Once again, I am blogging with the last drop of my favorite clay mask on my face. SkinCeuticals, “Clarifying Clay Masque”, to be precise. Unfortunately, I tried a new night time facial cream last night and woke up with little white pimples all over my face. Now, I rarely get pimples. Honestly, the Clarisonic keeps my pores very clean and gives me a nice complexion. So, since my break out came 10 hours after trying a new product, I can conclude that this lotion is not good for my skin. Too bad, really. I was so excited about trying it. The magazines kept using the words, “beauty break through” or “innovative” when describing it. Luckily, it was just a sample, so the only thing wasted here was my complexion!
You’ll notice that I did not name the lotion. I did this on purpose because discouraging someone else from trying what is said to be a good product, is not my intent. Beauty is trial and error. What doesn’t work for me, just might do amazing things for you. Just make sure you get a sample of it, before you buy it.
Now, since we are talking Clay Masks………
A clay mask is what you use if you have congested pores, excess oil and acne. The clay fills in your pores, dries, then lifts all the dirt and impurities out of them. When you wash the clay off of your face, the grime goes down the drain with it. When your pores are free of debris, they will appear smaller, one more reason to keep them clean. I always steam my pores with a hot, damp towel prior to putting the clay on, that way my pores are open and ready to be de-gunked! If you have oily or acne prone skin, you should be using a mask at least once a week.
As my friend, Pam and I discovered while on the hunt for a drugstore clay mask, they are almost impossible to find! They didn’t use to be! I even had to go to another town to find what I was looking for. Thank goodness for the internet and free shipping.
St. Ives, “Mineral Clay Firming Mask”. This 6 dollar find has a lot of the same ingredients as my 50 dollar mask. The company uses Kaolin Clay in their mask, which is one of the highest grades of clay. They also added in Mineral Copper, which helps maintain the skins ability to produce Elastin. Plus Chamomile to soothe, Caffeine to reduce puffiness and Antioxidant rich, Green Tea to help clean out those pores. There are so many minerals included in this mask, that I just do not have enough space to add them all in. Well worth the money. The trouble is, finding it. I found mine at Walgreen’s, but it took a lot of hunting. If you can not find it, www.drugstore.com has it and so does, http://www.stives.com.
Boots Botanics, “Conditioning Clay Mask”. I first heard about this on the beauty segment of Entertainment Tonight, but I was busy at the time and never researched it further. Then, I read about it in Redbook Magazine and it jogged my memory. Oceanic Clay makes the base of this mask. Oceanic Clay is said to have a negative charge which will draw out your impurities, much like a magnet. This is one mask that will not only suck up excess oil, it will hydrate your skin as well. Burdock Root does just that…..hydrates! One more thing I love about this mask, it is Paraben free! Available for just under 9 bucks at drugstore.com and Target stores. It was not at the first store my friend and I went to, but I did find it in another city. An employee said they fly off the shelves!
Befine, “Warming Clay Mask”. While scouring the isles at Ulta, I came across this little gem on an end cap. New Beauty once sent me a sample of the brands lip scrub in my test tube and I just loved it. Also Kaolin clay based, but they also added Antioxidant rich Pomegranate to fight free radicals and Cardamom to promote the heeling process. I purposely did not place a hot towel on my face prior to using because I wanted to see if it truly warmed on contact like the box claims. It does! About 30 seconds after I applied this to my face, it warmed right up. I always say the negative points to a product, and this had one. It was a little hard to spread on my skin. Felt like putty instead of clay. Once I got it on, however, I quickly realized how worth the effort it was. Leave on for 10 minutes then wipe off with a damp wash cloth. Well worth the $12.99 price tag. Besides Ulta, it is also available at drugstore.com and http://www.befine.com.
This blog was about drugstore finds and trying to find quality products without spending a fortune. I really do love the SkinCeuticals mask, but may now be a Befine and Boots convert. Hey, if saving a little green on a face mask is what it takes to buy more lip gloss, then I’m all for it!