My combination skin’s been acting up lately (annoying little pimples on my chin, clogged pores on my cheeks, dry patches around my noseâ€¦ the usual crapalicious bullsh*t ), so last night I took it as a blogger’s blessing and decided to test oil-free Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask ($9) for the first time.
Just shake (it sounds like canned soup!), slather and let dry for between 10-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The mineral-rich clay, which is harvested from the sea and combined with burdock root extract, contains a negative electrical charge that, according to Boots, draws the crud from pores without over-drying the skin.
I kept it on for a full 20 minutes before rinsing, breathing in the earthy scent and enjoying the tightening sensation. While it was on, I could actually SEE the product settling into my pores, too, hopefully working its magic. ‘Twas fascinating AND disgusting — both at the same time!
Right away my skin felt noticeably softer and hydrated, but I’ll have to keep using it to see how it handles my chin zits (I’ll let you know!). If in the meantime you’ve got any pores that need vacuuming…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,