Beauty Rhi-view: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants

It's going to reveal just how old I really am when I admit this... once upon a time I used to slip down to a bookstore near where I worked to buy magazines. One of those magazines was some teen-centric thing from the UK where I was first introduced to the Boots brand. I remember bemoaning that we couldn't get it here in the states and years later when it came to one of my fave retailers I spent a long time scouring the shelves to see what they had. Fast forward to the #JAdoreVoxBox and I seriously did a little happy dance when I saw that I'd received Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask.

If you've been following RhiAlistic for a while you've probably noted how much I loooove facial mask treatments. They're kind of addictive, no? ☻

About Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask:
Treat your skin to deep cleansing with this mineral-rich clay mask. Designed for use on normal skin, the unscented, hypo-allergenic formula absorbs excess oil and deeply cleanses skin. The oceanic clay exhibits a negative electrical charge, which helps to draw out impurities without overdrying, skin is left looking clearer whilst feeling softer and smoother. Willowbark, a key ingredient in the Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask, is nature’s champion clarifier. The bark of the willow tree is a natural source of salicylic acid which helps to refine skin texture and actively target imperfections. 
How to Use: Shake well before use. Apply to cleansed skin and leave to dry for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Before I get into it let me just say that what I loved about this mask is that it does focus on the #powerofplants versus a bunch of synthetic chemicals. As a bit of an eco-nerd who prefers to go Earth friendly when I can I was really pleased to see their approach.

My skin tends to run on the combination side with a heavy propensity for acne break-outs so any mask that focuses on getting the stuff that is going to cause more breakouts to take a hike is exciting for me. With the insane weather we've had the past several weeks (going warm and then back to subzero) my skin has been such a mess!

Seriously it's so bad right now you have to jump behind this cut so it's not showing on my blog's front page.

Augh! Just auuuugh!

Can't do much about the breakout that's already there with the mask but we can treat the rest of my skin to hopefully get rid of the crud that's brewing for the next bad breakout.

A tip: Before using be sure and shake the bottle vigorously for a minute to make sure it's not separated. (I made a HUGE mess the first time I used it).

Another suggestion I have is to measure out how much you want to use into the palm of one hand and then use your fingers on your other hand to gently paint it on because it's a thin formula and dries pretty fast. I used about a quarter sized amount this time.

Because I did my photos for this post the second time I used it—the recommendation is a once a week application—I decided to avoid the upper half of my cheeks and temple area. My skin is a bit sensitive/reactive and the first time I used it I was in misery while I waited for it to dry and be washed off.

A tip: If you're in that group I'm in where you're suffering from adult acne you probably get your breakouts mostly around the chin and jawline so I recommend making that your area of focus if your skin is sensitive like mine.

Also, if you find yourself breaking out a lot along the jawline in general it might be caused by your cell phone! So be sure and smooth the mask along the edge of your jaw and even under it a little to help clean up any impurities hiding there. Then make a habit of cleaning your cell phone regularly!

So what were my results? Well, I won't know how well it's working against my acne until I've had a couple of months of weekly use if I'm completely honest. BUT I've noticed a crazy softness afterwards and for about a day after use. It definitely has a smoothing effect that leaves skin soft but not shiny.

There is, however, the sensitivity factor. If your skin is at all sensitive or reactive (as mine is) you may want to use this on only certain areas. Strangely enough my forehead was the area I had a problem with and even my nose was a bit splotchy and red afterward.

Red nose & splotchy forehead = :(

Isn't that bad? It hurt a bit while I waited for it to dry and came out very red and splotchy. It took a while for it to calm back down too. From now on I plan on only using it around my chin and jaw. 'Cause that was uncomfortable enough I wanted a bag of frozen peas on it.

So to sum it up, I would recommend this more for those without sensitivities and who border on the oily side of normal/combo skin types. It's a good mask at a good retail price but might not be for everybody. For more Boots products be sure and like them on Facebook, check them out on Twitter, and follow them on Pinterest.

Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.

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