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What is it about fizz that gets us all fired up? From the childhood memory of sherbet sizzling on your tongue to the celebratory pop of Champagne, our obsession with bubbles runs deep. Ever felt like an ice-cold can of soda on a balmy day? You’re not alone. Turns out, our brains perceive carbonated drinks to be more refreshing than their still counterparts, and, if you ask us, the same goes for cleansers.
Take Dermalogica’s Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask. This deeply purifying mask froths up on the surface, penetrating your pores and removing impurities, the same way soda water magically gets sriracha out of your white T-shirt. It’s also got heavy hitters salicylic and oleanic acids to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. By Terry’s Detoxilyn City Mask, on the other hand, helps you fizz away the stress of the day with its antioxidant-rich, oxygen-infused formula that works to counteract the effects of stress (hello, inbox), pollution (thank you, peak hour). It also refreshes and revitalises your complexion (deep sigh of relief: “ahhh”).
Remember that ice-cold can feeling? Kate Somerville’s Tight’N Cryogenic has a unique cold delivery system that releases an icy crackling gel onto the skin. This one is more akin to whipped cream from a can than sparkling water. It feels incredible on and imparts instant tightening and firming benefits—as though you’ve frozen time itself. Pop the Champagne, on that one.
Your scalp can get in on the seething action too. Bumble and bumble’s Scalp Detox is a pre-shampoo treatment that foams and tingles on the skin, dissolving excess oil and product build-up (looking at you, dry shampoo), with ingredients like micellar water, panthenol and salicylic acid in every lovely bubble.
Meanwhile, GlamGlow has secured its place as the fizz whiz among mask-selfie takers with not one but two effervescent offerings. The first, Bubblesheet goes on like a regular charcoal sheet mask, but in seconds begins transforming you into some sort of human cloud with a three-dimensional veil of detoxifying and brightening bubbles—no Snapchat filter required. Their other oddly-satisfying mask, Instamud 60-Second Pore Refining Treatment, goes on like an ultra-violet clay and starts to bubble on your skin like pancake batter when it’s ready to flip, refining pores, invigorating the skin and making for a great selfie opportunity.
Scroll through to see what other skin care finds we’re frothing over.
Words by Romy ErdosAugust 2018
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