Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel review | My 6183729th attempt at peeling masks

Me and peeling masks don't have a good history. My very first mask ever in life was a Freeman's peeling mask and it was not good - sticky, scratchy and generally annoying to take off. Not to say it was a bad mask at all; in fact peeling masks are quite popular and effective. I'm just not a fan, so when I got the offer to try out the Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel, my eyebrows went way up, but I thought I'd still give it the ol' college try.

Just J: Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel review

The Product
The Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel isn't like your regular peeling mask. It is formulated with argan oil and vitamin E and instead of letting the mask set and then peeling it off, you instead massage this into your skin and it literally pills and peels away dirt, impurities and dead skin cells. Kinda like the hand grommage I tried in my last Memebox review!

Simon & Tom Barcelona is a beauty line distributed through Beauty Solutions, who is also based out of Spain. Simon & Tom specializes in natural products containing argan oil and is available worldwide.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this gel are:
  • Camellia sinensis leaf extract aka green tea powder extract - huge source of antioxidants that helps fight signs of aging
  • Maris sal aka sea salt - natural exfoliant and detoxifier
  • Aloe vera juice - anti-inflammatory and moisturizing
  • Carbomer triethanolamine - a thickening agent that gives this product its jelly texture

Other ingredients of note are argan oil (moisturizing), orange peel extract (astringent), papaya extract (astringent), pomegranate extract, and cucumber (soothing, moisturizing).

Price & Packaging
A single 50 mL jar will cost you around $57, which puts this at the higher scale for beauty products. I remember one of my favourite masks from June Jacobs costing around the same, but in a container that was much larger. There's plenty of product here though as you only use a bit per application. The jar itself is very elegant and luxurious looking. It's also the perfect size for throwing! Not that I would, but I just noticed this because it's the same size as one of my dog's toy balls.

The texture of this mask is very jelly-like and is a white translucent color. When I first opened this jar, I entertained myself for a couple minutes by just poking the gel - it's so squishy! The mask also has a very slight, cucumber-esque scent which is quite refreshing. I wish this product came with a spatula because it doesn't seem very hygenic to stick your big dirty fingers into this pristine pearl-like jar, and this is coming from someone who usually chucks the spatulas out first thing!

Just J: Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel review

Just J: Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel review

Once applied, the mask feels cool on the skin. I applied this mask to slightly damp skin, after washing off my makeup with a cleansing oil. I then gently massaged my face for about a minute. After around 20 seconds, the mask starts to change from a soft gel to millions of tiny, white spoolies. Basically it starts pilling like an old sweater.

Just J: Simon & Tom's Soft Peeling Gel review

This pilling action is the mask cleaning off all that dirt and ickiness from your face. If you're not prepared for this beforehand, it can be quite alarming. Once you've sufficiently pilled all the dirt away, it's time to rinse.

Rinsing is the worst part.

My sink is the type that tends to run slow and so I got little mask pills ALL OVER MY SINK. I also didn't enjoy how the mask didn't rinse off easily and left a very sticky residue. I suppose I could have washed my face again afterwards, but to me, that kinda defeats the point.

The effects of the mask aren't significantly noticeable, but aren't detrimental either. My skin looks clearer and a little brighter. It didn't seem to have any effect on removing blemishes. As much as I try to soldier on with things I review, I really did not like this mask very much, so I actually stopped using it after a couple weeks - sorry!

Final Verdict
Ditch - awesome, naturally based ingredients. For those who are a fan of peeling masks, this is probably a winner, but for me personally, it was a dud.

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