Although I don’t talk about skincare much on here, I am equally as obsessed with it as I am with makeup and fragrance, so it’s not surprise I love a good face mask. I am constantly trying out new ones, and in the past couple of months something weird has happened: I have put down my beloved Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask & Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. GASP! Why? I found a new love and my loyalties lie elsewhere these days… Enter the Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay.
This mask is a game changer for me. I bought it on a whim having heard next to nothing about it and the rest is history. It’s both a purifying and exfoliating mask, as it’s clay-based (Mediterranean rose clay) and contains jojoba beads. It’s enriched with Canadian willow herb, which is supposed to act as a tonic and astringent. Origins claims that it will smooth the skin’s texture and leave the complexion looking luminous and healthy, with visibly smaller pores. It contains no parabens or sulfates.
It is pink in colour and quite thick in texture but very easy to distribute evenly on the skin – I apply it with my fingers. It has a lovely light rose scent and dries very quickly; it does crack, but it doesn’t dry up to the point where you feel you are made of stone. I typically leave it on for around 15 minutes. Washing it off is the best part – I slightly wet my face with warm water and start scrubbing away. The jojoba seeds have enough grit in them to really remove any patchiness and dryness away, while still being gentle.
So, does it live up to its claims? Absolutely. YES. It’s one of the very few face masks I’ve tried that makes an instant difference to my skin as soon as I wash it off. It feels so clean, soft, plump and refined. My skin tone is overall brighter and more even; redness is diminished. My pores actually do appear much smaller – what is this sorcery?! This is the only stuff that works noticeable enough in that respect. When it comes to blemishes, I do feel it speeds up the process of getting rid of them by making them smaller. When I initially started using this mask I was quite oily (thanks hormones) and it did bring down the oil levels a fair bit too.
It has now become a staple in my skincare routine – I use it twice a week. I’m obsessed. If you’re looking to add a clay mask into your skincare routine, then look no more – go get a sample! I would recommend this for all skin types, including the sensitive types.
What’s your favourite face mask? Have you tried Origins?