“ Brand: Boots / Type: Face Mask / Product line: Boots Botanics „
I have been using this clay mask for many years now and it has become one of my favourites.
The product comes in a 120ml clear tube with a screw lid and is part of the Boots Botanic Power of Plants range. It currently retails at a very reasonable £2.49, and is often on the Boots 3 for 2 offers.
The Boots Botanics range combines a variety of plant extracts which seek to give you a balanced approach to skin care for all skin types. The mask contains Burdock which acts as an anti-oxidant and draws out skin impurities. The product is also authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The product itself is dark grey, with a green tinge, in colour and it has a fairly thick consistency. It is important to shake the mask well before attempting to squeeze out of the tube as it has a tendency to settle and then separate when not in use, as a result it comes very runny and will squirt all over the bathroom if you are not careful! The mask smell muddy, and at first slightly mouldy, but this is due to the ingredients and once applied to the face, the smell is not over powering or off putting.
I use the mask once a week and I apply it to cleansed skin and leave to dry for around 15-20 minutes. It dries quite quickly, provided that you put a fairly thin layer on. It dries a light grey shade and makes the skin feel quite tight. It rinses off easily with clean water and leaves my skin feeling soft and thoroughly cleansed. I have combination skin, that can be quite sensitive, and the product has not irritated my skin. If I become slack with my skin care routine I can definitely feel the mask working, as it does draw out impurities, which as first may cause a few pimples, but its worth preserving as the product does work well. I notice that if I use it while in the bath and then rinse it off, the water turns a bit grey and a slightly dirty residue is left behind once the bath water has drained away, this cleans off with a bit of water and has not marked or stained the bath.
Overall, I would recommend this product to others; it is well priced, works well and although it smells a bit funny, has become a staple in my bathroom cabinet.
I didn't fancy this product much, not being a big user of masks, but I was at a loss for a third item to choose in Boots' 3 for 2 offer. I'd really enjoyed the other Botanics products I'd tried, so thought I couldn't go too far wrong with this, even if I ended up using it only rarely. At £2.49, it's a very reasonable find, with or without the offer.
PACKAGING: The product comes in a 120g tube, decorated in the Botanics' simple but classy fashion. The clear squeezy plastic, unlike the old white tube in the photo, makes it easy to get the most out of the bottle and monitor how much is left. The cap is screw-on rather than a flip-top, which I'd have preferred since I'm prone to short-sighted fumbling and dropping loose caps (especially with stuff on my face) but it's not a huge deal. The label describes the mask as containing a negative electrical charge, drawing deep impurities from your skin without drying it out - no idea how that works, but it sounds good! The other main ingredient is burdock extract, a purifying anti-oxidant that helps reduce redness and irritation.
APPLICATION: The bottle needs a good shake before use. When I first shook it, I thought the product seemed runny, and was worried it would be hard to apply. Once I'd squeezed out a small amount, though, it turned out to be just right: thin enough to apply smoothly without needing to use too much, and thick enough not to run everywhere. Though a sort of dark khaki when freshly applied, within ten seconds or so it begins to dry, turning grey and hardening on the skin. It feels a bit prickly and warm, but it's not unpleasant, and has no discernable odour. Small dark speckles appear over areas with lots of pores, which I can only assume are the impurities being drawn out by the mask - the visible effectiveness is quite satisfying. It does crack a bit if you move your face too much, so avoid doing anything too mobile or hilarious. (I never can - I've got it on right now, and I just sneezed.) After ten to twenty minutes of relaxation (or chasing after nearby family members) the mask is ready to come off. I thought it would be crusty and difficult to remove, but a splash of water is all it takes to revert it to liquid, and the whole mask washes off in seconds.
QUALITY: Straight after using it I find that my face is softer and smoother, and my pesky large pores are cleaner and tighter. I'm usually too excitable and impatient to leave the mask on for the full twenty minutes, but ten is enough to get visible results. The next day my skin is still clearer and smoother, and I'm able to apply foundation without being greeted by unsightly rough skin I didn't even know was there - even problem areas like my nose are a breeze to apply makeup to. The effects are less apparent a couple of days after use, but I give my face a bit of time to recover before I use the mask again. The product doesn't specify how frequently it should be used, but I like to use it twice a week to keep my face fresh and pores clear - if you have drier, tighter skin, you'd probably only need to use it once a week.
