Okay, so there's one thing you need to know about me... i'm a massive worrier. Whether it's university, my job, my friends or finances, my mind is never completely blank. Not only is it extremely irritating when it comes to attempting to switch my brain off to get a decent nights sleep, it also wreaks havoc on my skin on a regular basis.
Stressed-induced spots are common, so i've been on the hunt for an 'industrial strength' mask or scrub that stops spots in their tracks and gives me on less thing to worry about. To be honest, i'd never heard of Mask of Magnaminty before receiving it as a birthday present from my flatmate, but what its made for is exactly what i've been looking for!
Designed for those spots "that take two days to come up but five days to bugger off", this peppermint mask is not just for spots on your face, but on your back, and any other spot-prone faces for that matter! With added added kaolin, honey, vanilla absolute and ground aduki beans, Mask of Magnaminty promises to rid your skin of stubborn spots and fight outbreaks. I fortunately don't suffer from outbreaks anywhere but my face, so I tried this product as a regular face mask.
One thing I will say is that it applies like cement. It is so thick, so slapping on a generous amount was really fun as I ended up with a mask that was about two inches thick that made me look like the Wicked Witch of the West! The peppermint cools your skin instantly, so I would definitely recommend following the instructions when it comes to not applying anywhere near your eyes. It is instructed to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes which I found quite daunting, as i've never left a mask on for more than five minutes and I was afraid it would dry out my skin too much. I definitely wouldn't recommend having this mask on whilst walking around the house, as your face gets so cold. The cooling peppermint mixed with the ever-so-slight breeze that hits your face as your walking around your house is not a good combination!
After five minutes, the mask had completely hardened, meaning that after ten I did have trouble washing it off. The ground aduki beans lightly exfoliated my skin whilst I was removing, and the kaolin had helped draw out any impurities. After washing the product off I found my skin felt hydrated and quite tight; a similar feeling you receive after a professional facial treatment. For about half an hour after applying my face still felt cool, and I had found that one of my spots (to be information alert!) had actually been drawn out from being an extremely irritating red bump!
For £4.95 I would say this should be a staple in every spot-sufferers cosmetics kit. It's refreshing, hydrating and leaves your skin feeling squeaky-clean and impurity free. Peppermint is a natural stimulant, so this mask is perfect in the morning when your skin needs a little pick-me-up. Due to its thickness i'd only recommend using this once a week, but I can definitely see myself reaching for this after a heavy night or when i'm struck down with a spot before an evening out!
You can purchase Mask of Magnaminty at your local Lush store or online here from £4.95 for 125g.