When I was a young’un with bad skin problems, I used to think “when I get out of my teenage years, I’ll have good skin”. My mother has been blessed with amazing skin, and so I guess I believed I’d follow suit. Yet, here I was with just over a week to go until my 21st and therefore multiple nights out, with quite possibly the worst complexion I’ve had in months. Not fair.
Here’s a visual representation (enjoy my funky pyjamas throughout also):
Actually, no, I was angrier than that:
You can’t see absolutely everything wrong in the photos, but I had so many bad patches all over, and no amount of makeup would hide it. Taking to Superdrug to try and find… well, a miracle, really, I decided to look for the L’Oreal Pure Clay mask range. I’d already tried the Glow, Purity and Detox varieties and found that they did wonders, but I spotted two new kinds: Bright, a yellow-gold colour, and Blemish Rescue, a blue colour. Anything offering a “rescue” was already a winner for me, so I picked up the latter for £6.
I’m a huge fan of the Pure Clay products; besides providing decent results for my skin, they also smell soooo good, and they’re incredibly creamy and soft. But this one… can we just talk about this colour for a second?
HOW PRETTY IS THAT!? I was reluctant to scoop some out and ruin it. Nevertheless, I was still on my rescue mission, so I had to.
I feel like as far as initial reactions go, this one is pretty self-explanatory. As hard as I tried, no light would do the IRL colour justice in any photos I took, but I did look like a Smurf. Or remember that scene in Charlie and the Chocolate factory where Violet turns into a blueberry? Yeah, it was blue. It was very blue.
(No idea why the second photo ended up brighter, btw)
I embraced the look after my initial shock, and waited for the 10 minutes I usually allow for these masks to pass. One thing I noticed with this version of the masks was that my skin didn’t feel like it was reacting to the product; with the others, I tend to feel a slight “tingle” sensation after applying – albeit it never shows physically afterwards. I was so happy with this because I always fear for my overly-sensitive skin whenever it happens! In addition, the smoothness of the mask when applying was a big plus, as well as the fact that I only needed to use a tiny amount to do so – fab when the pot is already a generous enough size for the price!
Reaching the 10 minute mark, the mask had dried and was ready to be washed off. I did this by using a Liz Earle muslin cloth to gently wipe it off with warm water; admittedly, this did take a little more effort than normal as there was a slight blue tinge left at first. My skin was already feeling 10x cleaner at this point!
So, I know you can’t expect too big a difference in such a short space of time… but this was my skin two days later, this morning (ignore my tired face haha):
It’s obviously not 100% perfect just yet, but I’m so much happier with how it looks! Again, you can’t see much of what I can from the photos, but my face feels a lot smoother and softer today. Most of the blemishes I had around my cheeks have disappeared, and I feel like it looks more vibrant than it did before. It just feels waaay cleaner!
It’s recommended that the mask is used two times a week – with results like these after two days, I’m feeling confident that I’ll be happy enough to take photos at my parties!