03/06/2013

A Clear Improvement

Hello! Today I have a review of the Origins Clear Improvement face mask. Recently my skin has been freaking out from the stress and late nights due to assignments and exams - which still aren't over yet! Holidays, come quick! This mask has really been helping out my skin and it's about time I did a post on it.


This clay-based clarifying mask has a number of ingredients to help clear out those pores! "Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that 'stuff' down there, skin 'breathes a sigh of relief'"
My skin certainly does 'breathe a sigh of relief' after using this mask!


This mask has quite a thick, almost sticky, consistency but is relatively easy to spread over the face. Lately I have been using this once a week and it sure does clear out any trace of dirt, oil and makeup that may have accumulated. I use it quite sparingly, taking it over the face in a relatively thin layer but building it up a bit in specific problem areas. I then leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with a warm washcloth. It is quite an interesting sensation once the clay has dried - any facial movement will cause cracks to appear, haha. I also look very much like I've been working in the coal mines all day.



After using this mask, I notice immediate results! My skin feels squeaky clean - without the squeak.  This mask is best suited to oilier skin types (I have combo) as it does leave the skin on the dry side, but not tight or uncomfortable. I find following up with a good moisturiser sets me up pretty well. After use, the skin appears brighter and the texture is smoother and softer. Where I feel this mask helps the most is if I have any breakouts. The redness is reduced and they are less irritated and any pain is reduced. I find the morning after, my skin looks a whole lot better in regards to any large, under-the-skin pimples. Their size is reduced and the mask helps them get on their way out. For whiteheads, I find the mask helps bring them to the surface (so yes they will be more noticeable) but once they come up they recede rather quickly, as opposed to lingering for longer than they should. As it helps clean out the pores, it will aid in preventing any future pimples. Granted, whilst I have been super stressed (the chocolate I've been eating hasn't helped either...) pimples are popping up like crazy, but I find this mask really helps calm the skin.


While this mask is not cheap at $34 for 100mL, I really have been enjoying it and it's definitely worth the money. It's the best clarifying mask I've tried that also delivers other benefits. I also don't see myself running out of this anytime soon either!

Have you tried the Origins Clear Improvement mask? What is your favourite clarifying mask?

25 comments:

  1. I was actually looking at this at Kit yesterday, but ended up going for the Drink Up Intensive this time around. I have a small sample of this one and agree with your review, it is great for angry uni skin ;P You've reminded me to use it tonight, thanks!

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    1. Haha, I was the opposite to you! I picked up this and got a sample of the Drink Up Intensive - which is lasting me quite well!

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  2. Great review! I've been tempted by Origins masks for agessss! And I think once I've used up some of my other masks this will be what I try out :)

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. I've accumulated so many of these clay type masks, definitely enough to last a gooood long while!

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  3. I really really want to try this one.

    missyinthemirror101.blogspot.com

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  4. I've been pretty keen to try Origins skin care but I've always been put off by the price tag. But $34 for 100ml seems okay if you're going to be using it for a long time and if it really delivers results! I know what you mean by stress + chocolate consumption ... not a good combo for the skin :p

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    1. They are a very talked about brand, and in terms of other high end skincare brands, the prices aren't too bad.

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  5. Thank you for this great and informative review! I hope I can find it here in the Philippines. If I can't find it, I need to look for an alternative for this awesome product! Hihi. :D

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    1. You're welcome, hope you can get a hold of it!

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  6. Definitely making a big order of Origins products, and this is on it!

    http://talisbury.blogspot.com/

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    1. Awesome - would love to see what you get and reviews!

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  7. Nice review! Been wanting to try black clay masks andalso origins for a while now! This is perfect (:
    xx
    TiTi's Corner!

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  8. Wow, that is a scary looking mask! :) I hate the feeling of masks but after you've washed them off it feels amazing. Thanks for reminding me to get mine out!
    x

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    1. I look like I've rubbed my face in a bit of coal haha. I love the feeling, a good ol' pamper sesh.

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  9. This sounds great and something that I need!
    I've had so much assignments due too and ugh my skin just keeps breaking out.

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    1. I find masks are the perfect pampering after a long week! I cant wait for them to be over with - only to do it all again next term! :(

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  10. Wanted to try this for so long! Looks amazing, may have to pick it up some time :)

    Blog | Cocochic
    Bloglovin | http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/1823055/

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  11. Sounds like a great product! I used to love clay masks when I was younger and had combination skin.

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  12. I never heard about this product until I read about it here, but if i come across it ill give it a go :) Great review!
    xoxo
    -B ♡
    http://msberrystylish.blogspot.com/

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  13. I have this mask too and so far I like it as well. It is so funky looking! The charcoal is what drew me to this mask. It probably is gimmicky but it sure worked on me ha. Glad to see you enjoy it too!

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    1. It is very funky, but it sure does work!

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  14. That looks interesting :) x

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