I have combo-to-oily skin that is usually kept pretty well in balance, however I've always been prone to hormonal breakouts, stress-related blotchiness, and pores that are larger than I'd ideally prefer. Under normal circumstances, I use this 1-2 times per week, more if my skin is staging some sort of aforementioned uprising. I mix with ACV and leave it on until almost totally dry and cracking, then remove with a steaming wash cloth to soften and a gentle massage therewith to completely remove the clay. Every single time I use it, I am shocked by the immediate and utter pore-less-ness of my face once the clay is off. It's crazy, and what's best: the effects last for several days, until it's time for another masking. If I have lots of time and a proclivity to pamper, I follow the mask with a moisture mask using Derma-e 12000IU moisture cream, which I then steam off in the shower. I find this really helps to soften (even more!) and reduce the redness that always accompanies the clay mask. I've paid for bentonite-based masks from numerous cosmetics/skincare companies, and this stuff is, hands down, the best. It's cheap, lasts a long time, and is kind of fun to concoct. Will definitely repurchase.
Oh -- annnnnnnd: it also works great, made into a slurry with jojoba oil, for daily cleansing. Light exfoliation, cleansing properties of the oil, and it really helps to emulsify the oil for easy rinsing. Lately this is the concoction I've been traveling with, rather than bringing my morning scrub and evening cleansing cream, and if I make it through another hormonal cycle with the same great results I've been getting it just may replace my Weleda cleansing lotion.
Wow! I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one. I love this! I've been religiously using this mask for over a month and love it. Some days I make it thick so that I can peel it off piece by piece and Hoping that dirt and impurities would come off as well. But, probably doesn't. I mix my mask with vinegar as per instructions and add honey. I read that this was Cleopatra's favorite mixture. I find the honey soothing but the mask does not lose it's tighting power. It's great! I used it twice a week...the same days every week. I have plenty but have already purchase the big tub. I never want to run out of this great stuff. After the mask, my face feels really soft and smooth. It's been a part of my weekly ritual and more than likely to continue to be a part of it for a very long time. If you haven't tried it, give a shot since it looks like many MUAers have found other wonderful way to use it. It's cheap and it works. What's not to like. :-)
I often add this to my cleanser to make a very mild scrub as clay is an excellent oil absorber and very mild.
If you have sensitive skin as I do, be sure to make a light, watery coat so it dries faster. Remove with a soft cloth. I like to rinse very well and then follow with a toner, which I rarely use. However, I am getting into the ones that actually hydrate your skin.
My tween daughter loves this as well.
Thanks to all who recommended this! LOVE it. I have oily skin that sometimes still breaks out in huge cystic blemishes, the kind that laugh at you when you try to use concealer on them. Since I've begun using this (about 2 months ago), my skin has been amazing. I mix it with ACV and white tea (brewed loose leaf). I follow it with pure aloe (Straight from the leaf. If you don't have a plant, get one!) to counter the dryness. Makes my skin so smooth and even-toned. If I feel a cyst trying to emerge, I mix this with ACV to make a spot treatment and leave it on the spot over night. Within one night, two at the most, the spot is gone without ever emerging to where anyone else can even see it! Did I mention that I LOVE this stuff! :)
It worked really well for my combination skin that gets troublesome before period! It also worked really well for my cousin's sensitive but acne-prone skin. We both mixed the clay with apple cider vinegar and water, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. I actually used this for four consecutive days, and it was okay.
I've tried this using ACV, and then just water, and both times it turned my face red and itchy. No hives though, so I don't think I'm allergic. I prefer QHMJ mask. No irritation, and it actually clears up my skin and I don't have to mix anything.
I've been using this for years. Like many, I keep trying other products - much more expensive products - and then get excited when I remember that this is under the sink. I mix it with lemon juice. Mixing with water didn't do much and I hate the smell of ACV. My face is flushed after removing it, but it goes away quickly. I have combo skin with an oily nose with large pores. Nice, huh? I love how clean and smooth my skin stays for the next couple of days after using this. You can't beat the price and it lasts a VERY long time.
I've been using this mask for around a month now.
I realized that if I add just water to the clay, the pulsing sensation is much stronger.
Since I really don't have acne or pimples, I can't attest to the zit-drying power of this mask, although the first time I tried it, I actually thought it washed away all of my blackheads.
But they returned overnight. :( Still, this mask is a good buy, since you can really feel the sensation. Maybe that's the indicator that this thing is working.
One more thing: I don't know if I should be pleased, but I did not experience the redness at all! Well, only my upper lip area was pink. The rest of my face, well...still the same color.
I advise those with dry/sensitive skin to do a patch test first since this may be too drying.
Over all this is a really great product. My skin has been TERRIBLE lately and i just visited the dermatologist who prescribed me 4 medicines. Naturally, the medicines take at least a month before you see any progress and i just couldnt wait that long. I was really excited to have found this review! I have to say i LOVE this product, it makes my skin feel so soft! the only thing that really bugs me is the fact that it kind of stings my face when i am wearing it (i dont know if any one else feels that lol) but it def is not the most comfortable thing to have on your face for 30+ minutes!! Thankfully, the pain is well worth the beauty!! i can see that my pores have been cleaned out so well! the mask literally takes out all the clogged mess in your pores and it made my skin feel so much better. I would definitely recommend this product to everyone! great buy.