I am addicted to facial masks. Clay masks, hydrating masks, sheet masks – you name it, I love them all. Some of you ladies and gents think, “I don’t have time for that”. But trust me, if you’re serious about skincare, it’s definitely worth the investment in time to pop on a mask, at least once a week, to amp up your skincare routine.
I was super excited when L’oreal came out with 3 clay masks, all meant to do different things. Of course, being the guinea pig I am for all of you, I bought all three – and at a great deal, each on sale for $12 Cdn. If you know, there are some masks out there that cost an arm and leg, so getting 3 masks for the price of one higher end sounded like a pretty good deal to me.
I have tried all three and I’ll give you my thoughts on each of them.
For you sensitive skins, all these masks are very fragrant, so keep that in mind, if you find fragrance irritating in your skincare products.
All of these masks are suggested to leave on for 10 minutes, wait to dry, and rinse away. Personally, my skin is not overly sensitive, so I will typically leave these on for at least 20-30 minutes.
Also, I’ve been using these masks 2 to 3 times a week – rotating every other day with each one.
The red one: Exfoliate & Refine (made of 3 pure clays, red algae, apricot; exfoliates dead skin cells; unclogs and tightens pores)
This is probably my favourite one out of the three. Simply because of manual exfoliation of this mask (since I typically use glycolic acid pads daily for exfoliation) a good once-a-week “scrub” on my skin does it wonders. As you can probably guess, this leaves my face feeling really refined and smooth after using. I let it dry and then wet my hands with water and start massaging into my face. The mask starts to soften up and in circular motions, I work the exfoliating granules into my skin. Rinse away and I’m left with soft, clean, and refreshed skin. If you’ve ever tried the Origins Rose Clay Mask, this one is very similar – but half the price!
The mint green one: Purify & Mattify (made of 3 pure clays and eucalyptus; for oily and shiny skin)
This mask is the one that leaves my skin the most vibrant and bright looking immediately afterwards. I love it! I don’t have overly oily skin and although this mask is targeted for oily types, I think as long as you don’t have super dry skin, this is a good clay mask staple to have in your stash. The scent of eucalyptus is quite strong (I don’t mind it) and it makes me feel like I’m getting a spa treatment. This leave my skin super fresh and clean feeling after using, and somehow bright, luminous and really healthy. For a mattifying mask, it certainly does, without overdrying. This is one that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of it.
The grey one: Detox & Brighten (made of 3 pure clays and charcoal; for tired and dull-looking skin)
This mask is your standard charcoal mask. I’d say very comparable to the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Clay Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (which I do like very much). And for about half the price of the Clinique and Origins masks, I’m pretty happy with the quality and performance of the L’oreal one. After using this mask, my skin definitely looks and feels much cleaner – my pores look like they’ve had a good deep clean! Definitely a detoxifying mask that sucks out all the impurities and doesn’t leave my skin dry afterwards. I can see this being a really good one to use in the summer months, when I tend to be a little oilier and being outside more, my skin could use this for a really good detox.
If you’re just starting out to clay masks, these are some good options to try (again, if you’re overly sensitive to fragrance, because these do pack a bit of a punch in that respect). Price point is good and the convenience of finding them at your local drugstore is a plus.
I give all three L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks: a STANDING OVATION
Have you tried any of these yet? What’s your favourite?
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