Credit goes to the Egyptians for Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask and Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask. As the first civilisation to begin using natural elements to adorn and care for their faces and skin, today there are a multitude of choices among clay masks, cream masks, sheet masks, bubble masks and who knows what else may be on the horizon.
Admittedly, it’s very possible to latch onto a mask that may not be right for your skin type, especially if the mask has a surplus of hype attached to it. I’m guilty of this, with masks and with other products as well. Nonetheless, it’s par for the course and in this new year, let us aim for carefully curated items that are meant for our skin type.
Both Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask and Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask have kaolin clay in common. Kaolin clay is extracted from kaolinite rocks that are mineral rich with silicas and oxides. This clay is superb for drawing impurities including dead layers out of the skin.
Natura Bisse emerged in 1979 from Barcelona Spain and now boasts a global presence with alluring, award winning products. The Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask can be used as a daily cleanser to remove makeup and as a mask once per week. As a cleanser, it micronises all traces of makeup and grit on the face and turns everything into an off-white milky texture that is easily rinsed away. To use, I simply apply it to my face with all makeup still on, massage it in and then rinse away using a damp, warm muslin or cotton wash cloth. Thereafter, skin is beaming bright and reinvigorated. Nothing that may have been on your skin can survive after cleansing with this product. I also feel that products I put on after using this cleanser, work better and penetrate the skin deeper.
The Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleaning Mask also contains two percent salicylic acid to exfoliate and control sebum. As a mask it imparts a brightening effect to my skin, mattifies it and leaves it feeling like I’ve had a deep cleaning facial. The formula also contains tea tree, burdock and rosemary, all well known to refine pores. I think we may begin to see more cleansing masks, if you’re game, this one is a good place to start.
Now to Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a mask that has been widely lauded. I talked about Charlotte Tilbury’s brand in a previous post, and included the excitement I felt in the lead up to her US brand launch in 2014. According to the website, this mask is based on an ‘ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe’ and also includes sweet almond oil and Spanish clay. Also included is her patented Bio-Nymph Peptide Complex along with Frangipani flower extract which comes through in the mask’s subtle floral scent.
I reach for this mask when I need a quick hit of brightening and smoothing or when I’m doing an all Charlotte routine, which always results in that magazine shine. It would be remiss of me to not mention that this mask retails for 70 USD, but a little does a lot. After cleansing, apply the mask, avoiding the eyes and hang out for ten minutes, or a few more like I do, then rinse away. Again, I prefer to use a warm, damp muslin to remove. This mask is especially good if your preparing for a big day or photograph heavy night out.
Masks are an integral part of a well plotted skin care routine. It enhances the absorption of other products and does quick work in removing surface grit, while offering hydration, illumination and clarification in the skin tone. For acneic and sensitive skins I’d advocate for doing your home work when choosing masks as you never want to use anything to exacerbate this. Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask and Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask are two worthy contenders if you’re looking for new additions to your new year routine.