I am amused at the fact that this product generates so much curiosity among people, and even after countless reviews on it, there is place for more! This has to be the most requested review on my blog, and I wonder what new I have to say about this which has not already been said! Anyways, I have been using it for the past month and more, regularly ever week and sometimes twice, and its time I professed my affection for it!
One of the most talked about face masks in the blogosphere, this has met all my expectations and left me amazed with clear, glowing and perfectly balanced skin. I had been in pursuit of this for over a year, and when I finally got my hands on it (on discount.. score!) I couldn’t be happier! Face masks have been a part of my skincare regime for a couple of years now and have tried a few like, Lush Mask of Magnanimity, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal, Kiehl’s Rare Earth among others before Aesop came along. I am very pleased with the results and can proudly say that this is a keeper!
The Packaging: It comes in what seems an opaque, aluminium tube which is a very chic, creamy in color, no frills packaging. This in fact helps keep the contents protected from sunlight and degrading and allows for fewer preservatives to be used.
The Masque: The contents are actually quite thin compared to other clay masks like the Lush one, and very “clay” in color, light brown with a hint of pink. The consistency allows for using very little product and it spreads easily on the skin. It dries to a nearly whitish cast, and kind of exposes all the pores on the face, like on the nose, chin, forehead etc. It doesn’t make for a very pleasant sight, but gives a certain satisfaction that it has done its job! Its more of a cleansing and purifying mask rather than hydrating, and it does what it claims really well.
The Ingredients: Ingredients list reads primarily of,
- Kaolin Clay : Enhances blood circulation, reduces excess sebum production and eliminates oils and toxins from the skin.
- Evening Primrose Oil : Beneficial for healing eczema, such as sensitivity, itching and redness
- Parsley Seed Oil : Its very rich in anti-oxidants, contains luteolin, a flavonoid that fights against free radicals and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Its also an antimicrobial and antiseptic
The After-Effect: I have combination skin, with a mildly oily T-zone and normal to dry cheeks and chin. I use this mask on Sundays and Wednesdays (schedule!) and find for the past month I have had no breakouts whatsoever including those which would normally appear during hormonal changes. After the mask dries up I wash it using cold tap water, dry my face and spritz either pure rosewater or thermal spring water to neutralize tap water impurities. After that evaporates I use a normal moisturiser. I skip applying a serum on those nights.
This is now a staple in my already concise skin care routine and I attribute a general betterment of my skin to this product. I cannot recommend this enough to you, irrespective of what your skin type is. Its a pricey product and may not be every body’s mask of choice, but if you fancy a good (no.. great!) “face masque” you better start saving for this one! :D
There are a number of online options to get Aesop, I got mine from CultBeauty.
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