We all love clay masks and all of us with oily/combination skin have used it at least once. Be it the humble multani mitti or Fuller’s earth or the other fancy masks that contain clays like kaolin or bentonite. Clay masks absorb excess oil and since I have a combination skin which gets very oily at the T-zone during summers, I bought this tube of Beauty Formulas clay mask as soon I saw “bentonite” in the ingredients list. Read on to know find if the mask fared well on my skin (and expectations).
INR 249 for 100 ml.
Ingredients and Product Claims:
The clay mask comes in a white and blue tube. There is nothing fancy about the packaging but the quality is good.
My Experience with Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Seaweed Clay Mask:
Let me continue from where I left in the introduction. As soon as I read that bentonite is the second ingredient in the mask, I bought it. The reason being that bentonite clay is the most absorbent of all clay and helps in drawing out bacteria, excess oils, toxins, parasites, and other impurities from your skin and that was the reason of my excitement.
Texture-wise, it is a cream-like mask. The mask is to be used on dry skin for 10 minutes. The important thing to keep in mind while using clay masks is that they kind of harden up in a few minutes and that is why you should not speak or smile or do other stuff that involves your facial muscles, as doing that might lead to wrinkles.
Anyway, after putting on the mask, I waited for 10 minutes and washed it off. After removing the mask off, I found that my skin felt tighter and cleaner. My pores looked very clean and appeared smaller and all the facial oil was gone. But minus the oil, my skin became very dry – uncomfortably dry! But that happens with all the clay masks. That is why whenever I use this mask, I follow up with a good moisturizer if I have to put on makeup afterwards or another mask that is hydrating like honey.
This mask is great for days when you want to wear makeup and want it to last. Starting off with this mask helps you to remove oil from your face and keep it oil free for the whole day, but then the effect lasts for just about a day and you come back to your “real skin type” the next day. But anyway, clay masks are only supposed to clean up the existing oil on your face, they don’t promise to alter your skin type!
Actually, I don’t think anything can alter your skin type – wait a correction here! nothing external can change your skin type. Age, hormones, etc., can do it though!
Coming back to the mask, I think this is a really good clay mask that does what a clay mask should do, i.e., leave skin squeaky clean. I quite like this mask except for one thing, it contains a lot of parabens and other chemicals. I wish it didn’t but it does. Also, I don’t like the smell. Although it does its job pretty well, but the chemicals turn me off and that blows all my excitement away! I wish I hadn’t stopped at bentonite while reading the ingredients in the store.
Anyway, what’s done is done. Let me sum up the pros and cons:
Pros of Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Seaweed Clay Mask:
- Contains bentonite, one of the best clays for a mask!
- Skin looks cleaner and tighter after use.
- Pores look absolutely clean and appear smaller.
- Great for use before applying makeup to make it last.
- Makes skin oil free for a day.
- Decently priced.
Cons of Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Seaweed Clay Mask:
- Contains parabens and a lot of other chemicals.
- Doesn’t smell very good.
4/5 (-1 for the chemicals).
Would I Repurchase Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Seaweed Clay Mask?
I will be on the lookout for a clay mask without all these chemicals and so I might not repurchase it again. If I do not find one, I think I will use natural clay instead.
This mask works great, but I am disappointed by the use of so many chemicals in a simple clay mask. But if you are someone who isn’t bothered by so many chemicals, go ahead and purchase it, you won’t be disappointed. The price is mighty fine too.
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