Though I'm not really a mask person, I do love this one: it's inexpensive and functional, making it feel more practical and less decadent than other masks. One tube is lasting me well so far, but I'll be happy to purchase it again in future, and it's become a welcome part of my regime. Recommended if you want a healthy, effective mask product that isn't expensive and fancy.
I have been a fan of this product for about 5 years. The packaging has changed a little in that time but the product always been consistently good.
I use it infrequently, maybe once or twice a month, generally when I am in the bath I slap it on beforehand and then let it work its magic while I relax in the tub!
I feel like it really is drawing out impurities, unclogging my pores and leaving my face deeply cleansed. It also feels really soft afterwards too.
It's pretty messy, hence why I use it in the bath, and is not such a good look (definitely don't want to answer the door to the postman with it on!) but it really is a good product. The only thing I found it does dry up eventually, so you need to use it regularly enough so that you make use of it before it dries up and is no longer usable.
Recommend it and will continue to use it myself.
I'm a cynic when it comes to using this sort of product. Often it's all marketing and very little in delivery, but this stuff is great. After a long, cold winter, I was looking for something to bring my skin back to life. The fact that this mask uses a negative electrical charge to draw out the impurities immediately got my attention - I am a sucker for anything a little bit different but wasn't expecting the results I got.
It's easy to apply and you get to the 'lying back and thinking of England stage' very quickly. Yes, you might need to be careful with your hair line, and wash your hands after application, but as long as you use sparingly there are no problems at all.
I could almost see it working, and whilst it feels like any other clay mask - drying out and cracking, when it comes off (again very easily), you can see, and feel the change in your skin immediately.
It's good value for money, easy to apply and makes you feel great. Highly recommended.
I like to use a face mask at least once a week to give my skin a treat. I am a huge fan of Lush's fresh face masks but unfortunately my nearest Lush store is some distance away and it's not always practical to visit when my mask runs out. As such I am usually on the lookout for other offerings and on a recent trip to Boots spotted the Conditioning clay mask in the Botanics range. I don't tend to use a clay based mask too often, but it can be good from time to time to clear up any clogged pores and give the skin a really deep clean. The Conditioning clay mask comes in a clear plastic tube that is a greyish green colour due to the colour of the mask. It will set you back £4.89 for 120ml of product.
Whenever I purchase skin care products I try to look for those that aren't packed with hard to pronounce chemicals and parabens. The Botanics range claims to harness the power of plants, using active extracts in a variety of beauty products. In this case, the mask contains Burdock, which contains both antioxidant an antibacterial properties to purify the skin. The combination of these two ingredients is claimed to protect against redness and irritation. And now for the science bit ... The clay acts to draw out impurities by exhibiting a negative electrical charge to attract deep-rooted impurities from the skin without overdrying. My main concern with using clay based masks is that often I find them too drying so I was keen to see if this mask would really live up to their claim.
Before using this mask I washed my face and pat it dry with a towel. The instructions state that the tube should be shaken before use. I followed this and then squeezed a little of the mask onto the palm of my hand. I was really surprised at the consistency of this. In my experience clay masks tend to have a fairly thick consistency but this was really watery. I thought I hadn't shaked it vigourously enough so tried again but the result was the same, except that my arm now ached! Fair enough I thought and I proceeded to apply this to my skin. It was a little messy to apply due to its consistency, but at least only a small amount of mask was needed to cover the face. As I applied this I noticed that the mask had quite a subtle smell, one that I would describe as sweet and earthy and overall quite pleasant.
