Apologies for the lateness of this post! I had such a big weekend, and didn’t have time to schedule a post before I went away. But here is Sunday’s post – better late than never!
Last week was Week Four of my Face Mask Mini-Series. On Thursday night my skin just felt so grimy and yucky, so I chose the ‘ultra deep cleansing’ Black Seaweed Peel Off Masque.
- Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract: used in folk medicine for centuries. Contains over 190 nutrients; 12x more Vitamin C than oranges, 3x more Vitamin A than carrots, 4x more superoxide dismutase (a powerful antioxidant) than ginseng and as much Vitamin E as a wheat germ. Only plant source that contains omega 3, 6, 9, and 7. Anti-aging and full of antioxidants. Promotes skin hydration, elasticity, healing and helps treat and prevent acne. Good cleanser and exfloiator. Has rejuvenating effects on the skin.
- Laver Seaweed Extract: See Week Three
- Sea Salt – similar, but less potent, benefits to Dead Sea Salt. See Week One
What I did find disappointing was this face mask has much less in the way of natural ingredients compared to the others in the Montagne Jeunesse range. Most of the natural things in it are at the end of the ingredients list, which means there’s less of them than the man-made ingredients. This is just a small niggle, but a relevant one as the abundance of natural ingredients is one of my favourite things about Montagne Jeunesse face masks!
This face mask also doesn’t have the most appealing smell. It’s by no means bad, but its less delicious than the other Montagne Jeunesse fragrances. AND it’s not as thick as the packaging suggests; it’s more of a translucent grey-black in colour.
However, despite having the same gel like consistency of the Manuka Honey Peel-Off Mask I found that it peeled off a lot better. This may have been down to my application. I massaged the mask onto my skin when I applied it and left it on until the whole mask was touch dry (this took about 25 minutes). Even so, I definitely prefer the Black Seaweed to the Manuka Honey.
Having said that, it was very firmly stuck to my skin! It was still very easy (and satisfying!) to peel off, but it really tugged at my skin. Although this was absolutely no problem for me, I wouldn’t recommend this particular face mask for sensitive skin for that reason. Also, try not to get it on your eyelids. I did accidentally – very painful!
Overall, the Black Seaweed face mask left my skin feeling squeaky clean and fresh, which was exactly what I wanted! Although once again my stubborn pores refused to budge, the rest of my skin definitely cleared up. I had barely any new spots or blemishes over the next few days, and my skin stayed feeling soft and clean.
I was so impressed with the results, as I really wanted to feel confident about my skin this weekend – and I 100% did. All the benefits probably would’ve continued longer if I hadn’t committed the ultimate Skin Sin and slept in my make-up on Saturday night! If there’s one face mask I will be repurchasing from my whole mini-series, it has to be this one.
Panda Eyes xx