There was a time when my skin was just doing badly. My left cheek was developing pimples consistently, and with each pimple came a blackhead. I know that sometimes it’s better to just ignore these things and let your skin do its work, but I had to learn that the hard way. I tried so many natural remedies and spent so much on products but I saw no results. Perhaps I was just rushing the skin renewal process and not allowing my skin to actually breathe.
Almost everyone has at one point or another dealt with skin issues. For some, bad skin has translated to lower self-esteem, and it’s sad. It might be the hardest thing to do, but it’s important to understand that your skin does not define who you are. You are not your acne, your eczema, or your hyperpigmentation. You are a lot more than that.
Ironically, I didn’t understand this at the time. That’s why I kept reaching out for new products, and the Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask was one of them. You have probably seen the reviews of these painful charcoal peel-off masks online. I was willing to go through these great lengths. Don’t they say beauty is pain? Maybe they have a point. But maybe what they don’t tell us is that sometimes it’s emotional and not physical pain, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
“Apply lightly to face in an upward motion, carefully avoiding eyes. Leave on until completely dry, gently peel away, rinsing off any residue that may remain. Avoid contact with eyes. If product enters the eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.”
Let me just say, if you decide to actually try Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask, pay attention to the caution. It stings if it gets into your eyes and that’s not the most desirable experience.
“A high-quality facial mask that helps skin recover its youthful appearance formulated with vitamin A and E. This masque revitalizes and maintains the moisture balance of your skin and deep cleans oil and dirt from pores. It allows moisture to be absorbed into the skin. When used regularly the skin is clean, soft, and fresh with lighter appearance.”
When I first put the Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask on my skin, I felt a little itchy. However, I just assumed that it was my skin’s initial reaction to the foreign product. I left it on for about thirty minutes and then peeled it off. Surprisingly though, it was not painful at all. Taking it off was actually quite easy. When I removed it my face felt quite dry, contrary to the claims that it maintains the moisture balance of your skin. I had to reach out to my moisturizer immediately after.
Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask retails for about 985 Kenyan shillings for 100ml. I mean, for 100ml this is pretty expensive. There are face masks out there that are much cheaper. Then again, you have to consider the fact that price does not always equate to quality.
The first listed ingredient on this product is aqua (water) which is a good thing because it means it should be moisturizing. However, as I said earlier I didn’t see this particular factor being brought out.
It also has ethanol which is said to make creams feel lighter and help other ingredients to penetrate your skin. However, it can cause dryness, irritation, and breakouts.
The product contains propylene glycol, a hydrating humectant that also helps active ingredients penetrate the skin. In the amounts used in cosmetics, it’s not a concern in the least.
The last major ingredient is Germebean II which a multi-acid, rinse-off exfoliant peel that dramatically resurfaces skin to visibly smooth wrinkles, refine rough, bumpy texture, brighten tone and unclog pores.
I really had high expectations, and I ended up being highly disappointed. First, I couldn’t tell what Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask has done for my skin. I decided not to judge too quickly and to give it some time. The next morning I woke up with two pimples on my face, and I couldn’t help but link the two to each other. The pimples turned to blackheads, and that’s exactly what I had been trying to get rid of. To make it worse, one of these pimples was right under my eye and it lowered my self-esteem even further. In short words, I would not recommend this product, and especially not for people who have my skin type (which is normal). Maybe it would work for oily skin or dry skin, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t completely dismiss it for everyone who wants to try it, especially because skins react differently.
I will not be using Kmes Deep Cleansing Mask again, because I really didn’t reap any benefits from it.
My name is Laura Ayienga, a 25-year-old writer & marketer, experiencing the highs (not claiming the lows) of life. I discovered my passion for writing on this very blog back in 2019 and since then, I’ve been using it to express myself as candidly and authentically as possible.