Facial masks play a very significant role in improving the overall look and feel of your skin, as they aid in the fight against dark marks and in promoting skin renewal and decongesting blocked pores. I’ve always been a fan of clay masks, so when I received this goodie from The Victorian Garden, I was certain that I would love it.
I’m pretty sure that you aware of the benefits that a clay mask can yield for oily/acne-prone skin – you know, the whole drawing out of dirt and impurities from clogged pores concept. But what you may not know is that even if you have dull or tired skin, clay masks are still the way to go. The little clay particles within the mask assist in rejuvenating the skin whilst encouraging a fresh and healthy glow – which is exactly what dull/tired skin needs.
The Victorian Garden 7 Herb Firming Clay Masque is not your basic run-of-the-mill clay mask. The mask is formulated with a ton of frikken’ incredible ingredients such as Green Clay, Shea, Beeswax, Marula, Aloe Vera, Elderflower, Bearberry, Seaweed, Orange, Sugar Cane, Lemon, Spearmint and Black Oats, amongst others, which work so well together to produce the best possible results for your skin. It is always preferred to use products that are formulated from natural and organic ingredients as these are safer and probably more effective than any chemically-formulated product.
When applying this mask for the first time, its minty, almost spearmint Chappies-like scent, was the first thing that I noticed. And I loved it. It is just that fresh, invigorating fragrance of the Spearmint within the mask that gets all of my senses working and feeling alive – it’s just wonderful!
Once I applied this minty fresh mask all over my face and neck, I waited for about 15 minutes before washing it off. The 15 minute time period is just to guarantee that I receive all of the goodness that this mask has to offer – but you can keep it on for just 10 minutes, if you are impatient and feeling antsy. After about 12 minutes, the mask starts to dry up and you can feel it tightening on your skin – which in my opinion, is the best feeling ever. I was expecting the mask to be completely hardened and white after the 15 minutes were up – but it didn’t. It only slightly dried up. But I guess that it was formulated not to harden because it doesn’t say anything about waiting for the mask to dry/harden before washing off in the directions to using the mask and besides, it does a great job, regardless of the non-hardening, so who cares?
After washing the mask off and patting my face dry, my skin felt much smoother and softer than it did before. I even noticed that the few pimples that I had on my cheeks, were now drier and slightly smaller in volume. I use this mask twice a week – on a Monday night and on a Thursday night – and I think it has lightened one of my dark marks. I had this little mark on my chin, left behind after a pimple, and I’ve just realised that it’s almost gone now. I don’t know if it was the mask or if it just lightened on its own, but yeah.
This mask is great for those of you with sensitive and acne-prone skin because it is really mild and gentle and won’t induce any breakouts. Also, if your skin is in that phase of being red and itchy, this mask can really help in calming your skin down and in clearing out whatever it is that is making your skin so itchy.
The 7 Herb Firming Clay Masque retails for about R85.00 for a 50ml tube, and will last you around 3-4 months. So, if you want to get your hands on this mask, all you’ve got to do is head on over to The Victorian Garden’s website to make your purchase!
Here’s to good skin and Chappies bubblegum,