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A Gaze Into My soul is a blog by Amber Flowers. Discover a menagerie of opinionated personal posts, sarcasm & poetic musings. Follow me as I explore rugged & urban terrain across Kentucky and beyond. Keep in touch with Soul Gaze Photography, LLC via photography, projects and other content related to my business. Discover reviews of products of all types and sizes. 

A Gaze Into My Soul

A blog by Amber Flowers. Discover a menagerie of opinionated personal posts, sarcasm & poetic musings. Follow me as I explore rugged & urban terrain across Kentucky and beyond. Keep in touch with Soul Gaze Photography, LLC via photography, projects and other content related to my business. Discover reviews of products of all types and sizes. 


Review of Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants

Waiting for the mask to dry!

Waiting for the mask to dry!

I received a sample of Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask compliments of the Influenster J'adore VoxBox. I have combination skin. My cheeks are very sensitive and my forehead is dry and so can also be sensitive to certain products. My chin likes to break out for no reason and my nose is often oily. So for me, I have a regular beauty regimen to maintain my skin. Masks have always been a part of this routine, so I was excited to try something new. Plus, I loved that the mask wasn't tested on animals and was also made of primarily natural (non-manmade) ingredients and that the package was designed to minimize environmental impact by being recyclable.  

I ensured my face was cleansed and ready for application. My first impression of the mask was how runny it was. Upon opening the tube, I'd had a good amount leak out onto my hand and on the bathroom sink. Once I covered the opening with my finger and then gave the tube a good shake, there were no further issues. The mask was a dark green color and was basically scentless. That was good for those with fragrance allergies...which is another issue of mine.

After the mask was dry

After the mask was dry

Ouch! Painful sensitive skin.

Ouch! Painful sensitive skin.

Application was as simple as with any typical mask. Apply with fingers evenly to face still moist from warm water cleansing. Then wait for the mask to dry by dancing around to your favorite song...or whatever else you like to do! Once dry, remove the mask by using a soft washcloth and warm water. To minimize irritation, first use the washcloth to dampen the mask by blotting it with warm water rather than scrub at it. The mask should remove with little difficulty.

For me, my face was very red. I'd felt minor tingling during application and tightness from the dried mask, but had not been enough to require a prompt removal. I was impressed to see the

oil pulling from my pores.

However, my face began to feel very uncomfortable both while wearing the mask and during removal. Combined with the redness, it felt as if I had a sunburn. I used a different washcloth and cold water until my face calmed down and them moisturized as usual. I wasn't sure if I'd had a reaction to an ingredient or if it was just not really an ideal product for sensitive skin.

After my skin had time to relax, I did notice a significant difference regarding the oily areas. So a few days later, I tried the mask gain, but this time only on my nose. It performed as expected with no sensitivity issues. I will keep using it in these oily and less sensitive areas since I did like the results.

So in conclusion, I was impressed to see the oil pulling from my pores, but was disappointed when my sensitive skin became red like a sunburn. I don't recommend this product for sensitive skin, but will keep using it on oily areas.

About Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

"Treat your skin to deep cleansing with this mineral-rich clay mask. Designed for use on normal skin, the unscented, hypo-allergenic formula absorbs excess oil and deeply cleanses skin, The oceanic clay exhibits a negative electrical charge which helps to draw out impurities without overdrying, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother. Willowbark, a key ingredient in the Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask, is nature’s champion clarifier. The bark of the willow tree is a natural source of salicylic acid which helps to refine skin texture and actively target imperfections."

How to Use: Shake well before use. Apply to cleansed skin and leave to dry for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

About Boots Botanics

  • A total beauty regimen – cosmetics, skincare, hand and body, and organic – capturing the beauty boosting power of plants to create efficacious skincare solutions
  • Features 10 unique plant extracts, authenticated in conjunction with The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London
  • All products are free of parabens, mineral oils, paraffin waxes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), replacing man-made chemicals with natural ingredients where possible
  • Not tested on animals and no animal ingredients are included, making the range suitable for use by vegetarians
  • The packaging is designed with low packaging-to-product ratio, using recycled materials where possible, and can be easily recycled, where local facilities are available.

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