If any of you are avid readers of my blog you’ll know that I have combination-oily skin that can be problematic in the T-Zone area. Whilst I don’t have blackheads anymore due to using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid (twice daily) I still suffer from the very rare breakout on my forehead and whiteheads around my nose.
To treat this issue I knew I had to invest in a good clay mask. Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin revealing fresh, clarified skin. Usually, I find it difficult to get the balance right in a clay mask between it being too stringent and not strong enough and have tried numerous ones from the drug store I decided to buy the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask which costs £20.00 for a 100ml tube.
Taken from the Clinique website “Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask. Soothing natural clay-based mask helps heal blemishes, prevent breakouts and keep skin shine-free. Medicated formula goes deep to clean and unclog pores, rid skin of excess oil. In just 5 minutes, skin looks clearer, smoother, less blemish-troubled. Gentle, non-drying formula won’t irritate skin. Oil free.”
The base of this mask is kaolin. Kaolin is a clay that is used commonly in skincare due to it’s absorbency properties. The formula also contains 1% Salycylic acid which is an especially good ingredient for anyone that suffers from spots. There is no fragrance and oil in this formula making it suitable for sensitive skin. I use less than a 10p amount of the white clay mask on my T-Zone as this is the problematic area on my face. I’m an impatient person so I love that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes to dry and do its job. The mask is easy to rinse off and leaves my skin deeply cleansed and balanced.
I’ve been using this two or three times a week on my T-zone for more than a month now and my whiteheads have reduced by around 90% and my spots have completely disappeared. I haven’t had a breakout once since using this product. I would recommend giving this mask a try if you have clogged pores around your nose and nothing else has worked for you. I’m so happy that I’ve finally found the perfect clay mask for my skin and I can see this product slowly becoming a holy grail for me. Jay x
It’s my birthday in two weeks and I’m preparing my skin in advanced as I do not want to breakout prior to the date. In preparation I traded in 5 empty Lush pots to get my free face mask. I chose Cosmetic Warrior as it is meant to soothe and calm the skin as well as deep cleanse the pores from everyday cosmetics.
Taken from the Lush website: https://www.lush.co.uk/products/cosmetic-warrior
“A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.”
This mask has some great ingredients in it, kaolin is a clay that attracts impurities in the skin. Eggs, grapes, tea tree and garlic have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, and honey is great for anti-septic purposes as well as being deeply moisturising..
This mask has a really smooth silky texture with small pieces in it, I think what gives it that texture is probably the grapes. I do have to point out that the smell of this mask isn’t the most pleasant, it smells a bit like a tangy salad dressing, despite the added perfume, so that may be something you want to keep in mind before purchasing it. After 15 minutes I washed off the face mask and noticed my skins redness had reduced, was softer, moisturised and cleansed.
I’ve used this mask three times now and I believe it’s kept any inflammation down and prevented breakouts. I would recommend this to anyone with spot-prone skin of all skin types. It may not be suitable for sensitive skin as it does contain perfume.
My T-Zone becomes extremely oily and congested and as a result I get a lot of blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. I first saw this product on WishTrend TV’s Youtube channel and decided to test it for myself.
SKINMISO Pore Beauty Nose Pack is a 2 or 3-Step blackhead removal system.
Step one is a blackhead and whitehead removal mask. Unlike traditional nose pore strips this mask is soft and is infused with the product, it is applied to the nose and left for 10 minutes. It doesn’t dry hard therefore it isn’t painful to take off.
When you remove the mask all you blackhead and whiteheads come to the surface of your nose. At this stage you can use a cotton swab or a blackhead extracting tool (I bought mine from The Body Shop pictured below) to literally scrape away the sebum and blackheads on the surface of your nose. Now I’m not going to lie this stage was kind of gross but it was really cool to literally see all the gunk being lifted out of my pores.
After extraction, apply the step 2 mask which is used to contract the pores on the nose. Leave this for 10 minutes and rub in any remaining essence.
Step 3 is an optional essence which is used to control sebum and shine. I’m pretty sure that this product is just a primer because it is exactly like the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser.
I’m not sure my camera does this product justice but this is the best method I have used so far to clear the blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. The only down side is that the product costs a lot ($19 for 10 weeks worth) which doesn’t make it a weekly nose routine but more of a monthly one.
So I popped into Lush last weekend to exchange my 5 empties to receive a free face mask. I decided to try one that I haven’t tried before called The Sacred Truth. The Sacred Truth is intended to brighten dull, dry, tired looking skin.
Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.
The mask has a really earthy plant like smell, I think the ginseng is quite pungent, but it’s nice nevertheless. Straight out of the fridge this mask feels extremely cooling after a long hot shower. It has a really smooth texture and is light green in colour. After 15 minutes the mask dries completely and is ready to wash off with warm water.
Immediately after washing this mask off I noticed that my skin was much brighter and hydrated. Also the next morning my skin was really plump! The papaya and ginseng gets rid of the skin cells in a gentle way to reveal softer, brighter skin and the shea butter and essential oils gives the skin some much needed hydration. There is also green tea powder in the mask which is a great anti-oxidant. Because this mask is so nourishing you could even use it twice a week as it has great anti-ageing properties.
I’m loving this mask so far and I am going to repurchase soon. It is hydrating and brightening so I would recommend to anyone with dry, dull or mature skin, however I would not recommend to anyone with acne-prone skin as the oils could trigger a break-out.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask used to intensively adsorb sebum and purify pores. This pure and rare ingredient formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions in Jeju Island adsorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores.
