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