I really like Aesop; I think their apothecary-style packaging with the no-nonsense labelling is extremely appealing (and pretty gender neutral, which is also fab) and I especially like the fact that you can often find ingredients and formulated products that you don’t often find elsewhere. A good example of this is the Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque.
Aesop seem to be a pretty sensible brand when it comes to tackling acneic and problem skin types, since they offer products that hydrate as well as treat spots. The Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque contains ingredients that address both issues; an antioxidant-rich clay to draw out impurities, alongside vitamin E to try and balance the sometimes harsh effects of a clay product. I wouldn’t say this completely works as your skin will feel pretty dry and matte afterwards, but I like the fact that a calming ingredient is included to try and address the dryness.
If you like a mask that really does work and you have tricky skin, I’d recommend giving this one a go. It dries tight in a typical clay fashion and it does need a bit of effort to remove, but it has a noticeable impact on spots – if you have any lumps or bumps hiding under your skin that you want brought forward, drawn out and dealt with quickly then this mask will get you started. You can find the Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque for £23 here – link.