My favourite way to destress after a long day is to pop in some soothing essential oils into my nebulizer, turn on some soothing instrumental music and slap on a good mask. Usually my go-to relaxation mask is something hydrating, but it can also feel wonderfully therapeutic to use a deep-cleansing mask as well.
Lately I've been trying out the Clinique City Block Purifying Clay Mask + Scrub as my weekly deep-cleanse treatment. The latest deep-cleansing mask formulation from Clinique, this dual-action mask acts as both a detoxifying clay mask and a physical exfoliant. Bamboo and kaolin clay help suck out dirt and impurities, while silica beads gently slough away dead skin cells to reveal radiant, new skin. The City Block Purifying Clay Mask + Scrub can be used by all skin types, although of course it depends too on how well your skin tolerates clay masks. Besides the mask, Clinique also has a special City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel. I've been testing out this cleanser as well and I'd recommend it as a gentler alternative to the mask as it contains charcoal as well; however, I do find that this cleanser isn't so great at removing makeup so it might be better if used in the mornings only or when paired with a good makeup remover.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any ingredient listings for this mask, so I can only speak to the ones listed on the website:
- Bamboo charcoal - this activated charcoal is a powerful absorber of impurities and dirt with antibacterial and antioxidant properties
- Kaolin clay - another great detoxifier that sucks up impurities out of pores, but can be drying
- Silica beads - from what I can tell, silica beads are not microbeads and so are okay to use. Microbeads, which are teeny plastic spheres commonly in scrubs, are super harmful to the environment and should be avoided if, you know, you like animals and fish. You can learn more about why microbeads are bad and how to avoid them in a little guide I wrote before here!
Price & Packaging
A 100 ml tube retails for $32 at Sephora or Clinique counters. Like most Clinique packaging, there's not much to write home about, but if you're going to invest in skincare, I'd say that Clinique is a pretty safe bet to invest in as their products generally have great cost-for-value.
This is my first time trying a clay mask from Clinique and I really like it! Like most clay masks, the City Block mask does have that tightening feeling, but it's not as uncomfortable as some I've tried. I also am really amused at how this mask is a bright blue color (the same color as the tube in fact). The instructions state that you can tell when to remove the mask as it will change to a lighter blue color, but I haven't noticed this effect at all, which is probably my only complaint about this product.
I like to leave the City Block mask on for 5-7 minutes and then I'll moisten my fingers a bit to get the mask malleable enough that I can then give my face a gentle scrub before finally rinsing it all off. The silica beads in the City Block mask feel very gentle, yet do a great job at making my skin feel deeply cleansed and refreshed. Any dry flakes on my face are removed and my skin isn't left feeling irritated or red at all.
Immediately after using this mask, I was super impressed that my pores actually looked tighter and clearer, which is pretty rare after just one use. The City Block mask is definitely a great option if you need to get rid of a breakout and just for general maintenance.
In terms of its effects, the Clinique City Block Purifying Clay Mask + Scrub is pretty similar to the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask, another mask that also offers deep-cleansing clay plus physical exfoliation, however I think the Clinique wins out if you are wanting something a little gentler, dislike that super tight feeling and most importantly, it's almost half the price!
Buy - gentle enough for all skin types, this mask is a great option for an at-home facial that will give you clearer, softer skin.
*This post contains PR samples