I’ve always liked the idea of clay masks. In my head, they’re like Cillit Bang, but for the face. Insta-clean magic skin care potions.
The first one I bought was Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, €30. If you’ve got oily skin, it’s definitely one to try.
If, like me, your skin is more dry, it’s still one to try, but only if you want to know what it feels like to have your face purged of everything bar a flaky veil of sore skin. It’s heavy duty, and no mistake.
The second one, after the years it took me to get over the initial face stripping, was Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Clay Mask, €10.99. It’s a much gentler option that the Origins face-sucker-off cream.
In fact, I’d put this on the other end of the spectrum – I think it purified about as much as warm water and a wash cloth. My skin didn’t feel any different after I rinsed off the mask, and there were no visible changes in the month that I used it.
Finally, we’re on to the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Clay Mask. This was pitched to me as a clay mask with bonus nourishment, and it totally is.
Its texture is wetter than the other two, and it doesn’t completely set. When the time comes to take this off, it’s still a little bit sticky. I think that’s the oily section of the ingredients (rosehip + evening primrose) in action.
Once it’s rinsed off, there’s a real brightness about my skin. The sensation is pleasant, smooth and soft without tightness. A squint into my pores (oh, the places you’ll go) reveals much less build-up than usual.
At most, I apply it weekly. That’s the only downside – you pay for 60mls, which is a lot of gunk when you only use infrequent pinches of the stuff – but it goes off after six months. There’s no way I’ll get through a tub that quickly, so I think the big tub is a bit of a false economy. You’d be wise to go halves with a partner or house mate!
It’s my pick of the pack, and has quelled my €60 Glamglow notions.