While sheet masks are the more enjoyable category of mask to reflect upon and incorporate into one’s personal care routine, there are other types of masks that frequently come onto my vanity as well: clay masks and sleeping masks. This is a post on several clay masks.
I look at clay masks with curious doubt. On one hand, they are recommended for people with combo skin and a troublesome T-zone, by the mass commercial market and individual estheticians. On the other hand, I’ve been using them on and off for over 10 years now and I can’t tell if they make an impact.
1. Elizavecca’s Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
I bought this because the reviews in the online skincare community were almost unamioulsy positive for this mask. I’m the 1% that hated it. It foams and bubbles while on your skin. for many, this is fun; for me, it’s gimmicky, inconvenient, messy, and incredibly itchy. It took some effort to wash it off, and any positive results were non-existent.
2. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty
I got this after a recommendation in video logger Edward Avila’s videos. Unlike the Elizavecca mask, this Lush mask is actually enjoyable. It smells delicious and looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I usually don’t emphasize a product’s superficial traits, but after the last mask, it was a welcome change.
Lush provided a generous sample size, and I purchased a full size later. The cons would be that the jar’s shelf life is much shorter than other products, and it doesn’t seem to be effective skincare. For a relaxing experience though, I like it and it is quite alright overall.
3. Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment
I received this as a sample from Sephora when my requested samples were out of stock. Prior to that, I had dismissed Glamglow as an overpriced Western beauty brand squeezing money out of people who did not know there are cheaper alternatives.
After trying it, I get the hype. It has smooth consistency and is made with several good acid ingredients for exfoliation. I did notice the thin layer I put on soak up oil from more prominent pores. It also washed off well.
There is a burning sensation that is felt upon first application that worried me initially, but there was any signs irritation later on. The kaolin combined with the many potent acids can reduce pore size, at least temporarily.
I am very interested in Glossier’s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack after Liah Yoo, another video blogger recommended it. Glossier itself is a brand I trust and respect as well. From the contents, it looks like a regular clay mask with a lot of moisturizing elements.
If I dislike it, I’ll probably just buy a jar of Glamglow from then on and call it a day, in terms of searching for any more clay mask products to try.