If you could splurge on any skincare product what would it be? For me, I wouldn’t spend my bonus money on any fancy moisturizers or serums but rather a large quantity of my 2 favorite facial masks. First being the Fresh Rose Face Mask and secondly the Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant. Why spend money on face masks? To me face masks are the true extra skincare product, everything else is necessary, but facial masks are the extra little treats that you can do weekly to make yourself feel special and relaxed. The Pur-lisse mud mask is $48 freaking dollars so it would be a true splurge to buy the full-size mask one day. For now, my budget-friendly-self was lucky enough to come across a sample of this mud mask that I have tragically run out of after many enjoyable months.
The product is a combination of a mud mask and physical exfoliant, which turns out to be a very effective mixture. I get oily around my period so each month I’d whip out my sample size, apply the mask with a brush all over my face, let sit for 10 mins and then gently massage off while getting some light exfoliation done. My skin was always left with a slightly tight and toned feeling with all my excess oil completely gone. This mask has a slight non-irritating scent and a mousy texture. Applying with a brush was the easiest way for me to not create a huge mess, which can also be minimized by using this mask in the shower for easy cleanup.
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Extract, Mushroom Extract, Bambusa arundinacea Stem Powder (Bamboo), Nelumbo nucifera Seed Powder (Lotus), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Water, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Pumice, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic acid, Caprylyl Glycol
The Blue Lotus extract is a widely used holistic ingredient with strong ties to ancient Egyptian personal care practices (the blue lotus lily originates from the Egypt area). There is not much of any research on this extract only testimonies from herbalists, tea-lovers, and gardeners. So while the blue lotus extract isn’t much of a selling point for me, the highly researched ingredients like kaolin, bentonite, and microcrystalline cellulose (plus all the lovely tea waters) definitely are. The combination of simple ingredients, texture, and results make this the perfect clay mask for me. This mask is good for normal, oily, acneic, or sensitive skin and can be used 1-2X/week.