There is no better time for a skin detox than now, just ahead of the Christmas party season when we all want to look our finest. And that’s one of the reasons I am giving Facetox a go – an organic, cruelty-free, paraben free, mix-it-yourself facemask kit that’s becoming a bit of a beauty craze. “7 day” kits can be ordered from their website and will arrive looking like this (I say “7 day” because each of the portions is very generous and I think would serve 3 or 4 uses rather than just the 1).
The kit contains individual sachets of the “FaceTox blend” of Calcium Bentonite and Rhassoul clay powders (a dry mix), and sachets of organic rosewater, and you simply mix the two together to create your mask.
So here is what FaceTox say about their facemask:
“FaceTox is probably the most powerful face mask you will ever use. When the organic rose water is mixed with the FaceTox blend, it creates a negative charge which will;
- Prevent and draw out blackheads
- Reduce the appearance of scars
- Even skin tone
- Draw out external toxins
- Heal and regenerate skin tissue
- Unclog & shrink pores”
This is compelling stuff, and whether you have an issue with breakouts, or simply want your skin to look radiant, there are plenty of reasons to give these masks a try, even if just to see if they really do all that is promised.
I’ve been using FaceTox masks just once a week (which they recommend as a starting point) and as I’m not currently in the middle of a skin crisis, once a week is perfectly fine. And it’s an easy process of mixing 2 sachets together into a smooth paste using the bowl and spoon provided, and then applying evenly to clean skin, avoiding the eye and mouth area. It does take a little bit of prep compared to a ready-made face mask, and it is a bit messier too, but potentially worth the effort.
The only really time consuming bit is waiting while your mask does its good work – it slowly dries over 30 minutes, and they recommend you leave it on for 20-30 minutes. During this time you will feel it tightening on the skin as it pulls out your impurities, and deep cleans your skin. One thing to mention is that personally I find the smell of this mask a little bit off-putting (I put this down to the organic ingredients), but that’s something I can deal with to avoid nasty parabens.
Finally, I remove the mask using warm water and a muslin cloth. I like to take my time over this part, usually in the bath, because remember the mask has dried over 30 minutes and it takes a bit of effort to remove. I like to be really gentle and just moisten the mask with a warm damp cloth until it’s easy to wipe off, and I have found this to be the best way.
So, does it do all it promises? Well it’s hard to say if you don’t have all the listed skin issues, but I can definitely tell the difference after deep cleansing with FaceTox. It has already stopped a potential breakout in its tracks, and my skin always looks much fresher and more radiant after using it. I have sensitive skin and these masks aren’t irritating it, but they are pretty intensive so I prefer to stick to a once-a-week regime for now. And I’m hoping my skin will stay Christmas party ready for the rest of the year!
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