Product Type: Montagne Jeunesse body care
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Warming sauna masque
Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque
Advantages: Relaxing warming effect, value for money, makes skin look brighter
Disadvantages: Didn't make as much difference to my skin as Lush face masks
I really like treating my skin with a face mask every week or so and have tried several masks in the past including those from Lush and other brands. The Lush ones are my favourites but they are expensive to buy so I was on the lookout for some cheaper alternatives
I've seen the Montagne Jeunesse range of face masks, with their brightly coloured sachets, in several stores before and have read many positive reviews. I ordered a few masks from the Superdrug online store to spend over the free delivery threshold; at the time they had a "buy 3 get another free" offer on.
One of the masks I purchases was the Sauna Masque. The mask is designed for normal, oily and T-zone skin, and it is claimed that it is a self-heating therapy masque that is anti-stress. This sauna masque opens and cleanses pores, cleansing deeply with rich red clay and plant extracts. It allows impurities to be drawn out, clearing excess oils without dryness, so skin is left smooth and clean.
The masque sachets all have pictures of women wearing them and this is no exception: in this case the mask is bright red and the woman has what looks like lumps of clay and leaves over her eyes!
Animal lovers will be pleased to know that the mask has been approved by the Vegetarian Society and bears the BUAV bunny logo to show that it has not been tested on animals.
I decided to use the mask for the first time one Sunday afternoon. I cleansed my face thoroughly and twisted the opening of the mask, removing it easily. I squeezed the mask into my hand. It was a deep pinkish-red colour, like clay, but the texture was different: it was very smooth although quite thick and difficult to get out. As I smoothed it over my face, I could feel the heat warming my skin. I'm not sure how they managed to achieve this effect, but I was impressed. The warmth felt comforting and it wasn't too hot. I wonder if it was the mask's connection with water that produced this effect, as I also felt this warmth when I washed off the mask.
I didn't experience any redness or irritation while using the mask, and my skin didn't feel particularly dry or tight. In fact except for the warmth I couldn't tell I was wearing the mask at all.
After five minutes I washed off the mask and applied moisturiser. My skin felt smooth and soft and looked a bit brighter. The next day I could still tell a slight difference in my skin, though the effect wasn't as dramatic as with a Lush face mask.
After use, my skin continued to feel a bit dry, even after I applied moisturiser. However it did feel cleansed and incredibly soft and smooth. For the next couple of days, I noticed that my skin did seem a bit brighter and more even-toned. The effect was nothing like I get with a Lush fresh face mask, but it was pretty decent for the price.
It is claimed that this mask is anti-stress, and I can agree with this claim as I felt generally more relaxed after using it, which I put down to the heating action which is very soothing. The mask is meant to remove excess oils without dryness, cleansing deeply. I found that the mask made my skin feel cleansed without drying it out. I have combination skin and sometimes experience dryness on parts of it, so was impressed that my skin didn't look or feel dry at all. It also felt cleansed and looked brighter and fresher than normal.
I got two masks out of this sachet and could have probably got three if I had been a bit more careful. This makes the mask excellent value for money. I think I would buy it again - I enjoyed using it and, while I didn't find it made as much of a difference as Lush face masks, it was much cheaper.
Montagne Jeunesse products are made in the UK and these face masks can be bought from places like Boots, Superdrug, Savers and Amazon (where you can currently buy 6 sachets for a fiver). Normally they are priced at £1 or less which makes them good value for money, particularly when each sachet can normally be used at least twice. You can find out more at www.montagnejeunesse.com.
Summary: Warming, relaxing face masque from Montagne Jeunesse