The Best of Drugstore Clay Masks!Sunday, March 24, 2013
I've been meaning to do this post for a while after acquiring quite a few clay masks. I have quite oily, blemish prone skin and since clay masks are meant to be really good at clearing the skin and drawing out all the impurities, I love using them. I tend to use a clay mask once/twice a week depending on the time I have.
First up is:
Lush Mask of Magnanimity
I bought this mask thinking it was a cleanser to be honest, I didn't really twig it was a mask and certainly didn't realise it was a clay mask. It has a very thick consistency, the thickest of all of the masks I own, and it has a strong minty/peppermint smell. Its also quite gritty which does make spreading it pretty challenging, however once you have applied a generous layer and leave it for 20 minutes, it makes your skin feel seriously clean. It does feel a little tingly on the skin as with all clay masks there is a slight tightening as well as it dries. I personally love that because it makes me feel like it is working! This is probably my favorite out of the clay masks.
Consistency: Very thick
Time Left On: Approx 20 minutes for it to fully dry
Result: Very clear skin
The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask
This mask has to be my least favourite, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Just for me I find that it doesn't work as well on my skin. Its probably the lightest of the masks and it doesn't really dry with a tightening feeling like the others do. Its a slightly thick consistency but also very spreadable. This is probably the mask I'd recommend doing regularly, its light enough not to strip your skin each time and so you could probably get away with doing this daily. It also has a strong tea tree smell which personally I'm not too keen on.
Consistency: Fairly thick but spreadable
Time Left On: Approx 5 - 10 minutes
Result: Fresh skin but doesn't really feel like impurities have been lifted.
The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask
This is my most recent clay mask, and although I certainly didn't need it, it is one I really enjoy wearing. I really like all of the Body Shop Seaweed range and I certainly wasn't disappointed with this one. Its a fairly thick consistency but it is also a little creamy too, very easy to spread and it feels nice and tingly when on the skin. This dries quite quickly and definitely feels like it is working on the skin. The feeling isn't quite as clear as the Lush one but this definitely comes in a close second.
Consistency: Fairly thick but also a little creamy
Time Left On: Approx 10 minutes
Result: Clear skin
Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask
I find this mask quite strange although I do quite like it. It has quite a runny consistency, so much so that you have to shake it well before applying it to make it slightly thicker. However once on it is really nice. It dries quite quickly and although there isn't much tingling it really feels as though your skin is much clearer and fresher after washing it off.
Consistency: A little bit runny if not shaken
Time Left On: Approx 10 minutes
Result: Fresh, clear skin
After 10 Minutes - L-R [Lush Mask of Magnaminty, BS Tea Tree Mask, BS Ionic Clay Mask, Botanics Clay Mask]
I hope that has been helpful to your guys, I would highly recommend clay masks to anyone with oily, blemish prone skin as they really do help my skin so much. My skin really suffers when I haven't used a clay mask in a while!