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.
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.