I’m going to try to be much better at bringing Face Mask Friday posts to you more regularly. This week, this moisturising and soothing white clay mask is gentle on the skin, and doesn’t set like traditional clay masks. The LCN Rengerating Luminous Skin Mask (£29.50 from Beauty Concepts) promises to revitalise your complexion, but does it work?
This mask has a texture similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask (reviewed here), and it sets out to deliver the same results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite manage it. This is a thick, white cream mask that contains the active white clay ingredient, which works on your skin to detoxify and purify, without actually setting or hardening. After the recommended 10-15 minutes, it can simply be wiped off with a tissue.
As well as detoxifying your skin, the mask also contains Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerine to attract (and retain) moisturise to the skin and plump the skin. There’s also Panthenol (provitamin B5). When Panthenol is applied to the skin, it coverts to the humectant Pantothenic Acid; which is easily absorbed by the skin, and manages to moisturise deep down into the lower layers. Not only that, but scientific research has shown that Panthenol not only moisturises the skin, but if it’s used regularly for an extended period of time (at least 1 month), it takes on an anti-inflammatory role and soothes dry and troubled skin. Another ingredient found in this mask – Lime Blossom Extract (or Linden Blossom in the US) – is there to act as another anti-inflammatory.
This mask does leave your skin feeling soft and clean, but not to nearly the same extent as the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask does. It also has quite an unpleasant smell, and I didn’t like having it on my face because of it. The smell took all the relaxation and enjoyment out of using the mask.
I also didn’t like the results from the mask in terms of revitalisation and radiance, as I couldn’t really notice a difference. This is a reasonably pricey face mask, so I would expect much more immediate results than what I saw with this. This mask is a bit of a letdown, and the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask wins hands down every time. As you can imagine, I have a huge stash of face masks, and this one just didn’t earn it’s place there.
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