Product Type: Simple body care
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Simple Is Not Enough!
Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask
Member Name: daniella2202
Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask
Advantages: It refreshes the skin, removes flakiness from around the nose and it is just £3.99
Disadvantages: Sadly it does not do enough for my skin, my skin needs more from a face mask.
Normally I either love a product or I don't but not with this one, I'm in two minds but I just know it is not enough for my skin!
Price and Amount
I purchased this face mask as I had run out of my Clinique Turnaround exfoliating face mask. I wanted to try something new, and something much cheaper! The brand of Simple were on 3 for 2 at the time in Boots so I purchased a couple of other items that I like and have tried before. This item by itself is £3.99 for 75ml which in my opinion is a fantastic price but 75ml is not the largest tube I've seen, other face masks I have had have been 100ml.
So for price and amount I give this face mask 8/10.
What I like about Simple is that I know I have no problems with their products on my skin. I love that they have no artificial perfumes or colours within their products and that they are great for sensitive skins like mine.
Tube/Packaging and Instructions
I like the tube that this face mask comes in, it is very easy to squeeze out the desired amount. However the instructions on its use is very limited on the packaging. It almost seems like the tube should have come in a box which had an instructions manual with it, but it didn't. The tube states to apply it onto thoroughly cleansed skin and to leave on for 3 minutes and then rinse off with water. However I like to know whether you are supposed to put on a generous layer of it or just a thin layer of it. So I have used it according to what feels right to me and that is putting enough on so I can see it otherwise I don't feel like I have enough on for it to do its job. I don't use a face mask everyday just one a week (if I remember and have time) so I like to really feel like I have had the face mask on!
So based on the ease of the tube/packaging and instructions I give the face mask 7/10 (it has lost marks for its poor instructions).
What Is This Face Mask Doing For My Skin?
It is apparently deep cleansing which involves drawing impurities out of the skin, cleansing, and helping to eliminate dead skin cells. The ingredients used for this include natural clay, seaweed extract and bisabolol (which sounds very interesting!)
Well firstly natural clay is used in many face masks. It firstly conditions and nourishes the skin, and it extracts excess oil as well as impurities from the surface of the skin. Natural clay has also been described as giving the skin a natural glow. The face mask does have an iridescent look to it, perhaps the natural clay helps to create this. I did certainly notice that my skin looked slightly brighter after using the mask.
The second main ingredient of seaweed extract I have had in other face masks like when I tried the BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask from Lush. I have also tried seaweed in a Body Shop face mask. So it is obviously a popular ingredient in face masks. Seaweed supposedly helps to clarify the skin as well as refresh the skin and draw out impurities. I would suggest that it is perhaps this ingredient that makes the face mask very cold when putting it on. I do like the coldness of it as it makes it feel more like you are putting on a fresh face mask.
The last main ingredient of the face mask of bisabolol is a new ingredient to me, I have not heard of it in anything else I have tried before. Having read up on this ingredient it is a main component of an essential oil from the chamomile plant. It helps to reduce flaking on a dry skin, and restore suppleness. Some important factors of this ingredient is that it is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory (great for redness or spots), and it is a non-allergen. I would say from my use of the mask that I did notice that the flakiness around my nose was reduced after using it.
So hearing how great these ingredients sound I would give the ingredients of the face mask 7/10 (this is because they sound good, but yet they are not ingredients which suggest anything super fantastic over ingredients used in other face masks).
The Effects of the Ingredients
So overall the ingredients sound great and yes I did notice the effects of some of these. I noticed that my skin felt refreshed and soft after use. I also felt that it looked a little bit brighter and it prevented flakiness around my nose. But I did not notice any substantial results that are worth raving about sadly. It didn't seem to prevent oiliness in my t-zone and my skin didn't feel ultra revived after using it. I also have quite visible blackheads around my nose (and despite being realistic and knowing that a face mask doesn't just get rid of these) I didn't feel like it drew impurities out from my skin in order to help these. I think a face mask needs to be on for much longer or have some sort of exfoliating element to help this. I do not think that such a face mask can be called deep cleansing when it doesn't seem to be in the slightest. I also have some redness from spots and it didn't alleviate this in the slightest. But I did feel the face mask did more when I used my muslin cloth to take it off. But that is the benefits of the muslin cloth helping to exfoliate the skin, not the face mask.
So based on the effects of the results I would rate the face mask 6/10.
The face mask when squeezed out of the tube is very iridescent. It is not particularly thick and once blended it goes very thin very quickly. It went onto my skin very easily and it blended over my face nicely. After 3 minutes I removed it (as the instructions stated), it came off relatively easily with warm water, but I have ended up now using my muslin cloth as I think this takes it off more thoroughly and this helps to mildly exfoliate the skin too.
But I have not been blown away by the effects of this mask. The Clinique Turnaround Facial Mask I used to use I really felt did something for my skin, I could see improvements with my skin whilst using it. My skin looked brighter, it completely reduced any flakiness or dry patches on the skin and it made my skin look and feel clarified. However this facial mask was suggested to act like microdermabrasion (a technology that helps to buff away the surface layer of the skin) so it did do much more than a standard face mask. But I just don't feel that this mask being on for just three minutes can be doing a lot for the skin. I haven't noticed any dramatic changes in my skin like I did with the Clinique mask. Perhaps I am asking too much from a £3.99 face mask which is for sensitive skins.
I do usually love the face mask experience, popping it on and relaxing for more than ten minutes with it on. Whereas having this face mask on for just three minutes means it is barely worth me going to relax with it on as by the time I have sat down it is time to get up again to remove it. So no it is not a relaxing experience having this face mask on.
So based on the face mask experience I would have to give this face mask 3/10 (I give it 3 because like I said earlier I do like the cold fresh feel of it which is worth something).
Perhaps I am too used to face masks from premium brands like Clinique which are expensive which I seem to get great results from suggesting the money is well spent. Whereas with this face mask it is incredibly cheap at £3.99 and it gives some results, but as I said nothing mind blowing. Perhaps I should be satisfied with that but as I like my face mask experience which I do not find that this face mask gives I will from now on try a face mask from Lush again (as I remember fond memories of those). I do think in some respects that this face mask is falsely advertised when it called a deep cleaning face mask. It certainly isn't deep cleansing. Perhaps as the face mask and brand of Simple is for sensitive skins it can only go so far to be deep cleansing without being an irritant for sensitive skins. However it shouldn't be called a deep cleansing mask then as this does not compare in the slightest to other so called deep cleansing masks I have used. I would recommend this mask to somebody who just wants a quick-fix and refreshing mask to give them soft skin and for somebody who doesn't have the time to spend leaving on a 10-15 minute mask. Plus at £3.99 you are not breaking the bank, especially if you use other products from Simple and if you can benefit from buying face mask in a 3 for 2 offer. Perhaps another suggestion for this mask is for a teenager's skin who doesn't have any problems with spots, just to refresh the skin and do slightly more than a regular cleanser. But certainly for somebody past teenage years I do not think that this face mask does enough sadly.
So rating this face mask on every aspect it would be 5/10.
I will not be buying it again. It should teach me not to get sucked into 3 for 2 offers and pick up something that is on the spur of the moment. I am sure that there is a mid way face mask though between this one and the Clinique one I tried. It is just trying to find it, or sticking to the face masks from Lush.
Summary: It did not work wonders but at £3.99 perhaps I was expecting too much of it!