My facial skin has been feeling a bit dull and uneven of late. So, when my eyes fell on the new Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque I decided to slap it on and see where it took me.
The instructions say to apply a thin layer on the skin. The reason I suspect is because it can be drying. The new Kiehl’s Rare Earth skincare line does after all have Amazonian White Clay as its key ingredient. Clay in skincare has been used traditionally to absorb oil and is used usually in masks and this Amazonian White Clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins and excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores. The other key ingredients are oatmeal to absorb oil and aloe vera to soothe the skin.
Because clay can be drying, the Kiehl’s Rare Earth skincare line is tailored for those with normal-oily skins. The sales assistant did tell me the rest of the products in the line may not be suitable for me. I’m glad she was honest and not out for a quick sale!
I’ve worked out that I’m combination with slightly dry skin on my cheeks but I decided to risk this mask anyway. I’m rather glad I did because I like how my skin felt after using this mask
I first applied a thin layer of the mask on my skin avoiding the eye area. After about 10-15 minutes, once its dry to the touch, I rinse it off and do not use another cleanser. My skin immediately feels that little bit smoother and pores look visibly smaller. I’d been battling a stubborn pimple and I think the clay mask seems to have helped a little to dry it out. I’m going to slap on the clay daily right on the spot to get rid of it 😛 (Update: It did not go away totally but the mask helped dry it out so it was not so obvious)
I decide to be a bit of a masochist and left off applying lotion and cream for a spell after washing my face. To my surprise, my skin did not feel overly tight as it usually does after a clay mask. I did however use a hydrating toner lotion and a heavier night cream to compensate.
I’m keeping this for use once or twice a week as necessary. I like how my skin feels after using it and if its helping minimize pores or deep clean my pores, that’s great! Heaven knows how much gunk there is to clean. If you have very dry skin, you might want to steer clear of this one.
A 5.0z/142g tub of the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque retails at Kiehl’s stores for RM95 or in the USA for US$22. You only use very little so one tub can last you close to a year, I’m guessing. Well worth it! The other products in the line targeted at those with oily skin are Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (RM90/150ml), Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic (RM100/250ml), Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion (RM130/75ml)
Pros: Skin feels smooth and clean, Pores are visibly minimized
Cons: Can be drying so its not for those with dry skin
Pick up the Kiehl’s Times!
While you are at the Kiehl’s store, don’t forget to pick up the Kiehl’s Times and if you buy something, make sure you sign up as a member to get it delivered to you. I get mine every month chockfull of news of new items in the store or reminding me of items in their current lineup I could take note of.
2 items that’s got me intrigued in the September 2009 edition is the Centella Skin Calming facial cleanser and Centella Recovery Salve both targeted at sensitive skin. I’m going to have to check those out the next time I’m in the store.