I’ve got oily/combination skin, and I’m in my early fifties, so I was looking forward to seeing what the Astara Mini Microderm at Home ($39), a two-step mask, would do for me. I used the mask every other day for a month. The product packaging claims it has “botanical detoxifying, antibacterial, and healing agents” and is ideal for acne or oily skin (which I’ve definitely got). Also, the product name contains the word “Microderm,” which makes me think of microdermabrasion, which is a pretty intense treatment. Could this cute little purple mask and scrub produce such drastic results?
The first step was to wash my face and then apply the Violet Flame Enzyme Mask ($34/1.3 oz). This light purple mask had a pleasant, clean clay mineral smell, was very easy to apply and dried quickly. Once the Violet Flame Mask dried, I then massaged about a dime-size amount of the Daily Refining Scrub ($19/2oz) over the mask as instructed. The scrub was very light and smooth feeling, not abrasive at all. Made from a mixture of diatomaceous earth and plant extracts, it is a mild scrub. The packaging encourages daily use, but I only used the scrub in conjunction with the mask. Once the scrub fully moistened the mask, I would apply a warm towel for ten seconds to let it all sink in and then splash everything clean. The whole process took less than 10 minutes.
Once my face was clean, it would feel completely stripped of oil, just like any clay mask would do. The advertising claims that “fine lines will be smoothed and your skin’s ability to absorb nutrients will be improved.” I didn’t notice any difference in my fine lines, but my skin did feel velvety smooth and touchable following the treatment. Did it cause any improvement in my acne breakouts? Not really. Was it in the league of microdermabrasion in terms of results? No way! But it’s a perfectly lovely mask/scrub treatment that doesn’t take a lot of time to do if you want to indulge in a mild, non-abrasive luxury at home. Though, it’s a bit pricey in my opinion (retail $39 for two ounces of scrub and 1.3 oz. of the mask).