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The origins out of trouble mask was formulated by my favourite brand specifically for troublesome, blemish prone skin and when my skin, post holidays started misbehaving, I instantly went and picked this up.
Its a thick, creamy white mask which once applied to my face makes me feel like I've smothered my face in vicks cold and flu rub! After a few minutes, i found the smell to be very soothing. The mask contains sulphur, zinc and salicylic acid, all of which are used to target blemishes. After leaving it on for ten minutes, it will have dried, without leaving skin feeling tight. After washing it off, I found it dried my skin up, reduced any oil, mattified any blemishes. My skin feels super clean and soft and I love using this product.
I do find I need to heavily moisturise after using this, as I have terribly dry skin, but by the next morning my skin is looking so much better, and all blemishes are dramatically reduced. For 22pounds for 100mls, it can be quite expensive, but it lasts for ages. I've used it about 5 times now, and have barely made a dent in the tube.
Definately going into the skincare rotation for days when skin isn't looking it's best.
Amazing, I absolutely love this face mask and I am a true advocate of 'Out of Trouble', I really cannot recommend it enough. As far as face masks go, and I have tried a lot, this one wins hands down. The packaging is relatively plain and doesn't immediately jump out at you, but the product and company values (organic ingredients, and earth and animal friendliness) are both winners. The mask is white in colour and has a pleasant smell. It is quite thick and creamy and easy to apply. After 10 minutes or so it hardens and then can be removed with a damp cloth. My skin is normal to oily and I do get the odd blemish, but when I feel one start to surface out comes the mask and generally problem solved. I adore the feeling of my skin once I have taken the mask off; it really feels as soft as a baby's bottom. I am not the kind of person to spend huge amounts on a product and at around £17.00 a tube, this isn't the cheapest product on the market however when you consider value for money, the product is great. Even if used on a weekly basis, it lasts me 3 - 4 months! If you don't want to shell out this much without trying it first, I find the Origins counter staff to be ever so friendly and helpful and I'm sure you could get a sample to road test before you buy, but girls and guys this is truly a great product!
Whilst visiting my Dad in Knightsbridge about a month ago I visited Harrods department store and was immediately drawn to the cosmetics sale being a bit of a sucker for a bargain on luxury goods.
I love Origins products which are all natural and dont have any horrible chemicals in them so was pleased to see that they had some products on sale.
What quickly drew my eye was the giant (150 ml) facemasks for a reasonable £17. I decided to try two so purchased this one and another one, which I will probably review at some stage.
No nonsense here - the product comes in a plain white tube with the Origins green writing on it.
The product does not have any added perfumes which is good as do you really need to put perfume into face masks? The scent is a little strange - slightly metallic I thought, could be the zinc in the product.
The product promises to "rescue problem skin" - ie if you are getting those horrible breakouts that seem to trouble us women (which is just not fair after the age of 15). It is a 10 minute face mask treatment which is placed on the skin and then washed off later on. It does promise not to dry out the skin though. It is intended for use on combination skin.
Well you cover your face in it - do avoid the sensitive eye area, as is usually the case with face masks. Leave it for 10 minutes and then take it off.
Does it work?
I am lucky - I have good skin (thanks Mum!) and rarely get breakouts but occasionally I do find that my skin starts screaming for help. I have used this twice since I bought it as I try to rotate my skin masks using a hydrating one and a clarifying one in rotation.
I used this one when I had a spot on my chin and another one threatening to come through.
As mentioned the smell is strange but we have to suffer to look good right? and it is not that bad!
The mask tingles on your skin slightly but did not irritate and I have very sensitive skin so would suggest that if you have normal skin you will be ok using this.
Well - within 12 hours of using this the breakouts had disappeared which was great and my skin felt much clearer.
It did dry my skin out quite a lot - so I guess this is great if you have greasy skin. I just followed it with a rich night cream and by morning my skin was ok.
Overall: It was a good product and left my skin feeling clear and clean. Great if you have over partied or been eating too much comfort food in the cold weather.
Recommend to others? If you buy this full price you will pay around £30 - £40 for a large bottle - check out www.origins.co.uk or department stores for sale goods as I picked this up for £17.
It lasts for ages as you only need a thin layer on your face.
If you dont mind a slightly odd scent and you moisturise afterwards this is a great product!
I received this mask as part of a set that I got at Christmas which had three masks in it; the other two being Clear Improvement (mud mask) and Drink Up (moisture mask). This one is a lot of use to me when I get little breakouts.
OUT OF TROUBLE
The mask is presented in a smart tall white container (the same as the one I've shown in my pic, only bigger). Thankfully it has a flip top lid which I find much more convenient for masks than screw tops. The mask is a thick white paste with a texture slightly denser than toothpaste. Due to the thickness of the product you dont need a huge amount to cover your whole face; but dont be stingy as your face does need decent coverage to reap the maximum benefits of the mask.