I left the mask to dry, which according to the instructions should take around 10-20 minutes. This is longer than most masks I've used. As the mask dried it began to change colour, becoming lighter and flakier in consistency. However I was pleased to notice that it didn't crumble and fall off. Whilst it was drying I could feel my skin tighten, which is a normal sensation, but by the end of the 20 minutes I found that this was starting to get quite uncomfortable and was looking forward to taking it off. I rinsed the mask off with warm water. It came off fairly easily but as it was not as thick as some of the masks I'm used to I found it caused more of a mess in and around my sink than other masks I've used.
Once removed I noticed how tight my skin was. Now I normally do find that my skin becomes tight when I use a clay based mask but this was much more than normal. It felt like the mask had sucked out every drop of moisture from my skin. Running my hand over my cheek, it did not feel at all soft, which was surprising as one of the main ingredients is glycerin, which usually acts to soften. I rushed off to apply some moisturiser but even this did not restore my skin to its normal self and several further applications were required over the next few hours. I have used this mask a few more times since and have had the same experience each time. However, my mum also used this mask and said that her skin felt fine afterwards so I guess it's just my skin type. On a positive note I could see that even after one application my skin was a lot clearer and the mask had clearly removed a lot of grime from my face.
Overall I have mixed feelings about the mask. It clearly worked in giving my skin a deep clean, but the tightness that came with it was a little overpowering for me and it is for this reason that I personally won't be purchasing again. However I believe this effect will vary depending on skin type so don't let that put you off giving this mask a go.
Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask is a rich clay mask containing contains Burdock which contains both antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to purify and clear the skin and clay and draws out the impurities. This clay mask exhibits a negative electric charge to attract deep-rooted impurities from the skin without over drying.
How to use
Squeeze the tube onto your fingers and spread over the whole face or desired area. I use it on the t-zone as these are the more congested areas of my face. The clay mask is quite messy but it goes on easily - you just have to wash your hands afterwards! It dries within about 10 minutes and starts to crack. I always take it off at this point by splashing water on my face and then using a flannel.
I always feel that my pores are much less visable after using this clay mask which is why I come back to it time after time and why my other face masks just sit in my cupboard unused! It also doesn't dry the skin out like a lot of masks do but makes the skin feel clean and soft.
The tube appears quite small, but the contents last a long time. As I mentioned, I really only use it on the t-zone and it lasts me at least 20 applications.
Price and availability
£4.75 for 120ml tube. However Botanics products are often on offer in Boots and I have bought this mask several times and never paid that! Botanics products including this clay mask can be found in most good Boots stores. They often reduce these items or have them in the 3 for 2 section.
Ingredients (taken from tube)
Natural Oceanic Clay, Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glyclol, Arctium Lappa, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
I think this clay mask is a really good value product. It is one of the most effective products I have used to draw out impurities and clean the skin. The only downside is the fact that it takes a while to apply, leave to dry and remove and also that it makes a mess! Great for reducing blackheads and just generally improving how the skin looks and feels. 4 out of 5 from me!
Just a quick note, the product I am reviewing is the botanics mens clay mask available from boots, which I am guessing is basically the same.
Searching on the internet one day to find solutions to my oily skin problem, a website suggested that using a clay mask helped clean the skin. The only place I found selling clay masks for men (at a reasonable price) was Boots. Going down to the store I found myself very confused. The packaging of all the Botanics range of goods are more or less the same, so it took me a good ten minutes or so to actually find it.
The cost for 75ml was £4.99, which seemed reasonable. The directions were to apply the mask evenly around the face and leave on for 10 - 20 minutes. Apart from looking like a wally for quarter of an hour and being unable to eat (shouldn't really of tried that cream cheese bagel), the experience was soothing and because of the feel of clay masks it felt like it was working. Of course, results aren't immediate. So i've been using it for a few weeks now and my forehead (the problem area) seems to have gotten better.
The tub does go down easily though, and depending on how often you use the mask, the costs may start to rack up - but still reasonable compared to other offerings. The main advantage of the product is that it has mens on the front, so you don't feel self-aware when purchasing it. I recommend for any man who has oily skin and is oh so aware of it!
As you may be able to tell by glancing through my list of reviews, I am a bit obsessed with skincare/cosmetic type products, and I do like pampering myself. I never used to bother with things like face masks, but now I've got into them, I quite like giving my skin a nice treat every now and then.
