22 May 2014

Urban Retreat The Mask

Urban Retreat The Mask
I have quite the skincare stash, but masks easily take up the most room in my collection. For me a face mask can be like an at-home facial, tailored to keep your skin happy and working with your skins needs to keep it healthy and glowing. I love popping a mask on a few times a week - sometimes even more than one at a time! - and my recent favourite for a deep cleanse, has been Urban Retreat The Mask (UrbanRetreat*, 75ml, £35)

The Mask can be used in two ways, for both oily and dry skin types. For oily skin types it's best used alone after cleansing, and for dry skin types, applied after the Urban Retreat The Elixir (UrbanRetreat, 30ml, £35) to help improve hydration. As my skin is oily with a touch of dehydration, I apply The Mask after a deep cleanse, using a foundation brush to apply all over. A few minutes into applying the mask, it starts to set and feel firm like any clay based mask, so I like to spritz a floral toner over, which prevents my skin from feeling overly tight. Infused with Australian Kaolin, The Mask is a naturally occurring soft clay which works to mildly cleanse the skin, drawing out impurities, leaving a clearer complexion with reduced sebum. There's also Glycerin in the mix, a well known humectant, which works to retain moisture within the skin, providing deep nourishment, whilst Vitamin E provides that all important anti-oxidant protection against harmful free radicals and UV damage. Although a clay mask, it's fairly light and doesn't feel dragging on the skin when applied, with a light-weight formula. 

Once gently massaged off with a warm cloth, my skin feels softer to the touch, looks much clearer and brighter, with a lovely healthy glow to my skin. I'm quite smitten with The Mask, having become bored of the same old clay masks which have been in my stash for too long, The Mask has renewed my love for clay-based masks and I am thrilled with the results I have seen. Would I recommend The Mask? For oily skin types, definitely.


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5 comments

  1. How does it fare against other clay based masks? Does it work on blackheads? I am really struggling with those right now!

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    1. I actually don't have blackheads myself, as I use a lot of chemical exfoliators and cleansers which keep them at bay - so I can't say if it does or doesn't I am afraid! I would suspect it would easily tackle blackheads though, as it worked to make my skin look beautifully clear, including pores! xo

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  2. This sounds great - I especially like that you can use it in different ways depending on your skin type! :)

    However, I definitely do not need any more face masks haha! I'm quite the skincare hoarder, and just never seem to get through it all!

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  3. Sounds lovely, quite expensive, but still lovely :)
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  4. Just linked to this via an email from Urban Retreat, how fab :)
    Sounds like a great mask, really tempted by it as I don't have any masks at the moment ;) x

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