Hey there everyone!
I haven’t been able to devote the time to my skin the way I would like, but the first step to getting back on track for me is the regular use of masks! For a while, I was using a BENTONITE CLAY MASK FROM AMAZON. To be honest, it worked beautifully. The only thing was it took time for me to get the consistency right and also remember to have Apple Cider Vinegar on hand to mix it with, so I started falling behind using that and eventually gave away my trusty 2 pound jar of magical dirt ✨
Anyway…this Garnier Skin Active Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask was laying around and I decided to use some of it. As a daily cleanser, it claims to remove surface impurities. As a mask, it claims to draw out deep impurities. These properties are probably supposed to be enhanced by the fact that this cleanser/mask contains kaolin clay and charcoal. Kaolin clay is used in many cosmetic products because of its ability to draw out/absorb moisture. Charcoal (activated charcoal) has been getting a lot of shine lately for its ability to draw or impurities from the skin. So, combining these two items into a cleanser/mask should prove very beneficial to the skin.
Upon reading the ingredients, it doesn’t seem that this products contains that much of those two ingredients, so as I try to do for most skincare things – just stick to the most natural version of the product you can. Meaning: get yourself your own clay and charcoal and mix yourself.
The consistency of this 2-in-1 cleanser/mask is a bit weird. It’s not extremely runny, but is still pretty liquidy. It’s also very soapy in a sense which I would attribute to it being a cleanser in part.
Applying this product is a bit strange, since again it feels like putting a thicker soap on your face. It is “solid” enough (for lack of a better word) not to run off of your face. Again, however, does feel very much like a cleanser. I like the feeling of it on the face since it’s not thick to the point where I feel like my face is being smothered. When it dries it doesn’t feel like it’s pulling too harshly on my skin either.
It takes about 7-10 minutes to dry in my experience (I’ve used this about three times now), and I like to keep it on for as long as I please (but never 10 minutes as they recommend). I prefer to keep masks on while I’m doing things, so usually they’ll stay on my face for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
Again, when drying and once it is fully dry it doesn’t pull on the skin which is nice. Clay masks tend to do that, especially bentonite clay masks! Your face sometimes feels like it’s throbbing from being pulled so much 😂 That is a plus of the formula of this product, so for those with more sensitive skin (or those less tolerant to pain), this can be a better alternative to a self mixing clay mask or some other clay masks on the market.
Washing the mask off was a bit annoying since it does have that soapy consistency. Some little bits of it were still on my face and took some more aggressive scrubbing to melt off. When my face was dry, however, it felt very smooth. I noticed that the whiteheads and areas on my nose and my chin weren’t fully extracted, but they were easier to squeeze out.
Overall, this is a nice mask to maintain smooth skin, but not something I would use for deep cleaning or to treat more problematic skin. I would re-purchase this to have on hand in case I run out of other preferred masks.
Have any of you ever tried this product? If so, what did you think?