“ Brand: Boots Botanics / Type: Face Mask / Product line: Boots Botanics „
As I have combination skin, I like to use a deep cleansing face mask at least once a week, if not more, to try and ensure that my skin is as clear as it can be. I have used several brands of clay masks and thought I'd give the Boots Botanics range a try.
The container is a squeezy tube which stands on its head and the mask dispenses from here- this is good as it means when you near the end of the bottle it should all come out. The mask is a whitish colour and has a distinctive smell- I don't find the smell particularly pleasant-its a little bit like got off sun screen. It is quite strong and so can be a little bit off putting- especially when applied to near the nose! I have found normally that clay masks are quite a thick consistency- this is completley the opposite and is quite runny- so much so that I needed my hand under the container as soon as I opened the cap.
I applied the mask liberally to a cleansed face, avoiding the eye area, as recommended on the instructions and left for about 10 minutes. As time elapsed, I found that the mask tightened on my face- which kinda felt like it was working.
After I had taken it off, my face did feel clean and tighter but I didn't see a huge improvement in my complexion- even after regular use. It doesn't say how often it should be used on the bottle but normally clay masks are recommended for use 1-2 times a week.
The bottle contains 50ml of product- and I reckon I have got 6-7 applications out of half a bottle.
I love face masks and have bad skin so I thought this sounded like a winner. Botanics claim that the clay that makes up the mask contains charged particles which 'attract' oppositely charged impurities in the pores and help to draw the impuriies out. Now I'm a scientist and the science isn't exactly flawless.....but I'm a sucker for girly products so I bought it anyway. Typical!
The clay is a deep grey, green, brown colour. I've bought a couple of tubes and found that each time the colour varies slightly from the last tube that I bought. I like this, it gives me the impression that it's a natural product that hasn't been messed about with too much. This is probably complete rubbish but it makes me feel better! One of the first lessons I learnt with this mask was that you really need to follow the instructions and shake the tube before you try to dispense the product. As the product is sat on the shelf/in your draw the liquid starts to seperate out from the clay...if you don't shake it then when you come to squeeze the product out you end up with funky coloured water all over your hands, clothes, shoes and floor. Not a good start! Just a quick shake prevents this from happening however and the product dispenses easily with no fuss (or mess). The mask is the consistency of wettish mud, as I was expecting. It smells very earthy which adds to the 'natural' feel of the product overall. It applies easily and feels satisfyingly heavy on the skin. It's also quite cooling which I enjoy.
After 15 minutes the mask had dried and, like mud, will flake off a little if brushed. For this reason I try just to lie down and relax when I'm using this. It really tightens and, if I've put a thick layer on, can actually be a little uncomfortable. Nothing that'd stop me using it but enough that I don't apply too thick a layer. It takes a little washing off but afterwards my skin is left feeling baby soft and matte. If I've not used this for a while then one application causes me to break out a few days later. The lady at the spa assures me this is because it's drawn all the rubbish from my pores out to the surface and some pores have become blocked etc. From this I assume that it really has a positive effect on my pores. If I use the mask once a week I don't break out after the first application and I've deduced that this is because I now have cleaner pores as a result of the mask. Worth trying if you suffer with bad skin.
I'm addicted to anything that helps my complexion. I love face masks and lotions and potions and I'm shocked at how vain I really am owning the amount of stuff that I do! It's actually getting beyond a joke now! Soon there will be no room in my bedroom for little old me!
However this was a face mask I went out to deliberetly buy on a recent expedition to Boot's. I actually have done another review on here about Botanics Vitamin Boost Mask and this I picked up at the same to try.
I am 33. I really am having a lot of skin issues at the moment. Not only do I have the usual aging problems with fine lines, wrinkles appearing, frown lines and discolouration I have always suffered with spots, blackheads, whiteheads and lumpy looking skin. I do not have a smooth fresh face and I have never had what I class as nice clear skin... ever.
