While getting ready recently for a film festival red carpet event, I found my skin to look a bit dull. When I find my skin looking dull, I pull out my trusty favorite.
I don’t use a fancy product. I don’t utilize skin cleaning products that have “pearls” “gold flakes” or any other gimmicks. I keep my skin cleaning beauty plan simple.
My go-to for glowy skin? Queen Helene Clay Masks.
It smells delicious, like rich clay earth, and has several different masks in the line that take care of certain issues of the skin. The clay effectively and quickly absorbs dirt and oil and gives a gentle deep cleansing without irritation. This works for oily, normal and combination skin.
I don’t use the clay mask every day or even every week. But when I do use it, I apply it thinly and wait for it to dry. When it dries it lightens to the point of looking like chalk on your face when it’s completely dry. There is a little tightening of the skin during the dry process. I try not to put any near my eyes, lids or under the eyes. Then to get the clay off, I take a clean, wrung washcloth, slightly damp with warm water, and gently clean off the clay in a circular motion. The washcloth and circular motion will also help with circulation as well as cleaning the skin.
Once done, I pat dry or let my face air dry. My face isn’t dripping with water, so this is easy to do.
After, my skin feels soft, and looks healthy and glowing. My skin no longer looks dull. The effect is immediate.
The Mint Julep version appears green colored, feels a bit tingly and “minty fresh” on the skin, cooling. The Mud one appears in an adobe clay, red-brown color. It just looks like clay.
If you are in doubt because you have sensitive skin, put it on thinly. I would also start with the plain mud one, the original, for starters. Less fragrance, more earthy smell, not overpowering. One other thing: It’s not to leave on the face forever, if you apply it thin, it will dry quickly and should be off your face within three to five minutes tops.
A little bit does a LOT. AND it’s a cruelty-free no testing on animals product!
The price is right. You can find the price anywhere from $3.00 to $6.00 (U.S.) depending. You can get Queen Helene at any decent beauty supply store for example, Sallys Beauty Supply, as well as Walmart and Amazon. Queen Helene has been around a long time, check out their website for their story.
In their About Us section, it reads:
“Queen Helene® brand has been a leader in quality and beauty products for professional and personal use since 1930. Our products are inspired by nature’s finest ingredients because they are safer, and often more effective, than harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives. We are proud to have created a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are still passed on from generation to generation.
We use natural elements like cocoa butter that are rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties to moisturize, soften and nurture your skin and hair. We use pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension. Many of our products take advantage of the unique qualities of nature’s finest ingredients to keep you looking your best.
For over 80 years, our commitment to excellence has made many of our products among the leaders in the personal care category, and we are proud to continue our dedication to providing the most effective products your body needs from head to toe.”
In the We Care section, this helpful info comes up:
Queen Helene® brand strives to not only create products that work great, but are also great for the world we live in. We are dedicated to preserving our environment by using recyclable packaging and continuing to look for new ways to further our commitment to protecting the planet. The earth supplies many effective, environmentally-safe, natural ingredients and we use them in our products whenever possible.
In our efforts to bring you highly-effective products, we never test on animals and have been certified by the Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). They ensure cosmetic, personal care and household product companies who have been certified remain cruelty-free through all stages of product development and testing. We are proud to display the CCIC’s leaping bunny logo on our products.
For more information on cruelty-free practices, visit www.leapingbunny.org
We work hard to keep our planet, and everything that inhabits it, healthy and happy.”