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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mix & Mask | Avon Anew Clay Masks

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I LOVE masks. There isn't much needed for an enjoyable mask session, but there are few tidbits that can make the experience extra enjoyable. I like to have a plush headband (with out without animal ears, although with is much more fun) as stray hair or bangs in a mask can be downright disastrous. A tool for applying / spreading masks (like a silicone paddle, or flat style foundation brush) classes up the affair, and keeps fingers out of pots. And, what may just be most important, a little mask-time entertainment. I am blind during mask-time (where my fellow astigmatism gals at?!) so I opt for music. Pro tip: make a playlist the same length as your mask's cure time for easy timing. Timing can be crucial for anything with stronger ingredients or potentially drying formulas, like clay....

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We're talking clay formulas today, if you hadn't already figured. Avon has introduced a range of three clay-based masks designed to use as a team for specific concerns. Clearly, you can be a rebel and use them on their own too, but I do like the idea of a targeted approach.

The Avon Anew Clay Masks all feature kaolin clay as their star ingredient, along with a blend of oil/butters (think shea and mango seed butter and sunflower seed oil) I'm always a little apprehensive with clay masks, as I have dryer skin and they can be, well, drying. The addition of moisturizing ingredients gives this a really creamy feel that does dry down on skin, but doesn't get overly hard. You still get the purifying feel of the clay, but skin doesn't feel stripped.

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As mentioned, there are three masks in this range:
  • Brightening: features added citrus peel extract to help brighten the complexion for a more radiant, even-toned appearance. Recommended for use on areas with dull skin such as cheeks and upper forehead.
  • Calming: features added aloe to calm and sooth distressed skin, while gently purifying. Recommended for all-over use, as needed.
  • Purifying: features added white charcoal powder to tighten, smooth, and reduce the appearance of pores while providing the classic clay-mask purifying. Recommended for oily areas oily areas such as chin, nose and lower forehead (aka the t-zone.)

Overall, I ended up liking these so much more than I expected. That said, I don't really think you need all three. I recently had a bout of rather angry skin, so I was using the calming on the lower half of my face (thanks, hormonal acne!) and the brightening on the upper half. Yes, I did look like an Easter egg, but my skin did feel pretty fabulous afterwards. I also highly suggest snagging these on sale (they're currently $9.99 USD / $12.99 CAD) if you can.  I should also note, these have a fresh-floral type fragrance. It's not strong, but could be a no-go for those with sensitivities to scent.What do you think? Are you a mask lover?

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