Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Review
Ingredients: Sea silt (Natural oceanic clay), Aqua (Water), Potassium sorbate, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Salix nigra (Willow) bark extract
This mineral-rich ionic mask absorbs excess oil and detoxifies skin.
The oceanic clay exhibits a negative electrical charge, which helps to draw out deep-rooted impurities without overdrying.
Skin is left clearer, softer and smoother.
Willowbark is nature's champion clarifier. Excess sebum, pollution and old skin cells can clog up pores, resulting in shine and blemishes.
The bark of the willow tree is a natural source of salicylic acid which helps to refine skin texture and actively target imperfections.
Our beauty scientists use active plant extracts approved by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to bring you beautiful skincare that's proven to work.
We've taken steps to reduce our impact on the planet at every stage in this product's journey.
Formulated without parabens.
Formula: Green in colour like most clay masks but a lot runnier than your average clay mask.
Packaging: Simple tube with a clean design and it's also recyclable.
Thoughts: I generally don't like clay masks as they tend to break me out (I know that's the point at first but I can never seem to get past this stage) so I was a bit worried it would break me out. However, I thought I'd give it a go due to it's natural ingridients.
Firstly, I found the mask really runny but I got used to this and I find that it just needs a bit of a shake before you use it. The mask goes on a dark green colour and dries to a light green, so you can see that it is fully dry and pores are darker, which is more than likely the ingridients working. It's recommended to leave on for ten minutes, which I generally do. When it has fully dried, it leaves your face feeling really tight - I quite like this as I feel like it's doing more than just keeping pores clean and I especially notice it around the eye area (I apply it carefully around here) and temples. I find it to crumble slightly when it's dry and it's recommended to "Wipe away excess mask with tissues and rinse well with warm water". Personally, I can't see how tissues would work, it'd just create a big mess. I prefer to use a warm flannel to remove the mask. My skin is a little red after but it doesn't stay like it for long and it's also not sore at all. The tightened feeling lasts for a while, which I like and my skin feels smooth and is definitely less shiny than usual. Thankfully, the thing that I was most worried about hasn't happened...It hasn't made me break out, yet it has helped to keep my skin clear. I will add that I always use La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (will review soon) after applying the mask, just in case! I've used the mask for a few months now and I still haven't ran out and although it's a fairly small tube, a little goes a long way. I'll definitely be repurchasing!
Pros: Keeps skin clear without drying or breaking you out. Lasts a long time so it's great value for money, especially with the natural ingridients.
Cons: Runny formula but it's not so bad that I won't continue using it!
Would I recommend this product?: I couldn't recommend this mask enough - amazing results and great value for money.
You can purchase Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask from: Boots