The weekend is already coming to an end, and for most of us it means we’re back to school, uni or work tomorrow.
To squeeze in some “me time” into my weekends, I like to take an hour or two on Sunday evening to prepare for the week ahead, relax and do something good for my hair and skin. This includes whipping out my trusted masks, lotions and potions. After all, who doesn’t want to look fresh-faced and polished when the week begins?
Today I’m reviewing one of the clay masks I like to use for these occasions to help keep my pores clean and maintain skin looking smooth: Freeman’s Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask
Freeman Beauty is a popular American brand, but here in the UK it’s still quite hard to find their products unless you are looking online.
Clay masks are a great way to control your skin’s oil balance and get rid of impurities and clogged pores. Many masks, including Freeman’s Anti-Stress Mask, use Kaolin (also known as China Clay) as one of their main ingredients due to its ability to attract and draw out impurities of the skin.
Next, let’s have a look at what the manufacturer says about this product: Unwind from the grind by treating skin to a much needed respite with this nutrient rich mask. Dead Sea Minerals and Sea Salts help replenish and balance moisture while purging clogged pores. Lavender and Bergamot help achieve an aroma-therapeutic bliss to rinse away stress for smooth and radiant skin. Perfect for all skin types.
And the Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Bentonite, Kaolin, Propylene Glycol, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Sea Salt, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Montmorillonite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylphenyl Methyl Propional (Lilial), Linalool, Hydroxymethylpentyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Lyral), Blue 1 (CI 42090).
As you can see, the two top ingredients are Bentonite, which is a powerful healing clay with the ability to absorb toxins, and Kaolin, which is a deep cleansing agent that attracts impurities to keep your pores clear. There are also sea salts in this mask (nutrient-rich, anti-septic) that balance out skin moisture and some flower oils that give it it’s lovely, therapeutic smell.
Upon using this mask, the first thing you’ll notice is the vibrant blue colour. So far I haven’t seen a mask with such a bright colour, so I was very excited to see what it actually looks like on the skin. It has a very thick, yet creamy consistency which makes it quite easy and quick to apply. You can always use your fingers, but to avoid making a mess I decided to apply the mask using a old foundation brush. While applying it to my skin I noticed a pleasant, flowery scent. It’s very subtle and relaxing but fades rather quickly, which isn’t a problem for me. The instructions don’t mention for exactly how long you’re supposed to leave the mask on, but just mentions to wash it off when it dries. I usually wait around 10 to 15 minutes, which is more or less the time you start getting that tight, itchy feeling around your cheeks and forehead.
For me, the most dreaded part of using any clay mask is rinsing it off. The previous masks I’ve used were always hard to wash off, with bits and pieces here and there that required rubbing, scrubbing and plenty of warm water to finally melt away. However, Freeman’s Anti-Stress Mask was surprisingly easy and hassle-free to wash off! Most of the mask came off almost immediately and only some corners around my nose, temples and forehead required some gentle rubbing. But overall it took me considerably less time and effort to completely rinse my face then it would with previous masks. BUT, be warned,make sure you wash the mask off completely, otherwise the blue colour will stain your towels!
So, let’s talk about the results…after rinsing off the mask and patting my face dry my skin didn’t feel tight or dry at all, which was a big “yay!” for me, as some clay masks can be drying and strip your skin off its natural oils, making it feel tight. Instead, my skin felt very smooth and clean afterwards, which after all is the masks job. I always make sure to follow up with some ph-balancing toner and moisturiser afterwards since these will be absorbed better after using the clay mask.
I’ve been using this mask for a while now and, while I’m definitely a fan of it (hello, walking around the flat scaring the boyfriend and pretending I’m an avatar),I did noticed a few things that might pose a problem. As I mentioned before, the mask didn’t dry my skin out and was easy to wash off. Well, this does apply – as long as you don’t leave it on your skin for too long. And by too long I would say anything over 20 minutes. I once forgot to check the time while using this mask and after washing it off, which turned out to be harder than before, I also noticed some tightness and dry patches on my nose and forehead. For this reason, I’d recommend not using the mask longer than it takes for it to dry, otherwise you might experience the same issues!
Ok, now that you know all there is to say about this mask, here’s my verdict: I have to say, I really like this mask! It comes in a nice, colourful tube, has a creamy, rich consistency with a nice smell and does what it’s supposed to do, which is to clean your pores and make your skin smoother. While it’s not necessarily a holy grail product for me (it won’t miraculously transform your skin but I think that would be expecting too much from a clay mask) I enjoy taking my brush out and paint my face with it until all is covered in bright blue ;D This mask is ideal for when I feel like I’ve been using a lot of makeup or when I’m dealing with oily skin that needs some deep cleansing. It is a very affordable product that delivers what it promises; no more, no less!
I got my Anti-Stress Mask on Amazon for £6.85, but you might also find some Freeman sachet masks at selected Tesco stores.
That pretty much sums up my experience with Freeman’s facial masks.. If you’ve tried them or you have a different one I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful week!