I’m a big fan of face masks, particularly those with kaolin content. Pampering my face with the soft, powdery China clay is a must-have at-home remedy to soothe the stressed-out skin I tend to have whenever my hormones get out of whack.
As you already know, I’m quite the TBS fan. For the past month or so, I’ve been patting their Tea Tree Face Mask (USD 15.50) on my face at least twice a week at night, and I just had to share it with you fellow beauty junkies: It feels awesome.
In fact, it’s the only top-rated mask in the whole TBS line.
Because I have an oily/combination skin, I tend to switch back and forth between the usual Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask, which has no kaolin, with this mask. I use the moisture mask when I’m all red and sensitive, while eliminating excess oil with the latter.
I love how dabbing just a sheer layer of this mask feels chilly right at the instant it comes in contact with my skin, as if someone’s placed an air conditioner adjusted to an icy temp in front of my face. You can smell tea tree’s strong, ultra-refreshing menthol scent rising up your nose once the lid is opened.
TBS’ tea tree range is commercially marketed for those concerned with acnes and blemishes, and the bulky 100ml pot, which carries a very thick, but solid-slimy consistency to it, is somewhat effective in drying some of my active acne spots overnight.
Besides how great it feels (literally) and how the cooling smell soothes me as well, plus how weird I look when I see the little green monster that’s looking back at me in the mirror, I like that this mask doesn’t dry the skin after I rinse it off, but leaves it looking clean, purified, and matte, all fresh and ready to absorb the active ingredients on my night cream.
Largely thanks to the vast array of mineral absorbents that makes up the soft, kaolin clay, this mask works great in drawing out impurities and debris from my skin without lifting off the skin’s natural moisture.
The con? It doesn’t completely dry out as quickly as it was claimed. The recommended timeframe for leavening the mask, as written on the back label, is about 10 to 15 minutes, but most of the time, it takes about 20-25 minutes for me. I’m too lazy to get up and usually let it stay for more than an hour.
But I highly recommend new users to follow as the label says, because leaving the mask for as long as I do might itch or irritate those who have a more sensitive skin.
Would I buy it again? Maybe. It does provide a degree of oil control, it does treat mild acne spots, it feels awesome on the skin, and it’s sold at a fairly nominal price.
I’d buy it again if I’m purely looking to put my freshest face forward for some important event I’d have to prepare weeks early.
But to solve my big-pore problem? Probably not.
Over to you: Will you try on the mask?