs are just a little “plumper.” They’re a bigger molecule, so they don’t go as deep as they loosen up the “glue” that binds the surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath. That means less irritation and recovery time for everyone—even sensitive types.

Whether your plans involve a red carpet and limo or red wine and the couch, this innovative at-home facial is the ultimate “get ready with me” prep step. The massage-activated formula creates a perfecting cocoon, then instantly reveals smoother, illuminated, no-filter-necessary skin.

This is also listed as one of their best sellers.

The pump took a little while to get going but eventually it did dispense. I have to say it is not a very appealing looking mask. It has a slight minerally scent to it that is not unpleasant and really not that noticeable. It tends to fade away as you apply it. It applies onto the skin in a tanish color, but then you massage it to turn it white.

Once it turns white you leave it to sit on your face for 15 minutes before removing with a damp wash cloth. It is not a startling reveal but it is a noticeable change from the tan to white. I actually really like the change because it lets me know that I have massaged it enough and can now let it sit.

And so I let it sit for fifteen minutes. Because this Phat Glow facial is an exfoliating mask I didn’t want to lay down and risk falling asleep with it on, so I moved around the house while wearing it. There was no tingling or discomfort from the mask and when the timer went off after fifteen minutes, I returned to the bathroom to remove it.

Before on the left and after masking on the right.

These are the before and after mask photos. While the mask claims that there is an immediate difference, I don’t detect much of a difference. My skin does feel cleansed and soft but not stripped. I am okay with the fact that there was no noticeable change right away. I tend to trust skin care more when it works over time. I think it is because I don’t expect immediate results to last.

And because I don’t think of skin care as magic.

I am very happy with this first use of the Phat Glow Facial. There was no skin irritation, my skin feels nice even if there doesn’t look like there is a major change. I am very happy to give this one a go twice a week for a while to see if there ends up being some long term benefits. Since it worked well, I will be migrating this into my skincare line up and I’ll keep you posted on how it works with continued use. Thus far, the Phat Glow Facial gets a thumbs up for a Friday Face mask.

If you are a fan of the brand, I noticed when I was on the site looking up information in this face mask that they have some kind of sale going on with many of their products. Quite a few of their cleansers and scrubs seem to be on sale. I personally really enjoy their cleansers. If you are looking to stock up, now might be the time to check them out.

Ole Henriksen