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I have tried the Montagne Jeunesse range before and really enjoy using their face masks as they are a fun treat and the lovely descriptions on the packaging makes them sound very appealing. I like to try out all the different varieties - or "flavours", as I think of them! - and this Glacial Clay Spa is the one I've used most recently. The face masks are available to buy in most high street beauty stores, and I bought this from Boots for £1.29.
This particular face mask contains crushed arctic cloudberries with clay infused fabric. Product description: "Give your skin the ride of its life and feel the natural rush of cooling glacial clay cleanse your pores to the core. Anti-oxidant rich red grape and arctic cloudberry juices from the glacial heights of Scandinavia work their magic to help maintain skin's natural barrier."
Recommended directions for use: Cleanse...apply...relax for 5-10 minutes...massage...rinse.
I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and they are one of my favourite beauty treats. Montagne Jeunesse recommend to use this weekly for clear, healthy and glowing skin. To begin with, I made sure that all traces of make-up were fully removed and I then went about applying the mask. The mask comes in a standard foil packet to keep it fresh and moist, but rather than being a fluid that you spread straight onto the skin this is actually a literal mask, and is made of a face-shaped cloth infused with natural ingredients. The cloth itself was soaked through with a liquid clay and is very wet to the touch. I got my hands covered in the clay as I was applying the mask and it can get a bit messy if you need to reposition it and smooth it down to get it to adhere to your skin properly. The mask also seemed a little large for my face, so I folded the top of it down a bit to avoid spreading any of the clay over my hairline. There are cut-out sections in the cloth that allow you to place it over your face with sections left for your eyes, nostrils and mouth to remain uncovered. It fitted closely against my face once I had smoothed the fabric over my skin, and the wetness helped it to stay put. To make it easier for the mask to stay in place properly, and to make the most of my relaxation time, I decided to just lie back on my bed with a bunch of pillows to prop me up and had a nice comfortable 15 minutes just listening to music and doing nothing while the mask did its thing.
The mask had a strong fresh fragrance to it which was noticeable throughout the duration of wearing the mask. It should be left on for 10-15 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin, and I left it for the full 15 minute amount. I did notice that by the end of this time the mask felt like it had begun to dry out in a few areas and I thought it had stuck onto my skin, but it did still peel away easily as soon as I lifted the fabric away. Some of the clay is left behind afterwards and it says you should massage this in before washing it off. I did try and rub it into my skin but as soon as I had removed the fabric the leftover clay dried out almost instantly. I did add a little water to my fingertips to moisten the clay again before massaging it, but in all honesty I think this step had practically no effect and I washed the rest away.
Afterwards I was left with clean, clear skin and my skin felt more taut and toned. The mask contains several natural ingredients, including real clay, arctic cloudberry and red grape. Clay is well-known for its deep cleansing properties and providing balance to oily skin, and red grapes are full of anti-oxidants to help protect the skin and reduce the effects of ageing. I had never even heard of couldberries before, so these are a new thing to me completely! I wasn't overly impressed with the finished results, as my skin did not look any different really, and it did not provide any extra moisture. I used a toning lotion to try and ensure any residue was removed, but as I applied my night serum lotion I found that the after-effect of the mask meant that it stopped the serum from being properly absorbed. Normally this sinks into my skin straight away, so I guess the two products are not compatible as the serum sat on the surface layer of my skin leaving me with an odd texture that felt slightly sticky to the touch.
Overall I thought this face mask was ok but it didn't really give my skin the sort of boost that I wanted. I don't think it offered much more in the way of benefits than what I would normally get from following my usual nightly routine of cleanser, toner and night cream or serum. I have another variety of this fabric style face mask within the Montagne Jeunesse range and I am looking forward to trying this one as well because they are so relaxing and easy to use.
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I recently bought a job lot of these Montagne Jeunesse face masks from a discount store near where I live. I ended up getting around 20 of these face masks for £4 making each one 20p each. I thought this was a pretty good deal and as I like face masks anyway I didn't think I could goo far wrong.
This particular mask is a Glacial Clay Spa mask which appealed to me as I like clay face masks because they dry very hard and I love the way this leaves your skin feeling.
I find the packaging of these masks a little garish for my personal tastes but as I have no plans to actually display them in my bathroom this didn't really matter much. I applied the mask as directed, washing my face first and then unfolding the fabric masks from the packet. As predicted the mask did not precisely fit my face, with a little extra room at the top and bottom which I folded over easily. The open areas were also generous but this didn't cause too many problems for me. Application was generally quick and easy, though it may vary for people with differently shaped faces.
The pack advises you leave the mask on for around 10-15 minutes, I chose to leave it on for around 15-20 because I like masks to dry really solid as I find this gives a better effect. The feel of the mask on my skin was nice, it had a cooling and soothing effect on my skin which was very pleasant. The mask did dry hard and created a tightness around my skin which personally I really like the sensation of.
The removal of the mask was probably the best part as all you have to do is carefully peel it off your skin and discard it in the bin. This is much easier than paste masks which can be messy to remove. After peeling it off I lightly washes an excess of my skin and my skin felt clean and hydrated.
I like the this mask is so easy to use and it did leave my skin feeling soft and smooth after use. I found the product easy to use and at 20p I'm not sure I could argue with the price I paid for it. I believe this mask retails at around £1.50 which for me is a little too steep, but if you are interested see what deal you can procure!
Overall, nice feel and easy to use.