Product Type: Boots body care
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Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask
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Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask
Advantages: Cheap and healthy. Effectively smooths skin and clears pores.
Disadvantages: Not massively glamorous, as masks go.
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.
Summary: A simple but good quality mask that I'll be sure to pick up again.