Prescriptives has just come out with a new skincare product called Instant Gratification ($45). It's a self-heating mask with microbeads that whisk away dead skin, and it promises to combine the benefits of a facial, peel and microdermabrasion—with results equivalent to a 30% glycolic acid peel.
Although I wasn't an immediate fan of Instant Gratification, it's won me over for its simplicity and results. I keep going back to this mask over and over, so it's definitely doing something right. For the full review, read more.
Here's how to use the mask: Clean your face and blot off any excess moisture, leaving your skin slightly damp. Then, rub a generous amount of the mask on your skin in circular motions. You'll feel a warm sensation, but it doesn't burn at all. After five minutes, wet your fingers and gently scrub off the mask.
I've found that Instant Gratification does a great job of brightening the complexion and keeping my pores clear. It also leaves skin soft and smooth—and it was able to get rid of the gross flaky skin that inevitably pops up near my nose each winter. It's definitely not the strongest mask I've tried, but I like it because it's both effective and gentle. If you've been curious about exfoliating with beta hydroxy acids, this mask would be a good introduction.