31 October, 2014 Face Mask Friday #11
Another long week has ended, and to celebrate, my boyfriend and I headed to Bring Your Own Cocktail (BYOC) in Camden last night. Needless to say I’m feeling a little worse for wear, and need something to quickly perk my skin up and get it back to normal.
The Origins Clear Improvement Clay Mask is perfect when you’re feeling, groggy, dehydrated and (very) hungover, and it’s the perfect remedy for the morning after the night before. I’m a huge fan of masks that purge and clarify the skin, and anything containing clay seems to work wonders for me. This mask is no exception!
I purchased this in a gift set from Sephora (read my review here), and am so impressed with the value of the collection – the price of this deluxe travel size mask is £15 in the UK, and the set worked out to be £18 when converted from dollars to sterling. Origins masks are known their efficacy and quality ingredients, so the fact that it was at such a reduced price made it even more of a brilliant deal.
The mask’s ingredients are what you would expect: charcoal powder, glycerin, and bentonite clay, as well as myrtle extract for it’s antibacterial and astringent properties. To use this mask, I’ve been massaging it onto dry skin and leaving for 10-15 minutes on my t-zone and cheeks, and then massaging it off using a warm muslin cloth. It doesn’t come off easily, so maybe use a cloth you wouldn’t mind chucking out after! I did notice a little redness on my cheeks and nose when removing the mask, but it calmed down after five minutes or so. My skin definitely looked brighter and healthier, and the hangover-induced dullness had disappeared. I noticed a small reduction in the number and size of blackheads, and it worked to remove excess oil really well.
I see this mask as a brilliant cure for dull, lifeless skin, as well as a brilliant topical treatment for excess oil and shine. Whilst it didn’t drastically reduce the size and amount of blackheads, it did affect them, so I can imagine over time it would help to combat them more and more.
Overall I’m pleased with the mask and will definitely be keeping it in my routine, and for a deluxe size this bottle will last me for ages! You can buy the original size here for £23, and the deluxe travel size included in the Beauty Unmasked set here, all for $29.
What do you think of the Origins Clear Improvement Clay Mask? Leave your comments, questions and suggestions below!
Have a fabulous weekend!