I'm quite lucky in that I don't really tend to get many spots (don't worry, I'm not smug - dry skin ages more quickly!). I do have blocked pores on my nose, chin and forehead though, but nothing I do seems to cure them, which is very frustrating. I have read recently that blocked pores on the nose and chin, when they're fairly unobtrusive, and all of a uniform size, are called 'sebaceous filaments', and are completely normal for everyone except young children and the elderly, are harmless, and that even if you manage to get rid of them, each individual one will reappear within 30 days. I am not sure whether that's absolutely true or not, but either way, I don't see anything wrong in trying to purify the skin.
I bought the Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask from Boots (it's a Boots' own brand so you won't find it anywhere else). It costs £4.39 currently. The plastic tube/bottle (it's somewhere between the two) contains 120ml. Only a small amount is required so the tube will last a long time, and after opening, it has a shelf-life of 24 months. I have been pleased with a number of Botanics purchases, including this one.
Clays are a good way of purifying the skin and drawing out impurities. If you're going to use a face mask for a deep cleanse then I think they're the best sort to use. The 'clear' peelable ones are really just a layer of plastic that you spread onto your face, as far as I can tell; not harmful, but probably unlikely to do much good!
To use the mask, first cleanse your skin. Then shake the container thoroughly in order to mix the ingredients; otherwise the product will seperate and only a thin liquid will come out. Squeeze a blob (probably around the area of a 50 pence piece) onto your hand, and spread it onto your face, avoiding the eyes and lips. Try not to get it in your hair or eyebrows. The layer of product should be around 1mm-2mm in depth, I would guess.
The mask contains Natural Oceanic Clay, Aqua, Glycerine, Butylene Glycol, Arctium Lappa and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate. The active ingredients I imagine would be the clay, whch is advertised as having a 'negative electrical charge' to draw out impurities, and the glycerine, which is often used to keep water in skin, I think; it's perhaps there so the mask isn't drying. The other ingredients are perhaps preservatives, and aren't terribly natural-sounding, but there aren't any parabens, which is often a plus for people.
The mask smells faintly clean, but not overwhelmingly of much at all, which is a good thing really. It is a darkish sludge green, but as it dries on your face it becomes a pale mintish colour. The mask should be left for 10-20 minutes, during which time the whole area will dry and become stiff. You will look quite scary with the mask on, so it's probably better to use it when nobody's around!
As it dries, the mask does develop little pinprick holes around stubbon blocked pores. If there any greasy pore areas, that will show up as a slightly darker area. The mask will flake, so avoid any facial expressions if possible. Of course, things always seem hilariously funny when you know you're not supposed to be laughing.
Removal instructions on the pack suggest using warm water, but I use facial wipes, which causes the mask to crumble and gradually come off with a bit of rubbing. Be careful, because a lot of dust will escape; it's perhaps best to put an old towel under your face. If you do use water to remove it, you'll probably end up with a dirty sink, but it will wash away fairly easily from that too. I seem to be excessively clumsy with this sort of thing though, usually preferring to use any facial washes in the shower to avoid splashing the sink area and getting wet sleeves.
After I have removed the mask, my skin feels taut but not tight, and ever so soft to the touch. The mask doesn't bring me out in spots or irritate my skin. My skin does feel both purified and soothed after using it, so I would definitely recommend it. I don't think it completely removes any causes of skin congestion, but it does improve my skin's condition. It's definitely worth 20 minutes of mild effort now and again. If I had more time I'd probably do it once a week; as it is, I use it about once a fortnight to once a month. The only drawback is the slight messiness involved in using it.
Boots Conditioning Clay Mask
**WHAT IS IT**
Boots have produced a Clay mask with plant extracts which will help clean impurities out of your skin. On the packaging it claims 'this rich day mask exhibits a negative electrical charge to attract deep-rooted impurities from the skin without over drying', It should help your skin be less greasy once you use it and help make your skin be more clearer from spots. I got this face mask to help remove blackheads so I would have less blemishes and spots.
