Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask

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Back in April I went on vacation to Costa Rica (it was amazing, I encourage you to go!). When I was thinking about essentials that I wanted to pack I thought of a clay mask. I feel like I need to do a deep cleansing mask once a week. I didn’t want to bring my big bottle of the Origins Clear Improvement Clay Mask (review to come), so I thought I would bring the travel sized Clinique one I had sitting around to try out. I didn’t have high hopes for it and no, I don’t know why. I guess I just really enjoy my Origins one and was thinking it wouldn’t be comparable. WELL! Results wise I believe that this is comparable. It did a fantastic job of purging the gunk stuck in my face. I mean, I was trekking up mountains in Costa Rica and I was pretty grimy mid week. This stuff seemed to have brought my skin back into check while scaring off any blemishes that were attempting to surface. The texture was different then I was used to – which is a thick mud like mask. It was thin in texture almost like a calamine lotion, and I found it dried super quickly. Which is good I guess because it only recommends you keep it on for 5 minutes and then rinse it off. So not only efficient but quick! Fantastic for vacation – I was even happier I had brought this along! Once it was washed off my face there was no tackiness and my face did not feel dry or tight. Over all, I would buy the full sized product. I thought it did exactly what it was meant to do in 5 minutes. It’s oil free and very gentle. If you’re in the market for a clay based mask – consider this!

Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask

Ugggggggh. Ladies. Gentlemen too. In the last week I have had the worst break out of acne that I’ve ever had in the last 6 months. Yea, it’s stress related, welcome Christmas in retail. Side note, I love Christmas.

Anyway. This product here, is something I had only been using in the summer when my skin was an oil slick. Mainly because it did a great job of mattifying my skin. So keep that in mind for the summer, folks. With my recent face apocalypse I busted this out last night to try and soothe my skin. I wouldn’t recommend using this regularly in the colder seasons if you have drier skin. Again, it’s geared to mattify.  Anyway, soothe it did. The main ingredient in here is clay and that clay will soothe, soothe, soothe until you are all soothed out. My acne related redness went down noticeably. It is hypoallergenic, paraben free, soap free, alcohol free. It smells wonderfully fresh as you put it on and it does tighten up quite quickly. In the summer I would leave it on for 10 minutes  but I only left it on for 5 minutes last night. My skin did feel slightly tight afterwords but the pay off was worth it. My acne hasn’t disappeared but it’s definitely better.  If you suffer from acne or have seasonally oily skin, you might want to try this product out! This will be a repurchase for me.

Biotherm BioPur Pore Reducer “Mask”

I don’t know about you guys but masks are a big part of my weekly cleansing routine. Biotherm Pore Reducer mask is quite wonderful for those nights when you’re thinking you’re due for a mask but you just don’t  have time. Bring this into the shower with you and just before you soap up your beautiful body, pop this on your face. Soap your body up, rinse and then wash the mask away. It only needs to be on for a minute (this is why I put mask in quotations). And that minute will be the tingliest, coolest (yes temp wise!) minute ever! If you have super, super, super sensitive skin, this product will most likely burn instead of tingle/cool. So I wouldn’t recommend you using it in that circumstance.

Now, I don’t notice that it helps reduce the size of my pores, but what I do notice is that it helps bring the black heads up to the surface and be easily extracted. And that’s really the only thing I can claim that it does. Honestly, I’m ok with that! Sometimes I feel I need something to get those blackheads out, and I don’t feel like getting nose strips, forehead strips or whatever else there is out there. This does the job quickly and effectively. You wouldn’t die without this product, but give it a try.