Product: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Use: To exfoliate or purify acne-prone skin
Price: About $3.50 for an 8oz tube
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+++++++++++
Before I started writing this entry I slathered on a thick layer of this green, minty, clay mask and as Iâ€™m waiting for it to dry I can feel all of the gunk being sucked out of my pores. This really is the raddest mask ever, and itâ€™s a must-have in any acne-prone personâ€™s routine.
What it does
The tube says that Mint Julep Masque â€œhelps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads, and shrink enlarged pores.â€ And for once, I think the marketing folks werenâ€™t just trying to sell hope in a jar (or tube), because this stuff works. Granted, I didnâ€™t witness any miraculous skin revelation after using this once â€“ Iâ€™ve had this in my skin routine for about two years, and I think with consistent use this product really helps to keep my skin clear. As the mask dries I can feel my skin tightening up and after I wash it off I can see all of the whiteheads that are brought to the surface. Gross, I know, but strangely fascinating.
How I use it
I use this mask once a week, right after I get out of the shower when my pores are opened up. I slather on a thick, even amount and avoid the eye area. Then I walk around the house with the scary green mask and try to scare my husband or any other person in the vicinity, ha ha ha! Actually, Iâ€™ll let the mask dry as I do other stuff like put on lotion, iron clothes, etc., and after 15-20 minutes I rinse it off with just water and follow up with a toner.
While this mask is great for oily and acne-prone faces, it might be too harsh if you tend to dry out easily. Also, the packaging is not cute at all. And Iâ€™ve noticed that if I have a tube for a few months, the mask consistency gets thicker and harder to manipulate out of the tube.
Still, you canâ€™t be the cheap price and the effectiveness of this product for acne-control. Iâ€™ve shelled out many dollars for high-end at-home masks from Dermalogica, DDF and other brands and nothing compares to this stuff. Try it, use it, love it!