The clay mask comes in a simple tube with a screw top. To get the mask out you will have to squeeze the tube. The tube is plastic and see-through so you can see the grey clay mask inside. As it is small it is easily stored and could be taken anywhere (for example if you wanted to go on holidays) as it is compact. It is waterproof and durable so don't worry if you drop it into water by accident.
On the front there is a white and light green label with a picture of a plant on it. The Boots logo is present at the bottom (for some reason it's sideways) and it is very small. It also tells you that it is a Face Beauty Booster Conditioning Clay Mask. On the back it is green and white with grey writing giving you details about the product.
Natural Oceanic Lay, Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Arctium Lappa, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate. I am not sure what this means but it may be useful if you are allergic to any ingredients. All I know is that plant extracts are there.
Burdock is in the clay and it will help purify and clarify your skin as it contains both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. The combination helps you to protect against irritation and redness of the skin.
The clay will draw out any impurities in your skin to make it fresher and cleaner.
It is grey and clay like however the colour will vary slightly due to natural extracts. Once it dries it will turn from dark grey to light grey. There isn't a very strong smell off the face mask but any smell is a fresh one as it does not seem to be perfumed.
The clay mask is not thick in constancy and will glide over your face. As it is a squeezable tube you can get it out exactly the amount you need and won't have to waste any of the face mask. You do not need to put the face mask on thickly, a thin layer will do fine.
Directions: - Make sure to shake the tube well before use. Then apply a small amount to cleansed skin making sure to avoid getting into your eyes. Leave the mask to dry for about 10-20 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. If you wish you can only put the face mask onto the oily areas of your skin.
I have sensitive skin and I find this product extremely good as it doesn't irritate my skin like a lot of other face masks. I found it very difficult to find any other clay masks as good which would be kind to sensitive skin.
After I have used this product my skin feels soft, fresh and clean. I only use it about once a week and never had any problems with it burning my skin. I do advise anyone who is putting it on to wear old clothes as it can be messy washing off.
It cost me around £4.30 for 120ml and it lasts me a good while so it is better than spending 99p on the cheap ones as it lasts me a lot longer so its better value. As it comes in a tube you can put the lid back on and it will stay fresh.
I would recommend that anyone use this face mask as it works well reducing the amount of blackheads and is kind to your skin. It is also dermatologically tested.
My skin seems to be on a downward spiral at the moment, so I have been searching through my hoards of beauty products trying to find something to sort it out. I found this mask, which I have used before, but had pushed to the back of a cupboard.
The face mask comes in a small, clear tube, with an olive green label. There's nothing particularly special about the packaging at all, but the natural colours are fairly pleasant, and it's quite subtle. On the back of the label there is all the usual spiel - apparently this 'indulgent clay mask draws out deep-rooted impurities while absorbing excess oil' and it has 'clarifying rosemary extract to keep pores clear and leave skin soft and smooth' Well it certainly sounds good...
The directions for use say that this should be applied to cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area, and left for 10 minutes before rinsing. It doesn't specify whether skin should be wet or dry, so I applied it to dry skin.
The clay is surprisingly easy to apply - it's not very thick, and is easily spread over the face. It is also very quick drying - by the time I started applying it to the left side of my face, the right side was already dry - this was only a matter of seconds. There doesn't seem to be any scent to this product either.
After a few minutes of being on my face it started to tingle and almost feel like it was stinging. This reminded me why it had been relegated to the back of a cupboard for so long, as I recall this happening the last time I had used it. Although mildly irritating, it didn't bother me too much so I left it on. After a few more minutes the clay becomes really dry and it made my face feel quite tight.
By the time the ten minutes is up, and it's time to wash it off, the clay had started to crack slightly. Washing it off was fairly easy, it came off with just warm water.
Immediately after using this product I couldn't see any difference in my skin, but it did feel incredible soft, and almost had a satiny feel. It also felt extremely clean. This feeling lasted for about a day, and looking at my skin a few days afterwards it did look less blotchy than before. The results weren't fantastic, but I would be happy to use this again, as all in all it did a fairly good job.
