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A while back I had a No 7 till spit voucher and there was also a 3 for 2 on No 7 products in Boots, meaning I could get 3 products from the range very cheaply getting one product free, then another fiver knocked off. I wasn't sure what to get, but the Beautiful skin range appealed, so I picked up this purifying mask alongside a foaming cleanser and an exfoliater.
I was expecting this to be a face mask that you apply and leave on for a bit before removing but this is not really like that at all. My impression came from only reading the front of the box where it says 'thermal deep cleaning to draw out impurities.' This sounded quite appealing to me.
The packaging to this is really quite plain and simple I find. The outer box is a pale green colour. The mask is contained within a flip top tube which is white in colour with a light green lid to match the outer box. The tube contains 75ml of product, and is described as being hypo-allergenic, and for normal/oily skin. Now perhaps this is where I made a mistake purchasing this, as my skin type is more to the dry rather than oily side of normal, but I thought I would use it once I had bought it anyway.
The product is cream like in texture. It looks a little off white which I put down to the fact that it is enriched with pumice stone particles to 'sweep away dirt and other impurities' from the surface of your skin.
The advice for using this product I find a bit scant. Apply to damp skin, massage in for 1-2 minutes to gently exfoliate, then relax for 2 minutes before rinsing with warm water. I'd personally like a bit more guideline as to how much product to use. I tend to squeeze about an inch of product in a line on my finger before dotting into a couple of places on my face and massaging in.
There is an initial warming effect as you start to rub this in, but this lasts a matter of seconds before disappearing. The actual act of massaging this in is quite pleasant. I find that leaving it for two minutes offers no further benefit. Again I would like more clarification about what to expect - should this go harder like a clay based mask? Or should it remain moist like masks from other ranges I have used? It would help me know the way to get the best from the product.
Then comes the bit I hate. Removing this is horrid. It feels really quite greasy to me, and it doesn't want to come off my skin with warm water. I end up having to use another face wash after using this to make my skin feel a bit less oily, but even then I still feel like some of the product is on my face. I certainly do not need to add any moisturiser after this.
My skin does look a bit fresher, but I think some of this might be the scrubbing with a towel I need to do to make sure my skin is dry, as the water wants to sit on my facial skin for a while after. I also have to make sure my hands are washed well as this gets in all the little creasy lines on my fingers and again is tough to get off.
Benefit to using this one is fairly minimal for me. I don't really enjoy the experience of using it apart from the bit where it warms up and other masks do this just as well if not better. I just find the whole thing a bit of a faff for hardly any difference to the appearance of my skin.
I think some of this is it not being matched really to my skin type, but then again, I can't imagine you wanting your skin to feel oiler if you had oily skin either.
A disappointing product for me. At full price of £12.50, I would be even more disappointed at forking out so much for a dud. The only reason I can think of that I bought it in the first place is because there doesn't seem to be a mask in the normal/dry skin part of this range, and I did have the thought that masks are pretty good usually at removing dirt from deeper in the pores of your skin. I'll use it up, but I won't repurchase.