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Boots No7 Purifying Sauna Mask

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Brand: Boots / Type: Face Mask / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Purifies / Product line: Boots No7

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      02.04.2012 21:12
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      Does exactly what it says but cheaper better version on the market.

      When I was pregnant, my face went through a really funny phase of becoming really oily and spotty. I went to my local Boots and spook to a really helpful women behind the No 7 counter. She recommended this Purifying Sauna Mask.

      It comes in a plain white squeezy bottle which a flip top lid.

      I found it really easy to use, you simply apply a small about to your face and then rub in a circular motion all over your face for approximately 1 - 2 minutes (avoiding the eye area) and then wash off.

      Boots boast that it opens pores and wash away impurities whilst also tightening pores to leave your skin feeling really healthy, fresh and incredibly clean.

      I have found that you can feel the product start to heat up instantly on your face and you can feel you skin tighten slightly when you wash off.

      The only down side of the product is I found it hard to remove easily, quite often I would spend ages washing may face, it would appear product free but about 10 minutes after my face had dried, the product was still visible as it looked like I had patches of dry skin. Having said that, parts of my face did feel really hydrated in areas and a lot smoother. I did not notice much difference in the size of my pores but I must say, for the first few says after using it, my T-Zones did calm down and my skin was not as oily.

      The mask is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free and dermatologically tested. It is suitable for normal to combination or blemish prone skin.

      The RRP is currently £11 for a 75ml tube however Boots always have offers on their No 7 range, whether it be 3 for 2 or spend over a certain amount and receive a free gift. Also, they quite often run the offer where is you spend more than £5 in store, you receive a £5 off No 7 voucher.

      Overall, I would not recommend this product, there are cheaper versions on the market which do just as good a job.

      Product information obtained from www.boots.com.

      Review may be on other review sites under the same name.

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      10.09.2010 12:51
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      Good product, shame about the high price

      I bought the No7 Purifying Sauna Mask a few days ago using a voucher I had. No7 had in the past created something very similar to the sauna mask which I'd tried a few years ago, but then I presume it was discontinued as I could no longer find it.

      The difference between the two was simply that the former sauna mask had heated up on contact with the skin in such a way that it remained warm with an occasional burst of heat every few seconds while you were wearing the mask. This recent one however only heats on contact with water, which is why they suggest that you massage it into damp skin. For this reason the so called sauna mask only heats up at the beginning, after which it is only mildly warm, surprisingly I found that it did not heat up as I was washing it away with water, which was a bit disappointing. The heating up on contact with skin had a better sensation which is why I preferred the other one; however the after effects of the latest sauna mask on my skin were very good.

      As I washed off the mask, I was met with a brighter face and more even-toned skin than prior to using the mask. My skin also felt very soft, I usually have to put on moisturiser immediately after using masks or face washes due to the nature of my skin being dry, but I found that my skin did not feel as tight as it usually does after using masks, so I didn't have to rush to moisturise.

      The mask also contains exfoliating pieces, though to be honest when I was applying this on my face I couldn't feel the exfoliating pieces, but I felt them when I was washing it off. The pieces are not rough, so it gives you a very gentle exfoliation which I found was surprisingly just as effective as harsher exfoliators, other people may feel differently though!

      The directions indicate that you only need to wear the mask for about three to four minutes, but I like to keep it on longer, more like ten to fifteen minutes, I find it more relaxing this way. The mask itself is rather creamy, to the point where it doesn't really dry up on your skin, like clay masks do. Some people may not like this, I myself find it more relaxing using a clay mask which completely tightens your skin and then enjoy washing it away and feeling my skin break out of that tightness. But on the other hand the after-effects of this sauna mask are really what's more important.

      The mask is an off-white colour and the smell reminds me somewhat of cod liver oil and PVA glue, but only mildly. It isn't sickening, and is barely noticeable once applied onto skin.

      As with nearly all the No7 products that I've tried, it does not sting my sensitive skin at all. And again, as with all No7 products it is extremely pricey, at £10.75 for a 75ml tube. Due to the price, I would only use this mask once every few months replacing my normal mask. If used on a regular basis, it would probably last a year or two, I found that I did not have to use too much, just about four to five small blobs and apply with my fingers.

