Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The £7 Clay Mask You Need to Try

Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask

Clay masks are everywhere, they all promise to deeply cleanse the skin and re-balance the complexion but just how many fully deliver? Honestly, very few - I have bought expensive clay masks, middle range versions and those of the bargain variety - no leaf left unturned. Essentially what I have learnt along the way is that price doesn't always factor into quality. Take today's little gem - Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask £6.99 from Boots, their own in house range no less and easily one of if not the best clay based masks I have ever slathered onto my face.

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask has been formulated to absorb excess oil, draw out impurities both of which just about every clay mask does, without stripping the skin making it ideal for all skin types (this is aimed at oily/blemish prone skin but is gentle enough for dry/sensitive types too). As mentioned I have tried several clay face masks in the past, this is the first one in which you can actually see the tiny beads of oil trapped into the dried out mask - as fascinating as it is gross! What sets the Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask aside from the rest is the fact that it contains Willowbark, this is renowned for naturally clarifying the skin - it is a natural source of salicylic acid which can help to refine the complexions texture. It gently removes any trapped dirt, make-up and/or toxins trapped within the pores, leaving your skin feeling softer and looking clearer from the first use. Such ingredient can and will target any existing blemishes, encouraging them to heal a little quicker than the would naturally. The scent, texture and results truly does echo that of a Spa treatment and that is not an exaggeration.

Sure it is messy both in application and when drying out but nothing so far no other mask has rivalled the Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask in terms of oil control nor cleansing powder. From the first application my skin instantly looked clearer (most notably my enlarged pores), softer to the touch and instantly re-balance in terms of condition. The oil control from one use seemingly lasted for a full twenty four hours which is a first. If oil, blemishes and congested skin happen to be concerns of yours this should be your next purchase when you pop into Boots.

Botanics Shine Away Ionic Mask £6.99 via Boots - link.
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  1. Thanks for the recommendation, definitely one to try ! My skin is definitely in need of some love :)

    With love,

    Hayley x

  2. oooo this sounds interesting! I will have to try this! Xx

  3. Would you rate this better than the Origins Clay mask? I have it and don't find it that great but I wouldn't mind picking this up!

  4. ooo Botanics have a clay mask!? Added to the list!! I love the body shop thermal clay mask, you put it on after splashing your face with water and it heats!! Feels so good AND opens up your pores to get all the grime out!

  5. Great review! I definitely need something to re-balance my naughty skin right now

  6. I am really intrigued by the trapped oil - gross but if it shows you that the gunge is gone then that's fine by me! What a bargain, I'll have to go use my boots points...

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty -

  7. I was going to buy this one, but I went for the big one-- Aztec Healing Clay. It is so intense.

  8. This sounds pretty incredible, and for under a tenner you pretty much have nothing to lose!

    beth |

  9. I use this masks for years!!! I do try a lot of other clay masks, GlamGlow... but I always go back to this Bontanics clay mask, ace!!

  10. I love a good face mask! This stuff sounds amazing!

    Clare |

  11. I have huge pores and thus suffer a lot from blackheads, so been on the look out for a good mask like this for a while.

    I will have to give it a go !


    Petite Pomme

  12. Definitely picking this up - Boots' own brand skincare has some serious hidden gems in my opinion :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  13. I have this mask and it definitely rivals some of the £20+ masks I have in my bathroom cabinet. Boots Botanics range has some seriously underrated products.

  14. This is one of my favourite clay masks, reasonable priced and really good and under rated product. I also love the Good Things 5 minute clay mask.

    Kelly's Journal

  15. What a fabulous bargain product! This is going straight into my basket on my next trip! It looks like a great alternative to the origins clay mask, I was going to buy that one but now I may reconsider :)

  16. I have this and I freaking love it! Hands down my favorite clay mask :)

    Emily |

  17. Sounds great! If only my country have Boots. :( Great review <3

  18. I love clay based masks and recently saw this in Boots but resisted. I will pick this up come payday though, feeling a little spend atm.

  19. I've previously recommended this on my blog too as a great cheaper alternative to the Origins Clear Improvement mask. I was so pleased when I purchased it on a whim. To avoid some of the messy-ness I apply clay masks with a clean, flat foundation brush as it makes it so much easier to evenly apply across the face. I'm really pleased it had great results for you too!
    Rebecca-Louise | Autumn Leaves for bloggers and creatives

  20. Great review :) I'm off to buy this tomorrow in my lunch hour! xx

    Brenda BusyBee |

  21. This sounds like a must have mask. I haven't tried a huge amount as I have never been blown away by a clay mask and I have never seen a noticeable difference however this looks like a product that would work well with my skin that is also affordable.

    Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

  22. Sounds like a great mask, would need to pick it up next time I'm at Boots

    Alisha x


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