Happy Friday and Easter weekend! Today I want to talk about a product that is deserving of discussion on this long and restful bank holiday weekend. This is the Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask, and has been in my bathroom for a little while now. You can find this brand in Boots, and this specific mask retails for £9.00 on Sainsbury’s site.
This mask sits in my bathroom alongside the Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask at the moment, which I’ve also reviewed. I wasn’t going out of my way to have two of the brand’s masks on the go, but I pulled the clay mask out of my Benched Skincare Box, after passing on two previous masks that either didn’t work for my skin or expired. So this is a partnership of accident, more than anything, as it was the last clay mask I had that was already opened and needed to be moved out of my Benched Skincare Box.
As far as the brand’s cruelty-free status goes, they claim to be cruelty-free, complying with EU law, however I don’t know if they sell in countries like China which perform animal testing of their own. So I’m not going to vouch in either direction for this brand, but it’s worth researching further or considering going forward. If you have any information that helps to give a definitive answer on this, please leave a comment with that information and I’ll happily update this post with the relevant information and credit.
This mask itself is designed to “unclog pores & restore skin balance”, so ideal for anyone with oily, acne-prone or congested skin in general. There are also claims on the back of the tube which read as follows:
“Clear your skin of dirt, excessive oils, and toxins which lead to breakouts with this Pore Purifying Clay Mask. It contains Salicylic Acid, proven to help unclog congested skin, and oil-absorbing Dead Sea Mud rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron for the perfect facial detox at home. Avocado oil rich in Vitamins A, D and E with Acacia Honey further help skin rebalance itself to reveal a clearer, refreshed looking complexion.”
So to sum it up: it aims to de-clog the skin while nourishing it to prevent over-drying or parching the skin. I have oily-sensitive skin that is typically prone to hormonal breakouts – be it from my time of the month or stress. I use this on my T-zone area, while using my Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask on my cheeks and jaw to moisturise. My cheeks and jaws are also oily, but less so than the central areas of my face, and as they have smaller pores, I don’t find I need to worry about clearing pores on that area of my face. I focus on keeping my dehydrated skin topped up with moisture, while trying to juggle hydration and controlling excess sebum in those central areas of my face, where I find my skin issues happen the most often.
As far as the consistency goes, it’s a thick and creamy clay mask, and smooths over the skin in a very opaque layer. You can achieve a light layer which is what I aim for to avoid suffocating my skin while the mask works, but you can also layer it up if you prefer to. They instructions suggest to leave the mask on for 5 minutes for optimal benefits. I typically leave this on the skin for roughly 5-10 minutes, and wash it off in the shower.
It does have a tendency to dry down, which is the only factor I really dislike about this mask, however it really depends on how long you leave the mask on your skin. In my typical experience, the areas I have the lightest layer of product on do dry down, but where it’s slightly thicker it doesn’t quite set down. Because it is a thicker and creamier texture, it does take some work to wash off, but I haven’t found myself in a situation where I haven’t washed it all off.
Overall though, this is a nice clay mask and I haven’t found it over-drying or sensitising on my sensitive skin. I have yet to find a clay mask that truly de-clogs every single pore, but this does help refine and keep a lot of my pores in-check, so that’s a victory as far as I’m concerned. My pores are stubborn, large and even mistakable for freckles on my nose and cheeks, so I accept that this is just one of the characteristics of my skin I’ll always have to keep an eye on.
If you’re looking for a clay mask that isn’t over-drying and fairly affordable, this is worth looking into. If you’re a cruelty-free consumer, I suggest doing some extra reading on the brand (you might find information I couldn’t) and make an informed decision from there.
Otherwise, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, and I hope the weekend treats you well.