I’ve talked about the Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask a few times on my IG stories, so I thought now was the time to bring it over to the blog for a full review, particularly since there’s a new product in town, the Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturiser, which means the mask now has a complimentary buddy in the line, so hopefully this means more will be joining them soon!
The Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask is a really interesting product, quite unlike anything I’ve tried previously. It’s apparently inspired by the cold plunge element of a sauna cycle, and it’s basically a deeply cooling clay mask, containing Alpine Willowherb and Snow Lotus, which are both antioxidant-rich botanicals. Alongside those we have some lovely acids, both AHA and BHA – Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid, so nothing too aggressive – and finally there’s also Kaolin, but don’t be put off as this doesn’t get all dry and crackling like your typical Kaolin mask. There’s also Glycerin high up on the ingredients list which presumably helps keep this mask on the right side of purifying without being too drying.
There are two things I don’t like about the Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask. Firstly, it contains peppermint oil and boy can you tell. It’s a strong old fragrance which I really don’t like, but I put up with it as it’s such a lovely mask in many other ways. I also have a bit of a love hate relationship with the colour, as even though it looks awesome and fun on, it’s a bit of a pain when you use a flannel to remove it as it’s quite a neon colour!
Other than two relatively minor cons, this is a brilliant mask that I really enjoy using. There are so few products that are great for breakouts for people in my age bracket and/or skincare situation, and by that I mean, people who don’t have your typical breakout-prone skin type which is often thick, oily and quite robust. My skin needs gentle handling, with light acids and lots of lovely humectants, which is exactly what this mask contains. There’s no horribly drying, no angry acidic irritation, and instead skin just feels well cleansed, lightly exfoliated, very gently purified and overall well balanced too, so it’s a big “yes” from me.
The Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask is available at Boots for £31 here – link. The Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturiser is also available from Boots for £36 here – link – more on that very soon!
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