Finding a good face mask isn’t easy. Some clay masks dry your face too much or you’ll apply a sheet mask to find your skin exactly the same as it was before. It isn’t an easy task and it involves a lot of research. I must admit that most my personal research was done before I became vegan. I already had a good number of face masks I loved and used every week.
After changing my eating habits, it wasn’t long until I started thinking about beauty products. While animal testing was banned in the UK in 1997 and in the EU in 2009, many companies still test on animals. If you’ve done your research on the food industry, you might want to read more about the beauty industry.
After doing some research, I found some cool cruelty-free and vegan companies with incredible products. One of these companies is Herbivore Botanicals. After their PINK CLOUD Rosewater Moisture Creme became Instagram famous, I started to read more about the company. Herbivore Botanicals doesn’t test on animals and 100% vegan. They are also PETA and Leaping Bunny Certified.
The other day I was at Space NK and noticed they had an interesting take on a face mask: a pink clay powder mask. The Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask is pink, fun, cruelty-free AND vegan. To me, that is one perfect combination 🙂
The premise is simple: in a bowl, add a small amount of product and slowly add water until it forms a paste. This will be your mask, just apply to your face and let it dry. The instructions mention removing it with warm water but I found that a muslin cloth is very effective too.
The mask is very good and left my skin feeling very baby-like. It helped with removing build up dirt from the week (I live and work in London, so a mask is something I try to do almost every day) and I didn’t feel it harsh on my skin. My skin is dehydrated so I had to add a face oil afterwards as it left my face dry – as any clay mask would. But unlike other clay, or charcoal, masks my skin felt super soft.
Disclaimer: The best way to make your mask from the powder is to slowly add small teaspoons of water. I mistakenly added too much water and it became very liquid. The second attempt worked much better.
The mask isn’t cheap but it’s pretty good. It depends of what you’re looking for. I tried many drugstore face masks and they mostly do more harm than good on my dehydrated skin. Personally, I prefer to save on those and splurge on masks I know are helping my skin on a daily basis.
If you’re looking for a gentle, exfoliating mask that leaves your face smooth and fresh, I highly recommend it. According to their website, it’s suitable for all skin types but if you have sensitive skin you can test on a small area of your body.
Let me know if you’ve already tried this mask and which masks are your favourite 🙂