This costs £4.29 for a 50ml tube, and as it's made by botanics it can only be purchased from Boots. This does sound rather expensive, however I would estimate that you should get about 5-6 applications out of it, whereas a lot of masks come in sachets that can only be used once and cost about £1 each, so the cost really evens itself out.
For more information on this or any other product in the Boots range, please refer to www.boots.com
*Taken from a ciao review written by me.
I love this mask! I find it really hard to find any clay masks on the market any more and this is a firm favourite of mine. I tend to find myself buying it when I have a Boots skincare voucher, I bought it again recently when they had the £2.50 women's/ men's skincare voucher. It usually cost £4.50 which I think isn't an unreasonable price as it usually lasts ages. I usually use it once a week or if I spot a breakout on the horizon. My top tip is to scrub first (use Botanics men's oil control face scrub, I bought it with the men's skincare voucher, smells scrummy and has finer grains than usual scrubs, and is another totally brilliant product I've discovered!) then apply the mask. I also put on a hair mask at the same time for deep pampering, then shave while I'm waiting for it to dry.
Applying the mask: Shake the tube!!! The contents will settle, so make sure you shake it to make sure it isn't too thick. Apply a thin layer to your skin (or risk ages waiting for it to dry). Avoid having anyone make you laugh while you have it on as it will crack, your face will go tight as it dries but that's perfectly normal. Mask is dry when your face goes a pale green - about 5-10 mins. Rinse off et voila, perfectly soft skin. Stick some moisturiser on afterwards for really silky skin.
Boots Botanics range consists of just about everything you could ever think of to pamper your skin and body, and help you look and feel gorgeous. The Conditioning Clay Mask is just one of a variety of different types of masks within the Botanics range, and Boots describe it as: "A rare, mineral-rich, electrically charged, oceanic clay. Leaves skin deep cleansed, oil-free and hydrated" ...sounds promising? But to most people (myself included), the fact that it's electrically charged makes it sound like it's going to feel more like a static shock than an indulgent face mask. So, after a bit of digging on the Boots website, I've discovered that: "This cleansing mask contains a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet helping to draw deep routed impurities out of the skin without drying. Its hydrating, oil absorbing properties leaves skin soft & smooth." ...ok, that explains it. But is it actually any good? The product itself comes in a clear plastic squeezy tube - there's 120g of it, so it looks like it'll last quite a while. Through the tube you can see that the product is a swampy green colour, perhaps not very pretty, but then again, this is made of natural ingredients, and clay doesn't often come in pretty pastel shades. The lid of tube screws off easily revealing the wet looking goo inside - it doesn't smell of anything. The actual ingredients of the product are just oceanic clay and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (apparantly that's a "gentle preservative derived from glycine, or aminoacetic acid - a naturally occurring amino acid"* - still not much help!). The directions advise to apply evenly over the entire face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. This is fairly easy to do as the product is quite wet and spreads easily with your fingers. As it comes out the tube it stays its darkish, swampy green colour, though before you've finished
covering your face, areas that you applied first start to dry and turn to a much paler looking green. As it all starts drying you get the sensation of it tightening on your face - not a particularly unpleasant feeling, just unusual - kind of makes you feel like your face would crack if you smiled! Next comes the wait... 20 - 25 minutes is the suggested waiting time... And once your time is up, you simply wash it off with warm water. Suprisingly, getting it off isn't too difficult - a flanel soaked in warm water wiped over the face does the job, however, it does make a mess of your flanel! Definitely not a good idea to use your best white flannel for this job unless you know your washing detergent's up to the job of removing the green goo! After having used the mask, my skin always feels extremely fresh and clean and smooth, however the only downside (though it's only a little downside) is that it doesn't leave my skin as moisturised as I'd like therefore I have always had to apply a bit of moisturiser afterwards. One particular advantage of the product is that it is suitable for every sort of skin, whether oily, dry or somewhere in between. This is great in that you don't have to worry whether it's suitable for your particular skin type, and if your skin type changes (for example when the weather changes) you still have a product that you can use. The packaging recommends that for dry skin you should use every 10-14 days, for normal skin 1-2 times a week, and for oily skin up to 3 times a week. The product is currently priced at around £4.59, however being one of Boots' popular ranges there are often offers that make it even better value, such as 3 for 2 across the Botanics range, plus, if you're a Boots Advantage card holder you'll of course get your points! All in all, I think this is an excellent product if you like to indulge in a face mask every now and again. The tube l
