Beauty product of the week: Blessed by Nature purifying face masque
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We got the chance to try out new Australian skincare brand Blessed by Nature, and its kaolin masque is a standout.
Why we love this product
I'm a big fan of clay masques.
Clays have a unique ability to dry up excess oil on the skin and pull dirt and impurities out of your pores. They're a great fix for those weeks when you're feeling a bit spotty and congested.
The downside? Some of them can be very, very drying and rather aggressive on delicate or sensitive skin.
In fact, I have a clay and orange masque in my bathroom cupboard for emergencies only. It works really well but it burns!
However, now I've finally found a clay masque that doesn't make my skin feel dry or sensitive. It's Blessed by Nature's purifying face masque.
I only recently heard about Blessed by Nature, a new skincare brand on the block whose ambassador is none other than Aussie beauty, Anna Heinrich. It's a brand that creates skincare "without any hidden nasties". On the brand's website it says the products are pure, natural, organic and ethically-sourced, which ticks a lot of important boxes.
The product I was most interested in trying was the purifying face masque, made from kaolin clay. Kaolin is finer and lighter than other clays and has the same oil-absorbing effects but tends to be a bit gentler on the skin.
The remaining key ingredients include "macadamia, cucumber, jojoba, cocoa and vitamin E", all of which are non-comedogenic and contain nourishing properties. It's truly refreshing to see a cleansing masque that has hydrating and moisturizing ingredients – these are too often left out of cleansing and deep-cleaning products. We want to look cleansed not dry!
The masque itself has a super fresh and clean smell, and applies easily and smoothly across the face. It has a much thinner consistency than other kaolin masques I've tried, which is a plus because that means it dries faster.
According to the directions, you only need to leave this on for five minutes to get the effects, but I did ten minutes because I wanted to let this masque really work.
Once I took this masque off, I saw the same positive effects as with other clay masques: brighter skin, refined pores and fewer clogged pores. But what made this masque different from others I've tried is it produced none of the negative effects I usually get.
I'm pleased to report that not only did this clay masque not burn (hooray!), I didn't get that dry, tight feeling in my skin which I get from most other similar products. Instead my skin felt light, soft and still reasonably well moisturised.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, or just find regular clay masques too harsh on your skin, then definitely give Blessed by Nature's purifying face masque a try. It's perfect for getting that deep-clean without leaving you feeling dry afterwards.
One thing to be wary of, this still is a clay masque that will pull impurities to the surface. As a result, next-day breakouts can happen as the clay brings all the dirt and blemishes in your skin to the surface.
I recommend using this two days out from any event, rather than the night before. You'll still have the brightened refined pores, but without looking spotty.
At $14.95 product is really affordable considering how well it works. I've paid $100 for similar items.