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1 Posted by - June 28, 2014 - Face Skincare, Skincare

Full credit goes to Kate for this idea; wonderfully simple, but not something that had occurred to me before. Clay masks are one of my favourite skincare products for rebalancing the skin and clearing blemishes but they can be a little drying – so when my skin was looking unhappy last week I tried my own mask mixology.

To help gently lift away excess oil without stripping my skin, I grabbed the only clay mask currently in my stocks (quelle horreur, right, but I tear through these from spring to summer) ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask*. It’s actually a very good mask in it’s own right; it doesn’t dry to a comical, flaky tightness or irritate my slightly sensitive skin. However I needed a little extra nourishment and blemish-fighting action, so mixed it half and half with Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask.

Clay Mix

Consisting mostly of Manuka honey and avocado oil, Aura is a creamy, cooling dream on skin that can react to harsher blemish treatments. I often use it dotted on alone to speed up healing time and reduce inflammation without drying the skin. Applied all over, it leaves my skin looking nourished, calmer and clearer.

The mix of the two also means the mask stops drying at the perfect point for gommage (essentially a fancy term for exfoliation). Rather than washing the mask off, simply start rolling away the product with fingertips for a gentle exfoliation and remove any remaining product with a warm damp cloth.

*PR sample


15 Comments

  • Divya June 28, 2014 - 1:38 pm Reply

    Hey Meg! although not mixing two face masks I do like to layer up a hydrating mask after a cleansing mask. That seems to e working well for me too! I like the Aesop Cleansing mask for deep cleaning followed by the Clinique overnight moisture mask for mega hydration! I am not the sort to experiment too much with my skin and this combination sort of makes up for everything that could possibly a miss!

    TheConscienceFund

  • Laura June 28, 2014 - 1:55 pm Reply

    I’d actually never thought of that idea either, might have to give it a try! Two birds one stone and all :) xx
    http://www.LaurasHaven.com

  • emiller1233 June 28, 2014 - 2:11 pm Reply

    I love how you put the pottery photos behind, so brilliant and beautiful!
    ErinElizabethBlog

  • abracadabra girl June 28, 2014 - 3:07 pm Reply

    Great idea even as a Beautican speaking it’s a great idea xx excellent post ! X

  • Giada June 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm Reply

    I love mixing face masks to create my own perfect balance! Also in wintertime I always mix the most hydrating masks I own – or multi purpose creams – and make the perfect super hydrating treatment! And I love the Aura mask too.

    x Giada | Miel Café

  • Pale Lily June 28, 2014 - 4:50 pm Reply

    That’s actually really clever, I never thought of doing that. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Antipodes mask for ages!

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

  • Hafsa Issa-Salwe June 28, 2014 - 5:38 pm Reply

    I absolutely love the Antipodes mask so I’ll definitely be adding it to my clay masks in the future. Thanks for the tip!

  • Sarah June 28, 2014 - 7:04 pm Reply

    I’ve never really thought of mixing masks before as I usually use one after the other, but this is a really great idea. Sounds like a time-saver too :).

    Sarah xo | Polka Dot Lemon

  • Lauren S June 28, 2014 - 7:57 pm Reply

    I loved Kate’s idea too – I mix my Elemis lavender mask with a Quick Fix sensitive skin mask or a hydrating face oil, works wonders !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Anu June 28, 2014 - 10:22 pm Reply

    that sounds lovely. I like to mix scrub with my masks to exfoliate during washing. it helps a lot. I guess it is the same concept.

  • Puri June 29, 2014 - 3:28 am Reply

    I never would of thought to mix the Antipodes mask with anything, but I’m very intrigued!

    Blushing Biddies

  • Jennifer Monforton June 29, 2014 - 11:28 pm Reply

    I’ve never actually thought about mixing masks- such a simple, yet brilliant idea! I have the Aura Manuka mask- may have to give this a go! xo

  • Beauty Bird June 30, 2014 - 5:51 pm Reply

    Great idea, will definitely try this! xx

  • Helena P June 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm Reply

    Really great idea!:)

  • Ting July 29, 2014 - 9:51 pm Reply

    Amazing idea. I usually layer and have many steps to a routine (many Asians do), but I’ve never mixed like this. I feel a little experiment coming up thanks to your post xx

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