asts for ages as a little goes a long way, so even if you have oily skin and choose to use it as Boots recommend (up to 3 times a week) you will still get exellent value for money. Perhaps the only downside is that amount of time it takes - if you're after a regular quick clean then waiting 20 minutes each time perhaps isn't suitable for you, but if you only use the product occasionally or have plenty of time on your hands then it's a very reasonably priced and effective product. * definition from http://www.trinature.com/glossary/gbody.jsp?ingredientID=126
Yes winter is nearly over. So it is time for an overhaul. My face and body that is. Ready for the spring and summer. I went purposely to Boots the chemist to look for things that would improve my skin. I spotted a botanic clay mask a 120g packet costing £4.59 (you can get about 4-5 masks out of this) depending on how thick you put it on. I believe it to contain rare mineral rich organic clay (Whatever that is) I?m a bit thick when it comes to ingredients. Anyway the stuff itself is greyish and a bit lumpy. It should be spread evenly over your face, avoid the areas around your eyes, as the skin around your eyes is very delicate. After that sit and waits about 20-25 minutes it dries out quite quickly. Don?t do what I do (stand in front of the mirror making faces so it cracks) Enough of that, when the time is up?. rinse your face in warm but not hot water. When you have finished you will notice more of an even balance to the tone of your skin.The greasy T.spot will look less noticeable. The pores on your face that have been made bigger (because you are a pimple squeezer, will have shrunk considerably) I know it is a bit messy to do, I sit in the bath and do it, but after it has been done you will notice the difference.Your skin will look clearer and fresher. After you have finished make sure you put moisturiser on your face. I would recommend you do this treatment once a week. They say do it more if you have such and such a skin type?..but in my opinion too much of a good thing can be bad. Incidentally I have tried other masks, and in my opinion this one comes out tops. It doesn?t leave my skin over tight or tingly.Try it for your self and see.
Well knock me down with a feather if I didn't stumble on a bit of a bargain a couple of weeks ago. Venturing into my local Boots to see if there was anything worthy of living on my very exclusive B&Q bathroom shelf, a nice surprise greeted me when I'd finally made my choices and made my way to the checkout. "Yer get £5 off ov vis stuff if yer buy more than £15 on uver stuff." Which quickly translated from teenage blurb, means that Boots were offering a £5 voucher against a selection of bodycare brands, when you spent more than £15 in the shop. What a cracking idea! I went back three more times that week! Anyway, not particularly wanting to spend any extra, I went to look at the Boots Botanics range of products as they were relatively inexpensive compared to the likes of Roc and Olay, which were the other choices. And a cracking range they had too. I struggle to find time to pamper myself with two babies to look after - a demanding toddler and a big baby of a husband! So this gave me the perfect excuse for a little alone-time. Now I just had the dilemma of choosing from so many possibilities. There were quite a few under £5 but for my first freebie, I chose Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask. At £4.19 for 120g it was easily within the voucher value. Feeling pleased with myself, I rushed home eager to get a little mucky - which for a change would not involve dirty nappies, finger paints and any food I put in front of my darling daughter. *****The Product***** A rare, mineral-rich, electrically charged oceanic clay; this conditioning clay mask contains a negative electrical charge, which acts like a magnet, helping to draw deep-rooted impurities out of the skin without drying. It has hydrating, oil absorbing properties too, to leave the skin soft, smooth and refreshed. *****How will I recognise it?***** It comes in a transparent 'natural' looking tube (the picture at the to