Strangely I actually really like the smell of this product but I would imagine that many won't as it smells strongly of camphor, a smell not dissimilar to Vicks vapo rub. When it's on your face it gives a rather pleasant cooling sensation (not uncomfortable burning...)
Whenever I see or feel that my skin is about to break out into little spots or blemishes I give my face the once-over with this. Either that or you can use it as a preventative measure about once a fortnight to ward off the spots before they even get a chance to rear their ugly heads (but that way you use more).
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
1. Cleanse your face thoroughly as masks will work better if there is no surface grime on your face, as they can act directly on the deeper problems.
2. Apply a generous layer all over your face (avoiding the eye area)
3. Wait for 10 minutes.
4. Rinse off with warm water or wipe off with a warm face cloth.
5. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
There is the option of applying it to a spot and leaving it overnight but I've not found this to be particularly effective as once it's totally dry it seems to stop working (its worth a try though because it might work for some people).
When you are wearing it, it doesnt tend to dry completely as a mud mask would there is no tightening sensation, just the nice cooling feeling. I find it pleasant to wear (unless of course you hate the smell!) as I like it when a mask has a particular feeling while youre wearing it. Once its time to remove it, it is easy to wash off with water alone but does require a few more rinses than some face masks. Your face is soft to the touch and stays pleasantly cool for a short while afterwards so its especially nice in summer (although not too cold for winter either).
You probably wont see an immediate result in terms of ridding yourself of any spots, but your skin will feel slightly smoother. Within the next few days all spots generally disappear, sometimes without even needing the squeeze them. Once spots have developed they are going to take a couple of days to go but I certainly think that this helps speed up the process. It seems to take a bit of the redness out of spots, or spots that are waiting to appear. It is slightly drying on the skin if you dont apply moisturiser, but not so dry that its uncomfortable. I firmly believe that if you used this every week/fortnight then you would probably stand a chance of avoiding any serious breakouts.
From my experience so far I would say that this is a great product that most girls (and certainly teenagers) could do with in their cosmetics bag, and I will 99% certain I will be buying the full size product when my 50ml is gone.
It is suitable for any skin type although obviously it would be more useful to those prone to breakouts (oily/combination complexions). Sometimes I use it just on my forehead because when I get the occasional breakout it's quite often there: so if you only break out in particular areas you could use it this way.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The full size 100ml tube costs £12.50 but it is large and you only need to use a little bit of it every now and then. My 50ml is lasting well as it is.
Origins is available in some department stores and separate Origins shops. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html
It is a good treatment for curing or preventing major breakouts so I am planning on buying the full size when mine runs out (unless I find a better miracle worker in the mean time )
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
The smell is slightly off-putting, but because you can get away with simply applying this mask to isolated areas of the face, you could escape the odour if it doesn?t need to go around your nose. It?s not clear at first glance how this differs from the Origins Clear Improvement clay mask without actually using them, but once you have, it?s pretty obvious which you?ll end up using when. Both are deep cleansing, but Out of Trouble does not aim to refine pores/tighten the skin in the way that Clear Improvement does. It really does concentrate on pre-spot bashing. I often suffer pre-menstrual skin blemishes around the jawline, and these can vary from the obvious yellowheads, to the deep-seated painful swellings that sit well-below the skin?s surface and are seemingly immovable. Using this mask helps to clear up the latter in particular, and I?ve found they are more likely to die a death and disappear quicker, rather than stick around for weeks and never surface. Given that this mask is such a deep cleaner, it was surprising that my skin still felt soft afterwards, and actually felt as though it had been boosted with lots of good stuff, rather than had the life sucked out of it completely. I have to admit that I have avoided using it on skin that is not developing blemishes, so whether the effect would be the same all over, I do not know. This seems to be quite a safe product, in that in spite of its chemical power, I have never noticed skin irritation following use.
Out of Trouble face mask really can do what it's name suggests - get you right out of trouble if a nasty spotty breakout is threatening just before a big occasion. Someone else has written about the Clear Improvement mask, the difference between the two (I use both) is that this is the stronger one; less suitable for more sensitive skins and doesn't have the exfoliating action. This is a deeply purifying mask which, for me, used when spots are threatening to happen, almost always makes the little so & sos think twice! Becuase it is quite strong, I would suggest that anyone using in for the first time left it on for only about five minutes (having already done a patch test as always, of course!) I'd also suggest sniffing before you buy, it contains sulphur (very purifying), among other ative ingredients, which doesn't make it smell especially pleasant. i don't mind the smell too much, but I imagine someone with a better sense of smell than me might not find it tolerable. Another way of using this product is to take a tiny bit and to leave it to harden, perhaps overnight, on an individual spot. This isn't something you need to use all the time, just whenever spots threaten. Oh yes, and because it's purifying, and doesn't have a strong 'drawing' action, it won't bring out any spots that are lurking underneath, the way some masks can, so it's fine to use just before a big occasion.
A 10-minute face mask that aims to rescue problem skin