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Sunday, 26 June 2011

The Sunday Review - Comvita Pore Refining Mask

I've known for some time now that I was missing a vital piece in my regular skincare regime - an effective purifying face mask. I was hoping that I had found something to plug that gap when I came across Comvita Pore Refining face mask which is one of the new products at this month.

The mask is a really thick Kaolin and Bentonite clay-based cream which you apply for about 10-15 minutes before washing off. I've been using it once a week for a really thorough deep-down clean. The mask includes a number of ingredients which are specifically designed to reduce sebum (and the visible oiliness) on the surface of the skin and I'd say it does that really effectively.

Other ingredients such as jojoba and macadamia oil are designed to restore moisture so that, even though your skin feels clean, it doesn't feel dried out or stripped down. Comvita's big selling point is their own Manuka honey ingredient which, it is claimed, can improve skin elasticity meaning that Comvita can market themselves as an anti-ageing brand.

I've used face masks in the past that have a more dramatic after-effect (both in feeling, and in the visible appearance of my skin) but I've never come across a natural mask that can clean this well. One of the reasons why I've not settled on a face mask in the past is that they often contain mineral oils that irritate my skin - this one doesn't. Comvita is also paraben-, slufate- and phthalate-free.

Comvita Pore Refining mask costs £25 for 75ml at mypure. My gut feeling is that this is prohibitively expensive for me to consider buying it again unless I were to reduce my usage to special occasions (or emergency skin SOS). However, if you compare it to the little sachets of one-use masks that you can buy on the high street, it actually seems like better value.
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