      Is it worth 10.75? No.

      I have tried a fair few masks that are priced a lot cheaper and have just as good after-effects. The only thing that I prefer about No7 products is that it almost guaranteed to work well for sensitive skin, and is a brand that I trust. I recommend it as a good product, it's worth a try if you're willing to part with £10.75. But still, this is only a product I would buy if on sale or if I had a voucher.

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        05.09.2010 17:09
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        A Great Sauna Face Mask

        This is the 2nd of two face masks i own from the No7 skin care range, (i have just reveiwed the other one on DooYoo) and i have to admit of the two this one is my favourite, heres why...

        ~Useful Info~

        Stockist: Boots/Boots.com
        Price: £10.75
        Size: 75ml

        ~The Claim~

        This mask is suppose to heat up when it comes into contact with water which will then open your pores and wash away any impurities. When you wash away the mask it then tightens your pores leaving skin feeling healthy, freah and clean. The mask contains pumice particles which sweep away dirt and everyday , and rose-hip oil which conditions the skin.

        ~My Opinion~

        The bottle tells you to massage the face mask onto damp skin for 1-2 minutes to exfoliate the skin and then to lie back and relax for 2 minutes before washing off with warm water. As soon as you put the mask onto your skin you can feel it heating up which creates really weird yet relaxing sensation on your skin. The face mask heats up just enough without being too hot in my opinion, but some people might find it uncomfortable. The mask is very relaxing mainly beacuse it is so warm, it is very easy to apply and wash off without being too messy. After i washed it off my face still felt warm but also alot more refreshed and cleansed. When i looked in the mirror my skin looked alot more awake and clean. Using it ona weekly basis definitley keeps my skin looking healthy.

        I would definitley recommend this face mask as its relaxing and leaves skin looking cleaner and fresher. It is quite expensive but i think the results of this mask are worth the money if you can afford it, unlike the other No7 Heavenly Hydration face mask which was good but didn't improve your skin as much as this one.

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          20.03.2010 14:10
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          Does what it claims to.

          During the winter months my skin tends to become very dry and I felt that the moisturiser I was using wasn't enough to hydrate my skin. It just seemed so dull and lifeless so whilst on my regular trip to the Boots No.7 counter I decided to try something different. They had a 3 for 2 offer on so I chose the Purifying Sauna Mask in the hope it would revitalise my skin.

          The mask has a very clay like thick texture which feels like a proper luxury face mask, a real treat. It is easy to apply and very little is required to give an even coverage. As with most products I never really read the application directions or side effects before I tried it so I was in a bit of a panic when my face started to feel hot and got hotter the longer the mask was on. I quickly realised that this was supposed to happen (hence the name 'sauna mask' - doh!) and once I calmed down the warm feeling was very soothing. The mask is easy to remove unless you leave it on too long then it tends to dry on and can be quick tricky get off.

          After applying the mask I did my usual skin routine and found that my skin felt so much smoother and appeared to have a dewy glow. It looked so fresh. I couldn't believe the difference!

          Since then I have used this product whenever my skin needs a lift. I would definately recommend this product.

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          06.10.2009 15:22

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          A spa treatment in a bottle

          I have a loyalty with Boots for the only reason that I am never disappointed. I really love their products and this is no exception. I bought this as part of a gift set but I will be buying it again individually. I was quite disbelieveing at first when I read that it was a sauna mask and that it would heat up on my skin but I was proved wrong! When the beads burst onto your skin with a gentle massage they warm the skin area and create a sauna feeling. When the heat dies down your left with a gentle exfoliation and a lovely feeling face mask. This is perfect for a pamper session and leaves skin feeling relly fresh with evidently tighter pores. It does have the feeling of a spa treatment, and with the price less than a tenner, it certainly ticks the value for money box too.

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          30.08.2009 11:50
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          A once a week treat

          Picture the scene - you are tired, aching and in desperate need of some "me time"- so you run a hot bath, add your favourite bath oil, light the candles and AAAH....

          What is missing from this picture? Music- well, yes, that can help. But the added ingredient to make this experience extra special is Boots Purifying Sauna Mask.