Innisfree are known as quite a green company so the box that this mask comes in is 100% recycled. The pot itself is plastic. Overall the packaging feels very earthy which stays in line with the InnisFree brand. I have to say that this 100ml pot is tiny and for £12.90 it makes it quite an expensive face mask. Also the fact that it isn’t in a tube makes it less hygienic.
After cleansing and toning, smooth the mask on the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. The texture of this mask is so wonderful. It spread like chocolate spread but is very mousse- y so apply this with a make-up brush in order to avoid dipping your fingers in the pot. The mask itself in a light beige colour and feels really nice on the skin. After 15 minutes the mask will dry hard and can be rinsed off with warm water.
If you follow my posts you’ll know that I have an extremely oily T-zone and clogged pores around my nose which leads to whiteheads around that area, so I need a mask that completely sucks all the oil out of my pores. This mask left my skin feeling very clean and balanced but I didn’t see a significant improvement in the whiteheads and clogged pores around my nose. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve got oily skin like mine.
This was a nice clay mask to use but it doesn’t do the job for my oily skin, I much prefer my favourite mask from Lush, furthermore the price means that I won’t be repurchasing it for now. If however you’ve got dry or sensitive skin this may work for you as it is extremely gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation by stripping oils from the skin.
Berristure by Sua Young is a refreshing and lightweight gel type cream that instantly hydrates and steadily releases moisture, leaving skin refreshed and rejuvenated throughout the day. The gel contains black collagen capsule which looks like strawberry seed, grape seed oil and gelatine to provide antioxidant protection. This cream is Ideal for all skin types and contains eight different berry extracts to promote skin elasticity and reduce skin irritation. It can be used as a facial cream or a wash off pack.
First I have to say the packaging of this product is gorgeous, the pot is made of a matt plastic white top and frosted pink plastic bottom. It comes with a spatula which is great because you don’t have to dip your fingers in.
The consistency of the cream is a cooling light-weight gel and it has little collagen capsules which burst and absorb immediately into the skin. It has a light strawberry fragrance which isn’t too overpowering.
I used this at the last stage of my skin care routine at night. After two layers of this gel I didn’t feel like my skin was moisturised enough and after about 5 minutes my skin began to feel quite tight, the next morning my skin felt soft, but still a little dry. I then used this as a wash off pack. I layered the product over clean skin and let it dry for 20 mins. After I washed it off my skin felt soft and some of the redness had disappeared.
Having tested this product I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy it. It was a nice product to use because it caused some skin tightening and it hasn’t caused any irritation. It performs well as a wash off pack but I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives you could use. I wouldn’t use it as a day cream as it has no SPF and it isn’t moisturising enough as a night cream.
Mask Of Magnaminty is a multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients to clean, calm and clear the skin. The self-preserving mask is different to the regular mask because it does not contain any parabens.
Easily smoothed over the skin anywhere you like, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish, antibacterial honey, and peppermint oil to stimulate the blood cells just under the surface of your skin to leave it looking bright and refreshed.
Mask of Magnaminty is supposed to calm, cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The texture of this mask is grainy and cooling but the best thing about it, in my opinion, is the smell. The mask has a lovely peppermint and vanilla fragrance that makes you almost want to lick it!
After 15 minutes the mask dries, add some water to use it as a scrub and rinse off. I was so surprised that not only had the mask cleansed and exfoliated my skin leaving it clean and soft, but it didn’t feel tight at all. For that reason I would recommend this product for people will combination to oily skin. It can also be used on the skin all over your body to control breakouts.
Another great thing about this mask is the long shelf life of the product. Unlike the fresh face masks from Lush, this mask has a shelf life of around 3 months and you can get between 8-12 applications depending on how thickly you apply it. Furthermore, it costs just £5.25 for a regular sized pot and £9.25 for a large one. Overall I have to say I LOVE this mask and I think it’s my personal favourite from Lush. If you have some oiliness on your skin and you want to cleanse it without drying it out, then this mask is for you.
I’m a big fan of Lush Fresh Face Masks and I was excited to try out “Cupcake” as I’ve heard so many good reviews about it. Fresh Face Masks from Lush are made in store, they have to be stored in the fridge and have a short shelf life of around 3 weeks.
Cupcake is aimed at deep cleansing teenage skin, oily skin or problematic/acne prone skin. Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent, works with cocoa powder to draw out all the dirt and impurities and give a deep cleanse. Fresh mint stimulates and tones the skin, whilst linseed and cocoa butter soften and moisturise. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. When I first opened the pot the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smells just like chocolate cupcake mix and there’s a strong hint of sandalwood. The texture of the mask is smooth and a little grainy (guessing this is the Rhassoul mud).
After 15 minutes I washed this mask off and it stained the bowl in my sink and the wall and the floor, so I’d recommend washing it off in the shower! My skin felt very clean, the pores on my nose had shrunk, the oiliness in my skin reduced. However after I dried my face I noticed some redness on my cheeks and a tight feeling in my skin. I moisturised and these symptoms completely disappeared overnight.
Overall I quite liked this product but I’m not sure I would buy it again. It really sucks all the sebum and grime out of your pores but it did leave me with some immediate skin irritation. I have an oily T-zone and this mask made my skin feel dry and tight. If you have dry skin then this mask isn’t going to be for you, but if you have really oily skin then I wholly recommend purchasing this.
My biggest qualm about any of the Lush Fresh Face masks is the three week shelf life of the product, it costs £6.25 for a mask and you get around six uses per pot so I always end up wasting product.