My skin is currently really suffering in this cold-cold-mild-sunshine-warm-raining-cold again weather, and it shows because the zits are appearing and I am looking even more tired than ever. So it’s my time of the year to start pulling out the facial treatments, including masks, something that I don’t usually have time to do.
I am a big fan of mud and clay masks, presuming they are decent ones – there’s nothing worse than a cheap mask that dries my skin out and causes a huge break out. My favourite mud mask is Nars which they discontinued. Sigh.
Can Voya fill the void my favourite face mask left?
Voya skincare is based on the goodness of seaweed, an ingredient used throughout their range. This clay mask contains seaweed, rosemary and patchouli, to detoxify and brighten the skin.
To use, the mask is left on for 10 minutes then washed off. It looks like a greyish clay mask, but is quite creamy texture and applies like a rich cream. It dries to a transparent finish, without cracking or making the skin feel tight (which I quite like – how else will I scare small children?!).
I found this mask quite tingly at first…that’s when I get nervous because a reaction to a mask then my skin will need at least a week to recover.
Thankfully this feeling disappeared after a while and it felt sort of slightly cooling and comfortable to have on.
Did I mention the packaging? Voya skincare is chic, and this comes in a heavy weight glass jar:
Afterwards, my skin felt refreshed, a bit tighter (this is temporary of course) looked smoother and brighter, and redness reduced. I didn’t notice smaller pores but it definitely did some detoxing because a day later I had a few spots…I think this is the mask drawing these out rather than a reaction.
Will I keep this product in my to go to skincare basket?
Yeah! I think this is a great clay / detoxing mask to alternate with my hydrating treatments. It isn’t particularly drying either and I usually find clay based ones suck all the moisture out of my skin. I would recommend this for someone who wants a high quality, organic, clay mask which isn’t too heavy or drying on the skin.
This mask is £32 from Selfridges. Do I think it’s worth £32? Well it is quite expensive for a mask, although my Nars mask was more around the £40 mark (it lasted forever). Voya ingredients are very high quality (71.45 certified organic!) so at least there’s a reason for the high cost, not just because of the fancy packaging etc.
Aqua, Kaolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Montmorillonite, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fucus Serratus Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Dictyopteris Membranacea Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid.