Happy Monday and hopefully a relaxing Bank Holiday. Today I want to review a face mask which is the Quick Fix Facials Anti-Blemish Mud Mask. This took the place of the Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask which I talked about briefly in my June & July Empties 2018 post. So I’ve been using this product for a little while now, so I want to chat about it and give you my perspective on it.
To start off, this is available from Boots for £5.29 at full price, but I have seen this on offer before, so that’s worth looking out for. The tube contains 100ml of product, which is common for face masks.
As the name suggests, this face mask is keenly designed for oily and acne prone skin, which my skin falls into. It claims to be an anti-blemish mud mask and aims to:
Excess oil, congested, blemish prone skin or a general combinational skin type.
Dead Sea Mud – helps absorb and control oil production
Salicylic Acid – helps draw out impurities and tighten the pores
Tea tree oil – helps to treat spots and prevent future blemishes”
The presence of three major ingredients, Dead Sea mud, salicylic acid and tea tree oil are familiar to me, which reassure me that there will be some benefits to this product. These are ingredients that typically work very well with my skin, in spite of my skin being prone to sensitivities.
So if you’ve read my Multi-Tasking Face Masks: Why I’m Loving It post, you’re aware that I love to tailor my masks (and skincare in general) to meet my skin’s needs and not just use products as a one-size-fits-all situation. My post goes into this in more detail, but to clarify for ease, I use this product on the predominantly oily areas of my face. During the summer is my forehead, nose and chin, particularly the latter two where I have a lot of issues with blocked pores. My cheeks are also oily, but I find it’s proportionally less than my T-zone and I treat that area of my face differently. For the autumn I see myself altering this to not include my forehead, and just focus on my nose and chin, but this is something I’ll monitor as the weather cools off now.
The directions of the mask are as follows:
“Smooth a generous layer onto clean skin and leave for 10 minutes whilst the magic gets to work. Remove with warm water or gently wipe away with a warm damp flannel or cloth. Use weekly for maximum benefit or twice weekly if you have particularly greasy skin.”
I mostly follow these instructions to the letter, as I apply a thin layer over my skin to avoid suffocating my skin while it works. The length of time this sits on my skin varies: as I apply this before I jump in the shower then wash off when I’m ready and just before I use my exfoliator. This can vary between 5-10 minutes. Since I use this as an in-shower product, I use the warm water of the shower to thoroughly wash this off my skin, and I find this method works great for me. Where I step off the directions is how often I use this product. I use it roughly 2-3 times a week depending on my skin’s needs, and always before I jump in the shower. This has worked fine during the hot and humid weather, but now it’s cooling down, I see myself using this less often as the levels of excess oil tone down a little bit.
This is a matter of preference: I don’t enjoy applying cleansers or masks, or rather, any products that require water to wash off as it creates a lot of mess and water everywhere. I find this helps me pace out my mask applications, as it’s so easy to want to grab a mask to treat acne when patience and time to heal is what I need.
As for the mask itself: it was a bit peculiar to me as in-person it has a strange metallic-y sheen to it. Nothing major, but it was noticeable enough to quirk an eyebrow at it. It’s a very creamy mask and very easy to smooth over the skin. It hasn’t irritated my skin so far throughout the summer, although I’m noticing recently in the past week now the weather is cooling down that I will be mindful to use this maybe weekly as my skin is starting to feel more dehydrated, and I want to make sure this isn’t a negative factor for that.
One of the things that I quite like about this product is that it doesn’t dry down like many other mud masks I’ve used. I find this is what usually makes mud products unbearable for my skin as it makes my skin feel over-dried and suffocated, and I like that I don’t have to worry about that with this mask.
As far as scents go, it has a conventional clay mask scent, and for my skin at least it isn’t irritating. I don’t really notice it when it’s on my skin, but if you go out of your way to sniff the product then you will notice it. Parfum is on the ingredients list for this product, so if you are sensitive to this product, I advise exercising caution.
In terms of its claims, I do find this helps to minimise my black heads, although I think this is with the help of other skincare in my routine I use to tackle those issues. This isn’t a miracle mask at any rate, but it works great to work into a skincare routine that has other acne-combating products in it. I find my nose and chin look much clearer after using it, so I would consider re-purchasing it in the future. However I do have other masks in my stash to try out, so this won’t happen any time soon.
Overall, I really like this product and advise it for anyone with combination or oilier skin. Dry skin types probably won’t find benefits from a mask like this one, but I plan to review a hydrating mask soon, so keep an eye out for that post!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again very soon.