Monday, April 7, 2014

AVON | Clearskin Black Mineral Mask

Mud and clay based face masks have always been a hit or miss item in my skincare journey. On one hand they are know for detoxifying your skin, drawing out impurities and minimizing pores but they can easily make skin dry, irritated and sometimes down right uncomfortable.


THE BASICS
Brand: AVON
Product: Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask*
Size: 75ml
Price: $7.99 CAD
Availability: Avon (online) or your independent Avon Rep
Would I (re)purchase: Maybe
Website: www.avon.ca

For the past few months I've been going steady with this clay based mask from Avon and as any skincare relationship begins, we were a little apprehensive about each other at first. I've avoided most acne based skincare products for the last few years due to their tendency to be rather harsh on the skin but after quick patch test on my skin, I decided to go in for the full dive.

Meant to help treat spots and pores, the Clearskin mask boasts 0.5% salicyclic acid, a common pore unclogging / exfoliating ingredient and is often an additive to anti-acne products. It also features bentonite, a powdered clay used for oil control. Fresh from the tube, this mask has a gel cream consistency which spread easily over the skin and had a very faint scent. Give it 15 minutes and it begins to dry, the dark grey mask turning a lighter grey, with a slight tightening sensation though nothing uncomfortable compared to the likes of Glamglow or Lush's Mask of Magnaminty.


This was also surprisingly easy to rinse off (did not pull my eyebrows off) and didn't burn or cause any visible irritation at all. In fact, this is one of the most comfortable clay masks I've used to date and easy on my skin as well. Immediate results included a slightly brighter and smoother complexion plus some notable temporary pore shrinkage while long term use seemed to result in balancing my skin, keeping the oilies away without further drying my easily dehydrated skin type. The instructions suggests 2-3 sessions a week but I usually do this once a week when I feel the need for an instant refreshment on days my face just needs a wake up call.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Affordable clay based mask with a lightweight texture that is gentle on the skin while helping to balance oily spots which is extra great for combination skin. Quick and easy to use in the mornings before makeup to perk up your complexion, leaving skin fresh and comfortable. Wouldn't rely on this solely for treatment care but is a nice simple addition to your everyday skincare routine.

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Ingredients: WATER/EAU, HYDRATED SILICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENEGLYCO, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, ISOCETETH-20, PEG-8, MAGNESIUMALUMINUM SILICATE, CAMELLIASINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, EUCALYPTUSGLOBULUS LEAF EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES/CALCIUM FERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/COPPERFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/IRONFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/MAGNESIUMFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/MANGANESE FERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/POTASSIUMFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/SILICONFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/ZINC FERMENT, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA(WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-7 GLYCERYLCOCOATE, SIMETHICONE, SODIUMCHLORIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, IRON OXIDES, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE.

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