Vichy Face Masks • The Pore Purifying, Quenching Mineral and Double Glow Peel Masks
I’m a face mask addict, so naturally when I heard that Vichy were releasing three brand new face masks I was excited. Vichy is my favourite skincare brand, and I’m yet to be disappointed by any of their products so I had high hopes for their new masks and I just couldn’t wait to smother my face in them. The Vichy Face Masks are £14 each, and contains 75ml of mask within a weighty clear glass jar and the Vichy Face Masks can be purchased from Escentual.
My skin is very dry and dehydrated, and I have dry patches on my cheeks and forehead so I’m constantly on the hunt for a skin product which will actually tackle the patches instead of just giving short lived benefits.
Not only do I have suffer with unsightly dry patches, I also have an issue with blemished along my jawline and chin so I often like to multi-mask and use different masks at the same time to treat different skin concerns so the new Vichy Face Masks sounded absolutely perfect for my problem skin.
The first of the Vichy Face Masks is the Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask which is described as being a clarifying treatment which refines congested skin. Now I don’t have oily skin, but I do find clay based masks particularly effective at drawing out the impurities within my skin as well as helping to reduce any inflammation I might be experiencing.
The Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask works to regulate excess sebum whilst cleansing your skin of any impurities. Rich in kaolin and bentonite clay to absorb sebum and purify your complexion, its deep cleansing formula leaves your skin feeling refreshed after every use. Vichy recommend using the mask once to two times a week by applying a thin layer to the skin and leaving it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
This mask has a slightly thicker consistency than the other two, and has almost an incense-like scent which I really like. It’s easy to apply and I tend to use it on my chin, jawline, nose and the middle of my forehead where I’m usually the shiniest and suffer from blemishes. Once on the skin it feels quite soothing and within a couple of minutes the skin does feel a little more taut as it begins to dry which makes it a little difficult to talk.
As the mask begins to dry, you can see the impurities that have been drawn out of the skin similar to how GLAMGLOW’s Youthmud and Supermud too except the Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask is £14 instead of being £50 like GLAMGLOW. I find the mask to be so satisfying as you can see what has been drawn out of the skin, and once I’ve rinsed the mask away, my skin is left feeling a lot clearer and not at all stripped, or feeling dry like some clay based masks can be. I would describe this mask as being a mask version of a pore strip as it’s so effective at purifying the skin within minutes.
Next up we have the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask which is enriched with intensely hydrating glycerin to provide your skin with an instant injection of productive moisture alongside Vitamin B3 which helps your complexion to maintain a healthy condition, while Vichy’s mineralizing thermal water soothes and hydrates your complexion to reveal a smooth and supple texture.
The Quenching Mineral Mask is enhanced with a cooling water-like texture, plus an infusion of jasmine water, bamboo and green tea to lightly scent your skin. The Quenching Mineral Mask can be used two to three times a week by applying the gel to clean skin and leaving for five minutes before massaging in any excess.
The gel consistency is incredibly cooling on the skin, and it smells so fresh too. It’s easy to smooth over the skin, and whilst it’s on the skin it has a lovely soothing effect and the first time I used it, I noticed that my skin had absorbed all of the mask within only two minutes which really surprised me but my skin must have been in desperate need of an intensive hydration boost.
After the five minutes had passed, I was so surprised by how silky and smooth my skin felt.. it felt as if I’d exfoliated and applied all of my skincare products, when in fact I’d only applied the mask five minutes ago. My skin was left feeling amazingly refreshed and hydrated which I expected to disappear within an hour or so, but even the next day my skin was still feeling super hydrated and my dry patches had greatly diminished.
I will warn you that this mask will leave your skin feeling so incredible that you will want to touch it in disbelief, as it really does make such a significant difference even upto 48 hours after so it imparts a lasting hydrating effect on the skin, and my skin absolutely loves it. I am now keeping my jar in my fridge for an even more refreshing experience, and I honestly cannot recommend this mask enough if you have dry and/or dehydrated skin.
The last in the Vichy Face Masks trio is the Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask which is formulated to boost your skin’s natural radiance, and instantly restore luminosity back into your complexion. One part of the double-peel action consists of chemical AHAs made from fruit acids, which sweep away dead skin cells to reveal a fresher, more even texture to the skin.
Secondly, a physical exfoliator made with a volcanic rock origin buffs and brightens your skin tone. To apply the mask, Vichy recommend applying in circular motions so the physical exfoliator can gently buff the skin’s surface. You can’t see the volcanic rock suspended within the mask, but once you’re massaging it into your skin it feel very slightly gritty but not like you’re rubbing rock all over your face.. it feels a lot finer and gentler.
Once you’ve massaged the gel into the skin, you have to leave it in place for 5-10 minutes before rinsing once to twice a week. Within the 5-10 minutes, the mask dries on the skin and I like to remove it with a hot flannel to thoroughly remove the volcanic rock particles and the mask. Whilst the mask is on my skin, it does have a slight tingle due to the AHA’s but it’s not at all uncomfortable and the tingling does disappear once rinsed away.
After removing the mask, my skin looks almost transformed which I know sounds rather dramatic but it genuinely does improve the texture of the skin with my face feeling considerably smoother, and clearer. Overall I am seriously impressed with the Vichy Face Masks, and each one delivers all of its claims. If I had to choose a favourite, I honestly couldn’t choose between the Double Glow Peel Mask and the Quenching Mineral Mask as they both make such a considerable difference to my skin, and I love using them together with the Peel Mask first and the Mineral Mask second.
I feel that these masks are some of the best I’ve tried, and they’re such amazing value for £14 and I’d thoroughly recommend all three Vichy Face Masks.
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