#shelfie: Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque
I love hot weather, but it makes my skin feel really grotty. The combination of sweat, pollution and sun screen clings to my skin in a mucky veil. It's really quite gross. Each summer I try to work out how to clean out my really quite temperamental skin when warm weather strikes and normal cleanser doesn't quite do it. So, after some pretty extensive research, I was excited to come across Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque.
Formulated with Amizonian White Clay this masque literally draws out all the gunk from your pores, which is either really gross or really satisfying, depending on your point of view. I go with really satisfying. I bung a thick layer on a couple of times a week, wait 10 minutes and wipe off with a warm wash cloth (5 for £1 in Ikea - my greatest beauty bargain ever) revealing fresh, radiant skin and lovely cleaned out pores. After a hot sticky day it's the best thing ever having super clean skin. The product is recommended for normal to oily skin, but I don't tend to find it bothers my sensitive combination skin, particularly because I try not to leave it on too long and I follow up with a generous layer of organic rose-hip oil. It is a pricey product, but the pot lasts for ages making cost per use pretty reasonable, plus it does exactly what it says it will do, so you're not going to be dashing off to buy extra products because it didn't do what you expected.
For me the biggest benefit of using masques regularly is that it forces me to take some time out and relax. The process of layering on the masque, resting, carefully wiping it off and following up by massaging in soothing oils is one of the most literal acts of self-love I can think of. You're literally taking time out to physically look after yourself. It's one of the reasons why I enjoy looking after my skin so much, and why I started this regular feature - I want to inspire you to do the same. So whether it's a face masque, beautiful make up or even a solid fake tan, taking the time out to pamper yourself and feel good is as much about looking after your emotional wellbeing as it is your physical well being.