Review: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants
I’ve added a category for reviews here on my blog; I like to talk about stuff, obviously, and it will also give me topics for those days when I think, “My life is so boring, I have nothing to talk about!”
I’m starting out with the complimentary Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask that I received (for testing purposes) in my Influenster VoxBox. This was the first thing I grabbed, because I’ve always heard good things about Boots products. (There is a curl cream that girls rave about on Naturally Curly’s CurlTalk forums, but I’ve never been able to find it in the US.)
I never think to buy face masks nowadays. I guess I kind of thought of them as something you used as a pimply teenager to try to dry out your skin … not something my slightly-sensitive 49-year-old skin really needs. The last mask I bought was probably Queen Helene’s Mint Julep mask.
Remembering how hard that was to squeeze out of the tube, I assumed the Boots mask would be the same thick, paste consistency. I gave the tube a hard squeeze and was surprised to see a thin stream of light greenish gray liquid shoot out. I’ve since learned that it’s best to shake the tube to thicken it up just a bit. It comes out in a consistency that’s very easy to spread.
I squeeze about a pea size blob onto a fingertip and quickly spread it onto my face, avoiding the area under my eyes and, obviously, my lips. (blech!) It dries really fast, so you’ll have parts of your face that look dark gray and parts that look army green where the mask has already dried … very entertaining!
Give it 10 minutes to work its magic. As I said, my skin is slightly sensitive and I didn’t notice any feeling of dryness, tingling, etc. The mask dries in a fairly flexible, non-flaky way; you can feel that it’s tightened on your skin, but you can slide your fingers over the dry mask and it doesn’t come off.
Wash it off with water (you can use a facial scrub/sponge if you like, but you don’t have to) and that’s it! My skin always feels soft and fresh after I use this mask; I try to use it once a week.
It’s affordable and works well for me – I give it an A.