Have you ever thought that your face could benefit from a negative electrical charge? The oceanic clay in Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic face mask exhibits such a charge. Apparently, it helps to draw out deep seated "impurities". I put my scepticism aside and paid 6.00 for 100g.
When I first used this, I was surprised to hear a sloshing sound in the tube. Clay masks are usually thick. What came out was a brownish liquid that ran everywhere. I have known clay masks to sort of seperate out on storage but I had obviously owned this for less than 24 hours. Giving the tube a vigorous shake helps thicken the mask enough to actually get the thing on your face. Make sure you dispense it over a sink at least. Even when shaken up ,the mask has a sloppy texture and cold feel. The usage instructions say to apply a generous layer. Well the texture makes that tricky but I did my best.
The scent is quite mild for an unfragranced clay mask. This one is earthy but not strong. As it dries, the mask has a slight, not uncomfortable, tightening effect. Those negative electrical charges can't be felt anyway!
After 10 mins , you are advised to remove any excess mask with tissues before rinsing with warm water. Well maybe its because I found it physically impossible to coat myself generously in this, I found the mask dried to a powdery finish. Any attempt to remove the mask with the said tissue results in fine powder flying everywhere. So rinsing is best.
Straight after rinsing, my skin feels feels very soft, and until the next day at least. My face looks a little clearer overall, and any shine on my forehead is gone for a short while. But to be honest I could say the same for most face masks that are easier to use. The results don't last beyond 24 hours for me so this could hardly replace other products I use. As for deep cleansing, this is no way as good as my usual Garnier mask. In fact I noticed that the last time I used this, it actually appeared to sink into my larger nose pores. It made look like I had whiteheads! I ended up using a pore strip to clear it.
To put up with the messy texture, I would have to experience better than average results. But as this appears to block my pores rather than clean them, this isn't worth the hassle for me. I know natural products can vary a bit in colour and texture, so you may get a better consistency with another tube but I don't think that it's worth running the risk.
I wasn't really sure what to make of the Boots Botanics skin range at first but felt the need to purge my skin of nasty toxins after a few heavy nights and at the time didn't have a lot of money to spend on expensive face masks so I plumped for this one.
The value of this face mask is really excellent because you'll get lots of applications from this one bottle, however, I would recommend using it fairly regularly (once or twice a week) to get through the product in time as this product has a tendency to separate into an oily top layer and gunky bottom layer.
So first impressions when I applied this mask were good- it's very thick but you only need a thin layer to get a completely opaque vibrant green hue to face. You do feel a bit like a swamp monster once it's on- the colour will change to a lighter green as the face mask dries on your skin. The face mask drying out can make your face quite tight but that just makes me feel like the mask is doing something so I don't mind at all.
In terms of removing the mask I'd recommend having plenty of cotton wool to hand as it gets quite messy. Wet the cotton wool to loosen the mask and take the bulk of it off and then wash your face with your usual face wash.
This really cleans the skin but isn't the best product for me personally as I have quite dry skin and think it would be better suited to those with oily skin.
I bought this recently from Boots along with several other Botanics products in my new quest to have a daily skincare routine in an attempt to get nicer looking skin.
Botanics is brand of skincare products which uses the natural properties of plants in all their items, and is developed by Boots themselves. The clay mask retails for £6.99, but is often in a 3 for 2 promotion like it is at the minute.
The clay mask comes in a small squeezy tube with a screw off cap, the clay itself is not as thick as I expected it to be. The first time I used it I didnt shake the bottle and got brown water all over my hands when I squeezed the tube, so make sure you shake it before use to ensure its all combined! Even when shaken the clay is quite thin and spreads very easily onto the face and neck and feels very cooling. The instructions say to leave it on for 10 minutes to dry, its a very wierd feeling being able to feel it tighten on your face as it dries! Once it has dried it is very easy to rinse of with warm water - literally no rubbing is required which is great. After I had used it my skin felt very soft and smooth, almost as though it had been exfoliated!
Overall I would definitely recommend this product, especially if you have oily skin - although not so much if you have dry skin as I imagine it would dry it out even more. I have normal skin (its not particularly dry or oily) and this stuff works wonders for my skin. I tend to use it once a week and after just two uses my skin looks better (although I am using this combined with Botanics cleanser, toner and moisturiser as part of my new routine). It costs more than I would usually spend but I can already see it is going to last me a long time, a little really does spread a long way and I only use it once a week so it should last me aaaages!
In the past month or so Boots have had a massive re-brand across the whole Botanics range by making the packaging sleeker and more attractive as well as re-formulating some of the product line. Enticed by the rebrand (as well as 30% off that Boots were offering as part of the re-launch of the range!) I picked up the "iconic clay mask" as well as a few other skincare products in the hope that it would help combat my blemish prone skin.
As a brand Botanics utilises the power of plants to help balance out skin and uses organic ingredients whenever possible. This is really evident when you look at the ingredients in the clay mask as there are only 5 ingredients! The active ingredients being natural oceanic clay (which is meant to draw out impurities) and willowbark (a natural source of salicylic acid which will help calm and clear breakouts).
When I used the mask for the first time I expected a thick consistency but to my surprise the mask was rather watery and I ended up getting clay all over my clothes! Now I know better and I shake the tube before using so the water has a chance to combine with the clay! Once this has been done you do indeed get a thick clay formula but it is still a little bit messy to apply. You simply smooth the mask all over your face and let it draw out the impurities from the skin for 10 minutes. As it dries you can see some of the oily being drawn out of your pores which is both satisfying and gross. After 10 minutes just rinse off with warm water to reveal deeply cleansed skin.
Once I have rinsed the mask off my skin feels really clean but it does feel a little tight which is quite amazing seeing as I have really oily skin! I would probably not recommend this to people with dry skin as it would aggravate the skin as it is so drying. I also would not recommend using this mask if you have really sensitive skin or are battling a breakout and your skin is feeling raw. I have done this in the hope that it would take all the oil away but it made my skin feel really tender afterwards as well as looking really red.
What this mask is great for is when you feel your skin has simply built up a lot of oil and its feeling congested. I use it once a week for this purpose as I don't think even my oily skin would not be able to handle more than that as it is such a deep cleanse. It definitely has helped lessen the length and magnitude of breakouts as it really roots out impurities from pores - my skin has never felt so clean!
This mask is not an essential but it can be handy to have when helping fight oily/blemish prone skin. As I don't use a lot of product and I use it just once a week I think it is great value for money (I bought it on offer at £4.66, with the full price being £6.99 at the time of writing according to Boots.com). However, it is definitely not a luxurious or fun product to use which is a slight draw back. Bearing all these points in mind I don't think I will be repurchasing straight away as I think there are better products that I have yet to discover in my quest for clear skin!