Over the last few months my skin has improved a lot, which has been a nice treat and has made life much more manageable, even when that time of the month comes round and my chin is like ‘hell no’ and wants to be a squeeze tease with under-skin spots.

I still have blackheads and a few heads yet to rear, but on the whole, it’s looking pretty good – my skincare is pretty much set and I’m in a routine of using masks often, it’s just in need of an extra kick to really de-clogg it long term.

Something potentially filling that hole is Sunday Riley’s Saturn mask, which until testing it I hadn’t actually heard of. Luna is obviously one of my faves, and I’d seen reviews of UFO and Martian, but Saturn had just completely passed me by despite being something right up my street.

Packed with sulphur, the mask aims to dry up blemishes and prevent future acne breakouts, whilst making your skin super soft, clear, and smooth to touch too. I’ve used it a few times now both as a 20 minute and overnight mask, and if clearing up acne or spots is something you want asap, then you should consider these things first…

• It’s a very active mask – the ingredients are working on your skin from the get go and if you’re a bit more sensitive, then you’re going to see a lot of redness.

• To get the most out of the mask, you need it on for at least an hour – and if you do have that sensitive skin, then an hour is all you can manage as that’s when the redness becomes very noticeable. I left it on over night and my skin was bright red, although not itchy or burning, just red.

• You can use it 3 times a week, although 2 times may be better – and maybe a few days in advance of any events or occasions! – and can be used as a direct spot treatment, which is my current preference alongside a one hour application once a week.

• The sulphur smell isn’t that strong – it’s actually a really cool gel formula which dries and absorbs into the skin really quick, meaning you won’t wake up in the middle of the night with a cracking clay face of pain (just maybe a whiff of rotten egg here or there…)

Overall, I’ve found the mask has done amazing work on my skin – I’ve had annoying spots that won’t go anywhere dry up and disappear in a few days, pores cleared of blackheads and excess sebum, tough spots brought to a head, and generally a smoother complexion.

For the best result, using it a day or two before an event means you’ll get the most benefit but as I mentioned, careful of the redness! Make sure you have some calming and hydrating serums to apply afterwards and you should be good to go.

It may not be the most organic or natural, but it does exactly what it promises, and if you’ve got some spots you want dealing with then this might be the most effective quick fix you’ll ever need…


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