Skincare review: Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Clay Mask

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I spent so long trying so many different non-abrasive, deep-cleansing exfoliating products, from drugstore to high end (in the £££ range), and every time I came back to this – the £10 miracle product from Super Facialist.

If you don’t know anything about the Super Facialist range, a brief history: the British brand launched in 2012 with a mission to develop simple, ethical skincare that delivers facialist-level results with an affordable selection of products. Over the years, the line has increased to follow new developments and trends, with recent focal points including Vitamin C and Retinol-based products, but the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Salicylic Acid Pore Purifying Clay Mask* is where it all began for me.

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Clay Mask

I’ve probably been using this for a good 5 years now, around once a week, and the first thing I absolutely can’t fault it on is value for money. I’d be surprised if I’ve gone through 5 tubes over the course of that entire duration – which is impressive to say the least. It retails at £10 for 125 ml, which is about as good as you’ll get when it comes to effective, affordable skincare.

What really does impress me with this, though, is everything that it delivers. It’s in the name: Salicylic Acid… Anti-Blemish… Pore Purifying… In effect, it’s a one-stop product for bright, clear skin. Among the top ingredients are:

  • Salicylic Acid: A Beta Hydroxyl Acid (BHA), which cleanses deep in the pores, helping to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum
  • Dead Sea Mud: Great at drawing out impurities, detoxing skin and leaving pores fresh
  • Acacia Honey and Avocado Oil: Packed with vitamins to nourish and rebalance skin

The composition is something I particularly love about this mask, because what it doesn’t do is totally dry out skin. Instead, there’s an equal balance of cleansing and exfoliating, and nourishment, which leaves skin looking and feeling fresh, without that tight sensation that’s common after using deep cleansing and exfoliating products.

It’s also a great on-the-go mask, that works in 5 minutes and doesn’t require you to sit around for 30 – 45 minutes “relaxing” – which, when you’ve got somewhere to be and have left everything until the last minute, isn’t ideal. Lather it on, shower, and wash off at the end for the same great results without having to waste time.

It might not be a ‘luxury’ product, but it’s one I go back to over and over again.

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