It seems to be the older I get, the more focused I become on skincare. Makeup will always be my first beauty love but now that I’m in my mid-20’s I believe it’s time for me to start getting more serious about skincare. When I first got into makeup, I didn’t know squat about maintaining a healthy complexion so I kept it simple with just the basics: cleanser and moisturizer. Since then, I’ve learned a lot more so I now have a growing arsenal of more complex products like toner, scrubs and masks — which have saved my life on many occasions.
Now that I’m sporting a full face of makeup 5 days a week I’ve become obsessed with keeping my skin clear and healthy. My main focus is to thoroughly cleanse and tone before bed but my saving grace has been my rotation of masks. One of my current faves is the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask formulated with Tamarind Extract and Tea Tree Oil to clear and balance blemished, oily skin. My skin is more on the dry side but African black soap is known for quickly clearing up breakouts so I decided to try it out.
I kinda hate when I walk out of Target with more than I intended but I’m damn glad I took a leap of faith with the African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask. This stuff is everything! I applied a generous amount after cleansing my face one Sunday and was pleasantly surprised by the result.
The African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask has a slightly thick, creamy emollient texture with a faint clay scent that glides across the skin and stays creamy from start to finish. There’s a slight tingle but it’s nothing like the GlamGlow masks so it’s a much better option for those with sensitive skin. At first, I didn’t think this mask would do much because it didn’t dry down and get all hard and tight like most clay masks. For some reason, I always took that as a sign of a mask really working. But boy was I fooled! This mask really works to draw out impurities, absorb oil and unclog my pores — without the typical uncomfortable feeling you get from other clay masks. Or the struggle to wash it off.
The African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask is easy to remove and left my skin feeling amazingly soft and squeaky clean. My new ultra-rich eye cream from Bobbi Brown usually takes a few minutes to fully soak in but my skin drinks it right up after using this mask. And the best part? It’s been keeping me breakout free, too! I typically use it once a week to keep those pesky tiny bumps from popping up everywhere or to quickly combat them once they do. I can’t tell you how helpful this little beauty is!
Whether you have oily skin or not, I recommend checking out the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask the next time you drop by Target or Ulta. It’s the best $12 I’ve spent in a long time!