The Aesop Parsley Seed mask is a mask I use once a week as my “deep clean”. It comes in a toothpaste like tub with a screw cap and an aluminium tube that needs squeezing to disperse the product. I like that theres no messy fingers or sticking your hands in tubs but I know I’m going to try and squeeze every last bit out of the tube when I approach the end!
The Parsley Seed mask is a clay based, deep cleansing mask thats great at drawing away any build up that’s lurking on or under my skin. Although it is strong enough to unclog pores and remove impurities, it’s gentle enough to not leave skin feeling tight just after using and this is down to the aloe vera in the ingredients.
To apply, I take a good sueeze from the bottle, enough to cover my face and dot in all over before spreading thinly. It’s a lumpy grey/khaki coloured mask (clay) and needs only a bit of effort to spread over the skin. Being in an alumiunium tube I do find it quite cold when it’s first applied, although I quite like this to wake my skin up. Once it’s on the skin and you’re officially looking like the green eyed monster (!) *make sure there’s no one around* the clay dries within minutes. It turns from a khaki colour to a very pale grey and this is where the magic happens. You do feel your skin tightening up (not once the mask is removed though) whilst the mask is getting to work to de clog and deep cleanse. I leave the mask on for about 10-15 mins and when looking at the skin at this stage you can see all the patchy areas where the ingredients have really got to work. At this point the skin is feeling tight so I take warm water and use my hands (you could also use a flannel) to remove the mask.
Once removed, the skin instantly bounces back from being tight to being instantly supple, soothed and bouncy underneath. Sometimes I do have redness in my skin after using the mask, most often around my chin or on my nose which I’m sure is down to the reaction with impurities being built up. Better out than in!
Everyone needs at least one deep cleansing mask and this is one of my favourites. In fact it’s my first try from Aesop and I’m keen to explore the range, any suggestions?0