Who needs a Friday night out when you can stay in? Light up some candles, pop open that bottle of wine you’ve been eyeing all week, and relax as you indulge in a well-deserved, end-of-the-week skin pampering session.
One of the things I look forward to every weekend is my face mask routine. Sheet masks may do wonders to keep skin plump and hydrated, especially as colder weather approaches, but with combination skin, I also need a clay mask that gives my skin a deep cleanse.
As much as I’d love for a brand to come up with a “one-solution-fits-all” mask, I don’t think it’s possible seeing as everyone has different skin types and concerns. While clay masks can detox and purify skin, they can also do more harm than good. One of the problems I face when using a clay mask is being left with dry and irritated cheeks. Thanks to SKIN&LAB’s Glacial and Pink Clay Facial Masks, I no longer have to worry about this!
Instead of comparing how each mask works for my face, I decided to take my masking routine to the next level by multi-masking, which is when you apply two or more facial masks simultaneously. Skin types are categorized as normal, oily, combination, acne-prone, sensitive or dry but not all parts of your face have the same needs. For instance, I have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks that are susceptible to large pores and acne. Layering different clay masks on these two areas is more beneficial for my combination skin than applying just one. Of course, you can always just go for one mask, especially if you have normal skin.
They’re easy to use and incorporate into your skin care routine. Before you apply them, remember to start with a clean canvas:
- After washing your face, pat your skin dry and spread the mask all over your face, or spread the specific masks on designated areas. Remember to avoid the eye area.
- Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Any longer than that can damage and dehydrate your skin.
- Rinse well with lukewarm water and proceed with your usual routine.
Both masks come in minimal packaging with a spatula to scoop out the product. As you can see from the image below, what sets them apart are their benefits for your skin.
SKIN&LAB Glacial Clay Facial Mask
The Glacial Clay Facial Mask is mainly for deep cleansing, including getting rid of impurities and excess sebum, thanks to its main ingredient Canadian colloidal clay. The other main ingredients include Avena sativa oatmeal, which exfoliates dead skin cells and improves skin texture, and tea tree oil, which fights blemishes and leaves a cooling and soothing effect.
I especially hate it when I head out with fresh makeup in the morning, only to look in the mirror hours later and see a greasy face staring back at me. If only my face could stay matte all day! Hoping to minimize the amount of oil my T-zone produces, I apply the Glacial Clay Facial Mask around the areas where I tend to be the oiliest, which is my forehead and nose.
Based on my past horrible experiences with other clay masks, I thought that most types of clay masks would be too harsh for my sensitive skin. Luckily, my skin didn’t react to the Glacial Clay Face Mask. Phew. The mask applies smoothly and although it leaves a tingling feeling, it’s not the kind that my skin can’t tolerate. Instead of a burning feeling, I was left with a cooling sensation. I absolutely love the scent as well – it reminds me of Love Lettuce, one of my favorite fresh face masks from Lush that has unfortunately been discontinued.
I’d say that this is a very refreshing clay mask. After washing the mask off, my skin definitely felt cleaner and a whole lot smoother. Also, despite the mask’s ability to absorb excess oil, I wasn’t left with any tightness or dryness like with other clay masks.
Oily skin types
Those who are looking to detox and purify their skin
Those with enlarged pores
SKIN&LAB Pink Clay Facial Mask
Clay masks are known to draw out all the moisture from your skin but the Pink Clay Facial Mask does the opposite. This clay mask is mainly for brightening and moisturizing; it maintains the skin’s moisture level by strengthening its barrier layer. The mask is formulated with pink clay from France, which absorbs excess sebum while simultaneously brightening dull skin and improving its elasticity. You’ll also find two other powerful components in the formulation: The calamine provides calming benefits for irritated, sensitive and troubled skin, whereas the pink flower complex is an antioxidant that soothes skin and gives it a radiant glow.
I absolutely love the scent of the Pink Clay Facial Mask! I couldn’t quite pinpoint it at first but I think it’s the calamine which gives off the fresh scent. Texture-wise, this mask glides effortlessly onto skin. The Glacial Clay Facial is infused with little oatmeal bits that give it a rougher texture but it’s still easy to spread.
Since my cheeks are the drier parts of my face, they’re more prone to breakouts, particularly around my jawline. The Pink Clay Facial Mask helps with brightening, so I’m hoping that in the long run that it can treat my hyperpigmentation and the scars left behind from past acne. My laugh lines are also quite visible due to dehydration, but after using the mask, I noticed a slight improvement in their appearance. Now I have no doubt that with continued use, this mask can further brighten, tighten and hydrate my skin. The pink clay also plays a role in giving pores a deep cleanse, so goodbye blackheads!
Overall, it’s a great mask to replenish skin with extra moisture and I’ll definitely hold onto it throughout the winter months.
Dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin types
Those who want a brighter and glowing complexion
Those with redness or acne scars
Multi-masking with these two clay masks is perfect for my combination skin; the Glacial Clay Facial Mask detoxifies my oily T-zone while the Pink Clay Facial Mask hydrates my cheeks. I really enjoyed using them together; they make a great duo for multi-masking and effectively treat different skin issues at the same time. If you’re open to trying new things or are curious about multi-masking, then I highly recommend you schedule in a day for a multi-masking session and treat your skin to SKIN&LAB’s Clay Masks.