new me. Geez, I hate myself for saying that. Seven months without a single blogpost - that's what happens when life gets in the way I guess. I lost track of my routine but am back and fully dedicated. I missed the dialogue centered around all things beauty so brace yourselves for the flood of posts coming your way. I have so many products and fashions posts I can't wait to share with you all.
Now on with the review :)
17.6 oz - $35.95
7 oz. - $16.03
*prices vary on different sites. I purchased a 17.6 oz. size on Amazon for $30. Shop around.*
I have been using this mask for a little over 8 months now. When I first started using this mask I began using it with the intent that it was going to clear out my pores and exfoliate - hence the word "active" in the name.
I use a generous amount when I apply this mask all over my face and neck. I typically leave it on for at least 10 minutes and never longer than 20 minutes. The consistency is of a standard clay mask. When I first used this mask I did notice a tingling sensation which excites a beauty junkie like myself ha! I don't feel the 'tingle' unless it's been a few weeks without use. It will harden up and make it really difficult to speak let alone move your face which my friend deems quite funny. I rinse off with water or a warm muslin cloth. Both ways are just as effective, it just depends what I have laying around.
It leaves my skin feeling very soft and exfoliates just as promised but it fails to deep clean my pores. I have tried other masks that do a better job than this mask i.e. Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask . I'm not one to use physical exfoliating cleaners so I expect my masks to get the job done. I have only used this mask a couple times on the body but found it to be too fussy. Yes, it left my skin silky smooth but primarily use it as a clarifying face mask.
One thing I will say, this is my go-to mask if I have a sudden breakout. If I need an acne-free complexion in a jiffy, this is the mask. It is drying which helps stubborn spots disappear quickly but not so good on the less troublesome areas. I use directly on spots as an acne treatment as needed but would never use more than twice a week for the entire face. I always have a moisturizer at hand to apply after I use this mask.
My final thoughts? I tend to use this mask every two weeks as a mask and as often as every other day on spots when I breakout. Do I love the mask? Yes and No. I love how quickly it dries up my spots but am not crazy about the ineffectiveness of clearing out my skin. I will continue to use this mask until I stumble across another mask that can clear up my acne as good as this one does.