I have a usual beauty regime that usually serves me very well. My favourite products that I know I can trust that I usually purchase. However suddenly my usual products have decided to let me down and not suit me anymore and I have no idea why. So I've had to hunt for alternative products which have actually made my skin worse so I'm in a vicious circle having to continually look for other products and the same catastrophe's are happening with bad results! I thought well I can't go wrong with a clay mask promising pore perfecting.
Clear plastic 50ml recyclable tube with a flip top lid situated at the bottom. The label on the front tells me 'Active Plant Extracts, Face Blemish Prone Perfecting Clay Mask. Rosemary protects and clarifies. Oil free and then on the bottom I'm told it's Boots, The Power Of Plants, Botanics. On the back I'm told a bit about the mask, directions for use, warning, size (as I've stated already), ingredients, contact details for Boots and a small bar code. Ok packaging but nothing special.
About The Product....
Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and formulated o unbeatable product performance. Naturally. This rich clay mask draws out impurities while absorbing excess oil. Extracts authenticated by Royal Botanic gardens, Kew.
Apply to cleansed skin avoiding eye are. Wash off after 10 minutes.
Well I have used clay masks in the past and to be honest I've found them quite messy to use. This really isn't so bad. The white liquid doesn't pour out of the tube without giving it a little squeeze but at the same time you don't have to squeeze the life out of it either. The consistency is rather good and a small amount goes a really long way and it's easy and smooth to spread. There isn't really a fragrance to the product though a bit of a plant one but nothing very strong or offensive so this in my mind is suitable for both men and women to use. Once it's on the face do wipe it off your fingers and the bottom of the tube as it dries fast.
When applied on the face it doesn't tingle or hurt the eye area (I even apply it there) and it goes on wet and of course it dries on in a few minutes. It takes about the recommended 10 minutes to 'set' depending on how much product of course you put on. The thicker the layer the longer it takes to dry but in my experience it doesn't matter how much of the product you apply the results are the same. Used carefully you will get about 50 applications from one tube if not more.
When dried on the face it does become heavy as it is a mask afterall. Not a really big thick one but face does feel tight and at the end of the 10 minutes, personally I cant wait to get it off!
Getting it of is a pain and a real downer. It's not one you can just splash your face with water and off it comes. Some is removed with this method and it comes off as a liquid with no bits or lumps. You have to really rub face and I find a flannel is the best method for removal. Once off I can still feel a bit of grime on face so I dry off and then use a decent toner with some cotton wool just to remove any remnants left and to freshen up.
Well as I said earlier I have used this on a few occasions basically cos I don't like the pain it is to remove it and I have simpler masks to use. Now it doesn't suggest how many times a week to use this and I have used it 3 times a week in the past and as its dermatologically tested I haven't had any adverse skin effects but I haven't found any amazing results either. Skin doesn't behave itself more with the threat of using this on it. I'm still having skin issues.
How I find this works best is as a skin treatment when and if needed and it's quite good for emergency use. If I have a break out of zits or particularly greasy skin this really does help in the short term.
As an example I had a late night last night clubbing with friends. I did have few many to drink, few to many cigarettes and a load of junk food on the way home! I did remove my make up best I could when I woke up this morning but skin looked so tired and dry so I decided to have a pamper day and out this came. I cleansed and toned my skin and wacked this on and ping! My skin immediately looked fresher, cleaner and I looked less tired. Even my lines looked softer. Grease is removed, skin looks smoother and my spots feel less painful. Skin deffinetely feels tighter though a little uncomfortably so but it does minimise pores a little. Sadly these results are not lasting which is a bit of a let down and the pores show back up within an hour or so and grease comes back as usual. However on the short term this is a good product.
Recommended? Yes as a quick beauty boost it's ok if you can put up with the dry feeling when the product is on the skin and the removal being a bit of a pain in the bum. Great to use before a night out and there is no doubting this does give a fresher appearance and help you look cleaner (again temporarily).
£4.29 a tube only in Boots.
Draws out impurities, leaving skin refreshingly clean /