Happy Monday, today I want to talk about a product that I’ve been trying out for a little while, which is the Boots Simply Sensitive Deep Cleansing Face Mask. If you’re a long-term reader, then you’re likely aware that I like to use multiple masks for my face to tailor to my oily-sensitive skin type, which I’ve discussed in my Multi-Tasking Face Masks: Why I’m Loving It post.
As the brand name suggests, this is a Boots own-brand, which means they are cruelty-free, which is a huge relief, as not only do I have more options for makeup and skincare that are cruelty-free, they’re also extremely affordable. The product shows up on Boots website, however it doesn’t specify the price, but if my memory is anything to go (please take this with a generous pinch of salt…) it was under the £5.00 price mark. As someone who prefers to not spend more money than I absolutely have to, as well as having financial restraints, this is a brand I like to keep tabs on for when my wallet is feeling more empty.
So what does the product claim to do? Allow to list them:
“Boots Simply Sensitive skincare range has been specially formulated to be kind to your skin. A simple collection of products which are fragrance and colour free. Containing soothing aloe vera, your skin is left feeling soft, smooth and cared for.
Our deep cleansing face will remove excess oil and impurities to purify your skin. Moisturisers improve the condition of your skin leaving it feeling soft and supple and looking revived.”
So all in all, it’s the ideal sort of face mask for my skin type as it’s both oily – so in need of deep cleansing, having my excess oil taken care and impurities taken care of – but also quite sensitive – so I need the formula to be gentle and nourishing as well. The only thing I’d feel inclined to point out is if you have an allergy to aloe vera, this is a product to avoid. As the claims also say, there’s no fragrance in the ingredient list, and the formula itself doesn’t have a ‘scent’ either.
As far as instructions go, it’s fairly simple: apply on clean skin and avoid the eye area. The instructions claim to leave it for 3 minutes and rinse with water. I apply this after cleansing my face pre-shower, then leave this on my face to do its work. I wash this and the other mask I use off in the shower, and don’t have issues making sure there’s no traces left on the skin. I haven’t used this outside of the shower, as I prefer to avoid using products like masks, cleansers, exfoliators, etc over the sink to avoid dripping water everywhere, so I can’t speak for how easy it is to wash off from more conventional use.
The formula itself is quite lightweight, and creates a thin layer over the skin. I apply this to my forehead, nose and chin, as a blackhead and oil treatment, while I use a moisturising mask for my cheeks and jaw. The lightweight nature of the formula is so much that while it looks like a milky-white on my hand swatched, it dilutes out to barely conceal the skin when smoothed over it. I don’t find it really dries down when I wear it in the shower as well, which can be a pro or a con depending on your perspective. I personally don’t like it when clay masks like this one dry down, so for me this is a positive. If you like the feeling of a clay mask drying down to a firm layer on the skin, this may not suit you. Whether this is the case if you wear the mask outside of the shower, I can’t say, so bear this in mind.
After removing the mask, my skin feels smoother and cleansed, so it does it do most of its claims. I don’t think it does anything incredible for clearing my pores, but I do find it helps keep already clear pores clear, and does help de-clog some of the pores on my nose. So it’s not a product to buy if you’re looking for fast and dramatic results, but as far as general upkeep of your pores go, this is a good option if you need a clay mask that can help your pores, but isn’t going to aggravate your skin as well.
If you have oily-sensitive skin as well, this might appeal to you to try out, and being quite affordable, I’d recommend it as it won’t break the bank. If you want something a bit more immediate and impactful, this won’t suit your tastes, so I’d recommend skipping on it on that basis. I plan to use this product up, as it does work nicely with my skin, however once summer rolls around, I can see this being moved to my Benched Skincare Box in favour of a slightly more intensive clay mask.
Overall, I think this is a nice product, although I have tons of clay masks stashed away to try out for the near future. It’s definitely one I’d consider in a pinch, so I’m grateful at least I know it works for me.
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