Clay is one of my favorite ingredients, especially for oily, combination, and acneic skin. The Ancient Clay Facial Mask combines three effective clays into one mask: French Green, Bentonite, and Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth).
French Green Clay is great for dry skin, and this addition to the blend makes for a very effective mask for all skin types.
Bentonite Clay is fabulous for removing excess oil and is one of the most popular clays.
Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) is a volcanic clay that helps reduce the appearance of scars.
I love that this mask comes powdered, which drastically improves shelf life and efficacy. Freshly mixed powder masks are more effective than masks that start oxidizing in the jar or tube as soon as the seal is broken.
I was surprised and pleased at how little dust there was when opening the jar. This can be a common and annoying problem with powdered clay.
The directions call for one scoop clay and two scoops water, which creates a very creamy, thick clay. I recommend a small rubber bowl and a wooden tongue depressor. The mask mixed surprisingly easily, another common problem with powdered clay masks. I did add a few drops of water to improve spread-ability. The finished amount is perfect for an average sized face, neck, and chest, with very little left over in my mixing bowl. For a solo practitioner, minimizing waste is very important.
The first person I used this mask on was my mom, who has the most reactive skin of any client I have ever worked with, which makes her the perfect guinea pig for testing new products. (Thanks, Mom!) She had no burning, tingling, or irritation at all, which is very rare and very promising for anyone with sensitive skin who is interested in this mask.
My second most sensitive (and very oily) client also had no adverse reaction. I used this mask with steam before extractions and was very impressed at how deep cleansing it was without being over drying. This minimized extraction time, which is always a plus.
This is definitely one of my new favorite masks! I love how pure it is, I love the texture, I love the results. Definitely recommended, even for the most sensitive and reactive skin!
Mud Masks can often be simply clay masks with added ingredients, which was what I was half expecting when I opened the jar. My first thought was, "Holy crap, this is literally a jar of black mud."
The Dead Sea Mud Mask is pure mud from the Dead Sea, the most mineral rich mud on Earth. with added essential oils for a great blend of benefits: German Chamomile for anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender for aroma, calming properties and extra absorption, Green Myrtle for effective oil control, Clary Sage for aroma, and Biodeynes EMPP for elastin and collagen production.
This mask is very easy to apply and has an amazing, intense aroma. It's not as easy to remove, but two steam towels and wiping with cotton pads got it off. I was worried that it would stain my towels black, but it washed out without bleach, which is more than I can say for a lot of masks and oils I have ruined towels with.
My mom, my resident guinea pig, experienced intense tingling all over her face, which resulted in early removal but no lasting irritation. Her skin was fresh and clean afterwards and seemed a little plumper.
When I tried this mask on my own skin I also felt tingling, though it was only unpleasant where I had recently done sugaring hair removal near my eyebrows. My skin felt very clean without being tight or dry, and also seemed brighter.
This mask is great for most skin types, but I would definitely recommend patch testing if you are very sensitive or reactive. For at home use I advise that it be applied before getting into the shower for the easiest removal. It's ideal for aging skin and I will definitely be using it in my treatment room.
Thank you, Maple Holistics!
I very much enjoyed using these masks, thank you so much for the samples!
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