With all the products on rotation in my routine (and yours too, I assume), it can be difficult to tell which ones are actually working: a serum one morning, a cream the other, and that fancy eye concentrate? It’s really only given a chance to shine every fourth night, when I remember to apply it. And then, you know, you’re on to the next potion before a bottle’s finished. That’s the thing about a facial mask, though—instant results are expected. You want to come out of it a changed woman. When I emerged from my bathroom having used Clark’s Botanicals new Intense Radiance Mask on Sunday, I wasn’t Gisele, but I was impressed. The formula is white clay based—for drawing out impurities—but founder Francesco Clark spent two years making sure it wasn’t drying and that it would combat redness and irritation. Translation: a deep cleaning mask suitable for sensitive, reactive skin (hallelujah). Key ingredients include a moisture-retaining Algae extract and collagen boosting complex, both of which firm and lift the skin, and an "organic Alpine plant" called White Genepi that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basically, it does everything I want a mask to do: calm me down, plump me up, and tackle blackheads…in twenty minutes. Full disclosure: it even magically drained a particularly ominous blemish on my chin, no pinching required (though the steamy washcloth at the end might have played a hand there). Now I just need to make room in my medicine cabinet for the weighty green jar—this guy’s moving in.
06.22.11 / The Review