Friday, March 14, 2014

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Review #powerofplants

My favorite product in the Influenster J'Adore VoxBox was definitely the Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask.  This brand was entirely new to me before receiving the mask in my box, so I was really excited to give it a try!

I have oily skin, so I am always interested in trying new clay masks.  The clay works to draw out excess oil in the skin and balance sebum production, but I've found that some clay masks are too harsh on my also sensitive skin.  It's a really strange combination of skin types to have, so I was so glad to find that the Ionic Clay Mask works perfectly for both!

The mask "actively removes impurities and deeply cleanses with clarifying willowbark," as stated on the front label.  Willowbark is a natural source of salicylic acid, which helps to refine the skin.  It also contains oceanic minerals that draw out deep-rooted oil without over drying, so skin is left feeling cleaner, softer, and smoother.  Boots Botanics uses plant extracts approved by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to bring skin care that is proven to work.  I like that the ingredient list is very short: sea silt (natural oceanic clay), aqua (water), potassium sorbate, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and salix nigra (Willow) bark extract.

I recommend giving the tube a good shake before using.  The first time I used this mask I didn't, and a bunch of liquid ended up getting all over the place.  It's a lot less viscous than other clay masks I've used before, but a few good shakes will help mix it all up so that you get a consistency like the one in the photo above.  It dries really quickly after applying to the skin, and the instructions recommend leaving it on for only 10 minutes.  I appreciate that it's so fast drying, because sometimes I don't feel like sitting around with a mask on my face for too long.  With other clay masks I've experienced a stinging sensation as the clay got to work, but this one was very gentle and I didn't have any sort of stinging feeling.  My skin was left feeling really soft and smooth after, and I really did feel that the extra oil and been drawn away.

Bottom Line: I really like this mask!  I'm definitely going to look into Boots Botanics some more.  I like that they are using plant-based ingredients and are also cruelty-free.  The best part about this mask was that it balanced my oily skin without irritating it too much.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for review purposes through the Influenster program.

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