There are some skincare products that you come across and immediately sense its potency and superior quality. Whether it’s from the packaging, which is neither cheap plastic nor so extravagant that it makes you wonder what you’re really paying for, something about Chantecaille skincare products reeks of grace and power.
As someone with combination skin, I’m always on the lookout for a potent mask that helps clear out any problem areas without overly drying my skin the way most masks do. Many people with combination or oily skin think that “drying out” excess oil and having “squeaky clean” skin equals beautiful skin but that is far from the truth. Most masks on the market that promise to clear out pores or rebalance oily skin actually strip your skin of its natural moisture, leading to more breakouts and more oiliness.
I fell in love with Chantecaille’s Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey after the first use. Packaged in an off-white small jar that fits in my palm, this detox mask is sealed with a peel-back aluminum layer that you can keep on for extra product protection.
The mask is of a dark greenish-grey color with a beautiful scent that is reminiscent of the world’s top spas- that deep earthy undertone coupled with a calming herbal aroma. Its major components are:
- Kaolin- a powerfully absorbent and healing clay
- Honey- calming and antibacterial agent
- Rosemary- another antibacterial agent that adds a soothing scent
- Mushroom Extract- an astringent that helps minimize pore size and reduces sebum production
- Rose/Mimosa/Jasmine/Narcissus- healing and anti-inflammatory base of regenerative flower waxes
- Sweet Orange Peel- essential oil that soothes, softens and regenerates stressed skin
- Peppermint Oil/Burdoct Root- purifies and tightens
- Saccharide Isomerate- soothing agent that reduces dryness by increasing amount of moisture retained in keratinized cells.
Chantecaille advises to use this detox mask twice a week and to leave on for 10 minutes. The first time I used it, I left it on for 20 minutes and was surprised to find that the mask did not dry up to that crispy cake texture that most masks turn into where if we cracked a smile, we’d be creating wrinkle lines all over the place. Chantecaille’s Detox Mask remained soft though there was a tightening effect overall.
Upon application, within the first two minutes I felt a pleasant, slight cooling sensation which subsided and gave way to the aforementioned tightness. After washing off, my skin was incredibly soft, with most blackheads seemingly dissolved. The overall result was as if I’d just had a mini facial- clean, polished and soft.
Subsequent uses have seen an immediate shrinking of a flaming red pimple, an improvement in overall pore blockage (pores appear smaller because they’re not getting clogged with dirt, oil and make-up residue) and noticeable softness of my skin.
Each jar of this incredibly potent detox mask is available for US $78 and if used twice a week, will last at least 4 to 5 months. With this mask in your home skincare repertoire, you can skip those expensive facial visits.