I’m From Fig Scrub Mask is a gentle exfoliating mask made of fig powder and black sugar. As a scrub, it promises to remove dead skin cells and other impurities; as a boosting mask, it claims to prep the skin for the rest of your skincare routine. Does it deliver on both?
This time they’re tapping into the power of figs.
I first reviewed their fig cleansing balm, which is made of 7.8% fig oil water.
Their fig scrub mask, on the other hand, is made of fig powder. Rich in proteolytic enzyme, it effectively removes dead skin cells for smoother, brighter skin. Let’s see if the hype is real.
What is a facial scrub mask?
There are different kinds of facial masks. For example: clay masks are the ones that harden on your face and sheet masks are thin pieces of paper, fibre or gel saturated with a specific ingredient.
Facial scrub masks, on the other hand, are exfoliating masks. First you gently rub a small amount on your skin, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. They’re known for removing dead skin cells and other impurities in your pores while giving your skin a bright, healthy glow after.
Benefits of fig and black sugar in skincare
I’m From’s Fig Scrub Mask uses fig powder and black sugar.
This 2-in-1 combo is a skincare powerhouse because black sugar has a great reputation for being a gentle but effective exfoliator. And because of its natural humectant properties, it will leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
- Source of great antioxidants
- Enhances skin’s hydration (prevents water loss)
- Fades dark spots
- Improves skin tone
- Calms skin’s redness
Specifically, this scrub mask promises to:
- Melt away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal fresh, clean and moisturized skin
- Prep the skin so it can absorb the other nutrients from the rest of your skincare routine
I’m From Fig Scrub Mask ingredients
In addition to fig powder and black sugar, this product is also made with:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate , Stearalkonium Hectorite, C13-15 Alkane, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Powder, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Fragrance(Parfum), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel
Other things to know
Here are a few additional information about I’m From Fig Scrub Mask.
- Packaging. The scrub comes in a small glass jar. I don’t like skincare products in glass bottles that look and feel so delicate because you just know they will shatter if you drop them. Not this one. This jar feels sturdy and heavy and well made. You just know it will survive a fall (but I don’t recommend you try on purpose lol).
- Fragrance. As its name suggests, this fig scrub mask smells sweet and very fruity. And the smell sticks around for a while.
- Texture and Consistency. The product is thick and dense out of the jar but once you spread it on your skin, you will immediately feel the superfine sugar granules at work.
- Exfoliant Properties. Remember that this scrub is an exfoliant. This means it’s not meant to be used everyday, or with your other exfoliating products like AHA and BHA. You don’t want to over-exfoliate.
How I use my fig scrub mask
I’m From suggests using this product at the beginning of your skincare routine. Some people say before cleansing, some say after, some say in between first and second cleanse.
I’ve decided to treat it how I would chemical exfoliation and apply it after cleansing, before essences.
Using my clean fingers, I scoop a small amount of product (about the size of my thumb) and very gently spread and rub all over my dry face. The product does come with a spatula but I already lost mine (it happens!).
I tend to be heavy-handed when it comes to facial scrubs, which is why I prefer chemical exfoliants like AHA and BHA, so I’m conscious about how I rub the product on my skin.
I do try to get into every nook and cranny like the sides of my nose where dead skin cells might be hiding. I then leave the scrub on my face for 5 minutes. You can leave it on for as long as 15 minutes, but since I have sensitive skin I prefer not to push it.
Then I rinse with lukewarm water.
What I like about I’m From Fig Scrub Mask
Like the fig cleansing balm, this fig scrub mask makes my skin feel awesome.
- Gentle and No Irritation. I have sensitive skin so I try and stay away from facial scrubs but I have had no bad reactions to using this product so far.
- Clean and Refreshing. On the contrary, my face feels super soft, smooth and radiant. And used with the fig boosting essence, it was very, very nice.
- Spreadability. A little goes a long way too so a jar of this scrub will last several months.
What I don’t like about it
My nitpicks about this product are similar to the balm too:
- Fragrance. I find the fragrance super strong. Not only while applying the scrub to my face but even after I’ve rinsed it off. I can smell it long after I’m done with my regimen too, after I’ve applied other skincare products. I do prefer fragrance-free products and I’m really sensitive to smells so this really bothered me but it’s definitely going to be a plus to others. It’s not a bad smell. In fact it’s quite nice. It was just too strong for me.
- Oily Residue. It takes a while to rinse the scrub off my face. I feel a slightly oily — almost slimy — residue on my face that takes a little bit of time to rinse off completely. I’m not sure if that’s normal? My face feels lovely after though so maybe it’s part of the mask’s moisturizing effect.
Important FAQs about fig scrub mask
Is it good for sensitive skin?
In general, people with sensitive skin should opt for chemical exfoliation because they are known to be gentler on the skin. Scrubs, especially if you rub them too hard, can be abrasive and cause micro-tears on the skin.
On the other hand, physical exfoliants like facial scrubs give you full control over how you use them. So you can lighten up your touch if needed.
That said, I have sensitive skin and I’ve had no bad reactions to this scrub and really like the way my face feels after.
How often should I use a facial scrub?
Experts agree that we should exfoliate regularly. How often depends largely on what kind of exfoliators we use and how our skin feels and reacts to them.
For chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA, it’s always a good idea to start slow and gradually ramp it up. For example, from 1x a week, I now I exfoliate 3x a week, rotating between lactic acid and glycolic acid.
We don’t need to use physical or manual exfoliators like this fig scrub as often though. Once a week or once every 2 weeks is enough. See what works best for your skin.
How long should you leave on this scrub mask before rinsing?
After I’ve massaged the scrub on my face, I leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. But you can leave it on for up to 15 minutes, depending on how your skin feels that day or how much it can tolerate.
Can I use this as a body scrub?
Absolutely! I tried using this product as a body scrub in the shower and it worked well.
Not better or worse than other body scrubs though. So although you can use it as a body scrub, I personally would just use it on my face. It’s a small jar and you need lots to scrub your body with it!
Do I need to use the whole fig line or can I use this product with other brands?
While the fig skincare line (I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm and I’m From Fig Boosting Essence) was developed to work together to help us achieve clear skin, you can use each product on its own and can still expect:
- A delivery of antioxidants
- A hydrating finish
- The removal of dead skin cells, and
- Enhanced skin texture
You can also use it with other skincare brands; just make sure to watch out for interactions between active ingredients.
Do I recommend I’m From Fig Scrub Mask?
In a rating scale of 1 to 5 — 5 being awesome — this product is a 4 for me. I’m taking a star for the fragrance; I really wish it was fragrance-free or at least not as strongly scented.
It’s definitely found a permanent place on my basic skincare routine though. While I will be sticking to my chemical exfoliants, I will use this scrub once every other week or whenever I feel my skin needs an extra boost.
I just love the way my skin feels after using it — soft, smooth, bright and radiant! So yes, I’d say this product definitely delivers.
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As always, remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa.
So before trying a new product, it pays to do a little bit of research first. Pay special attention to ingredients that you might have a reaction to.
And doing a patch-test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.
And practice good skincare habits always.
Happy skin experimenting!
Have you tried I’m From Fig Scrub Mask? How do you like it? Will you recommend it? Would love to hear from you in the comments section below!