Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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My Shrek pampering experience!
Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa
Member Name: alyson29
Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa
Advantages: Easy to use and left my skin feeling soft and smooth
Disadvantages: Made my skin icy cold during use
I love my weekly pampering session, which always consists of a face mask with my main choice generally being one from the huge range belonging to Montagne Jeunesse. I enjoy trying and testing out new products, so was delighted to receive a surprise package through the post a few weeks ago from a friend who had sent me a few face masks; none of which I had previously used.
One of the masks named Glacial Clay Spa is a newly introduced product and is different to any of those I've tried before as instead of a cream or gel, it is made from fabric, which has been infused with clay, so I was looking forward to trying it out. It is contained within a curvy shaped foil sachet and if you are familiar with Montagne Jeunesse you will be aware of the quirky appearance of their products. The image on the packaging reminded me of the John Travolta film Face Off, as instead of the beaming female who generally wears the mask on her face, we are able to witness the female with the odd looking mask with its icy looking appearance, hovering above her with the eye areas each sporting a dark green leaf.
The marketing text was very appealing where we are informed that the cooling Glacial Clay will cleanse the pores with the anti-oxidant rich red grape and Arctic Cloudberry juices sourced from Scandinavia, which assist in maintaining the skin's natural barrier. I find Montagne Jeunesse very favourable due to the fact that they always use a host of natural ingredients in all of their products and whilst I do not intend copying the list into my review, the majority are naturally sourced. In addition, the South Wales brand is animal friendly as they are BUAV approved with their products meeting the vegetarian standard and both of the familiar logos are displayed on the reverse of the packaging.
There is a warning message contained on the packaging, which is not something I've ever seen on any of their other masks, where we are advised to carry out a patch test on the inside of the upper arm 10 - 15 minutes prior to use. Whilst it is advisable to carry out the test due to the fact that natural extracts can cause skin sensitivity, I was far too impatient and decided to go ahead with using the mask. As directed by the small images contained on the reverse of the packaging, I thoroughly cleansed my skin and tore open the sachet. Whilst the brand's older masks would contain a small "v" indentation to open, it seems that Montagne Jeunesse have done away with this method, so it's simply a case of ripping open the upper section, which was easily achieved.
I reached into the sachet to pull out the fabric mask, which was neatly folded a couple of times and offered a pale green appearance and I would describe its texture as a little gooey due to the clay infusion. As small blobs of clay were dispersing from the fabric it was necessary to open the mask over the sink, as I found it a little messy. The mask looked rather creepy due to the holes for the eyes, nose and mouth, but as long as it served its purpose I didn't care much for the spooky appearance. I pushed it into place where the fabric was holes were correctly cut so that it was comfortable and due to the gooey texture it stuck well onto my skin. I found the mask extremely cold when it made contact with my skin, which made me shudder, particularly as I used it on a cold December's evening. Consequently, I can imagine this is an excellent mask to use on a hot summer's day, as it would be very soothing and comforting for hot and sticky skin.
I had anticipated that I would need to lie flat when wearing it, as I expected it to slide off my skin, but this was not the case and I was able to sit back, relax and read a book whilst the ingredients worked their magic. After listening to my husband sniggering for a few minutes and learning of my uncanny resemblance to Shrek, I was able to witness a very slight, but pleasant tingling, which I presumed to be the natural juices working deep into my pores. The directions for use are that the mask be left on the skin for 10 - 15 minutes and I was surprised that during the entire time, the icy cold sensation remained on my skin, as I had expected it to gently warm due to my body heat. I cannot speak of any scent, as the mask was odourless and it would have been favourable if it had offered a hint of raspberry, particularly as the front of the packaging displays a few images of the delicious refreshing fruit.
After 15 minutes I gently pulled the mask away from my skin and as I did so I could feel my skin instantly becoming a little warmer. Montagne Jeunesse advise to massage the skin, but I was not able to do this, as the thin scattering of clay that remained had fully dried on my face, but it was easily rinsed away with warm water. As I suffer with T-zone skin my biggest problem is excess oil and I found that the mask had removed all traces with my skin offering a matt appearance, which I loved even though it was short lived. My cheeks often feel a little dry if I don't use moisturising creams twice daily and I was able to witness a slight patch of dryness after using the mask, but this was easily remedied with an application of cream. My skin felt thoroughly cleansed and was soft and smooth whilst offering a radiant appearance although this could well have been due to the mask being so icy when using.
I can highly recommend Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa as I felt as if I had visited a beauty spa and received a high end treatment although I probably will not repurchase until the warmer weather. Due to my positive experiences I feel a four star ratings is appropriate. You can purchase the mask in stores such as Boots, Asda and Superdrug where they generally retail between 99p and £1.25 and can often be found on special offer.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A wonderful pampering face mask although better suited for the warmer weather