Though I treat my skin to weekly DIY facials, there’s something about using May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Problem Solver Correcting Masque” that feels much more glamorous than what the term DIY typically brings to mind.
May brings such beauty to everything she does, as evidenced in the video above, and her well-edited skin care collection (remember my review of “The Clean Dirt“) calls for a level of intimacy with your skin care that allows you to get lost in the ritual of mixing, applying and enjoying her beauty products.
When I use “The Problem Solver,” I like to set aside enough “me time” to mix the treatment (the beautiful glass jar is full of dry ingredients that need water to activate) and relax while the mask deeply penetrates my pores and firms up my skin to reveal a beautiful, flushed glow.
This isn’t the type of mask that you should just slap on and go about with your multitasking — to get the full effect of true, slow beauty, allow yourself to indulge a bit in the application, relaxation and removal of this mask.
And, yes, there’s a bit of cleanup you’ll have to get used to until you’ve perfected your mixing and removing methods.
Here’s what’s inside “The Problem Solver” that makes it such an intense treat for your skin:
Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Raw Cacao, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Vitamin C, Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, Organic Vanilla Planifolia Bean, Organic Lavender Flower, Organic Marshmallow Root, Wildcrafted Frankincense, Organic Gotu Kola, Organic Angelica Root, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Clove, Organic Turmeric, Organic Cayenne Pepper
You’ll notice toward the end of the list the collection of warming spices — you’ll definitely smell the delicious scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and feel the heat of cayenne stimulating your pores and getting your blood circulating in your face and neck.
My skin isn’t sensitive, so I had no problems with these warming spices, but please do test “The Problem Solver” on a patch of your skin before going for the full facial!
I allow the mask to remain on my skin for about 45 minutes — it will harden just a bit and turn a lighter shade of green-gray — but you’ll continue to feel the warming effects even after the mask is dry.
When the mask is dry and ready for removal, please, please, please don’t reach for your white or pale-pink wash cloths to remove it — because, obviously, you will then have a blackish-brown cloth and little chunks of the mask in the fibers.
Instead, try to rinse the mask clean by massaging cool lukewarm water into your skin with your fingertips.
You’re essentially reactivating the mask by doing this and giving your skin a little extra exfoliation and circulation treatment — you may want to turn the water down to a cooler temperature as you continue to massage your face and remove the mask, as your skin may feel a little more heat again.
Once you’ve removed the mask, your skin will likely have a light pink flush and look as radiant as ever.
While the skin is still damp, I like to spritz a little extra hydrosol or alcohol-free toner onto my face, pat it in and then apply a thick oil to my skin — the mask leaves your pores clean and ready to receive moisture and beneficial antioxidants, so don’t wait to massage in your favorite super serum!
(May also makes her own serum, The Youth Dew, which I’ll be reviewing very soon as well.)
With regular use (weekly or bimonthly at least), your skin will see fewer blackheads, fewer flakies and a more consistent glow thanks to the amount of constant circulation and stimulation this mask provides.
I’m sold on keeping May Lindstrom Skin’s “The Problem Solver” in my face mask arsenal — not only for its lovely results, but also for the lovely slow beauty ritual its introduced to my weekly DIY facial treatment.
Have you tried May Lindstrom Skin “The Problem Solver” yet? Have you tried anything from May’s skin care line? Tell me what you think in the comments section!