quick fix facial for A NIGHt IN OR OUT
I generally don’t buy face masks. They’re for people who aren’t afraid to put anything new on their skin. I on the other hand, have that hideously awkward skin that everyone says you will grow out of - but you never do. Do you remember that one kid in class who developed spots before everyone else? And then went on to have full blown acne? Yep, that was me.
Although I no longer resemble the before image on a spot cream advert, my skin has now morphed into the dreaded combination category (dry as a bone apart from the odd acne breakout, which is generally on my jawline. And chin. And the back of the neck…). This means face masks are often a no no. Anything that deviates from my careful regime usually means a break out and weeks of carrying a concealer in my handbag - just in case my make-up rubs off during the day.
But the Clinique City Block Charcoal Clay Mask and Scrub was a pleasant surprise. Charcoal as a beauty treatment for the skin has been around for some time now and is beloved of many celebs, all swearing it keeps their skin safe from the nasty pollutants of modern day society. This face mask is the latest offering to utilise the power of charcoal (not a sentence I ever thought I’d say). Now whether it really is the magic charcoal ingredient - just the awesomeness that is Clinique - this face mask really does work wonders.
Like most face masks you just mix the face cream with a bit of water then gently rub into your skin. It’s simple to apply and has a great consistency i.e. it doesn’t run off down your neck or into your hair. It actually stays in place for the required five minutes, which is the hallmark of a quality product. I personally just brushed my teeth during this time, before jumping in the shower and then washing my hair. Then I chucked some water on my face and it came off easily. So far, so simple, but how’d it leave my skin?
I expected the mask to be quite harsh. Anything that claims to remove pollution / build up etc. I would expect to take the top layer of skin off. But this left my face feeling soft and refreshed. My skin also looked quite matte, so I can see why this would work as an everyday scrub before applying make-up to avoid shine. And most importantly for me, I didn’t get a dreaded acne break out using it. Hallelujah!
Overall, I’d give it four out of five. I knocked off a point because I like to look glowing after a face treatment, rather than matte. But that’s just my hang up. One day I will look like the girl with the naturally peachy skin. One day.
Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask & Scrub 100ml, $67
Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel 150ml, $47
*All prices mentioned are in New Zealand dollars.
Review | Helen Easson
Cover Image | Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman
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Helen Easson is a self-confessed beauty addict, with a particular weakness for beautiful perfumes. An international freelance writer and author; Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.