Mask Mondays: May Lindstrom The Problem Solver
Unlike other things I've wasted $100 on (magazines at airports, "I'm just staying for one" drinks, Postmates delivery from Taco Bell), I don't regret buying The Problem Solver mask. In fact, I'm really pleased with how effective this mask is and how much use I've gotten out of it.
This stuff is amazing. It is $100, but does end up having a pretty low cost per mask, and I am saying it's worth it. (I've been using it frequently since August and still have half the jar left.) I wouldn't say this mask hurts (though some reviewers do), but I recommend patch testing before applying it all over your face. Whenever my skin is freaking out (haha, always) I put this on and feel better immediately, because it's nice to know something is working on it.
Once a small amount of powder is combined with equal parts water, it foams up and becomes a lovely thick mousse you paint on your face. It smells like... Mexican hot chocolate? It's very spicy. I mix up about a teaspoon and paint it on while trying to avoid covering myself and my bathroom in high-priced dirt (often to little success). I leave it on for 30-40 minutes, until it's fully dry, then rinse it off. The Problem Solver is a great alternative to trying to tear your face apart if you spot a blemish, as Goop's Ask Jean points out. My face doesn't feel tight afterwards, but I definitely recommend following it up with a nice face oil massage.