If you've resolved to take better care of your skin this year but can't seem to find the time or the money for regular facials and masks, file this product under "No more excuses." The Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask (
$9.99 on sale for $6.99 at London Drugs) is a fun, affordable, and fast alternative to jar and sheet masks that require you to sit still for 15-30 minutes, and much more affordable than an appointment at a spa.
The Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask claims to cleanse 2.5 times better than your normal cleanser. Its warming action opens up pores while natural charcoal and kaolin clay purify them of dirt and oil. The result is smooth skin and deeply cleansed pores, all in under a minute.
Each cardboard box contains 4 single-use packets, which makes it easy to travel with a mask.
The instructions are printed on the back of each packet as well as the box. It's pretty straightforward: wet your face; apply the mask and massage it for one minute; then rinse and pat dry.
The funnest part of using the Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask is the warming sensation, hands down. It warms upon first contact with your skin and the minute pressure from massaging fingertips continues to release little bursts of warmth until the minute is up. I thought the mask would be a lot thicker like what's pictured on the front of the box, but in reality it was a bit more liquid-y and the coverage was kind of patchy. If you add more water for an extra warming effect as instructed, I imagine it'd be even more so.
The mask also contains a touch of menthol, which leaves behind a cool tingly sensation after you rinse it off. The differences are more subtle than dramatic and I won't be skipping a facial with my favourite aesthetician anytime soon, but for those weeks in between appointments this mask is a super-quick and surprisingly effective pick-me-up.