I’m a mask kind of girl. If it claims to be a skincare product that will have to sit on my face for 5-20 minutes and won’t burn my skin off, you better believe that I’m testing out. I’ve tried sheets masks, bubble masks, and one that was a combination of milk and gelatin, which is why now is the perfect time to give my skin a break by taking it back to basics. This past Christmas, my father gifted me with this tiny, but heavy, jar of L’Oreal’s Detox and Brighten Pure Clay Mask and I’m here to share my thoughts.
The “What?”: This isn’t just a clay mask; it’s a charcoal clay mask, which means it’s super trendy and will cure all of your face problems. Okay, well it really only claims to draw out impurities from your pores, such as oil, dirt, and pollution. Additionally, it claims to be non-drying, brightening, and balancing. Assuming they’re tell the truth, this can all be achieved from one fancily packaged, 1.7 ounce, roughly $13 jar of creamy clay. Fun fact: the jar is double lidded, so your clay won’t get exposed to air and dry out!
The “What!?”: First and foremost, I generally believe that most claims about cosmetic products “detoxing” and “purifying” the skin are kind of hokey, because it works under the assumption that your skin is ridiculously filthy and your body has no way of naturally doing that cleansing work or that your cleanser alone isn’t enough to assist in that work. This isn’t to say that this product is a scam, but to say that it doesn’t isn’t really doing anything super radical on my face, even in the areas where it does fulfill it’s claims. I haven’t noticed any super significant changes in my skin’s appearance after using it. My skin doesn’t ever really seem “brighter” or “more balanced,” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The “Oh, I get it now!”: Despite the lack of super significant changes, I will say that I do believe it gives me about a day of less oily skin after using it. I can literally see what looks like little oil pools around my pores when this mask dries, which I believe means it’s working (or maybe my power of imagining it is enough to incite real biological change?). Also, the claim that it isn’t drying is the truth! In fact, it’s the least drying clay mask I’ve ever used and leaves my skin feeling ultra smooth. Lastly, I’m a fan of the packaging and formulation of this product. The jar is tiny, but it feels kind of chic and expensive, because it’s got some weight to it. Moreover, even though you don’t get too much product, a little goes a long way on your face. And did I mention it smells good?
I don’t think that this mask is life changing, but I really enjoy using it, especially whenever I’m having a personal spa day. Even if you’re not having a full-on day of self care, you can just put it on for 10-15 minutes at the end of the day and take that time to simply chill. It’s very comfortable, doesn’t dry out my skin, and looks luxurious in the jar. I wouldn’t call it a must have mask, but it’s definitely a good, cheap one to try out if you like masks for more of a rest and relaxation function. Also, it comes with a free travel size charcoal cleanser!
Have you tried this mask?
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