This year’s summer weather has been extremely draining. The heat was unforgivable, I felt like I was going to have a heat stroke. Thank goodness I work from home, so for the most part, I just stayed home, locked myself up in my room with the AC in full blast. My skin suffered terribly and it was not a pretty sight. It became dry, flaky, too oily and was studded with tiny bumps that later developed into zits. One nifty thing that saved my summer-troubled skin was the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.
I first heard about Queen Helene back in 2012, and even though I’ve always wanted to try it, I was always a bit hesitant to pick it up due to my bad experiences with clay masks in the past. But as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. I finally shove a tube in my cart during one of my visits in Healthy Options.
Mint Julep Masque is a green clay mask that is said to instantly absorb excess oil, extract impurities and minimize the appearance of pores. The first time I opened it, I caught a whiff of the minty scent that reminded me of spearmint flavored toothpaste. The consistency is rich and emollient – like toothpaste but slightly thicker. Because of its consistency, a little goes a long way.
I apply it on to a clean face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. I’ve been using this for two months now (three times a week) and I can say, it’s been a lifesaver. I like that it instantly dries up tiny bumps so they no longer develop into zits. I also find that it does make my pores look tighter after each use. I was expecting it to have a cooling effect since it is a mint mask after all, but interestingly, it does not have that kind of effect. Well, maybe it does, but it’s too subtle that I don’t even notice. Not a deal breaker though.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. At first, I was quite skeptical thinking it’s just one of those overhyped products. But I stand corrected. I can see this becoming one of my skincare staples to help me with my lifelong battle against acne.
Summer is now easing up, the weather is starting to cool down and my skin is now slowly recovering. I haven’t been using this mask as much as the beginning of summer, but I’m glad that I have this in my vanity, just in case my skin goes crazy again.