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.

 Me @ this mask

Me @ this mask

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.

 Mmm, cacao scented dirt

Mmm, cacao scented dirt

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.