Got 5 mins? Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask

   

I love a clay mask! My favourite being the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask but it can be a little pricey at £24.00. Although I have to admit it’s totally worth the money, I really wanted to find a cheaper alternative – I’m trying to save the pennies at the moment for my Wedding!

Roaming the aisles of Boots, I discovered that quite a lot of brands were now bring out their own clay masks which is amazing and I’m going to make it my mission to try them all and report back. This time however I settled on trying the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask. Reason being it was on offer at £6.67 (rrp. £10) but loved that is was a thermal mask.

The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a clay based face mask to cleanse and purify your skin. The self-heating mask warms the skins once you apply to your face and starts to open up your pores. The charcoal and kaolin clay then helps draw out impurities within your skin. It also contains soothing and calming myrrh oils which leaves your skin feeling cleansed and super soft. The thing I love most about this mask is that you only have to leave on your skin for 5 minutes to feel the benefits, which means it’s so much easier to incorporate in your skin care routine. It’s also non-drying so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin either. Rather than using it as a daily cleanser, I tend to use this more of a mask 1 to 2 times a week and I’ve found it’s helped to balance and calm my skin a the while keeping any spots or blemishes away – win win for me! 

 

If you’re new to clay based skincare, I would definitely recommend  The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask as an introduction to clay masks, plus it doesn’t break the bank either.

Have you tried the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask before? Is there another other high-street clay face mask you would recommend me trying next?

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Shower Love: Soap & Glory

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It dawned on me in the shower last week that over the last four years there has always been at least one Soap & Glory product in my shower routine. Whether it be a shower gel, an exfoliator, an in-shower cream, Soap & Glory have always been on top of my list for in-shower pampering. Their products not only feel amazing but smell divine! So, I thought I would share with you what I’m currently loving from Soap & Glory –

Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel – I think everyone has heard on this shower gel as it’s a classic from the Soap & Glory range. I don’t always buy this as my normal shower gel because it’s a little bit more money that I am willing to spend on a shower gel (usually £6.50 for 500ml) but I tend to always find this little beauty under the Christmas tree in a gift set which always pleases me! You do however get a large bottle for your money so I do think it’s worth it for a treat. Plus again, it smells amazing!

Soap & Glory Smoothie Oat, Sugar & Shea Breakfast Scrub – This is my 2nd or 3rd pot now. First of all, the scrub is one of the best I’ve used because it contains Shea butter, so whilst you are exfoliating, the scrub leaves your skin moisturised still. Best of all however is the smell!! Oh my goodness, you could eat the damn stuff it smells so good (please don’t though!). It’s a maple scent with bananas, almonds and honey added to the mix too, so if you aren’t a fan of the sweet scents maybe give the Sugar Crush scrub a go as its more citrus smelling.

Soap & Glory Exfoliating Gloves – This is most recent purchase from Soap & Glory. Although I love the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub, I use it more of a treat during my Sunday pamper routines. With the Sun slowly making more of appearance nowadays however, I want my skin permanently silky and shining, so tend to use these gloves with the Soap & Glory Clean on Me Shower Gel during the week. These are just the right amount of scrubbiness (it’s a word, ok!), if you know what I mean. They aren’t to hash on the skin but it’s enough to give your skin a buff to leave your limps glowing. They also last a long time too. Other exfoliating gloves I’ve tried in the past (generally cheap ones) has fallen apart have a couple of uses, but after a month they are still holding their shape.

What are your favourite Soap & Glory products? What would you recommend trying out next?

JorgObe The Original Black Peel Mask

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JorgObe The Original Black Peel Mask deep cleanses the pores, reduces the skin’s production of excess oil and prevents new blackheads. Soothing plant extracts help the skin regain its natural moisture balance, leaving if soft and with markedly reduces pores.”

Have you heard about this stuff yet? They have done a lot of online marketing for this product, I’ve seen it so many time on Facebook and after receiving a lovely Selfridge’s voucher at Christmas I decided to give it a go. I love a face mask, especially a peel off mask – isn’t it so damn satisfying peeling the mask from your face (just me?). Anyway, I do suffer with pesky blackheads on my nose so I was intrigued to see if this would work to remove them once and for all. I’ve tried clay masks before which do help (my favourite is Origin’s Clay mask) but the campaign for this mask almost claims to the remove them all in one fail sweep (or peel as the case may be). Worth a go right?

The day I got my hands on this mask, that evening I gave it a go (the boy may of also given it a go to, but shhh I didn’t tell you that!). It comes out of the tube in a thick black gooey texture and I applied it mainly just across the bridge of my nose. You then wait 30 minutes till it dries completely and then peel off. The first thing I learned, is that you have to put a thick layer on otherwise it doesn’t peel away very easily. When I tried this the first time, I applied it quite sparingly because, a) I was trying it for the first time so I didn’t want to go too heavy in case my skin reacted badly to it, and b) I didn’t want to waste it. Once it dried, I was left with a very thin and patchy layer which was difficult to peel. I therefore ended up washing most of it away with water which defeats the objective of peeling the mask off whilst it removes your blackheads – fail!

The next time I used it I went it heavy, ensuring I was covering the bridge of my nose with a thick layer of the mask. I waited 30 minutes (praying no one came to front door!) until it was dry and then started to peel. This time it was much easier, and although it stings a little when peel it from your skin, it’s satisfying to know whatever is underneath the mask is being dragged away too. I did notice a difference in my pores after the treatment, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t blown away. There were still a few stubborn blackhead lurking behind but I have found the more you use it, the more it improves. When you have a look at the peel afterward you can sort of see what it has removed – disgusting but kinda pleasing! I try and use this treatment once a week and I do find it does also keep excess oil away which is great!

Have you tried JorgObe Black Peel Mask? What are your thoughts?