19 September, 2014 Face Mask Friday #8
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this might be my last Face Mask Friday post for a while! I’ve depleted my resources of skincare treatments and the time has come to just admit that this can’t go on forever. As much as I adore my now weekly ritual of applying a face mask to educate you on the benefits of superficially smaller pores and radiant skin, I am going to wait a while before purchasing a new one. There have been a few masks on my skincare radar, but nothing has caught my eye – which is where I need your help! Please leave your recommendations in the comments below if you know of any face masks I would like, and I’m more than happy to try anything from drugstore to luxury brands, and everything in between.
You’ll be relieved to know that I saved one of the best masks for last. I read about this in a Buzzfeed article entitled ’41 Beauty Products That Really Work According to Pinterest’ from August last year (read here), and was so curious to try it I went and bought it that day. The mask is from The Body Shop, and is simply called the Warming Mineral Mask. The Body Shop are known for their comprehensive lines consisting of every body and skincare product in the same fruity, nutty or floral scent, but this mask is different in that it stands alone from the perfumed herd. Like the Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask and Soap & Glory’s The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Peel I reviewed a few weeks ago, this is a clay mask that works to withdraw and expel impurities, including blackheads – the absolute bane of my existence.
I usually apply it all over my face in light upward strokes, avoiding my eyes and lips. I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how much of a pamper I need that day, and then remove it with warm water and a muslin cloth or flannel. I always do this with masks that target blemishes and imperfections, as this adds some gentle exfoliation along with the purifying elements of the mask.
What I love about the Mineral Mask is that it’s self-heating. It doesn’t crack, harden or pull at my skin, which can often do more harm than good when treating skin for imperfections. The creamy consistency is comfortable and feels quite nourishing on the skin, and I think it would suit most skin types as it won’t dry out or irritate sensitive areas. The smell is quite clinical and minty, which is something that doesn’t really bother me, and it seems to add to the whole experience of your skin being purified and renewed.
This mask does ‘purge’ the skin slightly, which means that after I use it any blemishes lurking beneath the surface essentially come to a head, making me look like a spotty hot mess. I like to use this about 48 hours before an event I’m going to, be it a night out or an interview, so that my skin has had time to calm down and banish all that gunk and excess oil and sebum.
At £10 for 100ml I think the mask is reasonably priced, and is one of those products I always like to have in my bathroom for emergencies. You can buy it here as well as in-store.
I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions for other masks, and as always let me know what you think about this one.
Have a fabulous weekend!