No, this is no miracle treatment, but I would rather have something that is gentle on my skin than something that strips it. With regular, gentle exfoliation and this, I've seen a difference in a month.
It also tends to pull out a lot of gunk on my cheeks (where I use it), so it has a facial feel to it as well, which makes it better for oilier skin types.
And while I am brightening...
I might as well un-clog those pesky pores on my nose!
Mario Badescu's Silver Powder ($12) is a tub full of pore-unclogging miracle powder, in my opinion. This can be used as a mask, a spot treatment, or my favorite--as a prep for extraction or pore strips.
I know pore strips aren't exactly the best for you---and I prefer careful, steamed extractions, but sometimes...what this does to a pore strip is extremely (and grossly) gratifying.
First of all, this jar will last you years...and years....
So, while I have my Whitening Mask slapped on my cheeks, I dip a wet cotton pad into the powder and spot it on my nose, forehead, and chin. It creates a paste that dries after 5-10 minutes.
It will look something like the above. Remove with warm water and viola--blackheads are diminished, pores are smaller, and oil is absorbed.
But---don't expect this to remove all of your blackheads. That is where the extractions or the pore strips come into play. This really loosens them up. If you choose to use a pore strip at this point, you are going to wonder why they never worked this well before. Seriously---results are rewarding to say the least.
And by the time the pore strip comes off or the extractions are done---I rinse of my whitening mask, and I feel like a glowy-rosy babe.
And that has been my little skin regimen lately!
Do you like Mario Badescu products?