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~~ Montagne Jeunesse Dirt and Grime Clean ~~
I have been using face masks since my early teenage years, as I love nothing better than relaxing in a quiet room whilst some gorgeous product works its magic on my skin. I regularly check out the website Magic Freebies, which updates every week day and provides details of a good selection of free products that can be obtained from well known brands. A couple of months ago I discovered that Montagne Jeunesse was offering a free face mask that is marketed towards men, namely Dirt and Grime Clean. As I'm one never to turn down a freebie I requested my sachet, which arrived a week or so later. Despite this product targeting a male audience, it can, of course, be used on female skin and this review discusses my experience with using it.
I was quite excited when I received the 15g sachet of self-warming sauna mask containing cinnamon and ginger and couldn't wait to try it out. I favour this brand of face masks as they use natural ingredients and contained within the lengthy list I discovered a few of my favourite scents such as the oil of patchouli, lavender and frankincense. If you are familiar with this popular brand you will be aware of the colourful female image that is normally displayed on the front of the sachet where her eyes are normally laden with flowers or fruit and her lips display the brightest of lipsticks. As this mask is intended for the male population we are provided with an image of a rather handsome beaming gent with a muddy brown face. The claim is that using the mask will enable the pores to be opened thus removing all dirt and grime. Whilst I am fortunate enough not to suffer with spots I frequently experience blocked pores, particularly at the corners of my nose.
I always ensure that my face is thoroughly cleansed prior to application and to enable the warming sensation to activate the product needs to be applied to damp skin. I recently read a tip in a magazine, which stated that to assist the mask in penetrating the skin it is recommended that the sachet be placed in warm water, so I followed this advice and waited for five minutes before opening along the tiny tear section located on the lower side. The colour of the mask can be described as a rusty brown and it offered a good thickness, which enabled me to apply it to my skin without any dripping. It was the aroma that totally won me over with its rich and very authentic frankincense tones, which became more intense as it rapidly warmed on my skin. I was able to witness the delicate aroma of cinnamon, but unfortunately, could not recognise any of the other fragrances, but I really was not bothered as the frankincense alone would be enough to totally chillax me. The sachet provided a sufficient amount of mask for me to totally cover my face and neck without any waste and I lay back for fifteen minutes to enjoy my experience.
What I loved about this mask is that the warming sensation lasted for the entire fifteen minutes as opposed to being evident only once applied. The aroma of frankincense always reminds me of happy family gatherings at Christmas time and I didn't really want to remove it as it made me feel so comforted and cosy. On the rare occasion I suffer with very minor adverse effects when using some masks as they can sting the skin, but all I was able to witness was a slight tightening on my cheeks and neck as the mask began to dry. Having extensive experience of using other masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range I guessed that a considerable mess would be made around my bathroom sink when removing and this definitely was the case as the rusty coloured mask seemed to splash everywhere.
The mask was fairly easy to remove with the aid of warm water although I needed to use a flannel in some areas for a few stubborn bits. I always complete my face washing routine with a splash of cold water to close the pores. My skin felt incredibly soft and smooth and offered a radiant appearance although this was probably due to the face that I had applied ice cold water. I must admit that the mask had not removed all of the blocked pores, but there was definitely a noticeable difference and I was thrilled with the results following just one application.
This was an effective and easy to use product, which made me feel totally refreshed and gave a brighter healthy appearance to my skin. What I found extremely favourable is that the frankincense left its delicate scent on my skin for a good while afterwards. Whilst I did not find the mask drying it was necessary for me to apply a little of my favourite moisturiser. I will definitely use this product again as Montagne Jeunesse has excelled themselves with this one as it is the nicest sauna mask that I have ever used due to its stunning frankincense aroma. I have to admit that I was a little surprised that the mention of frankincense oil is included near to the end of the ingredients list, as it is the most obvious aroma with the company marketing the mask as cinnamon and ginger.
There is a lengthy list of ingredients contained within this mask and for obvious reasons I do not intend listing them. However, one that caught my eye is not something that I've ever noticed in other facial products and that is zeolite, which I learned is volcanic ash! Montagne Jeunesse achieve vegetarian standards and are BUAV approved. The sachet can be recycled once empty. Dirt and Grime Clean can either be purchased from stores such as Superdrug, Boots, Home Bargains and Asda for £1.29 or it can be purchased directly from the Montagne Jeunesse website where four sachets are available for the price of three. However, I had a few difficulties in finding this particular product as it did not come up in my search results. Consequently, you need to click on the products for men to be able to locate it.
Montagne Jeunesse Dirt and Grime Clean receives my full recommendation together with 5 stars.
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