Welcome my darlings once again to Face mask Friday. As my fever earlier this week seems to have brought out a spate of bumpy clogged pores, I am going with a tried and true clearing mask for me. It is the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing Clay Mask. And yes, it smells like chocolate. I know I’ve talked about this mask before so I will link here to the full ingredient break down.
This mask is one I keep coming back to because it really does draw out the under the surface blemishes. At the same time, it isn’t a mask I can use every week. It is a somewhat intense mask. Often what I do with it, it put a little strip of mask over my problem areas instead of my whole face because often times it is a little too much for my entire face. Of course when my whole face needs a clear out it is perfect.
The mask is clay based so I do have sort of the stony faced bank robber look to me when I wear it, which is odd because the entire time I’m wearing it I am very much enjoying the scent of cocoa. The mask does tingle a bit. Part of that is the drying aspect and part ingredients. I know that once I remove the mask everything will look more or less the same. Then about five minutes later I’ll look in the mirror and parts of my skin will look a little red. If I wait another five minutes then the redness is all gone. What I noticed is that the parts that do get red are the parts that don’t really have any clogged pores for the mask to work on. It’s why I usually use this mask as a spot treatment on red spots and bumpy texture.
By the time I go to do my skin care this evening, the redness will be a memory and the parts that were red will feel smooth and silky soft. The parts that had bumpy clogged pores or blemishes that were thinking of coming out but were being really slow about it, will have risen. It is not a good look, but once all of those blemishes break the surface and emerge from their hiding places deep under the skin, they can be dealt with. Peace out Acne Dots Can be deployed as can salicylic acid based cleansers. And after a few days of work, I know my skin will be smooth and clear.
It is why when I do use this mask it is a bit strategic. This weekend, gardening is the main goal. It is time to put in the carrot seed in the back bed and start bringing the seedlings out of the greenhouse to harden in the sun during the day. They aren’t yet ready to spend the night outside. And this year I picked up these really cool carrot seeds. The seed type is called Parisian. And it grows these little round carrot balls instead of long carrots. We don’t have a deep bed so I’m hoping this will work. I would love to have fresh carrots this year.
But that is sort of irrelevant at the moment. The point is that the back garden isn’t going to care if my face is dealing with mass break outs. So it is the perfect time to deal with them. Today the Clearing mask, tomorrow the breakouts.
If you are going to use this mask, or any clay mask really, I highly recommend getting one of those silicone masking spatulas. I picked one up very cheaply on Amazon for less than a dollar. I also have a more expensive one ($12), they both work more or less the same. The $12 one is better materials and will probably last longer but that is really the only difference. They don’t have to be expensive tools to work. The thing is, using them, while it feels a bit extra, actually helps you use less product so in the long run, it can keep you from running short of your favorite products.
While this mask can be worn for 10-15 minutes, I recommend doing a test spot to see how you are going to react to it and then starting off with less time, especially if you have sensitive skin. When it is dry I find it best to use a little water to loosen up the clay before you try washing it off. Just kind of pat some water onto it, or use a soft bristled brush to brush water over it to get the clay to loosen so you don’t have to scrub that hard to rinse. If you do use a brush, go lightly as the point is to loosen the bask not scrub your skin.
There wasn’t a lot of Zen in my mask today. My baby doll is working from home today and when he is in the house masking becomes a sort of amusement for him. He grew up with brothers and his mother had her own off limit’s bathroom so all this “fluffy” stuff is alien territory for him. Some things he likes, some things he actively mocks. And lets face it some things he actively mocks he really likes. Seriously, if you heard him mocking bath salts, bath fizzes and bubble bath, you would never suspect him of having his own private stash. He hasn’t tried any face masks but he finds them oddly fascinating. Also he thinks anything mud or clay based he can make up by taking a hose to a clay patch in the backyard. He keeps threatening to start his own skin care line called Mystic Mud. Don’t worry, I won’t let him.
But that was my face mask for this Friday. No candles or musical interludes with eyes shut and thoughts adrift. Just a good pore cleanse and empty threats about the skin care line my baby doll will never create. Fun and in its own way, a little relaxing.
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