PRODUCTS I 🖤 AND BELIEVE IN : Blithe Patting Water Packs (aka Splash Masks!) 🚿💦
I was first introduced to this dope, niche K-beauty brand by my good friends at Glow Recipe a couple years back. If you haven’t heard of Blithe — and more importantly, if you haven’t experienced their uber popular, uber effective, and uber innovative "splash masks," you’re really missing out! Formally referred to as Patting Water Packs, Blithe's splash masks are hands-down the most enjoyable AHA treatments I’ve used. And I've used a lot of AHA treatments!
If you follow me regularly, you know I'm a proponent of chemical aka acid exfoliation. I do not use physical exfoliants or scrubs on my skin. Ever. I prefer to treat my skin barrier gently and do not believe scratching it with harsh, grainy molecules and ingredients like apricot kernels and walnut shells is the way to do that. As someone who loves to cook, I've chopped my share of walnuts and almonds. The edges on those nuts are sharp as glass! Is that really something you want to be scraping across your face? Physical exfoliants are not the way to resurface your skin. Recently, I wrote an insightful blog post about this precise topic entitled, SKINCARE 101 : Exfoliation and Your Skin Barrier. If you haven't read it, I invite you to do so here.
One of my weekly acid go-tos is the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from Deciem's The Ordinary brand. The formula is no joke — with a 30% complex of Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric and Citric Acids. I use it on weekends as a deep cleaning, powerful resurfacing treatment. It's so potent, I'd venture to guess it's the equivalent of many AHA resurfacing treatments you'd pay $200 for in a hotel spa. (I've done that often!) It's so potent that I sometimes prefer to skip a week when I don't feel my skin needs it. Each night, I rely on the more gentle AHA exfoliation I get from my fave PM moisturizer — the Alpha Beta® Exfoliating Moisturizer from Dr. Dennis Gross. It's powered by a trove of AHAs and other exfoliating acids including: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid.
But none of them are fun!
And showering should be fun, right?! The Blithe splash mask is an imaginative way to exfoliate your skin and brighten your complexion. And it’s fast! Blithe recommends different ways to use it, but I love it in the shower on damp facial skin. A palmful of this watery Lactic Acid treatment pressed into my face does the trick. (Never neglect your neck!) I leave it on for 20-30 seconds and it’s sure tingling like crazy by the time I dip under the shower-head to rinse it away. My complexion is instantly brighter. While no where near as potent as The Ordinary's 30% AHA treatment, it’s the perfect mid-week radiance booster when I feel like I’m looking lackluster.
The Blithe splash masks come in three distinct flavors — one is better for drier skins, one for oilier skins, and one for all skin types. I've used all three and found that I prefer the honey splash mask in colder months as it's more soothing and comforting. The berry splash mask is my preferred of the three for spring and summer. It's crisp and refreshing and really does smell like delicious, fresh berries! The green tea mask is intended for oilier skins and while I've used it, I felt it was too stripping for my relatively normal skin type.
Go ahead, get to Sephora, grab the one that's right for you — and step up your shower game!