I call them 'standby' masks because depending on time of the month, I can sometimes be a grease ball. Other times, my skin might be flaking in certain areas due to dryness. So, clay masks are essential to draw out skin impurities/oil and tighten pores and hydrating masks is a must to inject back hydration into your skin before you apply your fancy creams to seal in moisture. Ideally, oily-skin girls should use both together for best effect. Use clay mask then follow by hydrating mask. That will make your pores look smaller and skin feels softer!
Ok.. I'm out of topic. I meant to share about this clay mask I purchased about few months back.
It is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask.
My 'standby' clay mask is usually St.Ives Clay Mask. I've been using it for the past 2 years.
I meant to repurchase it but when I saw the eye-catching, green packaging from Freeman, I'm drawn to it. The tube seems huge and it is fairly inexpensive. I think it is RM18.90 for a 150ml tube. I bought it at Guardian Pharmacy.
I thought to myself "Oatmeal is good for calming irritated skin and Avocado is a rich fruit which is very hydrating for skin. Both great ingredients are infused into this clay mask which draws out impurities from the skin. The ingredients list includes Vitamin E too! Wow.. Seems promising!"
And I have to say that this is GOOD! It is NOT some amazing, miraculous clay mask that transforms your skin but I think for the price and for the things this does, it is not bad at all!
|my tube sitting at the shower|
|what's written behind the tube|
|a closer look at the ingredients|
First of all, the scent is great. I don't know how to describe the smell fml but it's nice. I don't mind it.
The texture of this is different from other clay masks I've used. Usually clay masks have very thick consistency, almost mud-like (hard to spread around). This minty-green clay mask is thick but it is creamy and easy to spread around. I like that.
I applied on my skin and when it dries, I noticed that, there are dots on the areas where my pores are. It is most noticeable on my nose where I have a lot of blackheads. I think those are oils or impurities being drawn out by the mask. I have to say this mask did a good job on purging my pores.
However, when I let it fully dry on my skin (around 15-20 minutes), it can feel very tight and after I wash it off my skin can feel quite dry. That is not a big problem for me though because I usually do a hydrating mask right after my clay mask. So, remember to moisturize properly after this mask.
Due to it being quite drying, I sometimes use this on my nose and cheek area only where my giant pores are located. Sometimes, I'll use it on my whole face too depending on my skin condition. Most of the time, I leave the mask on for 5 minutes only not allowing it to fully dry so that it won't over dry my skin.
Oh yea.. I forgot to mention this. For you sensitive skin ladies, I find that this stings my skin a bit when I put it on. It goes away almost immediately. It doesn't bother me because a lot of stuff stings my skin. For example, foundations, moisturisers, etc. but you may want to take note of this before deciding whether you want to give this a try. :D
WARNING : CAREFUL! YOU MIGHT SCARE YOUR PARTNER OR FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN DOING THIS MASK BECAUSE YOU'LL LOOK LIKE A GREEN FACE ZOMBIE.
Hope I didn't scare any of you with this last pic. Until the next post, stay matte (lol) and fresh!
Pam (May Yue)