This mask was in my IPSY Glam Bag plus this month, but I have to admit it is one that I have been toying with picking up for a while now. In general I like Go-To Skincare products. The only item I;ve tried that I wasn’t incredibly fond of was the Exfoliating Swipies and even that wasn’t a complete dislike. I liked the formula and the pads but I thought they were a little too exfoliating for daily use and worried that the pre-moistened rounds would dry out before I could actually work my way through them. Otherwise they were great for a once a week use. I’m actually slowly working my way through the open container I have. As of yet they haven’t dried out so perhaps my fears were unfounded.
Regardless, this mask has been one I have wanted to try for a while. Clay masks in general are my favorite. Ones that can get deep down into the pores, especially in the summertime are essential. While I have several that I enjoy using, I am always looking to try new masks from brands I like. And this one’s description just sounded interesting. According to the Go-To Skincare Website The Removalist Mask is …
A luscious clarifying clay mask that replenishes while it detoxifies so you get clear, radiant, bouncy skin, without any gross, dry, tight afterfeel. No more clogged pores! No tight, dryness! No worries!
Packed with soothing minerals to calm and clear skin, and plenty of skin-loving antioxidants to brighten, hydrate, and protect, this clay mask takes away impurities, absorbs excess oil and eliminates the blahs.
Suitable for all skin types (even sensitive!) and particularly useful for the oily, congested, or acne-prone, in just 10 minutes The Removalist will reset your complexion, giving pores a big-time clear out and levelling up your at-home facial by at least 200%.
This isn’t your average clay mask. This is your weekly all-out cleanout for healthy, nourished, clear skin.
I kind of like the thought of having a weekly clear out of my pores. It’s like laundry day for your skin. Well, if it works that is.
So on to the skin it goes. To apply the mask I am using a silicone masking spatula. Mine is from Cosmedix if you are interested. I really like the rounded corners, but really any silicone masking brush will do. I like using the brush because it keeps things a little tidier and wastes less product.
The mask is an interesting purple color as it applies and oddly enough smells a bit like candy. I always sort of expect clay based masks to smell a little earthy (although my favorite from Herbal Dynamics Beauty smells like chocolate so I shouldn’t be terribly surprised)
Once in place there is nothing to do but sit back and relax for a bit while the mask settles in. The mask was hard to relax with at first as it tingled slightly. The tingles soon faded and I was left listening to my History of Rome Podcast while the mask did it’s job. In the background my La Playa Candle from Paddywax (I have the salted blue agave at the moment) burned, still smelling summery fresh and oddly mixing well with the still slightly candy scent of the mask.
At the end of fifteen minutes I blew out my candle, finding that the mask had firmed up but not gone the solid hard of most clay masks. I could still move my face without leaving a fine powder of cracked clay behind. As recommended I used a warm, damp wash cloth to remove the mask. It always makes a mess of the wash cloth, but I have a set of wash cloths I specifically use during masking and I also do my mask just before throwing on a load of towels for Friday afternoon laundry. So the mask filled wash cloth will soon not be an issue.
I know it sounds silly, but as it is sometimes difficult to wash a mask completely out of a wash cloth just by rinsing it out in the sink, I have occasionally stretched the wash cloth out to dry, forgotten there were mask remnants on it and then put mask remnants where I didn’t particular want them, so I now time my Friday afternoon Towel wash accordingly and just pitch the still damp wash cloth in. Easy peasy.
But how does the mask feel?
Actually it made my skin feel quite good. One of the things that makes your pores look bigger is having them filled with gunk. So even though I know thee is no actual pore shrinking, they look a little smaller in the areas that usually concern me because they are now freshly cleared. I suspect that in a few hours I may have a few clogged pores brought to the surface.
One of the reasons I wanted a pore clearing mask was that my moisturizer this week was too heavy for my skin and in addition to noticing a lot more of an oil sheen to my skin, I was getting more clogged pores. I wanted something to clear them out. I figured that if the Go-to Skincare The Removalist Mask didn’t work I could always take out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clearing mask.
However I think it might not be necessary this week. I believe The Removalist has done its job. I will have to check in a few hours to see if there is any change to the clogged pores beneath, but at the moment I am quite happy with my skin and will happily use this mask in the future.