“ Brand: Amie / Type: Face Mask / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
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Well I have been sitting here feeling absolutely rotten with man-flu, I decided it was time to clear out my bathroom cabinet to make room for all the lovely new gifts that I had got for Christmas, mainly from Lush of course, but besides those, I had a few more that I needed to find a home for. Whenever I undertake a task like this, I always find something I have forgotten about and this time it comes in the form of a Facemask from Amie.
Amie is the French Word for a friend and the skincare company of a woman named Fiona Parkhouse who used to work for Estee Lauder. She had an idea about making skincare products for her daughter and says the reason she decided to do this was because she wanted something that would "respect her still child-perfect skin but deal with the changes that puberty was starting to bring, such as increased oiliness and breakouts. But I didn't want her using harsh, aggressive chemicals or medicated products. I wanted a natural range that would be gentle yet effective, appealing and affordable". Not only that, but every product within the Amie range are suitable for vegetarians and vegans because there are:
No sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate
No ingredients of Genetically Modified Origin
No animal testing
No animal ingredients
All products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans
So with that in mind, the company was borne and with it a vast range of skincare items from masks, facial washes, moisturises, cleansers, exfoliators and many more.
I came across the facemask when it was put into one of my monthly beauty boxes that I subscribe too. It comes in the form a 15ml sachet which retail at £1.50 for three and you can purchase them either online via the Amie website or via places like Boots, Tesco, John Lewis and Waitrose.
The Sachet itself is a bright white colour and it features the name of the company 'Amie' in pastel green lettering and it then tells you that this mask is "For clearer, 'deeply cleansed' skin" and that it is a Cooling Clay mask. Also featuring on the sachet is the list of ingredients and further information about the mask which you can read online before you purchase them and more importantly it promises too "effortlessly absorb excess oil, dirt, toxins, and other impurities without removing the skin's natural oils, while simultaneously exfoliating and improving circulation".
Before using any facial mask, I was recently told to ensure that your face was as clean as possible for putting it on, so exfoliate and clean your skin prior to using this mask and then, either settled in your nice steaming hot bath (as I was) or just before you get into the shower and so on... tear the sachet open, which again you need to have dry hands for, though it does tear quite easily and then inside there is a pastel green coloured clay mask which smells of Peppermint and Lime, a citrusy smell too which is a really refreshing smell, I immediately liked it.
When it comes to applying to your skin, you simply liberally apply it over your face, avoiding the eyes and then sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes and as an extra treat, especially if like me, you were feeling rotten, get some slices of cucumber and rest them over your eyes too. The first thing I noticed when I added this to my skin was how instantly cooling it was and how lovely that feeling was. Once your allotted time is up, you simply use some warm water and a clean flannel, cloth or whatever it is you use to wipe your face and remove it. Once you have done that you can see how lovely and clean you face now looks.
So what's in it? French white Clay is one of the main ingredients is used to absorb the excess oil and other impurities previously mentioned that make your skin look and feel all yucky and it also acts as an exfoliant to remove dry and dead skin cells. Then comes Lime Butter which helps to tone your skin and shrink your pores as well as softening and soothing your skin. Peppermint comes next and it instantly refreshes and cools the skin and also soothes your skin leaving you with a glowing complexion. The final ingredient to mention is natural zinc oxide which acts as an antibacterial on the skin helping to clear it of toxins, dirt and impurities.
I often suffer with an oily T-zone, which is when the nose, cheeks and forehead look all shiny due to excess sebum and around my nose, I can often see my pores being clogged up, partly the reason why I love to use facial steaming products to clear them out. After using this mask, the one notable difference was the lack of clogged pores and no shiny face! I had infact been left with lovely soft, smooth skin which also smelt lovely, a mere miracle given I had have this man flu for 5 days now and my nose was bright red and my skin feeling really horrid and dry.
I was really quite impressed with this mask, more so because it was something I had forgotten about and if I choose to buy it again, I am not going to have to avoid calls from my bank manager because it costs a lot of money.