A Magnetic Clay Mask – How very intriguing!

by Paris B on · 20 comments

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When I do my weekly mask routine on a Sunday evening while vegeing out in front of the TV, I usually go for a sheet mask. Its quick and hydrating and cools down my skin. On days when I have more time, I go for a hydrating face mask to plump up the ol’ saggy skin. But once or twice a month, I start with a clay mask first.

miracle clay A Magnetic Clay Mask   How very intriguing!

A few months ago, I was sent a tub of Magnetic Clay Mask by Miracle Clay (Zionhealth), together with some samples of Adama body lotion and shampoo and conditioner. It would appear that Miracle Clay is actually the name of the online store, which sells various products for face, hair and body made from clay. I was quite intrigued by the Magnetic Clay mask, because my experience with clay masks is always hit or miss. I know they are usually targeted at those with oily skin or skin with blemishes and I have skin tending to the dry (thanks for catching up, age!) but this one promised to not dry out skin. That was interesting.

Adama Body Lotion and Clay Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner – Samples

Not being much of a fan of body lotions, since I prefer body oils, the sample bottle was quite sufficient for me. The lotion felt nice on skin, wasn’t sticky, and the orange scent was just right without being too sweet. I can’t stand lotions that smell sweet.

The shampoo and conditioner were similarly alright. The shampoo seems to clean well without making my hair feel too dry and I don’t need very much. It does lather up, and for a natural product it does make my hair and scalp feel nice and clean. I do however need to follow up with conditioner but I feel like I need more conditioner to actually see results. I do think that the price of US$19.95 for shampoo and US$24.95 for the conditioner is quite steep though.

They aren’t bad products but for the price, the hassle for me to get them from overseas, and the potentially pricey shipping costs, I’m sticking to what is available locally at a nice wallet friendly price.

Magnetic Clay Mask – US$24.95

I was more interested in how this product would perform. The clay used in this face mask is Montmorillonite clay from Death Valley, California. It is supposed to help detoxify your skin, clear up blemishes, balance the skin and draw out impurities. As I didn’t really have bad problems with my skin like acne, I chose to use it as a weekly or fortnightly treatment mask.

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The mask came in a plastic pot looking pretty much as you see in the photo. I saw that it’d pulled away from the side when it arrived, which was a bit unusual for me. I find this happening usually only when my clay masks start to dry out in the tub (like the one from Kiehl’s that I usually use) This aside, the clay feels quite “moist” to the touch and is easy to scoop out and apply on skin and you don’t really use all that much each time.

I apply a thin layer to the skin, sit around and watch TV for about an hour until it dries. I can feel a slight tingling and tightening sensation on my skin but I’m quite used to that whenever I use a mud mask. I think its just the mud drying out although they might say its the minerals working on your skin. I’m perverse so I quite like it icon razz A Magnetic Clay Mask   How very intriguing!

Once dry, I wash off (which is always a pain with mud masks and takes longer and messes up the bathroom more than I like) and I find that my skin is lovely and smooth to the touch. I do note that this particular clay mask does not leave my skin feeling dry and tight after use, although I do like to follow up with a hydrating mask and then my regular skincare.

Miracle Clay says that regular or even daily use of this mask can help clear skin of blemishes and acne and you can also use it as an overnight treatment. I did not try that as I didn’t want to get the clay all over my bed linen and besides, I wasn’t really treating anything, just using it as a purifying mask. Its not bad if I’m to be honest, and if you are based in the USA or Canada I do think its worth giving a go. However for us here in Malaysia and elsewhere, I can’t find international shipping information on the website but if you’re really interested, its always worth dropping them a line to see if they can ship overseas.

Here are the ingredients for the Clay Mask.

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In a nutshell

The Miracle Clay Clay Mask is quite a nice purifying mask to use for intense cleansing of skin from time to time. I found that it was not too drying on my slightly dry skin which is nice, and a tub can go a long way. After use, my skin feels smooth and clean although I do tend to follow up with a hydrating mask if I have the time. I personally did not notice any dramatic improvement to my skin but it must be said that I do not have blemish prone skin at this point in time and so am probably not the best person to be able to comment on how it will work for those with acne or blemishes which this claims to help improve. As for the body lotion and shampoo and conditioner, I felt that they were decent products but not items I’d purchase from overseas simply due to the weight and the hefty price.

Pros: The clay mask isn’t drying, Skin feels clean and not dry after using the mask

Cons: Only available online, Not shipped outside of N. America

Do you use a clay mask at all? Does it help your skin, especially if it has blemishes?

I find that clay masks do sometimes help if I have a sudden breakout. I’d apply the clay only on the problematic area (usually the chin) and do so for a few days. It usually helps the spots subside and go away quite quickly. SomAetimes, dotting a bit of the mask on the spot and leaving it on as an overnight treatment helps too. This is true not only for this clay mask but any clay mask.