p of the screen is of the old-style packaging). And being transparent, you can see that the product itself is a rather attractive dark green muddy colour. Lovely. Quite handily, it sticks out like a sore thumb next to the white moisturisers too. *****Ingredients***** Oceanic Clay Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (spell check anyone??) Dermatologically tested. Made in Canada. *****How do I use it?***** After cleaning away all traces of make-up, apply the clay evenly over the face area, avoiding eyes and mouth, as the skin is a little too sensitive in those areas. Then allow to dry for 20-25 minutes. The recommendations for frequency of use are: Dry Skin: every 10-14 days Normal Skin: 1-2 times a week Oily Skin: Up to 3 times a week *****Step into my bathroom.....***** The eager beaver that I was, and Rachel being fast asleep, I couldn't wait to try out my new product so off came the cap, and to my dismay my lovely clean trousers were covered in a mucky coloured watery excess from the tube. Thankfully a few dabs with a sponge later, my trousers were as good as new. *Tip: Keep the tube upright as you unscrew the lid to avoid any spills. The same thing happens each time I take the lid off; you could try holding it over the sink as you open it. So, I squeeze the tube gently and more watery excess emerges first which I needed to tip away and then came the product itself, in all its mucky glory. It had a very raw, chalky feel to it, not at all what I was expecting. I was waiting for a thick sticky goo to emerge from the tube, but when I began to apply this to my face I found that....yes, it was quite watery! Not at all what I was expecting. Because it didn't have the texture of a cream, it was quite hard to apply, as it didn't really rub-in very well. So I just slapped it on in the hope I was doing it right. Without a
ny instructions on how much of the product you should use per application (ie apply liberally, or apply sparingly), I just covered my face in a fairly transparent film and hoped that would be enough. Once it begins to dry it's quite hard to add more. Speaking of drying, it begins to dry very quickly - within a minute of looking like something from the X-Files I had turned a much lighter and less offensive shade of green, and as a result was finding it hard to make any facial expressions as it held my skin firmly in place. And so, product in place, I went in search of the computer for 25 minutes worth of reading and rating reviews on DooYoo, trying to bypass any that were likely to make me laugh, for fear of causing myself permanent injury. Ten minutes into the treatment, and I could hear Rachel waking. I went into her room to check on her, only to frighten the life out of the poor little girl and she screamed and screamed, having been confronted with a strange green-faced monster when she opened her eyes. When I eventually managed to calm her down, it was time to remove the tight film that was on my face. *Tip: Warn all family members before application. Send children to the grandparents and lock pets safely away! Using a little arm water I rinsed my face and found that I only needed to do this once to remove the entire product, which made a nice change, and also meant that my lovely white towel wouldn?t have to go straight into the wash. So, studying the results afterwards, and I was pleased to find that my face looked and felt clear of grease and grime and was glowing, silky and soft. It felt tight and toned too, like it had had a little half hour workout; I believe that's because a clay mask tightens pores. My skin is usually a little greasy and this removed all traces, and the results lasted throughout the day. It also left me with a good clean base for applying moisturiser and make-up, and
it lessened the need for powder. *****A couple of handy tips***** After using a deep cleansing mask of any kind you should really use a moisturiser after to counteract the drying effects of the mask. If you suffer from really dry skin, a drying clay-based mask probably isn't for you. You may find you achieve better results with a moisturising mask. Make sure you marry a man who will worship you for the goddess you are, cook for you, do all housework (any housework will do), and spend a fortune on weekend pampering breaks so you don't have to spend a fortune on products like this one; I went wrong somewhere - oops.....did I say that out loud?! *****Conclusion***** So, all in all, I'm thrilled with my little treasure in a tube. You don't need to use very much, so it's good value for money. And the results are just super. After the second application of the week I developed a few spots but I suppose that's just evidence it's working. Gosh I didn't realise I was so dirty! Speaking of value for money, it's on a 'three for two' offer at the Boots website at the moment (3/10/2002), woo...hoo. Now, where does hubby keep his credit card.. Boots: www.wellbeing.com Thanks for reading! :o)
Contains a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet, helping to draw deep routed impurities out of the skin without drying /