This mask works best when you first do a deep oil cleansing session, and then apply this to still slightly damp and moist skin. Then hop in the shower, to shave and all that, while it dries. Then, to rinse it off once it has dried (about 10-15 minutes) wet your hands and pat them over your face until the mask is moist again. Then start rubbing it in like you would a cleanser, wetting your hands over and over, as the mask comes off gently, without tugging. Finish off with a bit of your oil cleanser and wipe it off with a muslin cloth. Hurry now, to apply a hydrating mist, your favourite hydrating serum and your lotion. Result? Soft, soft, soft, dewy, glowy wonderful skin. All your blackheads might not be gone in one session, but with continued use once a week (no more, since it might cause problems with burning etc. which is true of most clay masks) and paired with regular oil cleansing this is perfect. Without the oil cleansing, to loosen clogs before use so the clay mask can pull them out, it is significantly less effective at removing black heads etc. But then, again, that is true of most masks. Preparing your skin is key.
I really like the texture of this mask, and it is one of the reasons I prefer this over my own home-made green clay mask. It will sound gross, but it is slightly slimy, as if you mixed runny clay with a little bit of gelatin. This means it goes on absolutely smoothly and covers well and that a little really goes a long way. I think for my whole face and neck I use less than a teaspoon. You have to work fast though, when applying this, since it dries fast.
The reason I only give this a four is the price. It is VERY pricey and so even if I like it well enough, and could imagine it as a staple, I'll continue looking once I run out of this for a similar mask at a lesser price.
arghh i never actually knew i had sensitive skin until i tried out this mask. i could barely have it sitting on my face for 10minutes, my cheeks started getting tingly and when i went to wash it off my entire face was on fire. i didnt see any difference after having it on, and the smell wasnt very pleasant either ): it has a very thick consistency hence kind of troublesome when applying.
There is nothing that distinguishes this mask from other clay-based masks for oily skin. It has a pleasant scent and isn't overly drying for the skin. It didn't do anything bad for my skin but it also isn't effective in drawing out blemishes or improving the appearance of my skin. (Why would it be? It has no acne fighting ingredients.) It is very expensive and I will not be re-purchasing.
I am surprised about the reviews on here. I have tried many, many clay masks in my 23 years, and this has proven to be the best one - when considering price.
I love the texture, the smell, and when I first tried it I was amazed by how refreshed and clean my skin looked and felt. It made me look 'glowy'. It still achieves the result I want. Exfoliates very nicely. I will definitely repurchase. I guess it is what works for you personally.
The only other clay mask that is better than this is the Jurlique Purifying mask - which is a total HG and gem - but costs about twice the price of this. So it's therefore not a staple - as I need to use masks quite regularly. But I would thoroughly reccommend Jurlique to everyone who wants natural, effective, divine smelling products that are wonderful for sensitive skin. I am currently using one of their face moisturising oils. 100% natural.
I got this product cheaper because they were having a sale so I decided to try it. The stuff has kind of a muddy smell but it smells kind of good.
- you can actually see the oil from your face being drawn out.
- not too irritating.
Overall: this is good for combination skin. probably too drying for dry or sensitive skin. Would I buy this again? no. It's just too expensive. If it was absolutely amazing then it would be worth it to spend the money. It is good but just not worth the amount of money.
For me this is the TBS's best mask and it helps me out with my combination-oily-acne-prone skin.
Just slather this on your semi-wet cleansed face, just a little will do the trick, wait for 15min, I usually go for 30min, then you'll see some spots on the mask, I believe those are oils being excreted out of your face.
No more blackhead, but doesn't help with whiteheads.
It makes me feel completely rejuvenated and fresh! I'm using it weekly right after scrubbing as I find it to be a bit too drying. (I usually follow it up with vit E sink in moisture mask and leave it overnight to replenish lost moisture, which is such a great mask combo!)
Great clay mask! I have normal- combination skin and this mask controls oil nicely, clears my pores and makes my skin feel refreshed. I love that Body Shop married clay and seaweed into this face mask as these two ingredients are very beneficial and nutritious to the skin. Has a pretty strong soapy scent to it and spreads easily onto the skin. Texture feels like there are bits of seaweed or some kind of exfoliating bits in it but I dont mind that. Mask dries pretty quickly and really makes my pores feel tighter after washing it off. Doesnt leave any kind of residue- skin just feels clean and more "breathable". I like to immediately follow this up with a moisturizing toner and a light moisturizer because it does dry out the skin a bit (again, just temporarily). Overall, my skin is much clearer, feels more supple, and is brighter too. I use this once a week and unless you have very oily skin, I probably wouldn't use it any more often. Taking one point off because it does dry out the skin a tad but it's nothing unbearable. Those with sensitive skin or dry skin might want to take that factor into consideration. Would definitely repurchase this again when I run out!
I used this once or twice a week for a few months.
- The smell is strong but nice
- Didn't unclog any pores
- Didn't improve the condition of my skin
I bought this because I wanted to take a mask to use on my trip.
I got this when I was fourteen and had the occasional few pimples/zits, and I have oily/combination skin.
It itched and sting while it was on, and just made me break out.
I threw it out, it was horrible.
I'm chinese with combination skin. This product is quite drying, so I only apply it to my T-zone once a week in summer. You will see small spots on the masque as it dries, showing where it is drawing out the oil. I recommend you rinse it off as soon as it dries, otherwise it becomes a little irritating. The product is scented so may not be suitable for sensitive skin. I do not have excessive oil so I find this product is effective for me.
I would also recommend the Origin's Charcoal masque if you're looking for something slightly more effective and unscented (which it should be anyway). The only reason I purchased this product is because I was looking for a mid-price masque that removes shine. It achieves that goal.