13 September 2015

Sunday Evening Cleanse | Clay Masks

Clay Masks

When it comes to Sunday evenings I have found that I have fallen into somewhat of a ritual of preparing for the week ahead. I fill out my diary for any upcoming appointments, make one too many lists of the things I will at least try and complete and of course treat myself to a pamper before work rolls around Monday morning.

It is a given that each Sunday I will use a clay mask of some description. Once I have cleansed I will then pop on my choice of mask, sit back and either read or take part in the beauty blogger chat at 8pm; yes I am most likely tweeting away with my face mask on looking rather scary! Since I have being writing about beauty on here I have in that time tried my fair share of clay masks, some more expensive than others. From my skincare stash I have picked out five of the clay masks that I currently have on rotation in order to share with you my thoughts on them.

This was a mask which for the longest time had been one that I had wanted to try. It has an incredibly smooth texture and dries quickly once applied and does, in my opinion a rather good job at cleansing the skin and leaving pores appearing smaller. After around ten minutes give or take I simply use a hot flannel to remove this whereby my skin is left looking clearer and feeling really smooth. Had I not tried other masks before this then I think I would have been shouting about this from the roof tops about it, however I have certainly tried masks which have provided me with just as good results for less than half the price. What I will say on this mask in particular is that it is very comfortable to use. As you are probably aware some clay masks can be very tight on the skin whereas this one feels nice and light; I do think there is a lot to be said for this as nobody wants their skin to be feeling tight. 

Back in February I was provided with a selection of products from the Herbalife Skin range which was a brand that until then I had never heard of. Out of those products sent to me there was one in particular which stood out to me more than the others, that being the Skin Purifying Mint Clay Mask. First and foremost this is a mint green mask upon application which made it more unique in comparison to so many others that I have tried in the past. It does have quite a strong rosemary scent to it which I think is almost on the verge of being a little too strong for my personal taste. Having said that I do my very best to look past this factor because the actual product itself is actually pretty good, hence me featuring it today. Unlike the previous mask I find the texture of this one to be much thicker however I do find that it dries just as quickly. Again, as I do with all of my clay masks I simply use a hot flannel to remove it where afterwards my skin feels nice and clean and ready for the next step in my routine.

Amie skincare is for me a lovely little gem on the high street and deserves a little more recognition than it gets. This white clay mask is lightly scented with peppermint which provides a lovely cooling sensation to the skin; in fact this is a really nice clay mask for use during the summer, particularly on those humid evenings. Free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil and animal extracts this is a clay mask that I would happily purchase for myself in the future. 

Aesop Skincare for me ticks all the boxes when it comes down to presentation. From the ascetically appealing design to the beautifully presented packaging in brown glass jars I think we can all certainly agree that this is a luxury skincare brand that we would all like to try a piece of. One of their most discussed skincare products within the beauty blogging community has to be the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Mask which boasts purified clay to draw out impurities as well as Rosehip and Parsley Seed extracts to provide anti-oxidants to brighten up the skin. Whilst there is no denying that this mask is a little on the pricey side I must admit that I have found myself struggling to find anything else to fault with it. At the moment I save this for days when I want to go all out because of the price, it is simply not a product that I wish to use all of the time as I am not quite ready to repurchase it any time soon. However despite the price it really is a lovely mask to use as it is gentle on my skin, it is purifying yet not drying, in fact it is quite the opposite as out of all the masks featured here today I would definitely say that this is the most hydrating out of all of them. 

It wasn't too long ago when I first featured this mask whereby it only felt right that I should feature this within today's post too. Out of all five masks today this is the most affordable by far as coming in at under £2 I really do think that this is a complete bargain. Whilst this product is not free from parabens I do think that if this is something that you are not overly concerned about then it may be worth checking out. 

In all honesty in my experience so far I do believe that most clay masks tend to give me the same results. It does not matter if they have cost me £1 or £25 as I on a whole have tended to have very similar experiences which have often left me questioning whether it is worth spending more on this particular skincare item. Nevertheless I am a beauty blogger after all; therefore curiosity will always get the better of me when it comes to skincare. I am quite certain I will be back with more clay masks in the future to mention, although for now I have five very good ones to carry on using.

What are your favourite clay masks?


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