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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying mask

I've stayed away from clay based face masks for many years now after I tried one and had a bad experience that involved a rather nasty burning sensation.  It really wasn't very pleasant and I decided that maybe I was allergic to clay.  Back then I also found that whenever I tried a face mask it appeared to just suck all of the moisture out of my skin leaving it dry and rough.  So I left face masks behind me, although more recently I have used a couple of Lush masks.

Fast forward to becoming a blogger and I decided that I really wanted to start trying masks again.  After saying something to my boyfriend one day about believing that I may be allergic to clay he told me he thought it was unlikely as clay is one of the most inert substances around.  So I thought I'd start trying some masks, but would be very careful and patch test first on my most sensitive area, which is the tops of my cheeks over my cheek bones.

Before Christmas I won a mystery Christmas present giveaway on Rachel's blog Beauty Queen UK and one of the prizes I received in a rather large prize bundle was a Palmers Purifying clay mask.  This contains Kaolin clay to deep clean and draw out impurities, Cocoa butter and Shea butter for hydration, Aloe vera and Chamomile to soothe, Vitamin E to work as an antioxidant and Sweet almond oil to work as a light skin emoliant.

As a clay based mask I was slightly apprehensive about giving it a try but I loved the sound of the ingredients.  I started off with a patch test, applying a small amount to my right cheek, and left it for around 5 minutes.  When there was no stinging/burning sensation, which would normally start within a couple of minutes, I applied a thin layer over my whole face.  

I'm pleased to report that I don't experience any kind of burning sensation when I use this, in fact it has a lovely cooling and soothing effect on my skin that's really pleasant.  After about 10 minutes I rinse away with warm water.  As I mentioned above I've had problems with masks dehydrating my skin in the past but this leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, even when on one occasion my skin was dry and flaky before applying this.  

Sorry for some not so pleasant details now but at the end of last week I had two very sore large lump blemishes pop up on my chin.  There was obviously some nasty stuff lurking in the deeper layers of my skin so I thought I would give this a try to see if it would draw it closer to the surface so it would be easier to treat.  Beforehand both blemishes were just lumps but pretty much as soon as I washed this off I noticed that it had indeed drawn some of the yuckiness up to the surface of the larger lump.  

So overall I'm very impressed with this mask.  It doesn't burn my skin off, doesn't suck out every last little bit of moisture my skin contains, leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised and does the job in drawing out impurities.  

I've not seen this in the shops before and was surprised that I couldn't find it on the Boots website.  I did however find this on the Superdrug website for £5.99 and on for the bargain price of £5.95 (every penny counts!).

Have you tried Palmer's Purifying mask?

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  1. I didn't know Palmer's did masks! I love their body lotion... mmm... *floats to Boots to purchase*

    Danniella x |

    1. I had no idea either! I've never seen it before but it does say new on the packaging so I'm guessing it might be quite a recent release x

  2. I really love the Palmers range in general! I've been using one of their cleansers for a while now and I've never had any problems. This mask sounds really fab though, I might have a look for it the next time I'm in Boots! xxx

    1. I've used their cocoa butter several times in the past but I didn't realise they'd started doing other products x

  3. I absolutely love the Palmers cocoa butter moisturiser and the lip balm so will definitely have to give this one a go too! Danielle xx

    1. Palmer's do make some lovely cocoa butter products x


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