Paris B

Clay Mask by Miracle Clay Price: US$24.95 Availability: www.miracleclay.net International Shipping: Yes to Canada, no information available for elsewhere

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Becca
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August 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Oh I LOVE my clay masks–but I have very oily and acne-prone skin :P They are a godsend for me though. I have 3 on rotation at the moment (well, I’ve tested 2 but still have 1 to go) but the one I’m loving the most SO FAR is Pure+Simple Purifying French Clay Mask. Do you have access to that brand in Malaysia? Oh it’s heavenly and I actually thought I preferred the more intense, drying clay masks for my skin type before I tried this one. This one, I think, would be great for even dry skins. It’s not drying at all and doesn’t get tight or harden in the slightest when it dries on you skin. It’s lovely!
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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

We don’t get Pure + Simple here Becca but I remember Arianne raving about them too. Sounds like an amazing brand of products. Will try them if I have the chance :D

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Stacey
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August 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I use a clay mask once every two weeks and I am using Kiehl’s and clay masks are my saviour whenever I have a breakout. They are more effective than any pimple cream in the mask. dries it out within two nights!

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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I like the Kiehl’s one too. Works impressively well and my skin feels so smooth after that :) great for treating spots too

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Rachel
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August 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I am a sucker for clay masks and I’d love to try this one, if it could be shipped to Singapore! My favourite is Peter Thomas Roth’s Sulfur Cooling Masque, but I’m running out of it. :( The next I’ll purchase would probably be Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.
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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Hey Rachel, Miracle Clay can ship internationally if you could email them. Also there’s a 20% off code if you use the code Miracle20. Enjoy!

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ysk
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August 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Now I remember I’ve Kiehls pore earth clay mask lying in my bathroom,haven’t used clay mask for a while,prefer cream mask..you’re right,I’ve to spend more time to clear the clay from my face..quite lazy to do so..
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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Yep th cleaning process is the hardest but I like the after effects :)

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Jennifer August 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Magnetic Clay Mask – first thing that came to my mind is the white and black heads being sucked out by the magnetic force. Lol, ok lame one…the day and week has been long for me :) The lotion sounds interesting though I am not a lotion person.

Gah, I am now battling with a lot of acnes around my jaw and temple area! I’ve tried Origins Active Charcoal Mask and Kiehl’s. Both ok and I quite like them. My skin therapist always reminds me to use the scrub and clay mask 2 days once as I have oily skin and clogged pores.

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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Lol you know what? It’s supposed to draw out the toxins like a magnet but boy! Do you have an imagination lol! ;) Hope you get rid of your acne soon. A regular use of a clay mask can help for sure. Sometimes, a hydrating regiment helps too

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rudi August 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Jennifer, that’s what I would love the Magnetic Clay mask to do!! I can imagine layering the mask onto my face then holding up a magnetized metal sheet of some sort above my face and zzzzzzzzoooooop the whitehead and blackhead come flying out onto the metal sheet courtesy of the forces of attraction or repulsion.

My metal sheet would look like a Go game in progress :-)

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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Lol!!! You and Jennifer are so funny :D

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sasha August 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

I use Clinique’s Emergency Mask which is clay-based. But its discontinued! Need to find another good one..shall try one of those that the commentors have mentioned :)

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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Ah I hate it when a product I like is discontinued. Try the Kiehl’s one :)

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Wendy August 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I’ve been using Freeman’s Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask religiously as my weekly “spring cleaning” for my face and now they are nowhere to be found in our local drugstores, might have been discontinued perhaps. It works really well in controlling the oil and shine with a wallet-friendly drugstore price at about less than RM20 per tube and I’m still looking for a economical alternative to substitute.

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Paris B
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August 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I haven’t used Freeman but it’s a pity when good products get discontinued :P I’m not too familiar with any other clay masks from the pharmacies but maybe someone can help

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Vera Jots Dots January 10, 2014 at 12:15 am

Aaah I use that too! They’ve a few type. Often it’s sold off as they don’t carry in large quantity. It’s still available in local pharmacies e.g. Caring Pharmacy. Just have to spot them. Once a while when they restock, I will quickly grab 2 :)

Another one that I use is by Clinique but that one can’t leave for too long as it contains some pineapple enzyme & can be itchy but the good thing it leaves the skin fairer :)

Nowadays, when I go travelling & can’t bring my claymask with me. I will turn to Yogurt mask :D as one can get yogurt anywhere. Just leave it on longer & scrub it offer during shower. It works for me :)

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Miracle Clay
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August 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

Thank you for the review and we are happy that you enjoyed our products! For all MWS fans, you can receive a 20% discount by entering promo code: MIRACLE20. Also, if you are outside the U.S. or Canada, please email us and we’ll be happy to ship products out to anywhere in the world. Thanks again!

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Cheri September 3, 2013 at 5:18 am

Cannot find this product anywhere now?
Bought approx 6 mths ago- love it – now cannot find it onliine?
Can anyone assist?

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Nadine
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August 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Wendy, I used to use the Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal mask and thought that they were discontinued too! But I recently found it again at a Caring Pharmacy and repurchased it. I also saw another clarifying mask, a cucumber peel off mask (which I am trying out) and a hydration mask,all from the same brand.So all hope isn’t lost :-P

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