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Garnier ‘Self-Heating Sauna Mask’ Review

Hello and Welcome!

Today I added a poll to my Instagram story asking whether to review the Soap and Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Pencil, or the Garnier Self-Heating Sauna Mask. It was a really close vote, but the Garnier mask just won out! If you’ve come here from my Instagram and are disappointed that this review is not on the Soap and Glory brow pencil, don’t worry I will review it later this week for you! If you aren’t following me on Instagram then you can do so here, I do plan on having other polls in the future!

This is the product that I will be reviewing today:

  • Garnier Self-Heating Sauna Mask 2 x 6ml – £0.90

Now I actually picked this up in my local Poundland (which has actually been 90p for the last year as a Poundworld opened nearby). The concept of a self-heating mask is new to me, and I’ve never tried a product like this, so I was very interested in trying it out, especially as it was only 90p, and you get two in a pack. On the Superdrug website, the price of this mask is £1.29 so it’s super affordable, even if you don’t find it in a Poundland near you.

This review is going to be a little different as both my boyfriend and I tried this mask at the same time and therefore we will both be talking about it (he will have his own section discussing his experience with the mask). The product is marketed towards oily skin and says that it’s good for ‘if you have oily skin prone to imperfections and are looking for a deep cleansing mask to target shine, blocked pores and imperfections’. Now I have dry skin (but still have clogged pores, imperfections, and shine), therefore this mask isn’t technically for me, despite me having some of the issues it claims it will treat. The reason why my boyfriend will also be reviewing the mask is because he has combination skin, and therefore is the target user of the mask.

What does it claim to do?


On the back of the packaging it claims the following: ‘The formula self heats on contact with the skin, which helps to open pores removing impurities and excess sebum which can lead to blocked pores. Formulated with white clay and zinc, it purifies, tightens pores and refines the texture of your skin’.

There is also a section which is titled ‘clinically proven’ which states: ‘Your skin feels deeply cleansed, looks shine free and pores appear unclogged. Skin feels purified for up to 7 days’. There is an asterisk after this statement which leads to a note that reads ‘clinical test, 30 participants, 1 application per week’.

Whilst I do think that the description sounds good, and the claims that it has are positive, I am always put off by ‘clinically proven’ statistics or comments which don’t have a large sample size. Personally, 30 participants isn’t enough for me to fully accept the claims, especially as they don’t disclose the percentage of those 30 individuals who actually felt those effects. It’s just my personal feelings, I’m just very skeptical and questioning. The only way to truly tell if it will work for me is for me to try it myself, I just am not swayed by ‘clinically proven’ results with small sample sizes.

How do you use it?

On the back of the packet, the following passage details the instructions for use:

‘Apply the mask to wet skin, massaging gently to start the self-heating action. Concentrate particularly on the T zone (forehead, nose and chin). Leave for 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.’

When I first started applying this to my boyfriends face, I have to admit that I did do it wrong. I assumed that this would be applied as a normal mask, and therefore began applying it straight to his face. After one small swipe I realised that it wasn’t gliding on as masks usually do, which is when I read that you have to apply it to wet skin. I’ve definitely learnt my lesson not to assume I know how to apply something without reading the instructions!

The mask itself looks a bit like toothpaste (see photo above of it applied), and it smells like cucumbers which I wasn’t expecting. Overall I think the application was easy, once I’d worked out that the instructions stated to apply on wet skin, the mask glided on and it smelt really refreshing.

Did it work? – Charlotte

I think the one thing you want to know is was is self-heating? The only answer that I can give is kind of. I can’t deny that the mask did heat, and was self-heating (after all it did heat by itself). However, I was a bit disappointed with the temperature that it got to. It only really heated to a lukewarm temperature, and didn’t heat beyond that point. I think the name of the product ‘Self-Heating Sauna Mask’ made me think that the mask would feel a lot hotter than it did. For me, the self-heating part of the experience was a bit anti-climatic.

It was also an absolute pain to take off. Once water was added the mask became liquidy and took a very long time to remove, and was running everywhere.

The final result, once the mask was removed however was relatively positive. It definitely drew out some impurities from my skin, and made my pores less visible. The mask did leave my skin feeling very dry, and it took two applications of moisturiser to make my skin feel normal again. However this was to be expected, as the mask isn’t for my skin type. Overall, I did enjoy it, I just wouldn’t use it all over my face again and instead would multi-mask and focus the product only on my nose, and chin, and add a different mask to the rest of my face.

Did it work? – Aaron

My experience of health and skincare products is minimal therefore, I find myself permanently full of (an almost gullible) optimism. Every time that Charlotte hands me a new product to try, whether that be a nose-strip or a face mask or anything else, I’m always inclined to believe that it will do exactly as the product claims it will. So, when Charlotte handed me the Garnier mask, I was instantly prepared to feel my face heat up like a hand warmer. However, it was only after washing the mask from my face that I began to feel a heat building – though I realised that this was probably because I had been scrubbing my face in an attempt to remove the mask.

I would describe my skin type as combination; there are oily parts here and dry parts there and little spaces of both in between. Prior to using the mask, I felt around my face to try and detect some of the zones that I had hoped the mask would change; my T-zone was fairly oily, the top part of my forehead was dry, and my cheeks were dry. Once the mask had been removed my skin was, generally, smoother than it had been before and it had removed some oiliness from my face – mostly in and around my nose (excluding the corners of my nostrils!). It felt to me that the part of my forehead that was oily before was dry now, and in the sense that it had simply sent my skin to the other side of the scale rather than neutralizing the oiliness that was there before.

Overall, I wouldn’t dismiss the product; it made my skin smoother, it removed a fair amount of oiliness from my skin and, for 90p, you can’t really complain about that. However, I feel disappointed with the results; it didn’t heat my face in the way that I had hoped and it changed my combination skin, making different parts oily and dry which weren’t before. Considering that I’m fortunate enough to never buy these products, I wouldn’t complain about using one again in the future. However, if ever the situation arose where I found myself in a drugstore and was looking for a mask, this wouldn’t be the one I would choose.

Final thoughts

As you can see, we both had similar experiences with the mask. Additionally, we both found the lack of heat to be disappointing. I think that the product does work, but it doesn’t work as well as I would have thought from the initial claims. I find it interesting that Aaron had a very similar experience to me, despite having a different skin type. The directions do say to ‘concentrate on the T-zone’ but, I don’t think these instructions are clear enough about whether the product should only be applied to the T-zone or elsewhere on the face too, which is why we applied it all over. Overall, I would recommend using this product only on any oily areas or places where you have imperfections, and not over your entire face.

This brings us to the end of this review, thank you so much for reading, I really hope that you enjoyed it (and me featuring my boyfriend’s comments)! If you did, then I would really appreciate it if you would give it a quick like. Additionally, if you think that my blog is something that you might enjoy reading in the future, then be sure to follow me to keep up to date with when I’m posting – I write reviews at least twice a week!


Charlotte (Multibendystraw)


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Check out my previous posts!

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