          It comes in a tube and for just under a tenner, I reckon that you will comfortably get 8 generous treatments from the 75ml. Dampen your face and then apply about 10ml of the product using gentle massaging actions. As with all face masks avoid the eye area. You will feel the mask heating, it feels wonderful and you can then lie back and relax for the next few minutes.

          After 3 minutes rinse off and you will be left with skin that feels refreshed, deep cleansed and smooth.

          It gives you a very deep cleanse and you really feel as if your sauna mask has made a difference to your skin.

          The mask contains grapeseed and sunflower oils to condition your skin and Vitamin pro B5 to help maintain a healthy hydrated skin. It also contains Zinc to absorb any excess oils.

          The mask is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free and dermatologically tested. It is suitable for all skin types.

          With the reputation of Boots behind it being an added plus.

          Now I confess, you don't have to have a bath, it isn't on their instructions, all you need is the mask, a damp face, some water to rinse it off and the ability to time the treatment- but be honest- doesn't the hot relaxing bath sound sooooo good?

          Word of warning- shake it before you use it- it just helps ensure you get the right mixture out- I know this now as my last mask was very thick and putty like-it still worked but I had to cut the top off the tube to get it out. No problem - just a lesson learned.

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            10.08.2009 14:04
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            Last Xmas I was given a set of No 7 skincare items and until recently this sauna mask was one of the few I'd yet to try. I'd delayed trying it because I wasn't really sure how I felt about a mask that heats up as you apply it, I've got pretty sensitive skin so I didn't know if this would cause a reaction. However eventually I decided to give it a go.

            The purifying sauna mask comes in a 75ml tube that is mostly white. It is hypo-allergenic but they warn you not to apply it to irritated or damaged skin. The tube sells for £9.75 at Boots.

            Not only is this a mask that heats up but it also contains exfoliating particles. It heats up on contact with wet skin and then you rub it round to get the exfoliating effect before leaving it for a further 2 minutes. It is supposed to "polish away impurities" and "as you rinse it tightens pores". It also says on the tube to shake well before use but as I shook the tube I couldn't feel much in the way of movement in there!

            So with freshly washed and damp skin I set to work. The mask is a thick white clay-like substance with tiny little exfoliating particles about the consistency of salt. It feels very thick and I instantly knew it was going to be difficult to rinse it off once it was on!

            The heat aspect of this worried me a bit, I wasn't sure how hot it got and if it would be too hot and if it continued to heat up as it was massaged in or if it stopped quickly. As you can see quite alot of confusion about this mask!

            So I took a deep breath and applied a blob to my cheek, it was instantly hot but not so hot it was uncomfortable but within seconds it cools down. It's a really brief flash of heat and only happens when applied to damp skin, I tried this on dry skin and it didn't heat up. It doesn't stay hot as you massage it over your face and if it's not too hot for me it won't be for anyone.

            Massaging in the product is easy enough, the product doesn't dry so you just rub it over your skin like exfoliator. That done it was time to leave it on for 2 minutes with no massaging etc. I ran a sink of clean warm water while I waited and then when the time was up immediately started to rinse.

            As anticipated this was so difficult to get off! I rinsed for ages and thought it might never come off entirely but eventually it did. I must warn you that I found this left a waxy kind of coating on my skin afterwards, like I'd applied serum and this didn't come off until the next day when I washed with soap. I also managed to get a tiny bit in the hairline near my temple and that made my hair feel dreadful, really clogged up and awful and again it didn't come out until I used shampoo so watch your hairline!

            Afterwards I dried my face and examined my skin. It looked excellent! I don't have much in the way of open pores so after this I didn't look like I even had any pores and my skin certainly felt tighter but not in a bad, dry way. It also looked loads fresher and I was really pleased with the results.

            The only downside to this is the waxy feeling it leaves on your skin and the clogged up hair around the hairline if you're not careful when applying it. I applied moisturiser afterwards and it didn't sink in at all so I didn't imagine the waxy coating.

            The effects were amazing, I was astounded how fresh my skin looked and would definitely use it again. Recommended.

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