I got really excited when Sephora got Korean brads in their store. Having read couple of years ago that Asian skincare industry is ten years ahead of Western industry I’ve decided to find out more. There were couple of products that I liked but what really caught my attention was Caolion’s Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo.
I’ve been battling my blackheads and oily skin for awhile now so I thought it might be a good addition to my array of “weapons” against large pores and not-so-perfect skin. After checking every ingredient with EWG chemical database (yep, I’m nerdy like that) and making sure that this product was safe to use I’ve decided to give it a try.
This pack consist of two mask – first one is a detoxifying clay mask with charcoal that extracts excess oil and residual makeup that clogs your pores. You apply it for 5-10 minutes and wash it off with warm water afterwards.
The seconds mask is a calming mask that tightens enlarged pores and revitalizes the skin.
At home I took a hot shower to help my pores open up and applied the first mask. I have combination skin: oily at T-zone and normal, sometimes dry on the cheeks. So since only my T-zone needs that extra attention I’ve decided to apply the mask only to this part of my face. As I’ve mentioned earlier you can keep the mask from 5 to 10 minutes. I’ve decided to go all the way and wait for 10 minutes. Girls at Sephora did mention that it starts to feel a little warm after couple of minutes and so it did. Right after applying the mask you suppose to massage it for 1 to 2 minutes. As soon as I started to massage my face it felt warm. And after 5 minutes it felt even more warm. I would even say I felt a slight burning sensation but it was bearable. The important thing herе is to NOT FREAK OUT. My burning sensation was probably the result of me being way to scrupulous about cleansing routine lately. So I would say – use responsibly!
After my 10 minutes were done I applied the “cooling” mask. And does it cool. You actually feel like you shoved your face in a pile of snow. It feels that “frosty”. But it actually IS very soothing and pleasant feeling though. Relax, pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea and enjoy that marvelous feeling for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer.
I looked in the mirror prepared to be wowed. I must say it didn’t disappoint. Well to be completely honest I was prepared to be wowed after I’ve rinsed the first mask off. But I still could see some of the pores not being “clean enough” for my liking but after rinsing the second mask and applying yet another Korean product (The True Cream Moistening Bomb) I did like what I saw.
After getting the second opinion from my man I was reassured even more. He noticed that my pores became smaller and my skin tone more even and (wait for it!) asked if he could use it too! BOOM! Boyfriend approved, dermatologists recommended (not sure about that one yet).
I will continue using it. I’m pretty sure that even better results will follow. After all you can’t expect amazing results after the first uses even though I still got my wow moment.