Name: Brightening Treatment Mask
Brand: Liz Earle
Size: 50ml (pump starter kit)
From Liz Earle’s website:
Our fast-acting ‘minute’ mask instantly revitalises. Containing stimulating camphor oil and toning witch hazel to help give your skin a natural-looking radiance. Use in the morning or whenever a quick fix is needed. Naturally active ingredients include aloe vera to help cool and soothe, toning witch hazel and purifying white clay. Not suitable for sensitive skin
What I liked:
- creamy but thin texture
- easy to apply
- leaves skin brighter and radiant
- leaves skin soft
- helps absorb excess oil
- available in different sizes at different prices
What I didn’t like:
- may be too drying for those with dry skin
If winter, or a fun night out, has left your skin looking dull, and in need of a pick me up, you might want to try a brightening mask such as Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask. This mask has a herbal, pleasant scent and a creamy but thin (which surprised me cos it contains clay) texture that spreads easily on the skin, drying quickly. I also noticed a slight tingling sensation, which wasn’t uncomfortable at all, but because of it I don’t think it is suitable for those with sensitive skin (Liz Earle clearly states so too on the packaging and their website).
The instructions say to leave it on the skin for about 2 minutes and then to gently wipe it away with the muslin cloth soaked in hot water. The muslin cloth (which comes with the 50ml pump starter kit or you can purchase the tube alone without the cloth for £12.25) is the same one you get with the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, which provides a gentle exfoliating action without irritating skin. Once removed, I noticed my skin was brighter, felt clean and soft to the touch and the mask also helped absorb excess oil on my oily t-zone. As a pick-me-up for dull skin, it works well.
The main ingredients in the Brightening Treatment Mask are Aloe Vera, which has soothing properties; Montmorillonite, a type of clay which has absorbent properties and so can be very beneficial for those with oily skin but drying for those with dry skin; Silt, a sediment obtained from various bodies of water which also contains a small amount of clay and has absorbent properties too so it helps reduce excess oil and even the recurrence of acne; and Sweet Almond Oil, to leave skin soft and smooth.
The mask also contains Witch Hazel water. Witch Hazel is not one of my favourite ingredients in skincare products because even though it has toning and astringent properties that help reduce excess oil, it can be irritating for the skin. However, Witch Hazel water is a less irritating form of witch hazel and this is also a product to use every now and then when you need a pick-me-up so it shouldn’t cause any problems for the skin. It didn’t really cause any to me anyway.
Although Liz Earle says the Brightening Treatment Mask is suitable for all skin types (except sensitive skin), I think that, because it contains various ingredients with absorbing and astringent properties, it may be too drying for those with dry skin. Those with oily skin will benefit greatly from these ingredients (my skin is combination, if you’re wondering, and it worked well for me). If you have dry but dull skin and want to try this mask to get a natural glow but are unsure if it’ll work for you, then you can try the small size which contains 15ml of product and retails at only £4.85.
Available at: http://uk.lizearle.com
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask is a great pick-me-up for dull skin. It has a pleasant, herbal scent and a cremy but thin consistency that applies easily, dries fast and once removed with the muslin cloth, leaves skin bright and soft. It also helps absorb excess oil. However, those with dry skin may find it too drying.