Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Face Mask Series

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Since I'm ALWAYS trying out different Face Masks, I decided to start a whole Series dedicated to them! Yes. It's that serious. I LOVE face masks, and I'm always looking for new ones to try!

From drugstore masks, to more high-end brands, I've found some that I really like.

I decided to start this Series off with the Grandmother of ALL drugstore Face Masks, which is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. This is a classic, and a staple in many women's skincare routines.

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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a Clay based, Mint infused mask.  It promises to help dry up pimples, rinse away blackheads, and shrink enlarged pores.  This mask also claims to draw out impurities from your pores as it hardens within 5-10 minutes. It has a Thick, Green consistency, and is made up of the following ingredients:
"Water, Kaolin*, Bentonite*, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur*, Chromium Oxide Greens, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance**, Methylparaben."
The True Active Ingredients are Kaolin and Bentonite which are Natural Earth Clays that are used by many cosmetic companies to help soak up oils and cleanse the skin.

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I use this mask when I just want to give my skin a Refresher.  It leaves my face with that Squeaky Clean feeling, and the mint fragrance is very soothing to the senses.  I would definitely say this mask is great at drawing out oils from my skin, but it leaves my face EXTREMELY Dry, which is probably due to the Sulfur.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask

Pros:  It's a great refresher for my skin, and it leaves my face smooth and squeaky clean. It's also only $3.00 which I LOVE.

Cons: It completely dries out my skin! I already suffer from dry skin, and this mask just makes it worse. I'm sure this would be a MIRACLE worker for those of you with OILY skin though. I also know a lot of women who use this mask as a spot treatment for acne, but unfortunately it has never worked for me in that way. I've tried to use it on breakouts in the past, and saw absolutely no results. And as I've mentioned before, I tend to get those stubborn little flesh colored bumps on my nose, and this mask has not been effective at getting rid of those either.

Overall: If you're looking for an inexpensive mask to refresh and cleanse your face, then this is perfect for you, especially if you have Oily skin. But as a person with dry skin, I NEVER use this mask more than once a week, and I always follow up with a Heavy-Duty Moisturizer.

Have you ever tried this mask? What did you think about it?

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque~ $3.00 available at mass retailers

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Up Next, Freeman's Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask. Stay Tuned..............

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